The interdisciplinary nature of the programme enables you to experiment, engage and explore traditional and new media methods of practice to best envision your ideas. Discussion and critique of key theoretical practices is explicitly aligned to your subject interest.
The programme fosters an active approach to studio practice by offering open access to painting and sculpture studios; technical materials workshops (incorporating 3D printing and welding); lens-based media (photography darkrooms and green screen media); recording studios; printmaking, bookbinding and publishing. Independent studios are allocated from the outset of the programme and individual and small-group tutorials help you consider your practice. Learning is facilitated by staff members who are experts in the field towards your individual goals. These might take either a studio or more theoretical, curatorial, or contextual tract depending on your own desires and ambitions.
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Stage 1 involves professional skills development, studio practice and the opportunity for collaborative working. Stage 2 offers the time and space for self-authored research development to identify the trajectory of your visual ambition. Stage 3 culminates in the production, installation and public display of exhibition work in generously proportioned studio galleries.
You bring your stated artistic intent to its fullest fruition, taking into account all aspects researched and developed in the preceding Research and Development module. You are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your studio projects and to have a deep understanding of the social and philosophical context in which you are practising. You are also expected to realise the enterprise potential of your ideas and to understand the future possibilities and contexts in which your ideas will exist.
You expand perceptions of the nature and process of art and/or design and explore areas of commonality across discipline boundaries. You work to a common theme of mutual interest and use advanced techniques to develop your ability to gather information, conduct and use research in order to enrich the creative process. You explore the discipline boundaries - artists and designers interact to: investigate possibilities, research the theme, create individual responses, make proposals and identify sites and formats for the display and dissemination of your work. Alongside this project work you explore the philosophical contexts of art and/or design and consider how ideas and issues relate to current and future practice. You are learn study skills for academic research, with consistent use of referencing systems and ethical, accurate citation of sources.
Late-modernist discourse provides an anchor point from which the practices of contemporary art: making artefacts; objects of knowledge; and their critique can be challenged. Explicit consideration is given to contemporary modes of representation, depiction and display as a means to experiment with, reflect upon and discern selectively appropriate personal research methods.
There will be extensive opportunities for gallery visits and a weekly group critique session wherein your group discusses readings, observations and studio work in relation to the structures and curatorial practices of national and international art organisations; galleries, museums, biennales, art fairs and funding bodies. You compile a personal skills audit to identify a range of skills relevant to your personal and professional development and the current and emerging issues most relevant to your own studio practice.
You prepare a written statement of intent and/or exhibition proposal, identifying future opportunities for the dissemination of your practice in conjunction with making a submission of studio work appropriate to the module.
You explore and define the parameters of your own professional practice and research interests. You are encouraged to: develop understanding and gain experience in research as an academic discipline and as part of the creative process; define and develop ideas through creative exploration; consider and evaluate the potential of project proposals for future realisation; engage in activities, projects and networking appropriate to plans and aspirations; gain relevant experience; explore local, regional, national and global opportunities; research and reflect upon the social, philosophical and professional contexts in which you are working; test possibilities and develop the enterprise potential of your ideas.
Modules offered may vary.
At MA level it is vital that you take an active role in structuring your own learning, and engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of your discipline. The use of a variety of methods, including tutorials, seminars and workshops, enables key principles to be applied to the day-to-day interaction between participants - benefiting tutors and students alike. Individual support, provided by a personal tutor, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy.
An intrinsic aspect of your main study area and its supporting subjects is research. You need to find and make sense of a wide variety of information from books, newspapers, journals, magazines, websites, archives and many other sources. Seminars enable structured discussion and analysis to take place between groups of students and a tutor. They are organised to be interactive and to facilitate the free exchange of ideas through which you learn the process of argument and reason. At postgraduate level it is likely that you will organise and hold some of your own seminar sessions, not necessarily with staff present or playing the lead role.
Practical workshops are used to introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques. Critical reflection is key to all successful origination and is therefore essential to the creative process. You are expected to test and assess your work against criteria which you develop in the light of your research.
Various assessment methods are used throughout all of the modules and are specified in the module handbooks. These are primarily what we call in-course assessments, where you submit work during the delivery of the module, rather than sit timed examinations at the end. Arts modules are generally project based and primarily assessed through appraisal of a portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Creative work is largely developmental and you are assessed on the process by which you achieve your solutions as well as the result, so it is essential that you provide clear evidence of your development work.
Graduates typically pursue careers as self-employed artists and creative practitioners within the cultural sector. Some find employment in arts and cultural management or choose a career in teaching. Further study at doctoral level is also an option.
Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in an arts discipline, relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Applicants will be interviewed.
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