Empowering Positive Change - MA Applied and Community Arts (Specialism)

Do you believe in the ability of art and creative culture, to improve and empower communities? To deliver improved wellbeing in society? Then by studying this master’s degree, you will be perfectly equipped to make a difference.

Studying art and culture in the community

This course offers the chance for any passionate graduate or professional from the sector, to develop the skills and understanding needed to deliver projects alongside community organisations.

At the heart of this master’s degree, is a belief that by understanding the potential of art and design, in a social and cultural context, as well as how it can be best applied, you will leave this course with the ability to make a truly amazing contribution.

It is the magic of art and design, that means it can be used in a vast number of settings, whether in youth projects, the probation service or health and wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to explore these areas and immerse yourself in them.

Course Highlights

  • At the University of Bolton, we have designed this course so that it provides the foundations of your career, inspires you and helps you make a difference. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Our staff are active within the industry, highly experienced and passionate about applied and community arts
  • We have links with organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West, with opportunities to collaborate on live, real-world projects
  • This course develops practical skills you will need, such as funding applications, project management and self-employment requirements
  • You will reflect on your interaction with others, style of delivery and group engagement in order to enhance your abilities

Launchpad for your career

For anyone with a creative background, such as a degree in Art and Design, or theatre, and who wish to use this to effect positive change in the community, then this industry-focused master’s is the launchpad for you.

Our vision is to provide each student with the skills and competencies needed to be employed or self-employed, working on projects in any community setting. If studying this course ignites your passion for education, then it also offers an effective route into further studies.

Studying at the University of Bolton

You will be part of a close-knit, passionate group of students and staff on our small, friendly campus, only 20 minutes away from Manchester.

Our class sizes are smaller than standard universities, to enhance the interaction between students and staff, provide more focused support and a higher quality of learning. We are proud that our students have voted us No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West (Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019).

This part of the world has a rich history of community values, artistic and creative excellence and you will be able to explore all of this whilst preparing for a future of making a difference to those around you. 

To find out more, visit our course page today and start your new journey!


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