Fine Art

MA - UCA Canterbury - 2018, 2019

Our postgraduate Fine Art course is designed to provide a structured context for the development of individual Masters projects. It does this through introducing and exploring various strategies for making art, and nurturing an understanding of the ideas that make such practices meaningful. Questioning and exploring personal strategies for making art, we offer a reflective environment in which to understand the ideas and contexts that make your practice meaningful.

The cross-disciplinary structure of the course encourages connections with other modes of thinking and working.

Guest lectures and professional practice seminars will help you develop your personal networks. You'll work closely with local and national galleries and public arts organisations, including Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, The London Art Fair, Strange Cargo and the Folkestone Triennial, and be actively supported to develop and show work outside the context of the University.

With a well-established and strong history, our Master in Fine Art course is open to artists, designers, illustrators, architects and theorists (including graduates in the humanities). It's designed to foster new and innovative approaches to fine art study at an advanced level.

Building upon the practical and conceptual concerns of contemporary art practice, you'll develop an advanced ability to conceptualise and research in relation to your own practice.

We take great pride in ensuring that you have a fulfilling, engaging and inspirational experience. We're thrilled that this is reflected through our student satisfaction rates, which consistently reach almost 100%.

Working internationally with other universities, local and national galleries and museums, as well as specialist partners within industry, our course draws on a number of industrial links and expertise from a range of creative fields.

Postgraduates are given immense freedom with their art, but we do maintain an emphasis on developing professional networks to better understand your craft. Guest lectures and professional practice seminars will help you develop these, and you'll work closely with local and national galleries and public arts organisations, including Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, The London Art Fair, Strange Cargo and the Folkestone Triennial, and be actively supported to develop and show work outside the context of the University. We continue to work internationally with other universities, local and national galleries and museums, as well as specialist partners within industry, our course draws on a number of industrial links and expertise from a range of creative fields.

Our course is supported by seminars, tutorials, workshops, work-in-progress sessions, study visits and critiques. The progressive move from staff-directed to autonomous learning is an integral part of the structure of this course, too, as you identify, develop and manage your own Masters project.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

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

    Context and Method

    Through a series of lectures and seminars, this unit provides an overview of a range of current debates. These will provide you with a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas in fine art and encourage your active engagement with them. Our programme addresses interdisciplinary issues across the fine arts, through discussion of theory and consideration of specific artworks and texts.

    Exploring Practice

    This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice, to help inform the detailed development of your project proposal.

  • Term 2

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

    Project Development

    You'll begin developing your project, evaluating and testing the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

  • Term 3

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

    Final Project

    You'll apply knowledge and experience gained in previous units, to create the realisation of your final MA project. This project realisation is the culmination and consolidation of your studies in the form of a resolved piece, or body of work.

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

  • Creative scholarships

    There is a scholarship available to a current UCA student progressing onto this MA course.

Facilities

Fine Art facilities include workshops for plaster and rubber casting, glass casting, slumping, fusing and enamelling (kiln), ceramic bisque and gloss firing, low melt metal casting, and carving (wood, stone and polystyrene). Access to machinery to create artwork in wood, metal and plastics. Printmaking studio includes relief and block painting, plate or stone lithography and intaglio and screen-printing. Large purpose-built studios, as well as flexible project spaces.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    Working internationally with other universities, local and national galleries and museums, and specialist partners within industry, our course draws on a number of industrial links and expertise from a range of creative fields.

    You'll be actively encouraged to show and distribute your work outside of the university context. And guest lectures and professional practice seminars will enable you to develop your personal networks and awareness of professional practice.

    Connections include local arts organisations such as:

    • London Art Fair
    • Stour Valley Arts
    • Strange Cargo
    • The Creative Foundation
    • The Whitstable Biennale
    • Turner Contemporary.
  • Careers

    Lots of our graduates go on to develop careers in fields such as:

    • Arts administration
    • Creative media management
    • Curatorial practices
    • Education
    • Filmmaking
    • Fine art
    • Freelance photography
    • Pre and post production work
    • Printmaking and reprographics
    • Producing
    • Public art
    • Publishing
    • Sound production
    • Video editing.
  • Further study

    You may like to explore an MPhil or PhD to deepen your knowledge even further.

     

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Entry requirements

UK 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.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who present a degree with a lower classification, but can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

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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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