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Want to develop your artistic practice to a higher level? Building on your previous studies, our Fine Art Master’s degree aims to develop and broaden your knowledge and skills using new and alternative media. External partners and arts-based agencies provide opportunities to engage directly with the world of contemporary fine art.

What the course offers

Our MA in Fine Art offers an exciting opportunity to explore, develop and create. This course gives you the freedom to enhance your practical and creative skills, underpinned by a contextual research-based programme of critical studies. You’ll have a personal supervisor and work in the studio alongside your fellow MA Fine Art students. In addition, sessions focusing on entrepreneurial and contemporary exhibition/curatorial skills will help to extend your understanding of current practice and business management.

During your studies, you’ll develop a body of work for exhibition in the purpose-built fine art studio/exhibition area, to be held at the end of the course. You’ll have the chance to apply for commissions and work for external agencies, and be encouraged to make external links through exhibition or artist-in-residency opportunities.

Former Fine Art students were instrumental in founding Neo:artists Studios, a Bolton-based internationally-recognised contemporary art group with a dynamic exhibition programme. As an MA student you’ll have opportunities to access the facilities and mentoring at Neo:artists, in addition to the tuition and guidance you receive at the University.

Course Highlights:

  • Our collaboration with studio groups gives our students access to vibrant, professional artists’ studios and galleries, with many of these artists involved in delivering specialist workshops and lectures.
  • Guest speakers from a wide range of Fine Art practice, both national and international, are invited each year.
  • Our Fine Art students have been very successful in winning major regional and national competitions, including first prize in the NADFAS awards, winning of public art commissions, and awards in national and international art gallery shows.
  • Our dedicated tutors are practising artists with extensive experience of exhibiting their own work (nationally and internationally), group exhibition organisation, and public and private commissioning. We also have strong connections to arts organisations and commissioning agencies nationally and internationally.
  • We have the expertise and experience to support you to develop essential business management skills, such as business planning and writing proposal briefs for commission, exhibition and project work.
  • Through the wider networks of the tutors and Neo:artists you’ll have opportunities to access to the wider Greater Manchester contemporary art community, including Castlefield Gallery and Rogue Artists’ Studios. Central Manchester is just a 20-minute train ride away.

Key Features:

  • Aimed at equipping you with discipline-specific and transferable employability skills, our MA Fine Art programme is practice-based and industry-focused. It offers rich learning experiences that emphasise live briefs and partnership working.
  • We focus on developing your professional studio practice, and examining the exhibition as a vehicle for the promotion of ideas, as well as a marketing device for artists.
  • You can examine contemporary practice across the board from traditional processes right up to the digital age. Access to Bolton-based studios and project spaces offers the additional stimulus of a wide range of working artists.
  • Our facilities include large, well-lit, dedicated open studio accommodation with an adjacent 2D art workshop that includes a range of printmaking processes, and a 3D art workshop that includes ceramic, glass and casting workshops. Technicians for the different specialisms are available to provide practical support and advice.
  • We have large shared wood and metal workshops that provide access to industrial-level processes and allow for large and small-scale construction.
  • We organise talks and lectures by artists in residence and guest speakers working in the field of fine art and related specialisms. These broaden your palate by providing insights into the life and influences of other creative professionals.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad


Visit the Fine Art (MA) page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

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