Fine Art

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Cambridge
Duration 2 Years
Start September 2018
  • Postgraduate
  • Cambridge
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • Start:
    September 2018

The Master of Fine Art (MFA) course aims to provide a specialist and in-depth postgraduate course of study incorporating built-in flexible study routes in order to cater for individual students' needs and career trajectories. It is a practice-based course, which embraces a variety of creative attitudes and established practices ranging from painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, photography, film, sound, experimental music and intermedia.


Where and when

Starts Location
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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Starts Sep-2018
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

Degree classification required - 2:1 or above, preferably but not necessarily in a related discipline. We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Course rating
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Reviews on this course

4.5 28/10/2016
What I would highlight: Understudies at clubs/social groups (and all in all) are extremely pleasant and accommodating. They made me feel exceptionally invited and incorporated into my initial couple of weeks of beginning uni. Individuals on my course are continually supporting each other out and giving exhortation as far as how to enhance our function (I learn Fine Art).
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

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Racheal Adigwe
4.0 01/04/2016
What I would highlight: My course (computing) is very interesting, fun and challenging; challenging in the sense that you want to do better. My study materials are very useful, the library have all the books I need for my study and leads me the right part to doing references, citation and quotation. My tutor, student representative, student support team are always there for me to make sure that am on the right path and am enjoying my course. My course computing is a very good course, it focus is on solving problems and bringing ideas to solving world problems.
What could be improved: My suggestions to improve the university are: A live chat should be made where student can communicate with each other about the course. Social activities and quiz. This will help the students bring out the best in them. Video lecturing which will help the students to understand the lecture better on their quite time.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Business Management and Leadership BSc (Hons)

5.0 29/06/2016
What I would highlight: Personally what I feel that I have gained from taking part within this internship is that it has enabled me to work amongst my peers, both academics and students, in a position where I had some value to be based in the education culture of Anglia Ruskin.
What could be improved: Everything OK.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Janay Gibbons
4.5 06/08/2016
What I would highlight: I chose Anglia Ruskin because there is a huge diversity of employment opportunities in the area, from large teaching hospitals to great science parks, so I thought that once I graduated I would have a great chance of securing a career I was interested in.
What could be improved: Nothing was bad.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

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Mark D'Arcy
4.5 06/08/2016
What I would highlight: From biomedical science you can move on to move molecuar biology, molecular genetics... Biomedical Science gives you a grounding in all of these different pathways.
What could be improved: I cannot describe this course as negative.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Communication Skills
IT Development
Arts management
Fine Art
Research Studies
Contemporany art

Course programme

Course overview

The course will allow you the opportunity to focus on your given practice through core practice modules as well as interconnected critical theory and exhibition practice modules. The interplay of this provision will enable you to locate your practices at the forefront of contemporary fine art practice developing both critical and creative dialogues with staff and fellow students, and allowing you the opportunity to test out ideas within a professional environment and context.


Core modules

  • Establishing Postgraduate Practice - An outline of intended study (Personal Development Plan) is the starting point for this core practice module, where you will be expected to initiate a practice-based research programme articulating your concerns within a critical and cultural context. This programme will be discussed and analysed as you progress by the staff team and specialist visitors. Various methodologies will be engaged on this module within a working context while engaging with the work including formal, contextual, philosophical and conceptual frameworks that are necessary in addressing the work. You will have the opportunity to present work on a one-to-one or group tutorial basis and develop a context for the work applicable to MFA level.
  • Aesthetics and Critical Writing - This module delivers a critical framework that will feed into the core research module. It aims to develop both critical thinking and the skills to articulate that thinking, as well as the investigation of key thinkers of aesthetics that continue to inform discourses around contemporary practice: from Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche through to Adorno and Benjamin; from French phenomenology to American pragmatism and post-structuralism. The module will create an ongoing discursive connection - through group analysis and debate - between critical reflection, written practice and studio practice.
  • Approaches to Exhibiting - Responsive to the changing nature of exhibition practices in all areas of activity, this module will critically examine certain approaches that inform our current understanding of objects, processes, contexts and receptions. It will examine these aspects historically, theoretically and practically by looking at thematic clusters, which will include issues of space, neutrality, social context and the politics of representation. Each of these themes will provide scope for the examination of texts, events and case studies leading to the development and implementation of your own small-scale curatorial projects.
  • Extending Postgraduate Practice - This module follows on from the first year Core Research Practice in that you will further develop self-initiated practice-based research. It may well be inflected or informed by the choice of study route you have chosen, but will in all cases endeavour to deepen the chosen research within a professional context. You will be expected to be articulate and evaluate a contemporary context for your activities and display an innovative approach to all aspects of your chosen project. Specialist staff will provide a lively discursive arena for the potential expansion, progression and development of your work.
  • Final Major Project - The Final Major Project represents the culmination of learning on the programme and provides an opportunity for you to develop and resolve a major area of fine art research. At the outset you will forward a research proposal to be approved by the module supervisor, which is informed by the practical and theoretical research carried out in the previous semester. Learning within the module is acquired through direct experimental autonomous studio research in which you test and develop the ideas outlined in your proposal.

Additional course information

Teaching takes place in seminars, individual tutorials andlecture-based sessions. There is a balance between various modes of discourse, interaction and instruction on the course, as well as between both the larger and smaller modules and the available study routes.


MFA exhibition and critical commentary. Essays and seminar presentations.

Additional information

Career opportunities: This course prepares you for a range of different careers including a professional artist, exhibition or museum curator, or as an arts educator particularly in a Higher Education environment. Specialism through the different available routes prepares you for roles such as working in arts management including business development and fundraising, and events management. The course will also be beneficial for those with, or planning, careers within the creative and cultural industries either as a freelancer or as SME worker.

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