MA Fine Art or MA Fine Art and Art History
The MA Fine Art is designed for students who wish to pursue the study of fine art through art practice only with the goal of becoming professional artists. The MA Fine Art and Art History is aimed at students who intend to pursue the combined study of art practice and art history in order to become professional artists and/or art historians. It is particularly appropriate for those who feel that their practice is enhanced by their interests in art history, as well as for sufficiently experienced art historians who feel that the study of their subject is enhanced by a sound knowledge of materials and techniques. Supervision is available in Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Book Illustration and Interdisciplinary Studio Practice (video, sound, installation, and new media).
The MA Fine Art (PPM) and MA Fine Art and Art History (PPM) have a common Part One structure, comprising the following modules: Portfolio Development (30 credits), Art and Visual Culture A (10 credits), Vocational Practice (20 credits) and Exhibition 1 (60 credits). In Part Two, MA Fine Art students stage Exhibition 2 (60 credits), and MA Fine Art and Art History students write a 15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits).
The schemes are designed to enable students to develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work that demonstrates a creative interpretation of the subject, along with technical expertise and a thorough knowledge of appropriate conceptual, theoretical and historical frameworks.
Through the module Art and Visual Culture, students examine the practice of art and writing about art within the broader context of contemporary visual culture. The Vocational Practice module is designed to develop communication skills and a professional ethos in future artists, art historians, curators and art administrators. It covers the fundamentals of art school teaching; the practicalities of exhibition preparation, installation, and curation; concepts of professional identity and the realities of establishing a career in the arts.
The MA Fine Art (RPM) and MA Fine Art and Art History (RPM) share the same structure as the PPM schemes and are supplemented by additional seminars/tutorials on Academic Writing and Research Skills for which students submit a Presentation Paper and Research Proposal with Bibliography.