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MFA Art & Humanities

Course Description

This highly interdisciplinary course will suit students who want the opportunity to work across the traditionally defined boundaries imposed by many fine art and humanities programmes. Each student is able to individually tailor their programme of study, and can choose to complete the course with either an exhibition of creative work or a major written dissertation as the final project for this postgraduate course.

Why study Fine Art and Humanities at Dundee?

This programme combines studio art and masters level modules in the humanities (such as Philosophy, English or Film Studies). It embraces all forms of Fine Art practice - traditional and contemporary - and celebrates the inherent diversity in each year's participants.

You will be encouraged to read critically and analytically, and to develop abilities in conducting high level discourse in critical, contextual and theoretical thinking. This combination of skills is extended through lively debate, which strengthen each individual's self-evaluation, reflective practice and cumulative progression.

Throughout the course, you will be supported by a supervisor and dedicated tutorials, which add to the depth and breadth of your knowledge and understanding as personal study evolves.

Aims of the Programme

This course aims to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in a personal programme of interdisciplinary study and to provide research skills and methods relevant to both Fine Art and Humanities research-based practices.

It encourages ambitious investigation and enquiry through individual research, planned from the outset to achieve either a creative exhibition or major written dissertation, either of which are informed by a synthesis of critical and conceptual studies in art and humanities.

Postgraduate culture

Students benefit from both the DJCAD and Humanities public lecture programmes. Speakers in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts brings invited artists and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Students are also encouraged to attend speaker presentations in English, Film and Philosophy, a University wide Lecture Series and vibrant external community for events.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, tutorial sessions, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, practical classes, studio tutorials and demonstrations.

In Humanities, one-on-one supervision of a literature review, initial outlines and drafts, leading to a dissertation by a single tutor is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided. Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, research assignments and feedback, and tutorial sessions.

In art, the basis of most exchange is conducted as individual and group tutorials, aided by studio demonstrations, guest lectures, peer critiques, and written reflections.

What you will study

The academic year is divided into three semesters each comprising teaching and assessment weeks. (The first week of semester 1 is entitled 'Induction Week, when activities for new students are planned and diagnostic workshops take place to establish students strengths and weaknesses.)

In Humanities, students may select a Masters level module from one of the following areas of study: English; Film Studies; Philosophy; Gender, Culture and Society; Theatre Studies; History or Comics. Specific modules are offered in topical and period areas of study.

In Art & Media studio practice, students may work in any area of specialisation, including: Painting; Drawing; Printmaking; Artist Books; Photography (digital or chemical); Sculpture; Installation; Performance Art; Sound Art; or Time-based art and Digital Film. Teaching will be provided on a tutorial basis from academic staff, all of whom are professional artists.

In addition, each student will take a general two-semester module entitled 'Applying Critical and Cultural Theory'.

Depending upon chosen outcome - either an exhibition of creative work or a major written dissertation - the following pattern would apply:

Option A - Studio-based Output: Semesters 1 and 3 in DJCAD, Semester 2 in Humanities

Option B - Written Output: Semesters 1 and 3 in Humanities, Semester 2 in DJCAD
Semester 3 occurs during the summer months, and is spent on realising the outcome that the student has selected (see Option A and B above). Assisted by an academic supervisor, either the dissertation or body of creative work will be produced and submitted for assessment.

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be conducted for each module by module tutors. The assessors will employ a variety of styles specific to the module. Most commonly an oral presentation with the project and supporting work will be utilised for production and practice modules. Written components take the form of reflective reports, programme of study reports, essays and in the case of academic outcome, a formal dissertation (15-20,000 words).


Graduates of this course will find that their options are increased from having acquired several methods of research and learning. Two distinctive skill sets and areas of knowledge provide a real advantage in the employment market.

Careers for prospective graduates may include teaching, publishing, arts administration, community arts, curation, journalism and criticism, and professional art practices which are enhanced by academic challenge.

Visit the MFA Art & Humanities page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Student Profiles

SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) - 20+ Awards

SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) provides some funding for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students studying in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees of up to £3,400


Home/EU students studying in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & DesignSAAS eligibility guidelines can be found here:http://www.student-support-saas.gov.uk/student_support/special_circumstances/postgrad_eligibility.htm

Application Procedure

You can apply from April of the year that you want to study. You should always apply as early as possible.If the course you are applying for is funded and you meet the SAAS eligibility conditions, you should contact your course leader to find out if they will nominate you for a funded place. If they are willing to nominate you, you will be sent an Application Form to complete and return to SAAS.Contact SAAS directly on 0300 300 3135Closing date 31st March 2012

Further Information



DJCAD Outstanding International Postgraduate Student Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The closing date for Scholarship applications for courses starting September 2012 is 8th July 2012.If you are being sponsored or are receiving a discount on your fees due to an articulation agreement, then you cannot apply for a University of Dundee Academic School scholarship.You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500 Scholarship towards tuition fees or as a stipend for one year only


For international fee paying students who are starting a masters course in DJCAD in 2012. You will also need to demonstrate academic excellence and / or significant achievement in your chosen field of study.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in DJCAD at the University of Dundee, we will send you an email telling you how to apply for a Scholarship.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.

Further Information



DJCAD Alumni Award - 5 Awards

We offer a small number of awards which offer a discount on tuition fees (or maintenance allowances) for applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. This discount is also available to those who have completed a postgraduate taught programme at DJCAD, and who now wish to progress to a different taught postgraduate degree. In order to apply for the available discount, you will need to have been accepted on to your intended programme of study and to have satisfied all the normal academic admission criteria as well as all the conditions of enrolment and registration set down by the University of Dundee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 maintenance/tuition fee award


September 2012 entrants to the Master of Design, Master of Fine Art, Master of Science in Animation and Visualisation, Master of Science in Product Design and Master of Science in Design Ethnography are eligible to apply for one of the following discounts:Home/EU alumni
£2,000 maintenance awardInternational alumni
£2,000 towards tuition fees or a £2,000 maintenance award

Application Procedure

Applications are available from Fiona Fyffe in the Postgraduate Office. Upon completion application forms should be submitted to Fiona Fyffe, [email protected] The submission deadline is 17 August 2012.

Further Information



William Sangster Phillips' Awards - 5 Awards

DJCAD interprets Art and Design in their widest sense, to include both traditional and innovative approaches to the disciplines.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000 + tuition for one year


The Trustees of the William S. Phillips Fund have awarded funding to assist students who wish to undertake a full-time Masters degree within the areas of Art and Design during academic session 2012/13. Successful candidates will receive a tax free stipend of £5,000 and have their tuition fees paid for one year. Applications are invited from graduates with a minimum 2.1 degree. In all cases, preference will be given to applicants with a Dundee connection.

Application Procedure

Closing date: 29th June 2012Contact: Fiona Fyffe, [email protected] DJCAD Postgraduate Office for application form and further details.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To qualify for admission to the Degree candidates should:normally have obtained a first degree with upper second class Honours or above in an appropriate discipline or, exceptionally, a lower second class Honours or such other qualifications and professional experience as may be approved by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Board. For this purpose and have satisfied the Programme Director of their fitness to undertake both the academic and practical requirements of the programme. English Language Requirement:EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

Last Updated

17 January 2017

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