NUA Masters Class
Thursday 22 April - Thursday 8 July 2021
Join NUA’s artists, academics, and professionals from across the contemporary arts in our new online series for a taste of the creative practice and critical thinking on our MA courses.
Our Masters Class series gives insight into emerging ideas, experimental approaches, and new ways of thinking about creativity.
The sessions are designed to showcase MA-level study and span Fine Art, film making, animation, to textile design, curation, and games.
Creative Thinking Models and Processes
Thursday 22 April | 5.30pm (BST)
Why do we have ideas that don’t work? Head of Postgraduate Marie Brennan gives a guide through creative thinking theory models and how to use them.
The Manifesto – Making with Intention
Thursday 29 April | 5pm (BST)
The artist’s manifesto as a declaration of intent, and a roadmap through the unknown. What is a manifesto, and how can you bring yours to life? Find out with MA Fashion graduate Emily Cannell and MA Textile Design graduate Ian Brownlie.
Textiles Meets Technology
Thursday 6 May | 2pm (BST)
This talk with lecturer Lucy Robertson will explore a range of textile research and thinking, looking at how we we can further enhance the natural tactile and comforting qualities of textiles.
Thursday 13 May | 2pm (BST)
How to position your practice conceptually and contextually. This workshop with MA Fine Art Subject Leader Desmond Brett will challenge participants to rethink the diagram as a way of articulating your work, your methodologies and the contextual field you are operating. It is also intended as a challenge to think more laterally around your particular line of creative enquiry.
Making Your Ideas into Moving Image
Thursday 20 May | 2pm (BST)
Explore some traditional and experimental approaches to test your ideas, from inspiration to the creation of Moving Image for Animation and Film production. With Professor Suzie Hanna from MA Moving Image and Sound.
Documentary – one-off ways for your field research and storytelling
Thursday 20 May | 5pm (BST)
You Can All Make Games
Thursday 27 May | 2pm (BST)
The competition between the games engine titans Epic and Unity has brought forward an age of commercially-facing software that allows anyone and everyone with a computer or even a mobile phone to learn and attempt to create games!
Now you can download and begin to learn a variety of powerful games-making software like Unity, Blender, Game Maker Studio, UE4, Lumberyard, the list goes on. It is now in their interest to teach the world how to use their software. Why don’t you start today? With MA Games Subject Leader George Beard.
Go Walkabout – Exploring Space and Temporality
Thursday 10 June | 5pm (BST)
Curating in a Post-Covid World
Thursday 17 June | 2pm (BST)
How will the arts recover from a year during which museums and galleries have been largely closed? This masterclass with MA Curation Subject Leader Caroline Fisher will explore the responses of curators both within and outside institutions to the challenges of curating during and after the pandemic.
Eggs and the City
Thursday 24 June | 5pm (BST)
Re-modelling the high street for the post-Covid world, with Head of Postgraduate Marie Brennan.
Design is a Collaborative Process
Thursday 1 July | 2pm (BST)
How an idea can lead you further than you originally thought. A journey from a sketchbook to an island off the West Coast of Scotland, with John Small.
Collaboration on Photography
Thursday 8 July | 2pm (BST)
This session will question and explore whether photography is an inherently collaborative practice, led by MA Photography Subject Leader Gretchen Geraets.