Arts and Education Practices - MA

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2017
Fees:
£6,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Our pioneering MA Arts and Education Practices course offers both a theoretical and a practice pathway and is the only Arts Education MA in the UK based in a School of Art.

We provide an innovative community of experienced and aspiring art educators and welcome those willing to scratch below the surface of current practice to ask not only how we should teach art, but also how art teaches us.

What's covered in the course?

Our students come from across phases and sectors in the field of art and design education providing you with the stimulation and challenges that different perspectives can bring.

Our practice pathway develops and renews your subject knowledge and connects you with contemporary creative and educational practice. The course is taught jointly with other practice led students from MA Fine Art and MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices.

Our theory-led pathway enables in-depth study in arts education. Dissertation research can make a real difference in your workplace and / or establish new career options for your future. If you’re already working in education you can base most of your research in the workplace.

Both practice and theory pathways share core modules exploring the past, current and future practice of arts education. You can personalise your learning through optional modules and pursue your interests within arts education through an independent research module.

Our timetable is designed to fit around a busy professional life. Face-to-face sessions are balanced with online content and assessment is spread throughout the year to ease workload.

If you do not already work in the field there is scope to work in real educational situations and to be involved with live projects. The course connects you with a network of alumni who work across the sector. Course director Carol Wild is an arts educationalist with 15 years' experience in education.

“The benefits of becoming part of a creative community outside the school challenged my thinking about my role as an artist and educator. I found the entire experience fulfilling personally and professionally. Becoming engaged in making my own art work again; thinking and contextualising my work as an artist has encouraged me to extend this into the classroom and challenge my students to do the same.” Claire Thomas (graduated 2010), has since become Head of Art, Belgrave High School, Tamworth

Why Choose Us?

  • The MA Arts and Education Practices has a significant international reputation with alumni in over 20 countries worldwide, with strong educational profiles and working in a range of institutions and organisations.
  • This is a unique professional development opportunity at the intersection between art practice and educational theory.
  • We work with each individual student to develop a route through the course to match their aspirations. Our students practice as artists, gain promotion within the field of education, pursue research or take a sideways step into another arts education related context. Many would say that the course was ‘life changing’.
  • You will be supported by a highly professional staff team, doctoral researchers, technical demonstrators and artists in residence in a caring and supportive environment.
  • Birmingham School of Art is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for art-based learning and research. We have a unique art education archive relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Marion Richardson, amongst others. Many of these students use this archive as part of their research.
  • The course is based at Birmingham School of Art (Margaret Street), a fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture and an impressive purpose built Grade I listed art school. It is a beautiful place to come away from the pressures of work life.
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New MA studentships

Apply for September 2016 entry and you could have the cost of your student fees paid for. 

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • St Peters Catholic Primary School

And in jobs such as:

  • Teacher

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Normally a first degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject, and/or previous or concurrent experience in the arts and/or education.

We also welcome applications from those mature applicants who may not satisfy the normal entry requirements.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2017 FT 1 year £6,900 per year
PT 2 years £3,450 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

You will need to apply online direct to the university for this course. A link to the form will be available soon as well as details of the course fee. We'd like to send you an email once the link is available to save you checking back - just sign up for an update.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Portfolio Guidance

Applicants to the practice led pathway are required to submit a digital portfolio and an artist statement. This should largely focus on your own arts practice but may also include examples of your experience within art education contexts. We expect to see approximately 10 slides. Please ensure you include details such as the date the work was produced, the title (if appropriate), scale and medium used. 

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

Core texts for the course will be available digitally and online or via the BCU library. Some students prefer to buy their own paper copies of digital texts and these can often be bought cheaply second hand.

Practice students will need to supply their own materials. Full-time practice-led students have access to a studio space within the school of art. Part-time students are expected to organise a suitable work-space outside the University.

All our students, whether on the theory or practice pathway, have full-time access to the School of Art library and workshop facilities.

This course is available part-time

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

On receipt of your application form, your application will be considered and you may be called for interview. After interview, if you are considered suitable for the course you will receive an offer of a place.

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: PgCert

All Art Based Master’s (ABM) courses consist of two core modules (specialist and discipline specific); two common core modules (followed by all ABM students) and a range of option modules (shared by all ABM students) from which you chose to undertake two in Stage 1. You may also follow another option module in Stage 2.

Theory Pathway students submit an assignment for both core education modules. Practice Pathway students attend both modules but only submit for one.

Theory-led pathway:

Narratives in Arts and Design Education - core module
40 credits

This module seeks to uncover the hidden histories of art and design education from the fifteenth century through to the complex present of the twenty-first century. These entwined narratives are examined within ideological and cultural frameworks but also explore personal and institutional stories. You will be introduced to a range of appropriate research methods drawn from theoretical, educational and arts-based perspectives. 

Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education
40 credits

This module examines the complex present of arts education, applicable to contexts across formal education, gallery settings and participatory community arts. A key concern is the implied future of government policy, institutional codes and individual practice. The content is changed every year, often in response to the interests of the current cohort and is supplemented by visiting artists and teachers.

Practice-led pathway:

Advanced Practice
40 credits

This module is self-directed and allows you to build on your artistic practice in relationship to a range of option modules thus helping to challenge your thinking whilst re-orientating your practice through experimentation in relationship to theory and context.  You’ll have an opportunity to acquire new skills in other media. 

All students select one option module at 20 credits.
Most full-time students choose to take this option in Stage one but part-time students generally take their option in Stage two.
Select one option module
20 credits

See option modules tab for further details.

Stage 2: PgDip

Research in Practice
20 credits

This module explores the relationship between theory and practice and enables you to develop your own study relevant to your pathway, professional context and aspirations.  The module facilitates you in networking with others in your interested field, interviewing key individuals, employing research methods and identifying the literature that will become your theoretical base in the final stage of the course. Some students also arrange placements and develop live projects for this module.

Stage 3: Masters

You will complete a final presentation / dissertation.

Final Presentation / Dissertation
60 credits

This module allows you to build on the knowledge gained so far and enables you to synthesise and resolve your artistic practice or dissertation. You will work together to organise a public exhibition, develop an equivalent presentation or submit a dissertation. You may also present both practical and written work.

Option modules

The Art Based Master’s Programme is an integrated framework that allows you to build your own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. You will have an opportunity to engage with students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

The option modules are:

Art in the Public Realm
15 credits

This module addresses ways in which art can be mobilised to improve people’s lived experience. It considers how notions of the public, public and community art are defined and examines issues and debates of inclusion, access, identity/difference, government and regional arts policy and the importance of documentation, accountability and evaluation.

Arts, Health and Therapeutic
15 credits

This module explores art and the therapeutic benefits of making, practice as a set of three activities concerning the relationship between three elements: the creator, the art object and another who facilitates. The module explores professional meanings and theoretical frameworks thus equipping you with the knowledge to negotiate the field.

Arts Policy and Cultural Planning
15 credits

This module examines arts’ processes and contexts and their relationship to the State. It considers the UK’s history of cultural policy since WWII and the impact of the Arts Council. Main themes include: the history of arts policy, contemporary policy‐making, and examining various funding systems to develop successful grant applications.

Changing Paradigms
15 credits

This module explores visual culture focusing on methodologies, critical theory, cultural studies and historiography of the discipline.  Various analytical tools are experienced: iconographical analysis, formalism, semiology, social contextualisation, post-colonialism and theories of representation. You will examine the cultural politics that continually frame knowledge and the theoretical models for deconstructing it. 

Contemporary Curatorial Practice
15 credits

You will work collaboratively to present/develop artworks that relate to a specific context or setting whilst developing an awareness of issues of space, place and location and the interrelationships between individual works in a given site or context. You will work as a team toward the realisation of the project.

Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics
15 credits

This module examines why and how the fine arts can be explored when the foundations of modern/contemporary political philosophy and its relation to the social are at the forefront of scholarship. It sets the stage, epistemologically and methodologically, giving you a critical knowledge of the complexities underlying our contemporary world.

Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination
15 credits

This module explores publishing as a dynamic contemporary art-form, a vehicle for disseminating ideas and an exploration of radical formats for bringing your art to a wider public arena. Emphasis is placed on practical outcomes and the exploration of creative modes of dissemination whilst exploring contemporary debates surrounding artists' publishing.

Discourses in Art and Design
15 credits

This module examines key concepts in western art and design from mid-nineteenth century onwards. Through chronologically arranged presentations, topical issues are introduced from across art and design. Indicative topics: the western canon; approaches and methodologies; design ethics; the changing role of the artist; primitivism and ethnography; postmodern fashion and gender.

Managing Arts Events and Projects
15 credits

This module examines the role of events and exhibitions: selecting venues, interpersonal skills, audience development and qualitative and quantitative analysis. The module explores concepts and themes in event management: developing relationships, integrating multiple sub-events, sustaining and developing brands. You will also consider the marketing, planning, managing and evaluating of events.

Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice
15 credits

The module examines: curatorial practice and exhibition making; the museum and gallery as context and framework; artist-run space; the rise of the artist/curator and alternative curatorial practices and contexts; curating for new media and technologies and craft and design. It considers issues of audience and project development for social inclusion.

Photography and the Archive
15 credits

This module explores the relationship between photography and the archive, the definition and application of documentary photography in relationship to the archive through theoretical and practical methods. It interrogates ideas of objectivity and indexical veracity, demanding an inquisitive approach to questions on the uses of historic and contemporary archive material.

Photography as Research
15 credits

Employing theoretical and practical methods this module explores the spectrum of therapeutic photography when the image is a tool for enhanced self-awareness. A key question concerns the role of the technology of photography in framing our world. The module therefore examines the ethical and participatory concerns of therapeutic photographic practice.

Queer Strategies in Practice
15 credits

This module explores queer models of practice that examine the complex relationships between image and text, making and writing, modes of representation, performativity and queering. Indicative topics: historical representation and societal change, queer practices beyond representation, queer figures, affective reading, contemporary art, activist and interventionist strategies, film and collaborative practice.

Small Arts Business Set-up
15 credits

This module explores entrepreneurship and small business start-up within the arts and creative industries and how entrepreneurial ideas are formed. Indicative topics: arts and creative industries; cultural entrepreneurs; economic development role of entrepreneurship within the arts, creative industries and society; practicalities of business start-up and business operations within the sector.

Social Practice in the Visual Arts
15 credits

This module examines art as social practice and models of art practice in social contexts: urban, rural and transnational contexts and places of labour, health, post-conflict and post-traumatic societies. It considers the history and development of social practice and the impact it has as a generative and transformative artistic activity.

Strategic Marketing for the Arts
15 credits

The module addresses the central role of marketing in modern business and explores the design and construction of brand identities, the role of creativity in advertising and marketing, and the importance of understanding consumers. Indicative topics: advertising; marketing strategy; market research and consumer psychology in the arts and creative industries.

Technical Methods and Workshop Practice
15 credits

The module is workshop-led that enables you to engage in practical hands on experience in print, plaster, lens based, digital media, 3D modelling and printing. You will demonstrate the breadth and depth of what you have learned by developing a portfolio of evidence recording your engagement with processes or skills.

Untimely Meditations
15 credits

This module focuses on exploring the shift from an understanding of identity, selfhood and sexuality, as linked to representational logics, to introduce you to non-representational methods of practice. You will investigate the radical consequences of such moves to re-situate time, space and speed as relative conditions to identity and art.

Well-being and Mindfulness: Context and Environment
15 credits

This module explores well-being and mindfulness in relationship to historical and contemporary debates on creative practices that are context based and environmental in nature. The module considers the history of arts practices, land art and environmental art, towards an understanding of the embeddedness of contemporary art as collective and shared.

Preparation for Masters Practice (Extended PgCert Module)
15 credits

This module has been designed to enable you to engage with the ABM Programme over an extended period. It enables you to review your practice in response to the demands of Master’s study and introduces you to contemporary ideas in art and theory enabling you to develop your study plan.

Course structure

Your experience will depend on your chosen pathway (theory or practice) and whether you are an experienced or aspiring artist or educator. The course ethos is one of facilitation, mentoring and ultimately friendship. We seek to model a critical pedagogy where dialogue and mutual enquiry are emphasised.

All students attend the two core modules - Narratives of Art & Design Education and Global Innovations in Art and Design Education - and develop related research ideas relevant to their particular interests and aspirations. Theory pathway students complete assignments for both of these modules whilst those following the practice pathway submit for just one of them.

For Practice pathway students the second core assignment comes from following the Advanced Practice module with other practice-led students from MA Fine Art and MA Art & Design. This module is supported by a series of tutorials and seminars throughout the year.

The second stage of the course is a shift to more independent inquiry through the common core module Research in Practice supported through briefing sessions, group seminars and tutorials.

Our studio seminar series complements Research in Practice providing a balance of topics dealing with contemporary art practice and theory. Where possible they are conducted by both School of Art staff and visiting lecturers: artists, critics, curators, writers and other related professionals.

in the final stage of the course, as a theory-led student you will write a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words and as a practice-led student you will develop work for exhibition at the end of year MA show. Practice-led students will also complete a shorter piece of writing related to their research with art education to complement their practice submission.  


Hours in the classroom

Your workload and attendance commitment will depend on whether you are a full-time or part-time student and on the pathway you choose. It will also vary throughout the year.

The two core education modules take place across four weekends (Friday evening and all day Saturday) between September and March. This ensures that those on the theory pathway are able to complete most of the course without a requirement to attend mid-week.

Option modules are scheduled on weekday evenings Monday to Thursday to also make them accessible to those who work full-time.

The practice pathway module Advanced Practice runs throughout the year on a Tuesday. We would expect all practice students (full-time and part-time) to be able to attend these sessions. In exceptional circumstances it is possible to complete the practice pathway with a different attendance pattern.

Outside of these contact hours, the School of Art workshops, technical support and library are available for you to work independently. Full-time students are expected to be working full-time on the course. Part-time students should expect to devote at least five hours a week to their studies, although this will vary throughout the year.

For international students the course is supplemented by group tutorials, visits to schools and museums, and reading seminars.

 

Overseas opportunities

As an Art Based Master’s student you can study abroad through the Erasmus + scheme. This enables you to work abroad in an institution or professional organisation or one of our many international academic institutional partners for example Rotterdam, Gent, Dublin and Rome.

You’ll be expected to research your proposed destination before making an application in consultation with your Course Director. The study period may be organised during or upon completion of your course and can last for up to 18 months. It offers a unique opportunity to network, make friends, enhance your CV and experience new cultures. 

Further Study

Many of our graduates have been highly successful as doctoral researchers receiving fully funded scholarships from Birmingham City University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest.

MA Arts and Education Practices graduates have also been supported in other universities, including Jonnet Middleton and Okhee Joeong who have both successfully completed PhDs.

Enhancing your employability skills

Studying an arts based Master’s course will help you to pursue or develop your career in a range of related professions across the educational sector and creative industries. This course will help to enhance your skillset and employability and either progress in your existing role or achieve your career ambitions in a new direction.

Many of our graduates have achieved regional, national and international recognition as professional artist educators and professionals in the creative industries sector.

Several modules on this course have been specifically designed to equip you with valuable transferable skills, for example Managing Arts Events and Projects; Contemporary Curatorial Practice; Small Arts Business Set Up and Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination. These transferable skills include:

  • Thinking in a creative, imaginative and speculative manner
  • Demonstrating communication and presentation skills in practical, written and verbal forms
  • Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in a range of contexts
  • Reflecting and communicating in an articulate, informed, confident and effective manner
  • Working independently while demonstrating initiative and self-reliance
  • Demonstrating motivation, organisation, planning and effective strategising skills
  • Showing a capacity for good time management.

With our partners, Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM), Eastside Projects and The Art Market, our students are actively linked with up-to-date local and regional opportunities. 

We maintain excellent connections with major city centre institutions such as Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG), Selfridges, Birmingham City Council and the Lunar Society, to name but a few, and are members of the Colmore Row Business District.

The School works with Savills, Capsticks, Associated Architects and Deutsche Bank, which also sponsors an annual award of £10,000 to support artists’ career development.  

Placements

Placements are one of the possible ways of fulfilling your Research in Practice module and many of our students have chosen this route. There is scope for placements with a number of organisations in the city and beyond, however it is your responsibility to plan and organise your placement with the organisation you wish to work with.

Placements are a great opportunity to gain insight into how an organisation works and your reflection on their activities can be useful to them as you develop your research. Placements also give you the chance to meet and network with people in the education sector and creative industries. Our tutors are available to guide you through this process. 

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

OpportUNIty ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University.

This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. Two Art Based Master’s students, Jodie Wingham (MA Fine Art) and Tadas Stalyga (MA Radical Media Arts Philosophy) have been employed as workshop mentors. 

Graduate jobs

A significant number of our graduates have been highly successful professionals, including:

  • Sue Gibbons employed as Head of Art at Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester.
  • Nicoleta Demetriou employed as lecturer at the Frederick Institute, Cyprus.
  • Elena Thomas - invited to join the Department for Education Expert Advisory group for art and design education.
  • Jane Aldred - appointed Head of Student Services for Stratford Upon Avon College.
  • Darren Martindale - appointed as Corporate Parenting Team Manager and Virtual School Head for Looked after Children for Wolverhampton Local Authority.
  • Valentina Erakleous employed as an art education specialist at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus.
  • Amy Denton - Lecturer, Solihull College, Fine Art, Visual Studies, Contextual Studies and Photography.

Trips and visits

As a Master’s student, you’ll benefit from the trips run annually by Birmingham School of Art. Recent visits have included Berlin, Florence, Liverpool, London, New York and Venice. However, Master’s students are encouraged to operate independently and visit regional and national cultural centres such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ikon, Eastside Projects, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Nottingham Contemporary, Tate Modern, ICA, Tate Liverpool and independent and alternative spaces in Birmingham and beyond.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

The Art Based Master’s Programme is an international community of aspiring researchers and professionals and the programme attracts candidates from all over the world including: Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Taiwan and the USA.

This diversity provides you with an opportunity to study with people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and who bring a wealth of experience to the programme. This gives the ABM programme a dynamic energy that enriches everyone’s educational experience.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our arts practice and education course is most popular with international students from:  

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Birmingham School of Art (an impressive purpose built Grade 1 listed example of Venetian Gothic architecture) was the first major renovation project undertaken by the university (£5.5m refurbishment). The School provides an incredible resource for the production of art and its associated fields of study. The building has a range of facilities available including studios, workshops, specialist art and design library, bookable spaces, lecture/seminar rooms and ARTicle Gallery.

Located next to the city centre’s Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the School is just a five-minute walk from the new Library of Birmingham and Ikon Gallery.

Students benefit from an environment which thrives on the everyday interaction of education, culture and professional practise.

Studios

Our studio spaces make excellent use of height and light, and a special screening system allows each full-time student a dedicated area to work in throughout their course.

Workshops

Workshops include one-to-one technical support and operate throughout the building, allowing you to develop ideas and skills working with print, wood, metal, plaster, photography, video, textiles, 3D printing, laser cutting and prototyping.

Library

The School of Art library contains a wealth of artists’ biographies, catalogues, art and design magazines and DVDs, all of which are updated throughout the year. The library is also linked to others across the University so you can order any additional materials you might need.

Social space

A new student-led social space, designed by School of Art students, is a great place to relax, grab a coffee, and catch up with friends. Students also display their work, host film showings and private-view receptions in this space.

Gallery

There are purpose-built spaces throughout the building to present your work, including areas for cabinet, wall and floor pieces, and installation project rooms.

ARTicle, our professional art gallery space, has proved a huge success and offers a diverse and exciting variety of shows every month.

Parkside Building

You will also be able to use facilities at our nearby Parkside Building, a new five-floor campus site packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social ‘collision spaces’ where you can share ideas with students and staff from different courses.

Meet our staff

Our academic team is a highly professional and dedicated group of artists and art educationalists, historians, philosophers and theoreticians with extensive expertise within their specialist fields of research (see the CFAR website). As an MA Arts and Education Practices student you will encounter a diverse range of staff members depending on which choices you make and you will be able to request tutorial support from other academic and technical members of staff and the PhD student group.

The course director is Carol Wild, an arts educator/author (Who Owns the Classroom? Profit, Pedagogy, Belonging, Power, IJADE, vol. 32). Other staff include:

Henry Rogers

Reader in Art and Queer Studies

Henry Rogers is the Arts Based Masters Programme Director, MA Fine Art and MA Queer Studies Course Director and a PhD supervisor in the School of Art, BIAD. In 1987 he gained a first class pass in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art where he was awarded the Watt Medal for Excellence in a field of study.

In 1989 he gained a Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art. In 1990 he was awarded the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Award to live and work in the USA and in 2001 he became an Abbey Fellow at the British School at Rome. Since 1990 he has worked in art schools in the UK and between 1986 and 2002 he lived and worked in Florence, Paris, New York and Rome.

He is an interdisciplinary practitioner working with drawing, painting, photography and writing. He is concerned with formality, mediation and mimesis in art with particular reference to queer theory and queer strategies in art practice.

The MA Queer Studies in Arts and Culture (an internationally unique M level award) has emerged from his research. He has initiated projects addressing the impact of performance and performativity on art-based production.

Professor Jo Longhurst

Artist, Professor of Photography and Fine Art Practice

Jo Longhurst is an Artist, Professor of Photography and Fine Art Practice and Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR). She enjoys international recognition for her compelling explorations of ideas of perfection and traditions of photographic practice through photography, video, performance and installation.

Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and events, including Other Spaces, Mostyn, Llandudno; 'The Worldly House', Documenta (13), Kassel; 'Artists' Symposium on Perfection', Whitechapel Gallery, London; 'Photography in Britain since 2000', Krakow 'Cocker Spaniel and Other Tools for International Understanding', Kunsthalle zu Kiel and Ursula Blickle Foundation 'Becoming Animal, Becoming Human', NGBK (New Society for Visual Arts), Berlin; 'New Works: Pavilion Commissions', National Media Museum, Bradford; and 'The Refusal', Museum Folkwang, Essen.

Longhurst studied Russian with Politics at Leeds University, and Photography and Multimedia at the University of Westminster. She gained her PhD from the Royal College of Art in 2008, and between 2008-12 was Leverhulme Fellow at the European Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, Newport.

Her work is held in many public and private collections and in 2012 she was awarded the Art Gallery of Ontario's 'Grange Prize' (now the AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize), Canada's highest award for excellence in international photography.

Françoise Dupré

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

Born in France, based in London and a permanent UK Resident, Françoise Dupré trained in London at City University (MA in Museum & Gallery Management), Chelsea College of Art and Design (MA History and Theory of Modern Art) and Camberwell College of Arts (BA (Hons) Fine Art-Sculpture).

Françoise is a self-employed artist-curator and a part-time senior lecturer in Fine Art at Birmingham City University, School of Art where she contributes to the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) strand: Art in the Public Sphere.

Mona Casey

Course Director, MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice

Mona Casey co-ordinates Slice, which circulates work through exhibitions, publications and online. She is also co-director of The Event, a bi-annual presentation of artist-led galleries and projects in Birmingham.

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