Through a series of lectures, discussions in seminar sessions and written pieces, you’ll examine the meaning of contemporary practice and methods of working, alongside students from the MFA Photography course.
Together, you’ll learn about the range of theoretical and critical debates which have impacted significantly on recent contemporary practice. As well as understanding how these relate to political and social contexts, you’ll also consider the materials you use, and how they might be placed in wider culture.
Research and Practice
You’ll devise an initial study proposal, in consultation with your tutors. While experimentation and open enquiry is encouraged, you’ll need to present a coherent framework for this investigation, which will be critiqued, discussed and updated as the unit progresses. This will ensure your enquiry remains within and around the focus subjects of current critical debates. You’ll also learn about how best to present your practice externally, as part of your development and growth as an artist.
Professional Practice and Negotiated Study
Rigorous deconstruction and analysis of your practice from Term 1 will enable you to find focus and identify an area of enquiry for you to focus on. From here, you’ll begin to plan an Independent Project, which will form the foundation for your Final Major Project in the final term.
You’ll be challenged to organise all aspects of the project, from concept to execution through to identifying an external artist-run space in London or the South-east to display it.
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 culmination of your studies throughout the course, we expect your Final Major Project – building upon your Independent Project - to reflect your identity, not only as an artist but as a researcher. You’ll take ownership of and thrive in a chosen area of enquiry, from concept and theory through to practice and public presentation, and beyond as you take your practice further.
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:
- UK students full-time - £10,400
- UK students part-time - £5,200
- International and EU students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
- International and EU students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Fee discounts and 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.