MA Fine Art gives you the opportunity to explore subject-specific areas, and our course also provides the intellectual and physical space for multi or interdisciplinary practices.

Throughout this MA you'll develop visual and conceptual thinking, with the aim of establishing and refining a research project to be sustained beyond graduation, and developed into either a practice-based or theoretically-led enquiry.

Whilst working towards your qualification, you might choose to specialise within or across subject areas. And our course welcomes applicants who are looking to re-examine their current work and research.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

MA Fine Art aims to test the relationship between your work and key historical and critical developments. It also looks to consider it within current societal and political contexts.

As a student on our course, you'll need to be ready to question, curious and enthusiastic about testing the boundaries of what constitutes art practice in the twenty-first century.

Our course at UCA Farnham is unique in that it provides students studying at postgraduate level with a range of first-class facilities, including bronze foundry, printmaking, metals, wood and casting facilities and resources. We provide specialist studio spaces for both full and part-time students, and dedicated technical staff are on hand to support individual projects as well as introductions to workshop areas.

Throughout your studies, you'll be supported by professional artists, curators and theorists. The department has a rich tradition in the teaching and exploration of fine art, and many of the staff are research practitioners, contributing to the wider development of knowledge within their specialist areas.

Course content - 2017 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Context and Method

    This provides an intensive critical framework for exploring theoretical ideas and practical concerns. In addition to the next unit, this unit also gives you the opportunity to investigate and clarify key motivations for the second stage of the course.

  • Testing Critical Practice

    Places a strong emphasis on the acquisition of independent study skills, which are required at postgraduate level. You'll review, test, document and present speculative approaches to practice, framed by a critically defined set of conceptual and theoretical concerns.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Project Development and Consolidation

    This unit begins with a rigorous consideration of the critical research proposal for practice that's emerged as a result of completing the stage one units. Using this as a platform, you'll embark on a more complex and sustained exploration of ideas, with the view to resolve concepts to a mor sophisticated and ambitious level.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Project Resolution

    This enables you to demonstrate an understanding of the synthesis of theory and practice and its eventual public presentation. You'll be guided in understanding the professional role of an artist through exposure to gallerists and curators on a tutorial basis, examining in depth your practice. These workshops with external specialists will assist you to position themselves and their work in a real-time context of critique and review.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Our industry links are with publicly-funded galleries and commercial London-based spaces.

We also enjoy links with regional artist groups and artist-run spaces throughout the South East. We work closely with a number of public arts projects throughout the region.

 

Throughout your studies, you'll be supported by professional artists, curators and theorists. The department has a rich tradition in the teaching and exploration of fine art, and many of our staff are research practitioners, contributing to the wider development of knowledge within their specialist areas.

Graduates from this course go on to work as:

  • Professional artists
  • Curators
  • Arts administrators
  • Community artists
  • Technicians
  • Lecturers and teachers.

You may also wish to progress onto a PhD or MPhil research degree.

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good Honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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