This interdisciplinary, ideas-driven course allows you to focus on your interests in the pursuit of your preferred creative vision. Rather than defining you by a practice, such as painting, sculpture or print, this course is very much about you exploring your ideas, and the materials, media and processes that excite you. Through experimentation and research, the course encourages you to learn a range of practical skills, which are supported by the excellent workshop facilities. You will work on individual, collaborative, ‘work’ relevant projects and develop networks with those in your chosen field through an exchange/placement programme. Through your experiences on the course you will define the contexts which are appropriate for you and your working practice, be that in art, design or any other field where creativity is valued.
Are you driven by your curiosity? Do you constantly ask “What if?” Are you prepared to take risks to find the answer to this question? Interactive Arts is a dynamic, interdisciplinary, ideas-driven course. It is practice-based and seeks to exploit the exciting and creative opportunities generated by the development of ideas across a diverse range of processes, networks, technologies and ‘cultures’. You will be encouraged to develop ‘creative independence’ - an awareness of who you are creatively and culturally, and confidence in how, and where you wish to apply that creativity.
In Year 1 you will be introduced to the philosophy of the course, quickly taking responsibility for your own projects and creative agenda and employing the advantages of both individual and group working processes.
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.
You will begin to develop your own ideas and creative methodologies through a range of practical processes, and will be expected to initiate an individual response to project proposals. This will be supported by individual and group tutorials, peer review and the continuation of lectures on Creative Methodology.
This unit forms an introduction to the course philosophy, ideas generation and problem solving by taking part in individual and group activities. It includes working on group or individual projects/challenges in relation to personal studio, technical and library resources. You will be supported by individual tutorials, group tutorials, peer review and lectures on creative methodology.
This unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within Manchester School of Art. The unit covers set project(s) which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. You will engage in lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to creative opportunities.
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.
In Year 2, through a combination of personal practice and networking activities, you will begin to develop your ideas in a broader context. This may involve the University exchange programme to Europe, Australia or North America, or other means of working with the wider community through exhibitions, placements, national and international projects.
You will develop two interactive projects (or equivalent) that may be realised in groups and individually.The outcomes will build on understanding of concerns arising from level 4, and locate their emerging interactive arts practice in a professional context which they will define through research, experimentation and testing.
This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.
Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.
Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.
In Year 3, having identified your strengths, you will develop your practice and establish what context you wish to work in. This could involve working, individually, collaboratively or with external organisations. Through self initiated projects underpinned by thorough research you will work towards your chosen creative path or postgraduate study.
You will develop a body of personal work that is technically proficient and intellectually resolved. You will investigate your chosen area through context sensitive conceptual and technical experimentation. You will produce a body of personal work generated in response to an exhibition and initial research proposal negotiated through the learning agreement.
On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.
Year end assessment presentations, involving staff, self and peer assessment. On-going formative assessment, feedback and discussion.
You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document.
Visit our online Degree Show galleries to see examples of work by final year Interactive Arts students.
Graduates have progressed with success to national and international postgraduate study and careers in areas as diverse as Fine Art Practice, Design, Events Management and Art Education.
Some web sites of Interactive Arts Graduates. Please note that MMU is not responsible for the content on these sites.
Apply through UCAS.
You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.
|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required|
280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other level 3 qualifications.
Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE Grade C (or alternative) in English Language
|Non Tariffed Qualifications|
A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course.
|International Baccalaureate||28 Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 6 with no element below 5.5 is required.
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UK and EU full-time students: £9,000
Non-EU full-time international students: £11,000
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