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MA Art and Science MA Art and Science University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London

Masters Degree , Art And Science

Course Description

MA Art and Science explores the creative relationships between art and science. It examines how they may be communicated through an evolving interdisciplinary practice. On this course, you will investigate new approaches to making and present your work as part of a studio laboratory practice.  

The relationship between art and science expands the boundaries of understanding and invention. It challenges our view of the world. Through their work, artists and scientists contribute to a greater understanding of life in the age of the Anthropocene and how we relate to the world around us. Both require creative insight in their quest for knowledge. They focus on developing new ways in which the innovative nature of their discoveries can be communicated and understood. 

On MA Art and Science, you will explore ways to understand, represent and reinterpret the world. You will question how the measurable can be defined; the invisible envisaged; the senses extended; and perceptions tested. The course structure allows you to investigate the contemporary and historical context of art and science. It embraces the spectrum of interaction, endeavour and the making of forms. You will explore how research and production can have implications for discovery and invention across disciplinary fields.  

The course emphasises critical investigation. The curriculum encompasses reflective practice, contextual awareness, practical processes, research, analysis and debate. These will support you as you develop an independent project. You will be encouraged to collaborate with artists, scientists and professional institutions. You will be supported as you develop a professional network which supports your practice.  

Course Content

MA Art and Science supports the development of your practice through a project proposal and ongoing evaluation. This is introduced and developed during Unit 1. This helps you to structure and manage your work and to articulate your concerns as they change and develop. Practice is complemented by lectures and seminars. These explore key ideas and critical issues, involving a range of specialist staff. 

Unit 1: Enquiry Through Interdisciplinary Practice

Through a series of projects, this unit explores relationships between art and science. You will look at both contemporary and historical subjects and related critical issues. Teaching is also delivered through seminars and lectures. These provide a critical and historical context for your research and practice. They will address different approaches to research methods. In seminars, you will discuss emerging issues in art and science. You will address the contribution of interdisciplinary engagement to public understanding. This focus is complemented by practical workshops and access to places of particular interest.  

Unit 2: Independent Project: Developing Interdisciplinary Practice

This unit represents a substantial opportunity to develop your independent project. Your independent project takes the form of an in-depth investigation. This will lead to practical outputs and a research paper or presentation. You will have a supervisor or mentor who will guide the progress of your independent project. Progress is supported through tutorials, critiques with professionals in relevant specialist fields and student-directed group discussions. 

Unit 3: Independent Project: Realising Interdisciplinary Practice

In the final unit, you will resolve your independent project. You will implement your research and development to realise a body of work, expressed through practical outputs using appropriate media. You will present this work in the College Degree Show. This will include collaborating with students to prepare the show space and consider curation of works.  

In a student-directed presentation or symposium, you will have the opportunity to debate key questions arising from your work. Seminars relating to continuing professional practice will offer guidance for your future development. Tutorials in each unit will also enable you to review progress toward achieving your goals.  


Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree 
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Assessment Methods

  • Research and preparatory work 
  • Independent project proposal 
  • Outputs from group project work and assignments 
  • Documentation of work 
  • Verbal and visual presentations 
  • Written work 
  • Participation in activities and debate 
  • Self-critical evaluation 
  • Realisation of independent project

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn term
Monday 23 September 2019 – Friday 6 December 2019
Spring term
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 13 March 2020
Summer term
Tuesday 14 April 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020