University College for the Creative Arts

MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

The course draws on the close relationship between fine art and architecture at our Canterbury campus – where there are the long-established MFA (International Practice) and MA Fine Art– and provides opportunities to investigate critical issues of the spatial and site, which may be institutional, discursive, architectural, specific or performative.

In this course, student projects will be contextualized within contemporary debates around how spaces are produced, performed, theorised and gendered, and will extend the boundaries of contemporary art, architecture, design, performance and spatial practices. The course is supported by a visiting programme of artists, architects, performance theorists, geographers and cultural theorists.

Prospective students will have a background related to any of a number of disciplines, including fine art, architecture, performance, dance, design, media and the humanities. On the course they will engage with their particular discipline through an expanded notion of transformational, spatial practice which will evolve through an investigative approach drawing on the interdisciplinary framework of the course.

The Canterbury School of Architecture is part of the University College for the Creative Arts, which has around 6,500 students enrolled on more than 80 different courses, and offers ARB/RIBA Architecture Parts 1 and 2 as well as Interior Architecture and Design. The University College is home to several public art galleries - including the Herbert Read on the Canterbury Campus -, to the Crafts Study Centre, and to research centres that include the Centre for Sustainable Design, the Animation Research Centre and the Public Art and Architecture (PARC) research centre. In addition, UCCA is home to various research 'clusters', including MAKE - The Model as an Articulation of Knowledge and Experimentation - and the Critical Spatial Practices group which directly supports the MA Spatial Practices.

Oren Lieberman: Course Leader, MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

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