Become part of the Commons movement

Public Works has designed a new interdisciplinary MA at The Cass to support the movement of the commons in the UK and abroad. It aims at teaching cultural and architectural candidates to create and develop new socially relevant projects and practice models. The importance of the commons proved to be timely after a very successful UK Commons Assembly hosted by Public Works and Commons Rising at Tate Exchange this July. There are few courses dedicated to the Commons, and nothing on Cultural and Urban Commons. This course is not only to reward you with a postgraduate qualification to get a job but to allow you to articulate ideas towards real projects and your future unique practice.

The course is 1 year full time and 2 years part-time. Only 1 year route available to international students.

Public Works has designed a new interdisciplinary MA at The Cass

Public Works has designed a new interdisciplinary MA at The Cass

What are Commons and why are they relevant today:

The Commons discourse is informed by ideas, which have been around for hundreds of years. In current context of much inequality, the Commons discourse offers alternatives and models of sharing. Commons are about the assets that everyone should have the right to, forming resources that should benefit all, rather than being enclosed to just a few.

What you achieve:

In this course you’ll learn how resources are shared, protected, reclaimed, created, governed, used and distributed without overuse and abuse.You will create and develop a live project (anything from a novel to a supermarket) for your new operating organisation. The organisation will be formed, it’s governance designed, its financial structure set out and all policies written using Commoning as a model.

You will gain expertise in applying creative thinking towards asset sharing, mutual resources, self-governance and peer to peer economic models. Collaborating with cultural institutions and government agencies which we will facilitate, will enable you to develop related policies, projects, collaborations and open up new networks to position your Commons organisation. In the UK, co-production is being referred to in some government policies and tenders and the commons are currently being discussed in policies in the EU parliament. Beyond teaching you to initiate your commons projects and practice, you’ll learn how to raise funds, and make your common sustainable in the long term. On completion of the course, students will have an operational practice/organisation. There will be an array of optional modules, ranging from comparative public policy to social theories and citizenship, micro-economies and digital media. This is complemented with art and design teaching, visual communication and performance to architecture and photography. There is the opportunity to tailor your learning and construct your own unique curriculum.


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