New MA Programme: Theory & Practice of Transnational Art’

New MA Programme: Theory & Practice of Transnational Art’

University of the Arts London

May 2, 2007
New MA Programme: Theory & Practice of Transnational Art’

IMAGE LEFT: Yinka Shonibare, MBE, ‘Hopscotch’ (2000). Commissioned for the exhibition Other Modernities (University of the Arts London, 2000). Wax printed cotton textile and wooden plinth; figures ca. 110 x 50 x 50cm each. Photograph copyright Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Part of the University of the Arts London, the TrAIN Research Centre is a forum for historical, theoretical, and practice-based research in the arts; its focus is the impact of identity and nation on the production and consumption of artworks and artefacts in an increasingly complex period of globalisation.

By addressing how the movement of people and artefacts breaks down borders and produces new identities beyond those of the nation state TrAIN aims to contribute to both creativity and cultural understanding.

TrAIN involves internationally recognised scholars and practitioners based at three UAL colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. We support a programme of regular public and pedagogical events; previous guest speakers have included Ricardo Basbaum, Guy Brett, TJ Demos, Charles Esche, Kobena Mercer and Gilane Tawadros.

TrAIN is now accepting applications for an MA programme that is aimed at exploring the transnational and its impact on the practice, history and theory of art and design (commencing Sept. 2007).

This is an MA by independent project. As a prospective student you can apply with a practice-based project – or you can apply with a proposal for a solely written research project. Practice-based students may have their studio/practice component based at one of the existing art and design MA programmes at Camberwell College of Arts as relevant to their proposal: Book Arts; Conservation; Digital Arts; Drawing; Graphic Design; Illustration; and Printmaking.

Individual study is complemented by seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues. Specialist lectures are delivered by the scholars and practitioners attached to the TrAIN research centre, and are organised under themes including: Exhibiting the Nation; Identity, Authenticity and Materials; and Migration and the Context of the Transnational. A series on Methodologies of the Transnational provides the necessary tools for the production of your final submission. The MA is a qualification in its own right; it also supports students through the process of applying for a further research degree, therefore offering an emphasis and structure tailored to students interested in commencing MPhil or PhD research immediately after completion of an MA.

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