New course will allow students to get involved with communities

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is launching a new Masters course at Gray’s School of Art this year which will offer students the chance to practice art and design in an organisation of their choosing.

The Masters of Fine Art (MFA) or Design (MDes) in Contextualised Practice offers students two options, one which is studio based, the other tailored towards a collaborative programme working with local and regional external partners in education, health, social enterprise and arts.

The studio practice pathway allows students to focus on the development of a personal contextualised practice-based programme and course of study that is individually tailored, in conjunction with academic staff at Gray’s.

The contextual practice pathway, meanwhile, offers the unique opportunity to develop professional skills and research needs through a structured and mentored collaboration with an organisation related to a particular area of interest.

Students will be based outwith the art school for the majority of the course, working on real life briefs and live research projects, while developing relationships and networking opportunities in conjunction with mentors at Gray’s and host organisations.

External partners include Deveron Arts, Huntly; Transition Xtreme, Aberdeen; Sound Festival, Aberdeen; Grampian Hospital Arts Trust; Woodend Barn, Banchory; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden; and Moray Arts, Findhorn; but students can also propose their own professional partner.

Students will need to attend at Gray’s School of Art on a regular basis for lectures, seminars and workshop sessions.