New Courses - Introduction to Participatory Arts and Media MOOC

There are two new courses to in Participatory Arts to look out for in 2017.

Introduction to Participatory Arts and Media MOOC


A unique opportunity to learn about arts and participation via a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)!

The Introduction to Participatory Arts and Media MOOC is designed to reflect the passion and artistic achievement of the UK’s participatory arts sector and beyond. This course contains talks and study materials created by inspirational artists and practitioners who work in a wide range of settings with a variety of arts and media forms. It offers the opportunity to engage with key concepts, histories and conversations in the field and to learn useful skills for supporting, reflecting on and evaluating participatory arts work. It is designed for artists and creatives at different stages of their careers who are already working in the sector and also people who are interested to find out more about the transformational role of participatory arts in people’s lives.

It has been developed by the University of Sunderland in conjunction with ArtWorks Alliance, ArtWorks –U and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of its programme to support the continuing professional development of artists working in participatory settings.

The pilot course launches on June 28th 2017 and the Canvas Network will be opening for enrolments on May 22nd.

MA Participatory Arts and Media


This new Masters’ level course has been developed by the University of Sunderland. It is aimed at artists and creatives using any art or media form who want to extend their practice to include working in participatory settings. It is also aimed at established artists with experience in this area who want gain a higher level of qualification that gives them an opportunity to carry out applied research or to critically reflect on a lifetime’s work.

The programme encourages an holistic approach to arts practice and provides a learning structure which will facilitate dialogue, collaborative working and peer support. Modules are delivered through extensive online learning materials with tutorial support and intensive workshops over 4 x 3 days for full –time mode and 2 x 3 day workshops for part-time mode.

The course is taught by staff with past and current experience of leading innovative arts and media projects in participatory settings and by practitioner academics with a strong track record of applied research into this growing field.

Starts Autumn 2017. For more details and an application form see: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/media/participatory-arts-media/

If you are interested in having an informal chat about what the programme can offer you please email the programme leader Caroline.Mitchell@Sunderland.ac.uk