Our Public Art and Performance MA prepares artists and art professionals for the increasing demand in the sector to develop publicly interactive, performative and immersive work.
In association with Tate Exchange at Tate Modern and in collaboration with national and international art organisations and institutions, this MA degree encourages a practical and industry-minded approach to exploring how contemporary art experiences engage with the public.
The course is designed to develop career paths for artists, curators and facilitators interested in any creative medium (visual art, performance, video, installation, sculpture and digital art), with a specific focus on developing public-facing projects.
With funding bodies such as Arts Council England demanding that inclusivity and audience engagement are championed, the course also delves into the question of arts funding and how to gain commissions and promote yourself as an art professional.
All tutors are internationally recognised industry professionals, approaching this subject from different angles and areas of expertise. The course leader is also offering anyone interested in this MA degree course a complimentary portfolio/project review session to ensure you're ready to showcase the best of your work at the interview stage.
During this course, you’ll take a detailed look at the performative relationship between artworks and their viewers/participants, whilst developing new interdisciplinary projects in this respect.
With public engagement at the core of current programming by art institutions worldwide, museums and galleries are increasingly experimenting with innovative ways to make the public directly involved in their experiences. Funding bodies like Arts Council England demand that their supported artists and institutions champion inclusivity and audience engagement. Joining this master’s programme is your chance to be at the forefront of this movement.
This course places a strong emphasis on the idea that all public art can be seen as performative, regardless of the disciplines an artwork entails. The ideas of public work and performativity will therefore represent interdisciplinary stimuli for a variety of tasks and topics.
In the autumn and spring terms you’ll follow the module Public Art and Performative Practices, which will provide an overall artistic and conceptual path for your learning. With regular visits to London art galleries and an association with Tate Exchange, you’ll have the chance to explore the artistic and cultural potential of developing public art works, as well as making professional contacts in the process. Practical projects and workshops in studio will complement these, enabling you to creatively test the ideas you have explored.
The 研究 for Practice module will support you through this creative journey, helping you develop your research awareness and providing you with a greater understanding of the implications of developing methodologies and academic inquiries. In turn, this will inform your artistic perspectives with theoretical and methodological rigour.
The above modules are complemented by two Professional Focus units. In the autumn term, Professional Focus 1: Public Art Funding and Commissions will give you inside knowledge into aspects of public art such as fundraising, searching for commissions and promoting yourself as an artist / art professional.
The spring term will see you delve into the logistic implications of public art experiences as you undertake Professional Focus 2: Project Managing Public Art,. Here, you’ll explore best practice in project management and learn technical skills, including risk assessing, public liability, access and inclusivity.
All four modules will inform your final project during the summer term. At this point you will conceive and produce a work of public art to professional standards and exhibit this in the Cass MA show and/or in a chosen public location.
Based at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to study at our renowned school of art in the heart of London, a global hub in the art world, home to hundreds of art galleries and museums, art events and a range of other artistic institutions and businesses.
You will be assessed through individual and group presentations, practice-based activities, written assignments and a final project made up of a practical assignment and/or written thesis. All assessments are designed to draw on relevant industry standards and on the current discourses in the related research area.
You will be required to have:
A full university application form will need to be submitted, which includes a detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of award certificates.
You will be invited for an interview, for which you need to prepare either a portfolio of work or a detailed example of a subject-related project. Should you want to, you can also choose to have a portfolio/project review session prior to the interview stage.To find out more please contact Dr Scarso.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Autumn term modules:
Spring term modules:
Summer term modules:
Build your knowledge of the art world and discover careers in a growing field within the industry. Career opportunities include:
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things
like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course
and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for
example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee
and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
"Whether we're inspired by images, performance, film, music (the list really is endless here) – art is not an optional add-on, it is a public need. My colleagues and I have designed a programme that directly responds to the global art world: an ever-changing sector that sees the public no longer as simply a "viewer", but as an immersed participant, an active contributor, a co-creator. We want to provide our students not only with exciting creative challenges but also with real life models of how this industry is evolving."
Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Course leader and Reader in Art and Performance
The course leader is offering anyone interested in this MA degree course a complimentary portfolio/project review session to ensure you're ready to showcase the best of your work at the interview stage. To arrange a review session or find out more about the course, please contact Dr Scarso.
Use the apply button to begin your application.
Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
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28-30 May 2020
Live stream theatre arts festival will tackle unspoken and challenging themes.
Deadline 30 April
Bursaries honour memory of leading artist, disability activist and Cass Fine Art alumna.
Senior lecturer Rishi Trikha worked on ‘Everything I See I Swallow’ and ‘The Chosen Haram’, which the Stage newspaper named among the best shows of 2019.
Artist and Cass Professor Bob and Roberta Smith is setting a creative project a day for his students – and the world.
11 to 29 March 2020
Exhibition at Aldgate library as part of Women’s History Month 2020 features photography by students, alumni and staff of The Cass.
3 to 8 March 2020
Photography alumna raising funds for Islington Mind as part of new exhibition.
A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.
Thursday 27 February 2020 at 6.30pm
Talk by leading photographer as part of series in collaboration with London Independent Photographers.
26 March 2020, 6pm to 8.30pm
New Café Royal Box-set features work by renowned photographers Diane Bush, Brian Griffin, Tom Hunter and Mike Seaborne.
国际 symposium and exhibition announced at The Cass for March 2020.
30 January to 12 February 2020
New exhibition by artist and Cass Textiles course leader James Hunting.
Michael Stubbs: Small Scale Works will be exhibited at the Glasgow School of Arts from 10 Jan 2020 - 2 Feb 2020.
Thursday 23 January 2020 at 6.30pm
Latest lecture in series organised by London Independent Photography in partnership with The Cass.
Two exhibitions in the capital for recent Photography graduate Angela Blažanović.
Course leader for Public Art and Performance MA. Reader in Art and Performance at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Dr Galia Kollectiv is a writer, curator and performer working primarily in film and performance.
Andrew Siddall is a maker and production designer who specialises in work directly engaging young people.