A good honours degree in Fine Art or equivalent (eg Art, Textiles, Photography, Painting, Media Arts etc) or relevant experienced equivalent to a degree All candidates will be interviewed and will need to provide a portfolio of work.
Months of entry
The MA Fine Art is a broad, studio-based programme with an open and inclusive approach to fine art practice. The programme encourages both specialist and cross-disciplinary approaches enabling students to extend and deepen their knowledge and application of fine art practice.
The curriculum is structured on Practice as Research, through which specialist studio disciplines are developed within cultural, aesthetic and socio-political contexts supporting the creative exploration of ideas through practical skills, research methodologies, theoretical and analytical frameworks. This places individual practice at the centre of the programme. Studio-based modules run throughout the programme and maintain the dynamic interrelation between visual research, concepts and theory. Studio research can be developed within: painting, textiles, sculpture (including ceramics), printmaking and digital media.
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
The Art department are situated in the dedicated artOne building comprising outstanding studio and workshop facilities. It is an exciting place to study, providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment for the production of original new art work.
The well-equipped workshops and studios provide environments for you to create experimental, inventive and ambitious work. The main studio space in the purpose built artOne building provides individual studio spaces for all students as well as bookable spaces for installation, performance and projection work. If you are doing studio practice modules, you will be allocated a personal studio base in which you can carry out your self-directed projects and art work.
All students also have access to workshop areas and technical support in the key disciplines of the Fine Art programmes. The workshops reflect the range of options across the various degree programmes. A distinctive aspect of the department is that of individualized working areas in the studio space.
Where this can take you
The course provides the opportunity to concentrate on a specific area of research.
- Professional artist
- Art teacher, educator, or technician
- Art administration and management in galleries and museums
- Art therapy (with extra professional qualification) and art community work
- Art journalism
Recent students have worked on site-specific commissions, community arts projects, and work placements with local galleries and museums, residencies in schools, and even creating their own virtual gallery. The experience is invaluable in terms of working to time and budgetary constraints, and in dealing with the public.
Distinctive features of the course:
- Practice-based Fine Art research in Painting, Sculpture (including Ceramic), Textiles, Printmaking and/or New Media and technologies
- Opportunities to work with nationally recognised arts researchers
- Development of professional working practices
- All students may leave with a fully functioning website for their own work (the emphasis being on the development of an existing site rather than building one from scratch)
- Theory and Research Methodologies linked to practical studio work
- Full time students offered studio space
- Use of 'artOne' BA studio facilities for full and part time students in the summer period.
- The development of fully functioning websites for students' own work
- Share in collaborative work through 'Practising Arts with New Technologies' module.
To gain an MA students need to complete four out of five modules plus the Independent Exhibition. This is an independent research project, and is largely practical, culminating in a professional context exhibition.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Shirley Chubb
- 01243 816196