I’ve done a round up of degree shows of MA courses similar to ours, and tried to find reviews that could help us know recurring weaknesses to avoid when putting up our own show, or on the other hand things that the critics appreciate.
Brighton University Digital Media Arts MA:
A review, but it’s not very helpful regarding the strong/weak point of the show, it just sort of sums up the type of artwork.
Norwich University College of the Arts MA Digital Arts:
Two students whose work I liked:
There is a MA Digital Media Development at Winchester University, but this course seems much more industry and less Fine Art oriented than ours, plus the pdf of their show only lists works from Ba/Bsc students, even though the MA students are supposed to show with them.
Interactive media MA at Goldsmiths College: Show site.
A review with a quote that gets you thinking:
‘The course combines teaching critical theory with practical programming skills. At the show, Disconnect and Punish, I was struck by what appeared to be a great division in the way the students showed their work. The show seemed completely split between what was presented as art and the work which was presented essentially as interpreted data on a computer screen.’
I’m pretty sure there used to be a MA Digital Art and Technology at Plymouth but it seems to have turned into a MRes.
So it seems that Brighton and Norwich have MA courses pitched similarly as ours, at the crossroads of Fine Art and Technology. The feel I get from the way the shows at Winchester and Goldsmith are presented is that they are much more ‘pure technology/industry oriented’ type of courses.
Also I found places to advertise our degree show: