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Fine Art (with Advanced Practice)

Fine Art (with Advanced Practice) MA

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.


Course overview

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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Course structure

Core modules

Contemporary Practice: Echo

In this studio-based module, you investigate a variety of approaches to interrogate your own practice and artistic methods as a development to postgraduate study. You design your own trajectory and develop agency through a co-created curriculum and reflective approaches. You are encouraged to be research active and experiment with a range of forms and approaches within contemporary art and consider methods across disciplines.

The module works towards developing styles and approaches articulated at postgraduate level aligning your aims within your own practices. You consider appropriate theory and themes in contemporary art practice and how it might inform the work you wish to develop. This is supported by a series of lectures that introduce you to current themes in contemporary art practice. Development is supported through a community of artists, and the module offers opportunities to regularly show your work for peer review through group critique, feedback from tutors, and discussion with visiting artists and curators to the gallery and school. You develop your own strategies and an individual plan relevant to your own practice through stages of experimentation.

Future Practice: Precog

You extend and enhance your studio practice towards building and communicating your own artistic vision. Your focus of study acts as a practical overview of the design of self-authored projects in consultation with your negotiated study plan and the co-created nature of the course. Through this, you are encouraged to identify and advance the salient points of your practice, engage and lead in peer-to-peer reflection and support networks, as well as developing intentionality.

Masters Exhibition: Exegesis

The culmination of the MA Fine Art is the production of a final exhibition, which includes the production of a body of work to a high quality, a clear curatorial intent and a refined and skilled research ability demonstrated through practice-led methods. You become future ready by forming an overarching exhibition/event that evidences their development through the culmination of a highly professional and ambitious public display.

You are expected to take agency and reflect on practices you have been working on up to this point to present your artistic aspirations and co-produce the curatorial framework for the show. This body of work is supported by a written reflection that demonstrates your own cultural agency and awareness of globally significant practices. The reflection also demonstrates the processes and decisions you have made through the final stages and how you are actioning your art practice.

Post-Studio Art: Interrupt

This module allows for a more in-depth investigation into how artists create their work. Following on a fully developed studio culture on the course, this module questions what alternatives exist to create work in a post-internet age that might engage more fully with social justice, art/life practices, spatial and virtual design and experimentation? How can the notion of both traditional and contemporary practice itself be challenged, and how might your evolving practice be informed or lead the way? You might re-appropriate practices not traditionally viewed within fine art to interrogate the boundaries between and across disciplines.

Practice-led Research: Perception

You explore and examine methodologies in research to determine the relationship and balance between textual and artistic production. You focus on the production and/or discovery of knowledge and the relationship between textual practices, theory, and art-making. This approach works closely with the model of artist writings in particular to understand the connection between intention and an expanded understanding of the contemporary world. This approach investigates and reconfigures the role art-making as a development, rather than merely an output of research.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

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.

How you are assessed

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.


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in an arts discipline, relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Applicants will normally be interviewed and will be required to present a portfolio of work.

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Career opportunities

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.


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2022/23 entry

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£3,935 a year

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£8,500 a year

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