Taught course

Fine Art Practice

Glasgow School of Art · Fine Art

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in the relevant subject area (Photography and the Moving Image, Painting, Drawing, Print Media, Sculpture or Performance) or equivalent professional practice.

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Litt in Fine Art Practice is a one year taught programme which runs for 12 months between September and September. It consists of the following combined disciplinary pathways*:

  • Painting, Drawing and Print Media
  • Photography and the Moving Image
  • Sculpture and Performance

Applicants to the programme will identify in advance which pathway they would like to study. The programme is split into two distinct modes of study; studio practice over four days of the week and Research Methods and Methodologies in Practice for one day per week (for the first two stages of the course).

The programme is predominantly studio-based, offering students the opportunity to immerse themselves within research and studio practice. Each student has their own studio space within the larger pathway studios which allows them to develop their ideas throughout the year within their own space.

The 12-month programme expects applicants to have an in-depth knowledge of their area of specialism. The nature of the 12-month programme encourages an intensive exploration of research and development of ideas from the outset. Throughout the year on the programme, each student passes through three stages of studio practice:

  • Origination (in which first forays into the project's content and themes are made);
  • Investigation (in which testing, sampling and experimentation are key);
  • Consolidation (the bringing to fruition of the year's work in a cohesive portfolio of output at the Degree Show).

Each student on the programme is encouraged to develop a high level of independence, enabling them to construct a working studio routine that utilises their time throughout the three stages of the programme.

Students will be based within, and supported by staff from, the appropriate pathway within the School of Fine Art. The staff who teach on the various pathways are all experts and practitioners in that particular specialism, ensuring students can engage in dialogue pertinent to their individual learning through their specialism.

Students on the MLitt in Fine Art Practice programme oscillate between operating within their pathways (in the studio, in tutorials and group critiques, and specifically focused lectures and seminars), and across them - especially in lectures and talks that deal with more generic conceptual and philosophical issues. Efforts are made to ensure that students on the programme are enabled to fully devote themselves to their chosen field of practice, whilst facilitating their learning through the provision of a range of interdisciplinary opportunities for critical reflection and personal development.

*subject to final approval

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Mick McGraw