September 24, 2014

Master of Research in Creative Practices

Glasgow School of Art
Andrew Welsby, Drawing Machine as Cybernetic
System, No.3:
, 2013. Digital photograph,
16 x 23 cm. © Andrew Welsby 2013.

This forward-thinking Masters programme offers an opportunity to reflect on your academic work and practices in a mixed disciplinary environment that creates imaginative inter-connections and opens new potentials. On the Master of Research in Creative Practices at Glasgow School of Art, academic enquiry and the many forms of creative expression are examined in the wider context of social, historical, cultural and theoretical discourse. Students consider their place in the wider world, and are encouraged to look at common concerns through a variety of lenses.

Our regular staff contributors cover a rich mix of intellectual traditions and themes in critical, historical and philosophical enquiry, as well as cultures of art, design, archiving, and architecture. In addition to this we invite experts from creative industries, and site some sessions in museums, or in and around the city.

A 12-month taught postgraduate degree, the MRes serves as a stand-alone Masters qualification or as pre-doctorate training in research methodology. In stages one and two, leading to postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma respectively, students acquire a strong base in traditional research processes and engage with a variety of theoretical and cultural discourse. Successful completion of stages one and two leads to the Masters project, undertaken under the guidance of an individual supervisor.

Peer learning and dialogue are key factors in the year via group crits and seminars; there are also individual tutorials with theory and practice based staff. The experience of the MRes in Creative Practices leads to a variety of outcomes for different individuals. These have included PhD studies, professional research projects, crossing over into different disciplines, expanding ones field of practice, or simply returning to established practice with more confidence.

Applications are invited from art school graduates of all disciplines, as well as graduates of art history, education, literature, and other arts and humanities fields. Interdisciplinarity and intercultural outlooks are key factors—your input will complete the thorough curriculum we provide.

We welcome you to examine your academic and creative practice anew.

Programme calendar and how to apply
The programme runs from September to September in a 12-month completion cycle. Part time places are also available.

Application is by GSA application form + a 500-word research proposal for a potential stage three project + a portfolio as appropriate to discipline.

NB: As the MRes is a multidisciplinary programme, the term “portfolio” applies to a variety of possibilities, such as images of visual art, design, architecture, theatre, as well as samples of academic papers, creative writing, presentations on education and community projects, etc.

Interviews are held at intervals from January to mid-August. Places are filled as interviews progress, and early application is advised.

Application information can be found here.

Past and current student projects are available on Flickr.
Review of GSA Graduate Exhibition in Herald Scotland.


Programme Leader, Master of Research in Creative Practices:
Ranjana Thapalyal, [email protected]
Head of Graduate School: Dr. Madeleine Sclater, [email protected]
Graduate School Adminsitrative Officer: Phyllis Mullan, [email protected]


Master of Research in Creative Practices at Glasgow School of Art

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