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The Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme caters for students who wish to develop their professional practice or knowledge within the discipline of Fine Art. Typically this might include teachers, practicing artists, community workers, arts administrators, or recent graduates in Fine Art who wish to further their professional practice.
The MFA is designed to respond to students who already have a practice and who are able to readily determine where they are in relation to a field and its histories of practices and ways of working. It is the role of the MFA to work outwards, as it were, towards a context for the students practice.
The student focus will be on their development of Art Practice relevant to the CSAD Subjects of: Fine Art; Textiles; Ceramics; Artist Designer Maker; and
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Students will normally have achieved a first class or second class upper division first degree (1st or 2.1 degree classification) in an appropriate subject, and/or equivalent professional standing or experience in a Design discipline (based upon assessed Accredited Prior Learning or assessed Accredited Prior Experiental Learning), or a discipline associated with their programme of study.
Before completing a Masters programme in Fine Art I qualified in 2006 as a Contemporary Textiles practitioner.
During the Masters programme I was encouraged to explore a range of other media and extend my practice beyond my previous comfort zone, moving from Textiles into Lens-based media.
My work examined tensions between the still and the moving image in lens-based self-portraiture, focussing on how power relations between female subject and viewer are constructed.
The practice element of the course incorporated a series of workshops designed to prepare me for life as a professional artist which have proved invaluable following the completion of the course. Alongside which presentations of both individual and group work in progress, supported by staff led and group critique, helped me to review and define my practice further as well as prepare for my final exhibition. The theoretical aspect of the course afforded me the opportunity to become absorbed in an area of feminist discourse that I had little previous knowledge of and which is now being taken forward into doctoral study.
Throughout the MA Fine Art programme I was able to rely on the support of lecturers, each of whom were highly experienced professionally and academically, for guidance. As a consequence of their belief in me I was able to take the risk of stepping outside of the familiar and following paths I had never before envisaged, emerging from the experience a more confident and mature practitioner.
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