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MA Fine Art

Course Description

NUA’s MA Fine Art is an exciting and ambitious programme of study and one that will accelerate your practical, technical and conceptual understanding of your practice. Practice-led investigation is fundamental to the course, supported by critical dialogue and research. Founded in 1845 the University has a strong reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional workshop and studio space facilities.

You will join a community of tutors, researchers, visiting industry guests and fellow students and be part of a stimulating and active research environment. Guided by expert tuition you will be supported to extend or challenge your existing knowledge and methodologies. You may elect to specialise in or combine areas including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation.

Strong links with regional and national galleries provide platforms for dialogue around contemporary practice, supported by visiting artists and the Fine Art lecture series. The Gallery at NUA provides a showcase for high quality public exhibitions that augment the MA Fine Art experience. Eastinternational was staged here between 1991-2009, and more recently The Gallery has showcased work by artists including: Grayson Perry, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread. The annual Fine Art symposium ‘Dialogues’ supports your professional understanding of contemporary Fine Art practice.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues. Your curriculum will include professional guest speakers, industry focused projects, collaborations and study visits. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills.

MA Fine Art staff are all established practising artists who regularly exhibit their practice, and/or contribute to conferences and publications and will support you in promoting your work within the creative sector. Paul Fieldsend-Danks is the MA Course Leader at NUA, contributing to the taught delivery of MA Fine Art and Research Into Practice units. Paul is an artist and academic, with a particular research interest in the study of landscape within contemporary drawing and painting contexts. He is a co-director of the international online drawing research journal Tracey, and a member of Land2, a practice-led research network concerned with landscape and place-oriented art practice.

Sarah Horton, Senior Lecturer and Unit Leader for MA Fine Art, is a fine artist and educator. Her art practice is multi-disciplinary and has included painting, print, video, stage design, projection and site-specific commissions. She brings her knowledge and experience to bear within her teaching providing a supportive base from which students are encouraged to take risks within their own practice. Sarah has exhibited widely including Tokyo, California, Koblenz and London.

Scholarship and funding information is available. Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as its lead partner in Norwich. See NUA website for details: http://www.nua.ac.uk

Visit the MA Fine Art page on the Norwich University of the Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Veronica Domingo Alonso

2494.jpg To come to NUA has been one of the best decisions of my life.

The MA has more professional content. On the BA you can do your own projects and pursue the areas that interest you and this is similar on the MA but with the MA you are more independent and have more freedom in devising your learning agreement. The course is mostly practical but this is supported by essays and a reflective journal which provides the context. To work in contemporary practice you need to understand the context.


N170 Postgraduate Student Scholarship - 8 Awards

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR THE N170 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2015/161. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you must:
a. Be a UK or EU citizen;
b. Have begun your Undergraduate Degree (UG) in September 2012 and been charged higher fee levels at a UK university;
c. Have completed your UG degree by the end of the 2014/15 academic year;
d. Not already hold a postgraduate degree or higher level of qualification;
e. Have made a formal application for postgraduate study at NUA, which must be for 1-year full-time study and
f. Have received a full or partial government maintenance grant in your final year of undergraduate study: i.e. 2014/15.2. You must have submitted a separate application form for postgraduate study by 1 May 2015 and ticked the box on this form to indicate that you wish to be considered for an N170 Postgraduate Scholarship. During May you will be sent further information on the scholarships, along with a scholarship application form. You must have returned the scholarship application form to NUA by 31 May 2015.3. The £10,000 scholarship will be awarded as a full fee waiver, with the remaining funds paid as a bursary on the following dates: 1 October 2015, 15 January 2016 and 15 May 2016. The final bursary payment on 15 May 2016 will only be paid if you are continuing onto the Masters project.4. If you withdraw at any point during the year, you will not be required to pay back the fee waiver or any bursary payments received to that point, but you will not be eligible for any future bursary payments. If you intermit during the year and return in 2016/17, you will receive any bursary payments not yet paid to you when you return, at the same points of the year as specified above (i.e. 15 January and 15 May). If you return from intermission after the end of 2016/17, you will not receive any outstanding bursary payments.5. Where there are more applicants than scholarships available, the successful applicants will be decided by a judging panel, who will base their decision on a balanced score of the interview, application
and quality of references. Those who have been awarded a scholarship will be notified by 10 July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)



NUA is offering eight £10,000 scholarships for 2015 entry. These scholarships are only available for full-time postgraduate students who are 2015 graduates, started an undergraduate degree in 2012 (new fee regime) and can prove they were receiving financial support (maintenance grant/bursary) during their time of study. Further criteria may include first generation higher education students and those from under-represented groups. The N170 scholarship will cover NUA postgraduate tuition fees plus an additional bursary up to the value of £10,000.

Application Procedure

You must have submitted a separate application form for postgraduate study by 1 May 2015 and ticked the box on this form to indicate that you wish to be considered for an N170 Postgraduate Scholarship. During May you will be sent further information on the scholarships, along with a scholarship application form. You must have returned the scholarship application form to NUA by 31 May 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entrants should normally have a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent. Relevant professional experience may be considered. The offer would mostly be based on a portfolio and usually an interview, in person or via Skype.

Course Fees

MA (Full-Time): £5,500; MA (Part-time; 2 years): £3,300 per year

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