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Creative Practice

Why Study Creative Practice?
The MA and PG Dip in Creative Practice offer artists, designers and filmmakers a creative and critically informed environment in which to develop and consolidate their practice. The course will support imaginative, experimental and interdisciplinary enquiry through a range of media and approaches. Students will choose one of four strands in which to base their study:

(a) contemporary art studio practice,

(b) digital cultures,

(c) film and lens based media, and,

(d) socially engaged practice.

The course is structured so as to balance general and specific demands of various practices. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively as well as be independent, self-directed critical thinkers. The emphasis of the course is on the student completing a large practice-based project. This culminates with the production of a final exhibition, film screening or project presentation for both MA and PG Dip students, with an additional thesis requirement demonstrating appropriate critical contextualization of the practice based work for MA students.

Centre for the Creative Arts and Media (CCAM)
You are always welcome
Prospective students are very welcome to visit the Campus. To make an appointment simply contact us by phone, or discuss your ideas or options. Visiting the Centre gives you the opportunity to talk with lecturers or to meet current students who give you insight about their experiences at CCAM.

Events and keep in contact
Send your contact details to ccam@gmit.ie to join our mailing list at Centre for Creative Arts and Media. You will receive updates from us including Open Day opportunities and other showcase events. Mailing list member are invited to our annual Graduate showcases in Film and Documentary and Contemporary Art.

Duration

12 months. October to September.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

What are my career opportunities?
Targeted areas of employment for graduates of this programme lie within the extensive range of creative networks and cultural infrastructure of the city, region and beyond. Employment includes self-employed artists, socially engaged and public art projects, arts administration, curation, film makers, technicians and designers. Within education, opportunities exist for advanced research at level 10 and beyond as well as opportunities in second and third level teaching, lecturing and art education programmes in museum and cultural institutions. The sector thrives on innovation, initiative and ambition. The MA in Creative Practice fosters such ambition through a strategically informed practical project-based environment.

Further enquiries

Dr. Gavin Murphy,
Tel: +353 91 770661
E-mail: gavin.murphy@gmit.ie

Subjects taught

What will I study?
The MA in Creative Practice is a 12-month 90 credit course. The PG Dip is an 8-month 60 credit course. In both programmes there are three mandatory taught modules; Themes and Issues in Creative Practice (10 credits); Professional Development (10 credits); Research and Innovation (10 credits).

Students undertaking the MA would also undertake a 60-credit Research Project. Students undertaking the PG Dip will undertake the Creative Practice Projects for 30 credits. Students graduating with a PG Dip can also return later to undertake the Minor Thesis for additional 30 credits in order to achieve their MA award.

The Research Project of Creative Practice Project is initiated by a project proposal which will be guided and developed to completion by the end of the course. In the case of the 60-credit Research Project module; first, a practice-based element is undertaken where the student focuses on developing their art, film, digital media or socially engaged practice to completion. The second element seeks to critically contextualize their practice through the written form, taking into consideration the wider social and cultural fields in which their practice will perform. The two elements can overlap to greater or lesser extent depending on the project and the individual requirements. This structure has allowed the offering of the PG Dip 30 credit Creative Practice Projects module, followed by the Minor Thesis module if the student wishes to continue to achieve the MA award. These two 30-credit modules largely mirror the overlapping elements structure of the 60-credit module, however they can also be taken independently. This flexibility also allows the opportunity of an exit from the MA programme with a 60-credit Post-Graduate Diploma.

Comment

The Centre for the Creative Arts & Media is a specialist campus located in the heart of Galway City. The campus offers undergraduate studies in Contemporary Art, in Design, and in Film & Documentary in a lively community which includes students, lecturers, support staff, creative enterprise, and a range of resident arts and film practitioners. It is equipped with a variety of workspaces, computer labs, editing and film suites and a range of studio-workshops. Lectures are delivered by expert staff, passionate about their various professional interests and research areas. The staff-student relationship is highly collaborative, fostered in a positive and friendly atmosphere. This makes CCAM an exceptional place to study. Learners, lecturers and graduates have won many accolades and awards for their achievements and are leaders throughout the worlds of film, documentary, creative arts and culture. Graduates go on to have a wide range of careers and find that the learning pathways opened up through study of creative arts and practice are invaluable. The Centre is an active and vibrant place to develop creativity through carefully designed degree programmes.

Prospective students are very welcome to visit the Campus. To make an appointment simply contact us by phone, or discuss your ideas or options. Visiting the Centre gives you the opportunity to talk with lecturers or to meet current students who give you their insight about their experiences at CCAM.

Please send your contact details to ccam@gmit.ie to join our mailing list at Centre for Creative Arts and Media. You will receive updates from us including Open Day opportunities and other showcase events. Mailing list members are invited to our annual Graduate showcases in Film and Documentary, Design and Contemporary Art.

New Creative Day
Note that, along with the Leaving Certificate requirements attendance at a ‘Creative Day’ is mandatory for entry to the programmes in Design and in Contemporary Art. (It is not required for Film & Documentary). The Creative Day will involve a range of activities designed to assist applicants in expressing their individual creativity and imagination in addition to exploring the range of exciting pathways available at CCAM. A maximum of 600 points will be awarded for the Creative Day activities. The full description of the Creative Day activities and the grading criteria will be available on our website in advance, which may include examples of previous creative work. The points will be added to the CAO points in determining offers. Further information can be obtained by calling the Centre for the Creative Arts and Media at (091) 745403 or from the GMIT website http://www.gmit.ie/ccam

Course fee

Fees and Grants
The current fees are available on the GMIT website www.gmit.ie Students who have previously attended third level education may be liable for tuition fees and Student Contribution.

Students taking repeat modules will be liable for repeat tuition fees and Student Contribution.

Non-EU applicants may be liable for the International fee. Please refer to the GMIT website for further information on fee assessment or contact the Fees Office on 091 742139.

The website www.studentfinance.ie also provides valuable information on grants and other financial supports

Enrolment and start dates

Apply directly to the Admissions Office, GMIT

Admissions Office,
Office of Academic Affairs,
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Galway.

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