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Course content

Taught by leaders in their field, this Masters programme provides you with the opportunity to investigate all proponents of fine art and its practice in production, material intervention, media and curation.

-Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years, day study)
-Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the modern, purpose-built and RIBA award-winning John Lennon -Art and Design Building
-Direct links with Liverpool’s most significant arts organisations, such as TATE Liverpool, Biennial, Bluecoat and FACT
-Career opportunities through networking and collaboration in professional fields
-Studio space provided for full-time students

LJMU’s Masters in Fine Art provides an opportunity for a small group of students, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to develop their practice in relation to a global context that is filtered through the rich artistic infrastructure of Liverpool.
The programme is open to those wishing to develop a broad range of practices, including the production of objects and material interventions, the development of media-based projects and those wishing to pursue critical, theoretical and curatorially-based approaches. Taking Liverpool as a starting point, the programme explores wider questions of art production, distribution and reflection in an age of globalisation.

The course encourages artistic research and the development of new ways of working which challenge our assumptions around culture, identity and ecology. Taught in consultation with significant international institutions such as Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and FACT, the MA Fine Art offers unique access to specialist knowledge and experience of working in the public realm, museums and galleries and with technology.

The course is offered full (1 year) and part time (2 years). As a full-time student you will be offered studio space at the School’s John Lennon Art and Design Building.

You will have around nine hours guided learning each week, although we would expect your self-directed input to be substantially more. There will also be blocks of time scheduled for concentrated research activity, critique and symposium throughout the programme.

Master projects will be realised within curated events held in and around Liverpool. 2016 MA students recently held a show at The Royal Standard, titled Fantastic Rubbish

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Studio practice

This will help you to develop your practice in relation to your own concerns and locate it within the broader context of Contemporary Fine Art practice

Collaborative practice

You will be introduced to various strategies, examples and processes in the planning and delivery of art project initiatives. Through collaborative practice you will test and develop a relevant working process within the safe environment of the Fine Art peer group

Research and Practice 1 and 2

You will select topics relevant to your practice and overall concerns in consultation with tutors. These could be particular artists, biennial and survey themes, arts policy and infrastructure, or your own work. Research and writing will be supported by tutorials and writing workshop

Major project

Develop an initial proposal through to an exhibition or equivalent, developing a body of work and reflection along the way

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Visit the Fine Art page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!





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