Fine Art (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

The MA in Fine Art offers an exciting opportunity for students to expand and deepen their knowledge and practice. This dynamic programme will support you by engaging with the challenges inherent in building your artistic practice. It provides you with a framework within which you will experiment, work through personal investigations, and be encouraged to work in the medium/s most appropriate to your ideas. Subject themed seminars focused on contemporary art now, alongside group critiques of your visual work integrate practice and theory, and provide a forum for sharing and exploring perspectives. Applying critical reflection and locating your work within a contemporary environment of ideas, you will develop your practice to produce a substantial body of work.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, you will be able to take advantage of our facilities and expertise in painting, drawing, digital media, photography, video, sculpture, installation and printmaking. Constantly looking outward, exploring the contemporary context of your work will enable you to understand the relevance and agency of your work within today’s creative landscape.

The course emphasises practical exploration, supervised independent learning, reflection and critical evaluation. You’ll be encouraged to share your knowledge, experience and perceptions. The course promotes intellectual enquiry, a high level of practical and technical ability, and the acquisition of a professional skill set. Its aim is for graduating students to be fully prepared as competitive arts professionals.

Module Descriptions

  • Visual Enquiry and the Contemporary Extend your practice into a self-directed body of research
  • Research and Context Consider key concepts and research methodologies to situate your own practice in relation to contemporary discourses around creative production
  • Developing Professional Practice Explore the ways creative practitioners operate both commercially and noncommercially and develop your own career plan - Extended Visual Enquiry (PG Dip and MA) Explore new territories and conduct experimental practice off campus
  • Major Project (MA only) Undertake a significant, practice-led body of research into your creative specialism and develop your portfolio of work

Study style

You can opt for full-time study which involves day-time or evening sessions, or part-time study in evenings.
Assessment is 100% by coursework.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Applicants will be considered on a individual basis
  • You will be invited to attend an interview
  • A portfolio of work is essential
  • EU and international students needs IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.

Fees

Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

Careers

  • Practicing artist
  • Curation
  • Arts management
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • PhD study and research
  • Art therapy

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Staff Profile

Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham is an English artist, photographer, film-maker, art teacher and lecturer. He was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (1997) and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. He was given a survey show, ‘People, Places, Animals’, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne in 2007–8 which consisted of photography and video about his own family, the urban landscape in which he grew up and animals in zoos around the world. His work is held in many collections including, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the V&A and Tate galleries in London.

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Become a competitive arts professional

The course promotes intellectual enquiry, a high level of practical and technical ability, and the acquisition of a professional skillset. Through our expert guidance you will be supported in determining your own creative direction, enabling you to become the artist you want to be.

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Staff expertise and professional facilities

You will be supported to work in the medium/s most appropriate to your ideas and will benefit from access to our purpose built facilities and expertise in painting, drawing, digital media, photography, sculpture, installation and printmaking.

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Intensive studio practice and integrated theory

Lectures, seminars and group criticisms provide a forum for integrated practice and theory, establishing a contemporary context for your work.

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