Taught course

Contextualised Practice

Robert Gordon University · Gray's School of Art

Entry requirements

Applicants should have completed an Honours degree in Art or Design (or equivalent) with a minimum of a 2:1. Applicants with Degrees in other subjects will be considered. Applicants with substantial professional experience in Art or Design will also be considered.

All applicants should also submit a portfolio of recent creative practice and a project/study proposal.

This portfolio should clearly evidence examples of your previous and current creative/artistic achievements. Please consider your examples of work and/or projects that demonstrate your skill, innovation and creativity.

We recommend that you provide us with an edited selection of material that you believe best illustrates the ideas and concerns relating to your project/study proposal. As guidance you should focus on a maximum of 10 works/projects that you have completed. This portfolio material should be initially submitted in a digital format.

Project/Study proposal
This proposal should state (in 500 words) your project/study interests and ambition for the work that you intend to develop on the course. It should discuss and identify the context(s) that you are interested in, any potential creative, cultural and professional mentors that you are interested in collaborating with and also propose what your initial ideas are and what potential there might be for the outcomes of your work.

International Students

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by getting either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Masters in Fine Art or Design offers a comprehensive programme of advanced study in art and design.

This supports and mentors you in developing your work in creative, cultural, collaborative and professional contexts.

The course enables students to:

  • Apply creative practice in a contextual setting, developing flexibility and knowledge within professional creative environments.
  • Manage live projects and develop integrated research strategies.
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders, networks or community environments.
  • Develop a sustainable, individual and professional practice that can be maintained post-graduation.

The course offers two distinct pathways to best suit your individual requirements.

Studio Practice

This study option guides you in the development of your personal creative practice, based in a studio environment (on or offsite), which is supported by, and aligned to, subject specialist staff.

Contextual Practice

This study option is tailored towards a more collaborative and contextualised practice, where you can be based offsite but working in a negotiated professional environment and supported by our specialist staff together with an external professional mentor.

Information for international students

For more information, international students should visit our International Office website: www.rgu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For more information visit www.rgu.ac.uk/contextualised
International students
For more information visit www.rgu.ac.uk/contextualised

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

• £3,400 .

• £1,700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

• £6,750 .

• £3,375 per academic year

International Students

• £12,820 .

• £6,410 per academic year

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgradaute Admission Office
+44 (0)1224 26 2209