MA Fine Art
Suitable for: The MA Fine Art is designed for students who wish to pursue the study of fine art through art practice only with the goal of becoming professional artists.
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School of Art offers modular degrees in which teaching and supervision prepare students for professional practice and advanced study. The modules are designed to enable students to arrive at a scholarly identity through self-initiated and tutor-negotiated work, through research projects, exhibitions and the writing of their dissertation.
The School does not distinguish between the levels of intellectual ability required for Art History and Fine Art; it is committed to the notion that artists and art historians should have equal access to the most advanced educational qualifications. For many, our MA programmes are a gateway to long-term scholarly activity and higher research degrees.
The Vocational Practice module provides students with experience in key aspects of their chosen profession. It covers the fundamentals of art school teaching; the practicalities of exhibition preparation, installation, and curation; concepts of professional identity and the realities of establishing a career in the arts.
The subject-specific training needs of MA students are assessed at the beginning of the academic year, when the modules most suitable for the individual student are identified. Training needs are monitored formally through the assignment and assessment of coursework and informally through one-on-one tutorials during which all coursework is discussed. Subject-specific training needs for the MA Dissertation are identified by the assigned supervisors. This monitoring process applies equally to full-time and part-time students.
The School offers both Professional Preparation Masters (PPM) and Research Preparation Masters (RPM) in accordance with AHRC guidelines.
The period of residence for the MA schemes is one year full-time and two years part-time. All taught components are completed by the end of June and candidates are normally expected to submit the dissertation for MA in Fine Art and Art History and the MA in Art History at the end of the period of residence. However, full-time students are allowed an additional year to submit the dissertation and part-time students three years. During non-residence, no supervision is given for this extended period and no fees are payable.
The MA Fine Art (PPM) and MA Fine Art and Art History (PPM) have a common Part One structure, comprising the following modules: Portfolio Development (30 credits), Art and Visual Culture A (10 credits), Vocational Practice (20 credits) and Exhibition 1 (60 credits). In Part Two, MA Fine Art students stage Exhibition 2 (60 credits), and MA Fine Art and Art History students write a 15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits).
The schemes are designed to enable students to develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work that demonstrates a creative interpretation of the subject, along with technical expertise and a thorough knowledge of appropriate conceptual, theoretical and historical frameworks.
Through the module Art and Visual Culture, students examine the practice of art and writing about art within the broader context of contemporary visual culture. The Vocational Practice module is designed to develop communication skills and a professional ethos in future artists, art historians, curators and art administrators. It covers the fundamentals of art school teaching; the practicalities of exhibition preparation, installation, and curation; concepts of professional identity and the realities of establishing a career in the arts.
The MA Fine Art (RPM) and MA Fine Art and Art History (RPM) share the same structure as the PPM schemes and are supplemented by additional seminars/tutorials on Academic Writing and Research Skills for which students submit a Presentation Paper and Research Proposal with Bibliography.
The MA Fine Art and Art History is aimed at students who intend to pursue the combined study of art practice and art history in order to become professional artists and/or art historians. It is particularly appropriate for those who feel that their practice is enhanced by their interests in art history, as well as for sufficiently experienced art historians who feel that the study of their subject is enhanced by a sound knowledge of materials and techniques.
MA Fine Art