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MA Socially Engaged Arts Practice

University of Salford

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Do you want to empower communities through the power of art? Socially engaged practice involves collaboration and participation with people, through co-authored and co-produced activities that helps to define an environment, attitude or experience, and is often defined by the process of these interactions, rather than an outcome. Considering pressing issues such as inclusion, mental health awareness, homelessness, amongst many others enables students of this course to explore a wider variety of real-life scenarios and apply an artistic approach and understanding to developing conversations and debate around these areas with relevant stakeholders within a community.

Artists have a history of using their creativity to highlight the topics that matter to them. If you want to be part of the next generation of socially engaged artists - through either full-time or part-time study - our socially engaged arts practice programme is for you.


Upon graduating from this socially engaged art master’s programme, you may choose to pursue a variety of career paths. For example, you could become a freelance artist, working in galleries, prisons, youth centres, hospitals, and schools.

Alternatively, you may take the knowledge you’ve gained and go into teaching, through a variety of formal and non-formal workshop or residency settings. This could take place in primary and secondary schools, further and higher education, prison education, youth clubs, or residential and care homes, to name a few.

As well as that, you will also have a lot of options available from a wider perspective, thanks to the transferrable skills gained during your studies. Being able to research, develop and present ideas to a professional level is a skillset valued by many employers. Additionally, you may decide to continue your practice-based and driven research, supported via MPhil/Phd courses, at the University of Salford.


Our MA Art and Design programmes have great working relationships key cultural organisations within the North-west. These include the Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Hotbed Press, Turnpike Gallery, Islington Mill, Castlefield Gallery, International 3, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Artworks, Mark Devereux Projects, Textbook Studios, Dr Me, Magma Books and HOME. Talks are also in process with community organisations in Salford and the North-west, including Pendleton Together and The Children's Society and The Seashell Trust, which will provide opportunities for students to work with and respond to local communities and initiatives.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,345per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Salford

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  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 87 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    125 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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