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Course content

The MA in Fine Art enables you to evaluate and develop your creative practice to the highest standards. It develops theoretical awareness, critical thinking and independent arts practice to a professional level.

The course facilitates critical debate between artists working within and across media areas including painting, photography, digital imaging, printmaking, sculpture, installation and site-specific art. Alongside your studio-based enquiry, you will undertake related research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.

You will have access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support. Our research-active staff provide continual mentoring to help you position your practice within professional cultural environments, arts-related employment or higher-level academic research.

You can study this course full-time or part-time, and you will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links with galleries, including the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. The course often offers international study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.

As well as the existing connections between this course and regional galleries and art organisations, we encourage you to engage with external activities and events, nationally and internationally. A group of MA Fine Art students also attended a printmaking residency at the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.

Our teaching staff have a broad range of research interests reflecting the disciplines available on the course, and all staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. Visiting speakers have included renowned artists such as Richard Long, Marcus Harvey, Simon Callery, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Lisa Milroy, David Batchelor, Richard Deacon, Svetlana Fialova, Richard Patterson, Ian McKeever, Dan Hays and Richard Wilson along with innovative arts organisations such as Artangel.

Course content

When you start this course, you will being with the module ‘Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies’ to give you a grounding in different research-based methods in Fine Art.

During the first trimester you will also undertake the 20 credit studio-based module ‘Fine Art Practice’ in which you will begin to critically re-appraise and position your creative practice. If you are studying full-time, you will also take ‘Interfacings’, a 20 credit module that considers a set of theoretical debates, issues and contexts that are pertinent to an interdisciplinary approach to artistic practice.

Your second trimester will include ‘Fine Art Practice and Context’, which culminates in a public developmental exhibition of your work. While you are studying this module, full-time students can also opt to take either the project-based ‘Independent Study’ or the 20 credit module ‘Creative Practice and Enterprise.’

The final stage of the MA Fine Art course will include either producing and exhibiting a body of creative work or completing a 15-18,000 word dissertation.

Careers

Career Opportunities

The MA Fine Art is excellent preparation for both professional cultural environments and higher research study. You may choose to pursue a PhD with us, through traditional or practice-led methodologies, and the MA is a comprehensive and relevant foundation for such study.


Visit the Fine Art - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

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