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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
• Research Methods and Practice • Specialist Practice
• Creative Contexts • Practice in Context
• 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
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.