Introduction to Participatory Arts and Media Course

We wanted to let you know about a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a free online six week course with our partners at the University of Sunderland. We think this course may appeal to both artists delivering sessions and participants involved in the Cultural Spring programme, particularly any of you who are or might in the future be running your own groups.

The course is open to people over the age of 18 and there are no previous qualification requirements. The level of your engagement in the course is entirely up to you and a certificate from the University of Sunderland will be given to everyone who completes the course.

For everyone who completes the course, there is also the opportunity to be part of a Cultural Spring celebration event, (location, date and time to be confirmed) and reflection session to inform the development of the MOOC.

The course includes the following:

  • An understanding of key practices and approaches in participatory arts and media, and how you can apply these to your own work and art form.
  • An understanding of the main contexts and settings where participatory practice takes place.
  • An understanding of 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 your own practice, and on the work of your peers.

The time requirement is 4-7 hours per week and when you go into the MOOC is flexible and up to you. The course is offered by the University of Sunderland and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

You will need access to a computer and if this is problematic for you we can look at ways of supporting you to access one.

We are offering two briefing sessions with Dr. Caroline Mitchell, Course Leader on the following dates and times:

Thursday 15 March 5-6.30pm at Room 137, Media Centre (David Puttnam Building), St.Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland – this session is offered as a drop-in, please come at the time that suits you best.

These briefing sessions are a great way of finding out if the course is for you and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The course dates are – week commencing 12 March – 14 May, 2018, there will be two more opportunities to take part this year in June and October.

This is the link to sign up to the course:

You can sign up in advance of the briefing session or we can help you to sign up on the day if interested.

If you have any further queries or would like to sign up to one of the briefing sessions please contact me – / 07469 030 256.