Friday 20 June 2008

Edinburgh College of Art MA Contemporary Art Theory Exhibition and Scholarships

If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you

The GRV, Friday 20th June, 7pm

The GRV Studio 2, 37 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JG

Performance by Shelly Nadashi, 8pm
Panel discussion with artists:
Sunday 22nd June 2008, 2pm
Artist talk with Katinka Simonse (a.k.a. TINKEBELL) and closing event:
Sunday 20th July 2008, 5pm.

Curated by MA Contemporary Art Theory students in the Centre for Visual & Cultural Studies at Edinburgh College of Art, If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you brings together the work of Erica Eyres (Scotland); Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir (Iceland); Katinka Simonse a.k.a. TINKEBELL (The Netherlands); Lorraine Sue-Fern Yeung (England); and Shelly Nadashi (Israel).

Based on our long-established postgraduate programmes and higher research degrees, Edinburgh College of Art's MA, MFA, MPhil and PhD awards have recently been revalidated by the University of Edinburgh. Our programmes allow our students to take the fullest advantage of Scotland's celebrated institutions and the convivial community of talent that fronts the latest international developments in the creative arts.

Taught Postgraduate Studies in Visual & Cultural Studies brings together ideas and materials from a wide range of disciplines to investigate contemporary visual and material culture, cultural theory and organisational praxis. Our flexible programme structure allows you to specialise in the study of contemporary art or material culture while developing a broader interdisciplinary outlook. A creative, holistic and practicable knowledge of the polymathic discipline of Visual Culture is applied to the multidisciplinary analysis of a wide array of practices, including: new media, technologies, art works and projects, design, artefacts, texts, international contexts, cultural geographies and professional practices. Joining a growing international postgraduate community at eca who collaborate across disciplines, postgraduates in Visual & Cultural Studies contribute creatively to a range of art and design synergies.


Establishing the vital components of a sustainable critical and curatorial practice, the MA programmes progress through integrated stages that allow you to gain greater confidence and control over your theoretical and organisational abilities. Core courses in Contemporary Art Theory or Visual & Material Culture provide a high degree of specialisation within your chosen field. Visual Cultures and Cultural Turns engage with theoretical and methodological discourses and debates at the forefront of contemporary visual and cultural studies. Exhibition and Curating encourages the theoretical analysis of contemporary issues in curating and museology in relation to new art and material culture, allowing you to explore areas of crossover and productive tension. Directed in collaboration with your peers, this module culminates in the commissioning and organisation of a substantial curated exhibition project.


On completion of these courses, MA students begin a self-directed theoretical or practice-led Research Project. Alternatively, students who wish to continue to higher graduate research can opt to transfer to the taught MFA Visual Culture research preparation programme (also open to direct entry applicants).


Applications to Taught Postgraduate Programmes in Visual Culture Studies are for entry in late September are evaluated twice per year: in the first week of March (for AHRC applicants) and the first week of August.

You should hold an honours degree with classification 2:1 or above or the equivalent in a relevant cultural discipline. Exceptional applications from those with honours degrees in other, unrelated disciplines or from applicants with a relevant combination of qualifications and work experience will be considered.

You should demonstrate your achievement of these criteria by the submission of an eca application form, a Study Proposal and an appropriate funding application. Your Study Proposal should specify your reasons for application as well as your research interests and intentions. You can choose to study to MA stage (45 weeks full-time) or to the MFA research preparation stage (65 weeks full-time /35 weeks direct-entry). Please indicate your intended pathway in your application: MA Contemporary Art Theory or MA Visual & Material Culture or MFA Visual Culture.

Applicants who already hold a PGDip or MA award or equivalent may apply for direct entry to the MFA Visual Culture research preparation stage of study (equivalent to the first year our PhD programme). Students successfully nearing completion of the MFA Visual Culture are encouraged to convert their registration to PhD Visual Culture.




EU: MA/MFA applicants from Scotland, Eire and continental European member states of the EU are considered for eca's fully-funded PSAAS Scholarships. Deadline: first week of August 2008.

International: Applicants from Non-EU states to all graduate programmes are considered for eca's part-funded International Scholarships. Deadline: first week of August 2008.

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