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.
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 you 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 where you'll 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'll 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 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.
Professional Practice and Negotiated Study
This unit enables you to critically reflect on your practice from Stage 1 in order to plan an Independent Project. You'll undertake a conceptually driven approach, critically assessing the role of technical skills in articulating meaning and ideas. Throughout the unit, you'll 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 you to position your practice within a professional context.
In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.
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'll reflect upon studio practice from previous units whilst outlining a framework for the production of artworks and contextualising studio practice to wider critical issues.
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.
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.