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  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities Manchester School of Art

    Taught Postgraduate Network in Art, Design and Media

    Programme Specification

    This document provides a concise summary of the main features of the course(s) & associated award(s) offered through this Programme Specification, and includes the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, curriculum content, teaching/learning, assessment methods for each unit and on the Programmes relationship to QAA Subject Benchmark Statements may be found in the dedicated student handbook for the Programme. The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed periodically by the University and may be subject to verification by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

  • PARM1.3

    Versioning of Programme Specification This programme specification is valid for the period of approval confirmed at the time of the approval/last review event and relates to provision approved at that point. Programme specifications are updated on an annual basis to include modifications approved through the Universitys quality assurance processes. This version provides a description of the programme as approved for the academic session indicated in section 3 of the following table.

    1 Date of initial Approval or last review: 4 & 5 March 2013

    2 Effective date of Approved/Reviewed Programme Specification:

    1 September 2013 31 August 2019

    3 This Version effective from: September 2016

    4 Version number: 2013/Version 4

    Students who commenced their study on awards within this programme specification prior to September 2013 should refer to the previous version of the programme specification published on the CASQE website. http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/specs/index.php

    Modifications to Programme Specification

    Modifications to the programme specification since approval/last review, and the cohort of students affected by the change, are listed at the back of the document.

    Cross Referencing of Programme Specifications

    The following elements of provision included in this document is/ are also included in the following programme specifications

    Award Programme Specification


    Amendments made to provision listed in this table, must also be reflected in the relevant programme specifications listed above



    0 Brief Overview

    Brief Descriptive Summary Manchester School of Art Ethos: Our student experience is Responsive, Contemporary, Idiosyncratic, Original, Unconventional, Professional

    Practice based experiential learning is at the heart of the Art School ethos and this network of taught postgraduate course awards seeks to provide a vibrant, intellectually stimulating postgraduate community within which students can progress their learning through doing and making. The Manchester School of Art Taught Postgraduate Network in Art, Design and Media provides a co-ordinated range of Masters Level courses in art, design, theories, and media subjects. The programme network incorporates cognate subject groups, which are situated within departments providing disciplinary, academic support and development. A cross-departmental postgraduate platform offers trans-disciplinary optional units that foreground research thematics and professional contextualisation. The Schools technical and workshop facilities, which are available for all students to utilise, support this networked and trans-disciplinary approach. The programme network offers two final awards, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Art (MFA). The Master of Fine Art (MFA) will offer an extended period of time after the achievement of 180 credits on the Masters of Arts (MA). It consists of a further 120 credits of study by which to demonstrate an independent professional competence within the chosen creative field. The ethos of the award acknowledges that the required level of professional maturity develops from study over an extended period of time therefore offers a professionally engaged environment which situates the students practice within an external organization or institution. It builds on the learning taking place in the professional platforms unit. While the MA enables significant identification and resolution of practical endeavor, the MFA provides a further opportunity to fully realise a body of work and future career path that is viable within its professional context. Articulation of Graduate Prospects Students can expect to be equipped with a range of specialist and transferable skills that will enable them to pursue careers and self employment in their chosen field in the creative industries or continue to higher level academic pursuit at doctoral level study. Students are highly motivated, independent and creative thinkers having developed their studies within a culture geared to predominantly portfolio careers. They will have the ability to exploit their understanding and skills, transferring the results of recent research into the creative industries and marketplace, as entrepreneurial innovators, freelance practitioners and innovative team players. Past graduates predominantly achieve graduate level positions or practices as sole traders, design studio artists, exhibiting artists, museum curators, archivists, researchers, academics, community practitioners, specialist technicians and filmmakers at national and international levels.

    General Information

    1 Overarching Programme Specification Title

    Manchester School of Art Taught Postgraduate Network in Art, Design and Media.

    2 Final award(s)/title(s) Department of Design MFA Illustration

  • (including any PSRB final awards conferred mark these as PSRB Award)

    MFA Animation MFA Graphic Design and Art Direction MFA Interior Design MFA Textile Practice MFA Embroidery MFA Textiles for Fashion MFA Fashion: Womenswear MFA Fashion: Menswear MFA Fashion: Knitwear MFA Fashion: Fashion Graphics MFA Design: Lab MFA Design: Ceramics MFA Design: Furniture MFA Design: Jewellery MFA Design: Glass MA Illustration MA Animation MA Graphic Design and Art Direction MA Interior Design MA Textile Practice MA Embroidery MA Textiles for Fashion MA Fashion: Womenswear MA Fashion: Menswear MA Fashion: Knitwear MA Fashion: Fashion Graphics MA Design: Lab MA Design: Ceramics MA Design: Furniture MA Design: Jewellery MA Design: Glass Department of Art MFA Fine Art MFA Drawing MFA Collaborative Practice MFA Contemporary Curating MFA Contemporary Visual Culture MFA Design Culture MA Fine Art MA Drawing MA Collaborative Practice MA Contemporary Curating MA Contemporary Visual Culture MA Design Culture Department of Media MFA Filmmaking MFA Photography MFA Media Culture MA Filmmaking

  • MA Photography MA Media Culture

    3 Combined Honours Subject(s)offered through the programme specification together with associated final award(s) (where relevant)

    Subject(s): Final Awards:

    4 Interim exit award(s)/title(s) (including Combined Honours interim exit awards)

    Department of Art Postgraduate Certificate in Art Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Visual and Curatorial studies

    Department of Design

    Postgraduate Certificate in Design Department of Media

    Postgraduate Certificate in Media Department of Art

    Postgraduate Diploma in Art Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Visual and Curatorial Studies

    Department of Design

    Postgraduate Diploma in Design Department of Media

    Postgraduate Diploma in Media

    5 Mode(s) (only include duration where there is a PSRB requirement for limited duration )

    Full time Part time

    6 FHEQ position of final award(s)

    Masters (Level 7)*

    7 Awarding institution (include PSRBs which confer a joint or additional qualification on successful completion of programme)

    Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester School of Art

    8 Teaching institution(s) (include collaborative partners where appropriate if more than one award in programme specification, indicate which are taught by partner)

    Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester School of Art


    Relationship with Foundation Year (if more than one award in programme specification, indicate which have links with Foundation Year)

    Administrative Details

    10 Home Department/ School/ Institute

    Manchester School of Art

    11 Home Faculty

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities Manchester School of Art

    12 UCAS code(s)


  • Collaborative Arrangements (where relevant)

    13 Approved Collaborative partner(s) (provide name of partner(s) and type of partnership)

    Partner Name Type of Collaborative Partnership


    14 Other Approved Academic Partnership(s) (other than collaborative)

    Partner Name Type of Academic Partnership


    Approval Status

    15 Date and Period of approval of most recent MMU review/ approval

    (i) Latest review/approval March 2013 6 years September 2013 August 2019

    (ii) Modifications to Programme Specification Major modification April 2015: Change to exit award titles, removal of optional unit and clarification of role descriptors.

    16 Next Scheduled Review Date:


    17 PS/1 effective date: (ie date from which the outcome of approval or last review is effective OR the date from which amendments