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M.Sc. MSPC - Master in the Science of Performative Creativity

EMA-PS Programme, University of Malta

EMA-PS is a European Union Socrates Curriculum Development programme set up jointly, in 2002, by representatives of a number of European Universities including the University of Malta (Professor Richard Muscat and Professor John J Schranz), Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Italy, (Professor Clelia Falletti), Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland (Professor Juliusz Tyszka) and De Montfort University, Leicester (Professor Nicholas Arnold).

The founders of the EMA-PS Programme had one specific aim: to design a unique, highly innovative and dynamic Joint European Masters degree programme in the science of performative creativity, which programme was launched in October 2007, awarding the degree of Master in the Science of Performative Creativity, with the above mentioned founders constituting the MSPC Board of Studies. The programme is now run by a partnership made up of the University of Malta (which is the co-ordinating university) and the Adam Mickiewicz University.

Apart from the five founder-representatives, the academic body is composed of academics and researchers from the founding institutions and from other institutions now involved in the programme; these include Dr. Noellie Brockdorff (University of Malta), Dr. Clive Zammit (University of Malta), Professor Tsutomu Fujinami (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Dr. Maciej Kijko (Adam Mickiewicz University), Professor Joanna Ostrowska (Adam Mickiewicz University), Mr. Victor Jacono, M.A. (University of Malta), Mr. Jacques Sciberras, M.A., Mr David Wright, M.Sc. (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Ms Michela Loporto, M.Sc. (Manchester Metropolitan University).

Bringing together a number of disciplines that bridge the arts and the sciences, the two-year, interdisciplinary, taught course follows a groundbreaking path to inquire into Creativity by focusing upon Memory Systems and Learning Processes, studying contexts which potentiate them and contexts which, on the other hand, inhibit them.

The research proposed by this programme faces long standing questions such as:
What enables creativity and innovation?

Why are some people more creative than others?
What contexts enable individuals to develop their creative powers, entrepreneurial skills... and what contexts inhibit the growth processes and potentials of so many?
How does the human being take decisions, even those as what to have for dinner or what car to buy?

Aims & Objectives
EMA-PS nature is multi-disciplinary and multi-national. It will develop three overarching strands for students to pursue their formation within frameworks of

(a) creativity and brain research;
(b) creativity in the humanities, by considering and researching contexts which encourage creativity (such as the arts) and contexts which inhibit it (such as social inequality, cultural deprivation, etc.);
(c) creativity and innovation in the economy, management, marketing.

As a consequence:

1. It aims to guide students in their learning so that they may:
Immerse themselves in the complex realities of international and multicultural activity, thus equipping themselves better for a changing world;
Work themselves out of the mind-set of the Knowledge Economy paradigm and towards the broader one emerging the Creative Economy, gearing up to become strategists of Innovation and Creativity.

2. It will indicate possibilities for its graduates to work professionally in fields where:
They can seek solutions to concerns which the EUs transversal policies identify: social inequalities, injustices, discrimination, cultural and economic deprivation;
They will stimulate deep reappraisals of teaching goals and methods, pedagogies and curricula across intellectual, social, cultural and academic fields;
Their creative approach in managerial, business and economic contexts will, by generating a desire for more creativity, impact further on those environments;
They can utilise Sport (and its essentially non-conflictual nature) and Performance (and its collective way of creation) to promote the spirit of collaboration and to deny that confrontation is inevitable.

3. It will provide a learning humus for Professionals to:
Engage in higher research in the cognitive sciences, sports sciences, the performing arts, cultural theory, business management, marketing and globalisation studies;
Develop and strengthen their teaching prowess in sport and in the performing arts;
Attain higher creative qualities in business management and marketing.

Mission Statement This taught, interdisciplinary, European Masters programme is an open invitation. Its unique two-year course will guide innovative individuals to become instrumental in fostering Creativity and Innovation. Whatever ones interest, Creativity spurs all human endeavour, be it in Culture, Economy, the Arts, Business, Education, Sport, Management, Life Sciences...

A paradigm shift is taking place the Knowledge Economy is giving way to the Creativity Economy. In the face of the crisis gripping so many levels of Human Society from the economy, to the environment, to the inequalities and divisions these are bringing about, on so many levels, within the fabric of human relations and sensing the consequent, urgent and ever-growing need for creative and positive responses to be given, the Masters programme asks a fundamental question: What enables human action to open out into Creativity?

Noting that science is showing that the motor programme is a key to many of the human brains capabilities;
Noting the widened contemporary use of the word performance (we speak of the performance of an economy, a musician, a politician, a car, an investment portfolio);
Noting that the highly sophisticated training performers are required to undertake is shown by science to strengthen Memory Systems and Learning Processes,

the programme chose to study creativity by performers in sport and theatre as a
possible route via which to face the question.

Performers are, at the same time, artist, medium and artistic product. Inquiring into how the brain allows performers to work upon themselves in self-correcting feedback loops which refine the self will enable one to inquire into how the Human mind works to empower itself. MSPCs broad-spectrum investigation of this phenomenon will enable students to gain unique insights into the genesis of Creativity.

MSPC aims to transcend the mere acquisition of knowledge, where Creativity may be seen as a skill or a tool. Its aim is to enable Learning to Learn (click here to see an abridged version of a very interesting February 2011 report by The Royal Society), the constant evolving of contexts for the innovative, inventive and creative handling of knowledge. Which is what it means to be Human (click here to see a December 2005 report with precisely this title, by the EU High Level N.E.S.T Expert Group - New and Emerging Science and Technology).

The programme thus offers its graduates a platform from which to launch out into innovative and creative work in a vast range of contexts within the ambits of the cognitive sciences, culture, business management, social work, marketing, education, economics, inclusion strategies, for example, as well as the plastic arts, sports, the performing arts ...

The Partner Universities
The EMA-PS Programme is co-ordinated by the University of Malta in a partnership with Poznan's Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland).

The universities of Malta and of Pozan will be awarding a joint Master's degree certificate to students who will graduate from the MSPC 3rd Cycle.

Lectures will be delivered by academics and researchers from the universities that designed the programme, including the University of Malta (Prof. Richard Muscat, Prof. John J Schranz, Dr. Noellie von Brockdorff, Dr. Clive Zammit, Mr. Victor Jacono, M.A.), the Adam Mickiewicz University (Prof. Juliusz Tyszka, Dr. Maciej Kijko, Prof. Joanna Ostrowska), La Sapienza, Università di Roma (Prof. Clelia Falletti) and the De Montfort University, Leicester (Prof. Nicholas Arnold), as well as from universities that have since started collaborating with the programme, including the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (Prof. Tsutomu Fujinami), Manchester Metropolitan University (Mr. David Wright, M.Sc. and Ms. Michela Loporto, M.Sc.) and others.

EMA-PS is open to post graduate students or professionals who:
* want to face the challenges that the upheavals pervading contemporary society present, so as to move the world forward equipped with the instruments of Strategists of Creativity.
* wish to work or currently work in fields where contexts which permit or inhibit creativity are an issue - such as those which result in social inequalities, injustices, discrimination, cultural and economic deprivation.
* wish to engage in higher research in the cognitive sciences, education, sports sciences, the performing arts, cultural theory, business management, marketing and globalisation studies.
* wish to reasses their own or others' teaching goals, methods, pedagogies and curricula across intellectual, social, cultural and academic fields.
* work in business and economic contexts where creativity and innovation are essential in today's world.

Msida or Imsida is a harbour town in Malta with a population of 7,623. The town is located just west of Valletta on the northeast coast of Malta. The town enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, sunny summers and short, cool winters.

Overview of Msida

Area: 420 acres (170 ha)
Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea 80 km south of Sicily, 284 km east of Tunisia and 333 km north of Libya. Malta covers just over 316 kmĀ², making it one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries.

Overview of Malta

Capital: Valletta
Currencies: Euro
Population: 418,366 (2012)
Dialing Code: 356
Degree Level: Masters
Tuition Fee: € 3,000 / Year (EEA) , € 4,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:2 Years
Start Date:October  2019, October  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Full-time
Disciplines: Behavioral Science, Film and Theatre Studies
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