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Looking to further your career within the creative industries? Solent’s innovative and transmedia MA Critical Creative Practice programme focuses on individual student-centred learning and encourages critical creative practice across the creative spectrum, including art, design, fashion, photography, media arts and technology, helping to enhance employability and leaving you well-prepared to progress within your chosen creative field.

Taught by both creative industry professionals and academic practitioners, the course enables students to develop ideas and engage with the emerging material and digital cultures of the future, as well as the fast-changing demands of the creative industries and the associated changes to cultural production, consumption and interpretation.

The course structure is theory and practice based. The theoretical element consists of critical core modules which reference visual culture, cultural theory, critical theory, art and design history, media culture, and material and digital culture. The interdisciplinary practice element relates to creative practice in the fields of art, design, fashion, photography, media arts and technology.

The integration of theory and practice is central to the course and learning is carefully structured through these interdependent modules to develop a broad base of interrelated experiences, whilst also providing the opportunity to specialise through the professional practice module and the choice of final dissertation or final project.

Students will also have the opportunity to take optional technician-supported introductory workshops which could include contemporary arts practice, photography, new media practice, 3D printing and laser cutting, material manipulation, performance, beauty and the body, film editing, and sound and image production. To complement their studies, students may be able to take part in international and European study exchange opportunities through the University's study abroad programmes.

The unique approach of this course can enhance employability, enabling students to progress into the workplace equipped with valuable critical thinking and practice-based skills required for working in the creative industries and forming innovative hybrid engagements. 

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Students can gain interdisciplinary expertise in the fields of contemporary arts practice (material and digital), film and digital media arts, fashion collaborations, sound and installation art, photography, critical writing, writing as creative practice and curation.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from this course will be well-placed for careers in a broad range of the creative industries, such as art, design, media, film, fashion, photography, education, culture and heritage, and curation.

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to graduates who wish to further their career within the creative industries by gaining a solid understanding of creative practice and critical thinking across a broad range of disciplines.

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,370
International full-time fees: £13,260
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,685 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

For further information, please see our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional: Study trip, printing, binding, mounting, competition entry, equipment, hand tools and research travel costs: £500-£900.

Optional: Hard drive, camera and styling materials - £500 

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher.

  • Interview, portfolio (if practice based) and the submission of a written personal statement outlining proposed practice will be required.
  • Non-resident UK applicants will be interviewed via skype or telephone.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate



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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

What you'll study

Modules include:

  • Writing Criticism: critical and analytical frameworks
  • Critical Practice: cultures of convergence
  • Professional Practice 
  • Research Methods
  • Cultural Production, Curation and Consumption
  • Master's Project/Dissertation

Optional technician supported introductory workshops to be run in both semester one and two: Contemporary Arts Practice, Photography, New Media Practice, 3D Printing and Laser Cutting, Material Manipulation, Performance, Beauty and the Body, Film Editing, and Sound and Image Production.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

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Meet the course team

Amber Lamonby-Pennie academic profile Amber Lamonby-Pennie Course Leader View profile
Atsuhide Ito academic profile Atsuhide Ito Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Flavia Loscialpo academic profile Flavia Loscialpo Senior Lecturer View profile
Guy Moreton academic profile Guy Moreton Senior Lecturer View profile
Tom Slevin academic profile Tom Slevin Senior Lecturer View profile
Russell White academic profile Russell White Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Sebastiane Hegarty academic profile Sebastiane Hegarty Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Solent University provides a well-resourced environment to help students develop and harness enterprising and entrepreneurial practice. Students on this course have access to dedicated studio space to develop their individual creative practice. Other creative spaces and equipment available to students include photographic studios, fashion studios, Mac rooms, recording equipment, editing suites, and performance and exhibition space.

Solent is also home to a 24-hour library, modern IT facilities and a range of expert learning and employability support services.

The course delivers a taught programme of critical and theoretical teaching which references cultural theory, visual culture, critical theory, history, media culture and material and digital culture. Individual selection of either: Dissertation, Dissertation and Practice or a Practice based outcome.

Industry links

The course team has strong industry links and students may have the opportunity to benefit from relevant industry contacts and academic links including John Hansard Gallery, V&A Museum, ICA Education and Events Programme, Solent Showcase exhibition space, Solent Research and Innovation Office, Solent Learning and Teaching Institute, Solent Material and Digital Archive.

Students may also benefit from internship and partnership collaboration opportunities with Hampshire Cultural Trust (Arts Council England-funded South East Museum Development Programme.

Students studying on courses within the School of Art, Design and Fashion may also have the opportunity to gain additional industry insights through an excellent guest speaker programme which has included internationally acclaimed artists, designers, photographers, curators, stylists, writers, musicians, performers, filmmakers and  Oscar and Bafta award-winning film editors.

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