This course is designed to introduce you to the passion, practices and artistic achievements of the participatory arts sector in the Britain and beyond. It contains activities and case studies created by inspirational practitioners from a variety of artistic disciplines who work in a wide range of settings including youth work, education, health and community arts. You can engage with key concepts, histories and conversations in the field and use accessible materials relating to practical skills, regulations and ethical aspects of this work. You will be helped to reflect on participatory arts whether you are a practitioner or a professional working in a partnership.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated the following:
- An understanding of key practices and approaches in participatory arts and media, and how to apply to their own work and art form.
- An understanding of the main contexts and settings where participatory practice takes place.
- An understanding of the role of key stakeholders in research, planning and execution of a participatory arts project.
- An ability to engage with key concepts, histories and theories in the participatory arts field.
- An ability to research and produce case studies about participatory practices.
- An ability to reflect on their own practice, and on the work of their peers.
Target Audience: Those looking for professional development as artists and commissioners working in participatory settings. People working in educational, community and social settings who want to learn more about the potential of socially engaged arts and media. Life-long learners interested in the power of arts as a means of expression, inclusion and social change.
"The Participatory Arts MOOC was one of the most detailed and in-depth courses I have studied on Canvas Network. I thought the quality of the course materials was incredibly high."
"It was SO relevant to where I am in my life right now so came at just the right time. It has really helped me work towards my goals and informed my practice and development."
"The variety of materials, all these fresh ideas to use as a participatory artist."
"It has really alerted me to what is happening in my field of interest, particularly in terms of policy, support networks and debates about the role of participatory arts and media work."
"Participatory Arts was a brilliant course and I have been pleasantly surprised by just how much I have enjoyed it throughout."
Course is offered by the University of Sunderland and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.