Arts And Creative Technologies (By Negotiated Study) MSc

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 13 Months

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £7,620 per course
  • International students: £12,750 per course
Course start January, September
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  • Choose or ‘negotiate’ most of the modules
  • Study part-time or full-time
  • Focus on essay writing, work-experience or make some artefacts (or a mixture of the three)
  • Specialise in one discipline or do interdisciplinary study
  • Also available at MA level
  • You even get a say in what the award title on your certificate will be 
  • Postgraduate loans now available

Course outline

A unique Masters programme in which YOU decide the focus and subject of your postgraduate studies in the diverse area of Arts and Creative Technologies.

It is impossible to describe this course, because it is different for every single student. You are the person who decides what you want to do (as long as it’s at a postgraduate level of study).

All you need to get started is a project that you want to tackle over the course. This could be a book or film project, it could be compiling a portfolio targeted for a specific job, it could be work for an exhibition or it could be something you always wanted to find out more about (and these are just a few examples).

Armed with your proposal we will find you a subject-specific mentor, who will help you put together a Learning Contract, which is your own bespoke course design, which will allow you to complete your project. You can use your own experience and interests to explore a subject through work-experience. You can also use the resources of the faculty –whether it be teaching and research expertise or workshop facilities – to help you. You even pick your own title for the course.

Most of the content of this award is up to you. There are two shared core modules, in which you design your Learning Contract and learn about research methods, and everything else is negotiated by you.

Course content

Approaches to Flexible Learning

Research Methods Seminar

Negotiated Project 1

Negotiated Project 2

Negotiated Study Masters Project

You will also be able to choose two options from our range of postgraduate courses.

Graduate destinations

The course will qualify you to embark on further academic study at PhD level or move into a creative environment in the commercial and employment sector depending on the discipline followed.

Student experience

"I chose the course because I wanted to take ownership of my own learning.  I did not want to commit to another taught course where I would simply be passing assessments just to gain the qualification; I wanted to make this learning relevant and tailored to me and to undergo a different learning experience by generating my own syllabus.  Being both architect and student of my course engaged me to a level I had never experienced before.  I was able to study my area of interest, reflect upon my own practices and experiences as part of the learning process and use my own workplace as a resource for research.  I was able to attend lectures, seminars and workshops from various faculties within the University which were relevant to my area of study and was well supported by my supervisor and course leader.  This was an excellent course and I enjoyed every moment of it.  I felt empowered and motivated throughout and have a qualification I am extremely proud of." 

Janet Graham (Graduated, 2015)

"My experience so far has been very positive and the flexibility of Staffordshire University’s approach is helping me to make more of the course than I expected."

Andrew Hill (currently studying for an MA in Applied and Philosophical Ethics)


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