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2 Year Postgraduate Arts Program - (MA)

Note: Applicants should apply to the MA courses if they intend to take up PGDP Finish. There is no separate application form for PGDP Finish; one can exit at the end of year 1 of MA with an award of a PG Diploma upon successful completion of the graduation requirements.

2 Year Postgraduate Arts Programs offered for the Academic Year 2024-25

The MA is for:

Individuals interested in the practices of critical scholarship, creative arts,
and media who would like to:

  • Advance careers in the arts, technology, and cultural sector;
  • Ground current skills in research and public practice; and/or
  • Pursue further studies in a PhD program.

At the heart of it, the MA concentrations prepare students to:

  • Develop theoretical, historical, philosophical, and material approaches to practice;
  • Reflect on fields of practice and one’s relationship to practice (questions of personhood);
  • Add criticality to practice, including academia;
  • Collaborate with other professionals; and Engage distinct communities and publics.

The specificities of MA practice are:

Making use of different media, ways of knowing, and research methodologies that help to:

  • Re-position skill as a keyword for empirical and theoretical inquiry.
  • Make tangible the processes of learning and research by engaging directly with communities, technologies, primary material sources, and published scholarship.
  • Define employability as future academics, public practitioners in arts and design organizations, cultural organizers, and researchers in academic and public projects.

The educational goals of an MA are:

MA students develop research, critical making, and public scholarship skills via textual, visual, and multi-media forms that:

  • Bring out key questions, forms, and methods by scholars and practitioners in the field.
  • Study past and contemporary understandings of material phenomena. Through such studies, the history and theory of these fields and practices and their philosophies and methods of knowing and making become significant.
  • Build discourse around specific themes defined by time, geographical focus, social complexity, material medium, and one’s positionality as researcher, teacher, and/or maker.
  • Examine ethics of research scholarship and practice.
  • Commit to public good towards responsible citizen-scholarship.
  • Anticipate possible futures by centering the materiality of complex human and non-human conditions.

Modes of learning:

  • Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary studios
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Lines of Inquiries (Field work, Case Studies, Investigations, individual or Group Projects, Transdisciplinary Research)
  • Theory and Understanding
  • Independent Study
  • Open Elective
  • Practice
  • Exhibitions
  • Culminating Performances of Understanding (Portfolio, Transdisciplinary research, Projects, Colloquium, Capstone/Dissertation)
  • Knowledge Enhancement (ability or skills)