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Course content

Our Masters in Fine Art or Design offers a comprehensive programme of advanced study in art and design.

This supports and mentors you in developing your work in creative, cultural, collaborative and professional contexts.

The course enables students to:
• Apply creative practice in a contextual setting, developing flexibility and knowledge within professional creative environments.
• Manage live projects and develop integrated research strategies.
• Work with a variety of stakeholders, networks or community environments.
• Develop a sustainable, individual and professional practice that can be maintained post-graduation.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/art-and-design/study-options/postgraduate/master-of-fine-art/master-of-design

Course detail

The course offers two distinct pathways to best suit your individual requirements.

Please note: This course is dependent upon a sufficient number of students participating.

Studio Practice

This study option guides you in the development of your personal creative practice, based in a studio environment (on or offsite), which is supported by, and aligned to, subject specialist staff.

Contextual Practice

This study option is tailored towards a more collaborative and contextualised practice, where you can be based offsite but working in a negotiated professional environment and supported by our specialist staff together with an external professional mentor.

Supported specialisms:

• MDes: Ceramics, Jewellery, Product Design, Fashion and Textiles Design, Communication Design, Graphics, Illustration, Photography.

• MFA: Fine Art, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Contemporary Practice, Public Art, Curatorial Practice, Moving Image, Photography.


• Studio or Contextual Practice 1
• Research Methods and Critical Enquiry
• Studio or Contextual Practice 2

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through the development of your own personal individual practice supported by specialist academic staff and technical facilities. You will also learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. You will work primarily as an individual practitioner but also when required as part of a collaborative team on developing projects, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Studio Practice Pathway students will be sited in a negotiated studio practice environment in relation to their own individual practice.

Contextual Practice Pathway students will be sited in a negotiated professional mentor environment in relation to their own individual practice.

Lectures, seminars and workshop sessions are group activities and held either at Gray’s School of Art or contextually related sites.

Part-time Study

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face tutorials with tutors and attendance at a related number of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access outwith the School to learning materials. Elements of social media are also used in communicating with students.


This course will enable you to work independently as a creative practitioner as well as within any cultural and creative organisation. Target roles would be artist, designer, curator, exhibition manager, project manager, studio manager, institution director, educator and researcher.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline


For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

Visit the MFA / MDes Contextualised Practice page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!





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