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MA Art and Design: Contemporary Fine Art

Course Description

The aim of the course is to develop your critical and contextual practice, contemporary and innovative methodologies, cross-disciplinary and collaborative practices, and reflective studio-based practice.

During your time with us, you will be encouraged to undertake independent contextual and theoretical research that will improve your capacity for independent enquiry, creativity and professional practice.

Key benefits:

• Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices
• Enjoy access to your own studio space and workshop support
• Tap into long-established associations with key creative and professional networks.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/art-and-design-contemporary-fine-art

Suitable for

This course is for committed fine art or creative practitioners who wish to develop their personal practice to a higher, professional level. It actively encourages the pursuit of individual agendas for study and for personal choice of media/disciplines selected from the range of practices within the field of contemporary fine art.

Programme details

This course embraces a range and diversity of practices and aims to:

• Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies informed by contemporary professional practice
• Develop an advanced understanding of research methods in general and those of importance to creative practice and industry in particular
• Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional and collaborative frameworks
• Provide the opportunity to develop industry experience and understanding through contact by placement, project and/or contact with professional practitioners.


This course uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, situated learning (e.g. ‘live’ projects) and independent learning. The combination of these aims is to develop an environment that allows students to progressively take ownership and direction of their learning so that they may develop as independent, life-long learners. The process of Masters level study, relating to an individual and independent arts practice, is one of dense critical self-reflection; this is achieved by including self-directed projects where students have the opportunity to negotiate their learning and assessment requirements.

Indicative to the course are:

• formal lectures
• seminar presentations
• workshops
• critical analysis and independent learning.

Award specific learning activities include exercises; team and peer-based learning, studio practice and critical seminar-events, site visits, visiting professionals, work placements, online activities and critical debates. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of course-work activities in order to foster active learning through contribution to participatory exercises and through formal and informal presentations of their work.

Semester 1

• Research Methods and Practice
• Specialist Practice

Semester 2

• Creative Contexts
• Practice in Context

Semester 3

• Negotiated Thesis/Major Project


Assessment methods used on the course include:

• Practical, oral and written assignments (80%)
• Group presentations (20%)

You will be assessed throughout the course on:

• Body of work and contextual research: e.g studio/portfolio/exhibition/publication/etc.
• Reflective journals: log or sketch-book/statement/seminar or other presentation

Career potential

Our graduates have exhibited successfully in a range of venues and biennales. Many graduates establish themselves within the local creative economy and develop a studio presence in the region and beyond.

We encourage students to pursue an international profile and presence as soon as possible in support of their professional reputation. It is envisaged that opportunities via MediaCity will facilitate internationalization of practice on individual terms.

Many of our students succeed through related professions in: education, community development, healthcare environments or enterprise. Some graduates prefer to apply their creative practice to commissioning, consultancy or other professional outcomes.

The majority of our graduates continue with their creative careers. Graduates are particularly visible in the region – in group studios, exhibitions or events. Many graduates support their practice via teaching or demonstrator roles in further or higher education establishments. A number of graduates find work with museums or galleries. Our graduates are particularly proactive in initiating art-based projects – establishing new venues and curating group exhibitions, for example. A number are successful each year in securing artist residencies at home and abroad. It is envisaged that opportunities via MediaCity will further facilitate internationalization of practice on individual terms.

The School co-ordinates a range of enterprise projects and initiatives that can benefit graduating students, in order to assist their career opportunities or routes into self-employment.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA Art and Design: Contemporary Fine Art page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Bursaries 2011 - 10 Awards

Postgraduate Bursaries 2011
The School of Art and Design is very pleased to announce that bursaries are available to applicants, for taught postgraduate programmes, for a September 2011 start. There are two types of bursaryOpen Bursaries
A number of open bursaries, each worth £1000, are available to any applicants, either internal or external to the University. Open bursaries are awarded through competition and the deadline for receipt of applications is 3rd May 2011.Internal Bursaries
A number of internal bursaries, each worth £500, are available to students who have been, or will be, awarded an undergraduate degree by the University of Salford. Nominations for internal bursaries are made by admissions tutors when applicants apply for a place on a programme, so early applications are recommended.International Scholarships
All international students will be considered for a University scholarship. For further information about these scholarships please see: http://www.salford.ac.uk/international/scholarships/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The School of Art and Design is very pleased to announce that bursaries will be available to applicants for taught postgraduate programmes, for a September 2011 start.

Application Procedure

Further information
For further information on bursaries, including how to apply for an open bursary, and the selection process and criteria, please contact:
Noel Heath, [email protected] or 0161 295 4665.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio of practice. Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high quality portfolio of practice is presented. Applicants are required to present a portfolio (or equivalent) at interview. Applicants are also asked to provide a short statement describing their practice to date and motivations for study.

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