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Course content

This MA programme encourages sustained engagement with materials within a robust creative community. Students are supported to develop individual specialist approaches including curatorial, socially engaged, gallery practice and enhance existing practical and critical thinking skills through a material-led enquiry. The course offers opportunities to develop live projects as well as studio-based research. A diverse range of academic tutors and visiting professionals will enrich the experience of the course. The programme structure allows you to focus on your own specialism by undertaking a range of core and specialist projects interwoven with a critical studies programme. These skills will cultivate your attitude towards becoming a more rounded versatile creative professional practitioner.

The privilege given to material-led enquiry in our studio-based curriculum is informed by an integrated critical studies programme that provides the conceptual and philosophical frameworks that enable students to produce a body of work and disseminate it appropriately. This dimension of the course invites you to consider the relevance of questions of aesthetics, anthropology, critical and cultural theory, feminist studies and postcolonialism for your practice.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.


Visit the Fine Art (MA) page on the York St John University website for more details!

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