Education for the higher educated

Art and Design, MA Professional Practice

Middlesex University

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The MA Professional Practice (Arts) is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification designed for established professionals working in the cultural and creative industries. It has been developed especially to allow you to continue working and integrate your professional expertise with academic learning.  In addition, you can make a claim for academic credits for your previous professional achievements through a formal Review of Learning, the first part of the course.  This can then form the basis of your major project within your professional field.


Students on the course are actively encouraged to engage in networking within their field, as well as in complementary professions; using social media tools, face to face events and conferences. 

You will have at least five years full-time professional experience. Your application will be considered on receipt of a completed application form accompanied by a full CV. Where English is not your first language, you will need to provide IELTS results of at least 6.5, or TOEFL 575 paper or 232 computer, or an equivalent before starting the programme.

The course's long-term value derives from its unique, award-winning structure. By recognising your professional experiences, you are invited to reflect on past achievement, current work and future direction. The course enables you to make full use of your skills, and find ways to align current work with future aspirations.

This is a flexible, distance learning course, with the option of campus-based tutorials. You can study at your own pace anywhere in the world. Every student is assigned a personal academic advisor who supports each candidate through the course phases. Contact is normally maintained by email, skype and phone as well as optional campus-based tutorials. Every module has a detailed distance learning guidebook. There are no traditional taught elements requiring attendance at the University. As a student on the course you will have full access to the e-resources of the university’s library and learning resources at both the Trent Park and Hendon libraries.

Phase one assessment consists of a Review of Learning portfolio and reflective essay (80 credits). In phase two there is a Continuing Professional Development Module (10 credits) and an Advanced Practitioner Inquiry Module (30 credit points). To complete the course there is major inquiry project worth 60 credit points.




Semester 1
Review of Learning – 10 credits plus maximum claim for 70 credits based on existing knowledge – Module Code: WBS 4510


Semester 2
Continuing Professional Development - 10 Credits – Module Code: WBS 4810
Work Based Research Methods (30 Credits) - Module Code: WBS 4630


Semester 3
Negotiated Work Based Learning Project – 60 credits - Module Code: WBS 4760

Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma