Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
College is still accepting online applications for courses starting in September 2020.
Interviews are cancelled to help to limit social contact during this time.
Instead, you will be invited to a college welcome event to meet the tutors before the start of the course. If you do not meet the entry criteria you will have the opportunity to discuss an alternative programme during this event.
Is this course right for me?
The MA programme offers a rich variety of experiences and challenges, allowing for a great deal of differentiation to suit the diverse range of students.
We have extensive experience of nurturing and developing students in Fine Art, whilst at the same time challenging and giving them confidence to work outside their comfort zones. An important priority is to develop student ambition and develop an understanding that they are competing in the sector nationally.
This will be a broad MA Fine Art course in which we will see students graduating in different specialisms for example painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, video or performance.
More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.
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Master Degree students would be expected to have their own Art materials and equipment to support their personal development at this level, and access to creative space.
Access to studio space will be limited over the summer period and statutory holidays.
Additional costs are studio fees per annum (approximately £100) and participation in study visits (budget approximately £250 for this). These are reviewed annually and can incur further cost.
More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.
Degree in a relevant subject area/relevant industrial experience
All places are subject to a satisfactory interview process, which includes a written proposal.
The following modules will be delivered on the course:
- Interrogating Studio Practice
- Consolidating Studio Practice
- Practice Through Engagement
- Critical Studies
- Exhibition Practice
Theory and practise will be embedded in the way that modules are delivered, so that students achieve with a clear understanding of their own practise and its relationship to an audience.
Fine Art MA students need to be equipped with a wide skill set, an understanding of the context they are working in and a resilience that can cope with both opportunities and change.
The delivery will encompass a balance of lectures; seminars; critiques; group studio critiques; workshops and practical work and tutorials.
In addition, the delivery will be complemented by an external guest lecturer programme, as well as field trips to major metropolitan areas.
2 days a week (typically 9.00 am – 4.30 pm)
Assignment submissions are divided across the academic year. However there are certain times of the year where students can expect ‘busy’ periods (e.g. end of semester).
Various assessment methods are used, dependent on the module. These include:
- Blog Reviews
- Dissertation/ Catalogue website
- Final piece
- Reflective statement
- Dissertation proposal
Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.
Many skills gained from a Masters degree can be applied to lots of different jobs.
In 2017, the most common jobs held by recent Masters graduates were:
- education professionals, such as secondary and higher education teachers
- business, human resources (HR) and finance professionals, particularly management consultants and financial analysts
- health professionals, such as nurses and social workers
Additional campus/course information:
- Parc Menai
Interrogating Studio Practice (30 credits, compulsory):
Through this module students will undertake a critical review of their current practice to date. This review will allow them to develop concepts and objectively plan a programme of work for their studio practice. Students will be required to bring together a critical evaluation of their own work with an understanding of historical and contemporary practice. The emphasis is on critical experimentation, re-establishing practice through research and a questioning of established routines. (Portfolio 80%, Blog/Journal 20%)
Consolidating Studio Practice (30 credits, compulsory):
This module provides an opportunity to develop skills in research and critical reflection building on acquired knowledge in Interrogating Studio Practice, and to use these skills to develop a proposal for the MA project and exhibition. The module is heavily reliant on the student’s engagement with independent learning and self-directed study. (Seminar 50%, Critical Commentary 50%)
Practice Through Engagement (Culture and Context) (30 credits, compulsory):
In this module, the application of studio practice is considered and students will develop a collaborative project with a partner organisation, institution or group. This could include curatorial practice, community based projects, placement or internship. As part of the ethos of self-directed study, students will take the initiative in creating an external working situation for their project. Negotiation, with supervisory guidance, will be part of their professional practice development. (Portfolio 50%, Presentation 50%)
Critical Studies (30 credits, compulsory):
This module allows students to engage in a research project that applies critical focus to their own work and further considers the relationship between their own practice and the work of historical and contemporary practitioners.
Students will propose, formulate and realise a critical research project which is appropriate to their own practice. The work produced for this module will use established research methodologies to explore a relevant and focused area of debate within the creative industries. (Proposal 40%, Research project 60%)
Exhibition Practice (60 credits, compulsory):
The final MA module involves the development and production of the work outlined in the rationale from Consolidating Studio Practice and engages students in the production of a substantive exhibition of coherent and critically robust original work that will indicate the level achieved through individual creative, critical and professional practice. This module aims to offer students an opportunity to engage in a sustained period of self- directed study.
The notion of an exhibition will be explored in the broadest context and could be realised as a gallery-based, site-specific, curatorial, collaborative or online project. (Personal Exhibition Statement 10%, Exhibition 90%)