MA in Social Sculpture students take three compulsory modules - Creative Strategies, Research and Development, and The Theories and Practices of Social Sculpture - together with an appropriate Major Project.
PGDip students take the three compulsory modules - Creative Strategies, Research and Development, and The Theories and Practices of Social Sculpture.
Modules may change from time to time; an indicative list is shown below.
Teaching learning and assessment
Our teaching methods include:
- lectures and seminars
- team teaching in group seminars, involving research methodologies for practice-based research
- feedback from staff during group feedback sessions, in which staff provide constructive criticism and analysis of your work
- staff-led group discussions arising out of your practical work presentations
- individual tutorials that address your research concerns
- introductions to creative strategies for generating and making practice-based work
- introductions to the technical facilities of the School of Arts
- induction sessions with subject librarians.
The learning methods include:
- regular forums where staff and students formulate and articulate responses to work
- creative practice presentations
- presentations of practical research
- the researching and writing of reports, assignments and evaluations
- private research and study
- presentations to peers and group feedback.
The assessment methods include:
- practical presentations of resolved artworks
- written self-evaluations for each creative project
- a written research portfolio
- written assignments and reports
- a final presentation of practical work as part of the MA exhibition/event.
Founded as Oxford's first art school in 1865, Oxford Brookes continues to enjoy a reputation for excellence and innovation across the arts, in both research and teaching. This course was successfully validated in 2000 and builds on the existing high-quality provision in the School of Arts.
"The range and scope of the associated practice and the strategies proposed for development of the ideas and their dissemination reflect the distinctive and exceptional nature of these set of MA programmes. The best work is very distinctive and in some cases groundbreaking encouraging the viewer to think, consider, reflect and make connections in a very wide range of social and cultural contexts."
External examiner, 2010
Combining the academic rigour of a traditional programme with practical and vocational components, arts students at Oxford Brookes are well placed for a variety of careers in the creative sector. Many master's students who have developed their practice at postgraduate level will continue as practising artists whilst others take up careers related to their knowledge, expertise or interests, for example within art galleries and museums; teaching further or higher education; new technologies; arts administration; conservation.
As a student in the School of Arts, you will benefit from excellent and well equipped facilities, 24 hour access to your own studio spaces and the help and support our team of practising artists and the other specialists in the field who work here.
The MA in Social Sculpture is situated in the Richard Hamilton Building, which includes a large lecture theatre, a smaller lecture room, studios and installation rooms, music practice rooms and a research room for postgraduate students. Access to the Richard Hamilton Building is available 24 hours a day for all arts students.
The department also has access to the drama studio where performances and installations can take place. This provides a live performance venue with versatile sound, lighting and staging possibilities, including surround sound, projections and raised staging and seating.
Arts related workshops and IT
Social sculpture students have access to well-equipped workshops run by technical specialists in Artists’ Books, Printmaking, Photography, Video and a range of processes including casting, metalwork and woodwork. General internet, email and office software are available as well as workstations with more specialist programmes including Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Audition 3.0; Sibelius 6; Cubase Essential 4; Pure Data; Hyperprism; GRM Tools and Composers Desktop Project.
You have the opportunity to spend a semester at the Bauhaus University in Weimar; the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; or the Vilnius Art Academy.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.