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.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Tuesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

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

  • Critical Perspectives

    A series of lectures will focus on a range of theoretical and critical debates that have impacted significantly on recent contemporary practice and their relationship to political and social contexts. They will develop skills in conceptual application of material concerns and locate potential theoretical contexts for practice. It will allow students to examine the meaning of contemporary practice and define critical methods of working, conceptualised and articulated through written reflection and discussion in seminar sessions to tutors and peers.

  • Research and Practice

    This is a practice-based unit; you will test, review, document and subsequently present speculative approaches to practice, framed by a critically defined set of conceptual and theoretical concerns. An initial study proposal devised in consultation with tutors acts as a starting point for this enquiry. Whilst the propositional nature of this first stage of MA study encourages experimentation and open enquiry, you will need to present a coherent framework for this investigation, which will be critiqued, discussed and updated as the unit progresses. This will allow you to place your enquiry within current critical debates within and around their focus subject.

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

  • Professional Practice and Negotiated Study

    This unit enables you to critically reflect on your practice in Stage 1 in order to plan an Independent Project. You will undertake a conceptually driven approach, critically assessing the role of technical skills in articulating meaning and ideas. Throughout the unit, you will identify appropriate external spaces to develop your Independent Project, enabling you to situate your own practice within the art world. This will culminate in an event or series of outputs, enabling students to position their practice within a professional context.

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

  • Final Major Project

    The Final Major Project Unit enables you to demonstrate an understanding of the synthesis of theory and practice and its eventual public presentation. Practical outcomes will be supported by a rigorous engagement with research and critical reflection, demonstrating your ability to inhabit an area of enquiry and locate your own unique focus and questioning. You will reflect upon studio practice from previous units whilst outlining a framework for the production of artworks and contextualising studio practice to wider critical issues.

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

Course stages

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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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