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Masters Degrees in Painting

We have 28 Masters Degrees in Painting

Masters degrees in Painting equip postgraduates with the skills to engage with and utilise a variety of painting techniques for the production of different forms of art and other products.

Taught MA and MFA degrees are relevant for the field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Art or Design.

Why study a Masters in Painting?

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The perceived shift in attitudes to art production over recent years, caused partly by the ubiquitous nature of technology, has meant there is a renewed interest in painting and how it might flourish in a digital age. Read more
The perceived shift in attitudes to art production over recent years, caused partly by the ubiquitous nature of technology, has meant there is a renewed interest in painting and how it might flourish in a digital age. The discipline of painting, seen as outmoded by some, has gained a new relevance and focus, and is seen as a rich, complex language of its own.

This new course proposes a more 'disciplinary' approach to study, where painting as a distinct language and discipline can be studied in depth, with students extending and challenging their practice as painters both technically and conceptually.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Award-winning staff with expertise in a wide array of approaches to painting as a discreet discipline.
-The opportunity to test and explore a range of ideas and issues relating to the traditions of painting.
-Access to dedicated painting studios, and the opportunity to benefit from specialist workshops.
-The opportunity to extend skills sets and embark on ambitious work with a view to developing a professional profile.
-The opportunity to develop a personal vocabulary of painting in the context of a contemporary discourse.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

During the course you will take two dedicated painting modules in which you will develop your personal painting practice.

You will also undertake modules in contextual studies and professional practice which are part of the wider Creative Arts MA programme in the Design and Visual Arts section of the School of Art and Design. These modules will help you contextualise your practice, gain research skills and undertake professional activity.

Painting MA students will also undertake the common MA Project module: this module comprises one third of the course and takes the form of a personal project which will form the basis of a final exhibition.

The course is based around the development of an individual practice and will encompass a range of disparate approaches to painting. You will be encouraged to work in a range of media depending on your own interests, and you will be guided and supported by accomplished practitioners.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Successful graduates may find careers as self-employed artists exhibiting in a wide range of galleries and artistled spaces. You may also use this qualification to help enhance your prospects of entering a career in education. The barriers between art and design practices are increasingly porous, and you may find careers in a range of areas as portfolio workers.

During your time on the MA you will be guided and required to build a professional profile in preparation for entry into professional life.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Please note this course is subject to validation. MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts offers the opportunity for students to explore a discipline that is constantly widening in scope. Read more

Introduction

Please note this course is subject to validation.

MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts offers the opportunity for students to explore a discipline that is constantly widening in scope.

Content

What students can expect from the course:

- To identify and debate key issues in contemporary painting

- To contribute to a collaborative public event and online archive on the subject of contemporary painting

- To extend your knowledge of paint as a material and process

- To examine the ways in which methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary painting whilst creating a critical relationship to tradition

- To explore the range of models of practice for the contemporary painter

- To examine the notion of painting as research

- To develop your key questions and ideas from an initial period of review and experimentation

- To be part of a challenging learning and teaching environment that supports the development of your practical, professional and research skills

- To engage with the wider research culture at University of the Arts London

- To identify and debate key issues in contemporary painting

- To contribute to a collaborative public event and online archive on the subject of contemporary painting

- To extend your knowledge of paint as a material and process

- To examine the ways in which methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary painting whilst creating a critical relationship to tradition

- To explore the range of models of practice for the contemporary painter

- To examine the notion of painting as research

- To develop your key questions and ideas from an initial period of review and experimentation

- To be part of a challenging learning and teaching environment that supports the development of your practical, professional and research skills

- To engage with the wider research culture at University of the Arts London

Structure

The course runs over a total of 45 weeks. Learning and teaching will take place through studio practice, written work, group seminars, critiques, exhibitions, peer-led workshops and reading groups. The course places great stock on the idea of a community of painters.

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Through the many learning and teaching experiences the programme offers, students and staff rigorously, critically and supportively engage in personal tutorials, group critiques and presentations. Read more

Through the many learning and teaching experiences the programme offers, students and staff rigorously, critically and supportively engage in personal tutorials, group critiques and presentations. These discussions and critical forums take place in the Painting studios, across the College, through visits to galleries and collaborations with our partner institutions, and during visits to major exhibitions both in this country and abroad.

Our students are here to reflect upon and play out what kind of artists they want to be – how best to serve and challenge their personal agendas and all this in relation to current discussions and developments within the scope of contemporary painting, and the broader cultural realm. The student experience is supported by the painting programme, the opportunities and events that are timetabled across the School of Fine Art, and the Cultural and Historical Studies schedule.

Ultimately the programme is designed and delivered in order to support our graduates in developing art practices that are sustainable and meaningful to each artists particular ambitions and operate at the highest levels of the contemporary art world. With each new year-group the dynamic of the studios and the conversations around painting shift and broaden in their agendas and processes.

On graduation a selection of students are awarded studio residences, which the programme supports through a mentoring scheme, along with all our graduates being supported as they apply for residencies and other professional opportunities.

Recent visiting lecturers include: Milly Thompson, Ansel Krut, Philip Allen, Alison Katz, Sally O’Reilly, Alexis Teplin, Milena Dragicevic, Tom Morton, George Shaw, Amikam Toren, Clarrie Wallis, Paul Housley, Tim Stoner, Sophie von Hellermann, Jamie Shovlin, Varda Caivano, Kate MacGarry, Margot Heller, Daniel Sinsel, Martin Herbert, Markus Vater, Toby Ziegler and Katy Moran. 

 The programme offers:

  • dedicated studio space for each student
  • excellence of teaching by leading practitioners, writers and curators
  • opportunities for exchanges to international institutions, studio residences abroad, and an annual study trip
  • two major exhibitions during the two years in the form of a Work-in-Progress Show at the end of the first year, and the Summer Shows before graduation
  • support and opportunities for teaching/lecturing placements in undergraduate colleges throughout the UK
  • support through the College mentoring scheme for studio residences, awarded to a selection of students on graduation
  • continued support for all our graduates through the School and our alumni network


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The MA Conservation of Wall Painting course is a unique programme which allows students to put the skills they learn to use on an international scale; previous candidates have travelled to China, India and the Mediterranean to undergo field work, which comprises 50% of the coursework. Read more
The MA Conservation of Wall Painting course is a unique programme which allows students to put the skills they learn to use on an international scale; previous candidates have travelled to China, India and the Mediterranean to undergo field work, which comprises 50% of the coursework. The programme accepts about eight students every three years, and the next intake is in 2013.

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Work & Practice. To help you to reinforce your artistic profession you will visit relevant institutions, centres of expertise and art fairs. Read more
Work & Practice

To help you to reinforce your artistic profession you will visit relevant institutions, centres of expertise and art fairs. This way you will meet a broad range of people from the professional field so that you can build your own network of useful and inspirational contacts. In addition, you will work within an open, cross-media network of artists, technologists and scientists to develop your entrepreneurial attitude, realise your ideas, sharpen your vision and share your questions and solutions. What is just as important, is your artist attitude. We expect you to think and act like an investigative artist in an international practice, bringing together different perspectives in exciting work and projects. As such, we will help you to master these organisational skills, to raise funds, organise support and promote projects to the public.

Partners in art

To allow you to meet the right people and work with the technology you need for your projects, we have strong ties to a number of institutions and organisations. Like our Art & Society Research Centre, which covers the practice based research of the Minerva Art Academy and consists of three research groups: Lifelong Learning in Music, Image in Context and Popular Culture, and Sustainability & Innovation. Through these partners you will be able to get in touch with researchers of the University of Groningen.

Working with the University of Groningen

We also work closely with the University of Groningen, where you can attend lectures. Furthermore, we have contacts with different university researchers working at an expert level, for instance in the field of cultural geography. Depending on the nature of your artistic project, we will also help you to meet new partners. In addition, we organise international trips and visits to relevant biennials and triennials, cultural institutions and exhibitions in order to broaden your perspective. This includes a trip to New York in your second year.

Experimental art spaces

As a master student you can take part in exhibitions and projects of several of our partners. We collaborate with NP3 for instance, one of the experimental art spaces in Groningen for projects and exhibitions, with three totally different locations. We also work with Sign, a gallery that focuses on interdisciplinary, experimental and contemporary art, with the Visual Arts Centre in Groningen, Assen and Emmen and with the PeerGrouP in Donderen. Another partner is the Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam.

Room for debate around art

During this master programme we encourage you to show your work and present your findings in a public debate. This allows you to enter into a dialogue with society concerning your artistic position; transforming the way people experience art, shaking them up, responding to their reactions and allowing others to influence your view of art. It is therefore not only the final result of your work that counts, but the process you go through to get there.

To show the world what you are doing, you are invited to join projects and take part in national and international projects and exhibitions. In the past our students have taken part in our own Energize Festival and the International Student Triennial Istanbul, for instance. We also participate in exhibitions and projects with Forum Images and other cultural institutions. During our Open Days Show you can show your work and get the possibility to work with a professional curator.

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The course is designed to enable you to strengthen your position as an artist with a move from undergraduate study or re-entry at postgraduate level characterised by an increased depth of research and increasingly sophisticated, critically reflexive, material practice. Read more
The course is designed to enable you to strengthen your position as an artist with a move from undergraduate study or re-entry at postgraduate level characterised by an increased depth of research and increasingly sophisticated, critically reflexive, material practice.

The programme supports the development of your visual research process and enables a testing ground of methods, genres, concepts and contexts that challenge the boundaries and relationship between theory and practice.

Course content
The MA Fine Art is a broad, studio-based programme with an open and inclusive approach to fine art practice. The programme encourages both specialist and cross-disciplinary approaches enabling students to extend and deepen their knowledge and application of fine art practice.

The curriculum is structured on Practice as Research, through which specialist studio disciplines are developed within cultural, aesthetic and socio-political contexts supporting the creative exploration of ideas through practical skills, research methodologies, theoretical and analytical frameworks. This places individual practice at the centre of the programme. Studio-based modules run throughout the programme and maintain the dynamic interrelation between visual research, concepts and theory. Studio research can be developed within: painting, textiles, sculpture (including ceramics), printmaking and digital media.

Home Tuition Fees for 2017

1 Year full time taught including dissertation £5670.00.

Part time - 30 credit module fee £945.00. Dissertation fee £1890.00

There is an Alumni Discount of 10% for students applying within five years of completion of an undergraduate course at Chichester.

Overseas Fees for 2017 are £12,360.00

Our facilities
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

The Art department are situated in the dedicated artOne building comprising outstanding studio and workshop facilities. It is an exciting place to study, providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment for the production of original new art work.

The well-equipped workshops and studios provide environments for you to create experimental, inventive and ambitious work. The main studio space in the purpose built artOne building provides individual studio spaces for all students as well as bookable spaces for installation, performance and projection work. If you are doing studio practice modules, you will be allocated a personal studio base in which you can carry out your self-directed projects and art work.

All students also have access to workshop areas and technical support in the key disciplines of the Fine Art programmes. The workshops reflect the range of options across the various degree programmes. A distinctive aspect of the department is that of individualized working areas in the studio space.

Where this can take you
The course provides the opportunity to concentrate on a specific area of research.

Potential Careers

Professional artist
Art teacher, educator, or technician
Art administration and management in galleries and museums
Art therapy (with extra professional qualification) and art community work
Art journalism
Curator

Work placements
Recent students have worked on site-specific commissions, community arts projects, and work placements with local galleries and museums, residencies in schools, and even creating their own virtual gallery. The experience is invaluable in terms of working to time and budgetary constraints, and in dealing with the public.

Indicative modules
Distinctive features of the course:

Practice-based Fine Art research in Painting, Sculpture (including Ceramic), Textiles, Printmaking and/or New Media and technologies
Opportunities to work with nationally recognised arts researchers
Development of professional working practices
All students may leave with a fully functioning website for their own work (the emphasis being on the development of an existing site rather than building one from scratch)
Theory and Research Methodologies linked to practical studio work
Full time students offered studio space
Use of 'artOne' BA studio facilities for full and part time students in the summer period.
Optional modules:

The development of fully functioning websites for students' own work
Share in collaborative work through 'Practising Arts with New Technologies' module.

Teaching and Assessment
To gain an MA students need to complete four out of five modules plus the Independent Exhibition. This is an independent research project, and is largely practical, culminating in a professional context exhibition.

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Why choose this course?. The Course aims to. Provide you with exciting and diverse opportunities to advance and develop your fine art practice, contextual awareness and theoretical knowledge/understanding within a supportive and creative environment. Read more

Why choose this course?

The Course aims to:

  • Provide you with exciting and diverse opportunities to advance and develop your fine art practice, contextual awareness and theoretical knowledge/understanding within a supportive and creative environment.
  • Support you to acquire advanced specialist knowledge and practical experience of working with different contemporary fine art media and its conceptual and theoretical relevance, and importance, including (but not limited to); painting and sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practices, intervention, performance, film, video, photography (digital and analogue), sound art, new-media, digital-media and installation.
  • Enable you to develop an advanced level of fine art practice informed directly by a relevant theoretical and contextual framework and independently critically evaluate developments within your individual working practice.
  • Produce informed independent fine art practitioners who can adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills for a variety of professional contexts and enable you to gain advanced knowledge of presentational strategies within contemporary fine art.
  • Build advanced strategies for research through an in-depth exploration of different contemporary methodologies.

This course draws on the School’s considerable research reputation and professional expertise in the areas of painting, photography, performance, film and video, sculpture, installations, public art and print-making. This fascinating programme provides highly focused teaching, alongside a critical lecture series within an intellectually supportive environment.

You will be supported by some of the most dynamic artists and researchers in the School. You get the chance to benefit from field trips and gallery visits. Alongside the development of your creative studio work you will gain an understanding of key aspects of art history and theory, as well as an awareness of the social and institutional context within which artworks exist. On completion of the course, your practical work will be exhibited and publicised in a group MA exhibition.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules include:

  • Studio Practice
  • Theory and Contemporary Practice
  • Audience and Display
  • Studio Practice and its Methodologies
  • Master’s Project in Fine Art

Why Wolverhampton?

The Fine Art Course provides a studio intensive programme supported through theoretical and contextual lecture series, studio based seminar critique and individual tutorials. The ethos of the course is to provide students with the time and space to develop ideas and practice towards the final off-site MA exhibition; this includes the structure of personal research and the development of the critical and/or theoretical emphasis behind your work in order to understand the methodological framework of your working practice.

You will have time to reappraise and analyse previous work, develop new ideas in relation to your practice and it’s theoretical underpinning then consolidate those ideas practically. Finally you will bring those ideas and your work to resolution and focus towards the MA exhibition. The course provides students with the knowledge, ambition and structure in order to proceed towards their future career ambitions. Within the programme you will have the opportunity to develop your awareness of exhibition and the display of your work as well as the audiences for that work. The MA Fine Art course will support you in structuring an advanced independent practice, underpinned by sustained critical engagement. 

What our students think

Matthew Evans MA Fine Art

Matthew Evans completed his MA Fine Art with distinction and has since received several commissions for his innovative new approach; creating bespoke modern-day coat of arms, including a £10k commission for the The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. He has also been selectedfor the New Art West Midlands 2013 Exhibition at Birmingham Art Gallery Museum which showcases the best of West Midland’s graduates.

"As a result of studying the MA course I have grown professionally as an artist. By adopting a ‘take a risk’ attitude I have been able to further refine my artistic practice and anchor it within the most critically interesting areas. By embracing the challenge of diversification, and enjoying the critical dialogue embedded within the course, I have resolved a number of sticking points, and identified areas for future development.

I chose to study my MA at the University of Wolverhampton as I felt I needed to breathe new life into my practise and relished the challenge of experiencing a new exciting creative environment. The artistic facilities on offer to students and the glowing reputations of the SAD staff and support technicians also played a key role in my decision.

What particularly impressed me about the course was not only the availability and approachability of the lecturers but the general sense of cohesion felt as a student. As well as extensive access to lecturers, and the intensively taught aspects of the course, there are many MA excursions that are incredibly beneficial.

As a positive side note, my affinity with the University has continued this September, with me becoming the Fine Art Artist in Residence for this year."

Other student comments:

“The MA has greatly expanded my knowledge of Fine Art.”

“I feel that I’m being supported in my work and that the best of my talent is being encouraged.”

“The lecturers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I’m grateful for both their input and the input of the other students”.

“I’m confident it’s setting me up with the right skills and knowledge to succeed in a career within the arts”.

“I’m glad that I made the decision to do the MA; it’s been a positive turning point in my life”.



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Programme description. This programme is currently under review for the 2017/18 Academic Year. Please be aware that the programme structure and course availability is subject to change. Read more

Programme description

This programme is currently under review for the 2017/18 Academic Year. Please be aware that the programme structure and course availability is subject to change.

This programme encourages practices that are speculative and reflective, supporting work in a range of media. It is concerned with ways of learning that are experiential – embodied through and understood by the acquisition of a practice.

During the late 20th century, developments within visual art introduced new processes and situations, which resulted in an expanded concept of artistic practice.

Media-related disciplines supported by the programme include sculpture, painting and printmaking, photography, audio-visual and new media. The programme also encompasses approaches to practice that are non media-specific, including intermedia, time-based arts, performance, installation, public art and art writing.

Programme structure

You may complete the MA in one year, or continue on to the MFA. You will have access to a designated studio space and a wide range of studio equipment, technicians and resources, including printmaking, metal, wood, casting, painting, photography, reprographic and digital facilities.

Our students often work in groups across subject areas in the School of Art and collaborate throughout the year on critical, creative and curatorial projects. This gives you a unique opportunity to integrate the fields of art practice, art writing and curating, culminating in an exhibition of your own work or in a research project of your own design.

We regularly organise field trips and offer short residency and project opportunities with our local and international partners.

The programme also involves the theoretical study of this family of media and approaches, drawing on related fields and methods.

Facilities

Students on this programme will benefit from studio-based learning in Edinburgh College of Art's (ECA) historic Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. The art college experience will be complemented by the University's extensive range of student support facilities, its libraries, student societies, and student accommodation.

Our purpose-built studios are adaptable, serving both as working studios and project and exhibition spaces. Our workshops and foundry provide excellent accommodation for working in wood, metal, mould-making, casting and carving and there are facilities for working with sound, digital imaging and video editing.

The programme develops from a broad to a specialist understanding of the technical resources and validating contexts in which artists work today, drawing inspiration and nourishment from the experience of our international student cohort.

Career opportunities

This programme enables you to develop an ambitious art practice as well as providing you with the organisational and economic knowledge required to thrive as a self-employed artist. You will also be qualified to teach studio art in higher education and to work in the contemporary art sector.



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The MA in Fine Art combines studio work with a theory-based programme of lectures and seminars led by internationally renowned practising artists and history of art scholars respectively. Read more
The MA in Fine Art combines studio work with a theory-based programme of lectures and seminars led by internationally renowned practising artists and history of art scholars respectively. A research-centred programme, students are admitted into painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video).

Degree information

The programme provides an intellectual and creative environment in which talented fine art graduates develop their individual potential as professional artists and pursue independent research. The History and Theory of Art component enables students to develop in depth the relationship between theory and practice in their own work.

The Fine Art MA is an integrated degree programme and does not have a modular structure.

The programme consists of studio work (75%) and History and Theory of Art (25%). There are no core or optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an individual research project in their second year as a component of the History and Theory of Art course, which culminates in a substantial report.

Teaching and learning
A studio-based programme, students develop their work with tutorial/technical assistance according to need. The taught component is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, but primarily demands individual investigation. Year 2 prioritises supervised individual research. Assessment is by exhibition of final studio-work and history and theory coursework including a dissertation.

Careers

The programme aims to develop students' individual potential; also providing an excellent foundation for further doctoral research. The Graduate Degree Shows are attended by gallerists, curators and collectors; providing a high-profile entrance to the professional art world. Recent graduates have established international careers as professional artists, receiving important commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiatives. Others have roles in related careers including curation, museum and gallery management and teaching worldwide.

News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the news section of the Slade School website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/news

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Artist in Residence, Queenswood School
-Associate Lecturer, University of the Arts
-Artist and Director, Self-Employed Artist and Director
-Visual Artist, Leah Miller-Biot
-Film and TV Production Assistant, Unspecified Production Company and studying EAST, University of London (Institutes and Activities)

Employability
Professional development opportunities are actively encouraged with recent competitions including commissions to design a nine-storey mural and another to produce an artwork for the entrance to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

Partnerships outside of UCL include one with Camden Arts Centre whilst the Slade is a founder member of the Junction: North London Cultural Consortium; all of which offers students the opportunity to experience working with galleries and other professional art bodies. In addition, there are several studio residency awards to help launch completing graduate students including the annual Red Mansion Art Prize of a residency in China.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Slade School of Fine Art is one of the UK's leading university departments for research in Fine Art, approaching the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, experimental and research-minded way.

All academic staff are practising artists, actively involved in research as well as teaching, and have a diverse range of interests and expertise. Students benefit from excellent studio space and facilities, including a large research centre in Woburn Square.

The Slade's central London location enables easy access to a wide range of unparalleled learning resources including major galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.

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The MFA in Fine Art is a studio-based, research-centred programme with a critical studies component, supported by studio-led seminars arising from the creative and critical interests of students and staff. Read more
The MFA in Fine Art is a studio-based, research-centred programme with a critical studies component, supported by studio-led seminars arising from the creative and critical interests of students and staff. Students are admitted into painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video).

Degree information

The programme provides an intellectual and creative environment in which talented fine art graduates may develop their individual potential as professional artists and researchers in their chosen studio area; whilst developing a critical awareness of the broadening intellectual and cultural contexts of fine art.

The Fine Art MFA is an integrated degree programme and does not have a modular structure.

The programme consists of studio work (100%) in the student's chosen subject area, and critical studies which are assessed on a pass/fail basis. There are no core or optional modules for this programme.

Exhibition
Assessment is by submission of the critical study and final examination of studio work in the form of an exhibition.

Teaching and learning
A studio-based programme, students develop their work with tutorial/technical assistance according to individual need. The taught component is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, but primarily demands individual investigation. Year two prioritises supervised individual research.

Careers

The programme aims to develop students' individual potential, and provide an excellent foundation for further doctoral research. The Graduate Degree Shows are attended by gallerists, curators and collectors providing a high-profile entrance to the professional art world. Recent graduates have established international careers as professional artists, receiving important commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiatives. Others have taken on roles in related careers including curation, museum and gallery management and teaching worldwide. News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the news section of the Slade School website.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Gallery Assistant, Tate Modern
-Studio Technician, White Dark Ltd
-Art Technician, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
-Artist, Self-Employed Filmmaker and Artist
-MA Neurosciences, King's College London

Employability
Professional development opportunities are actively encouraged with recent competitions including commissions to design a nine-storey mural and another to produce an artwork for the entrance to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

Partnerships outside of UCL include one with Camden Arts Centre whilst the Slade is a founder member of the Junction: North London Cultural Consortium; all of which offers students the opportunity to experience working with galleries and other professional art bodies. In addition, there are several studio residency awards to help launch completing graduate students including the annual Red Mansion Art Prize of a residency in China.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Slade School of Fine Art is one of the UK's leading university departments for research in Fine Art, approaching the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, experimental and research-minded way.

All academic staff are practising artists, actively involved in research as well as teaching, and have a broad and diverse range of interests and expertise. Students benefit from excellent studio space and facilities, including a large research centre in Woburn Square.

The UCL Slade School's central London location enables easy access to unparalleled learning resources including major galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.

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The MA degree in studio art requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including at least 6 hours in art history, 15 hours in a major studio field, 3 hours of graduate seminar, 3 hours of graduate critiques, and 3 hours of art studio electives. Read more

Master of Arts in Studio Art (MA)

The MA degree in studio art requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including at least 6 hours in art history, 15 hours in a major studio field, 3 hours of graduate seminar, 3 hours of graduate critiques, and 3 hours of art studio electives. Candidacy for the degree is determined by a review upon the completion of 18-24 semester hours. A thesis exhibition and an oral review are required for successful completion of the program. The degree program must be completed within six years.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (MFA)

All new graduate studio art students enter the MA program; admission to the MFA program is by recommendation of a faculty review committee, which meets at the time of the candidate’s MA thesis exhibition. This committee reviews the student’s progress upon the completion of a minimum of 30 graduate hours taken within the MA studio program. Hours must conform to the requirements of the MA program, representing completed coursework in studio and art history. The committee will recommend that the candidate continue within the MFA program or finalize studies at the University with a completed MA degree.

COURSEWORK

The MFA degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate work, including at least 9 hours of art history, 30 hours in a major studio area, 6 hours of graduate seminar, 6 hours of graduate critiques, and 9 hours of studio art or art history electives. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment in the MA studio program. A graduate student may select a minor studio concentration of study or choose a variety of graduate level classes offered within the art department or approved graduate-level elective courses.

PUBLIC LECTURE

Admission to candidacy for the MFA degree is based on the delivery of a public lecture by the candidate addressing his or her research in the making and thinking of visual art. The lecture is followed by questions from the faculty to the candidate concerning all aspects of the research presented for candidacy to continue study toward the MFA degree. Successful candidacy is achieved when the candidate has proved able to coherently and clearly defend his or her research in dialogue with the faculty. The candidate must achieve and demonstrate proficiency in technique and accomplishment in addition to personal direction in the respective area of study.

THESIS EXHIBITION

A thesis exhibition is presented at the end of the candidate’s final term. During the exhibition, an oral examination is conducted by the student’s faculty committee. At that time the candidate defends the exhibition and his or her written artist’s statement.

REVIEW PROCEDURE

A graduate review committee is established by each graduate student. The committee must consist of no fewer than four faculty members and can have an unlimited number of approved graduate faculty. Required appointees to this committee include the department chairperson (director of graduate studies), the major area professor, an art historian, and another studio art or art history faculty member. The chairperson of the committee is the candidate’s major area professor.

Concentrations

Ceramics
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

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Develop and enrich your artistic skills with our MA Art Practice. As your creativity matures, this course will allow you to hone your talent through the application of contemporary and traditional methods, reflective approaches and attitudes as you advance as an affective artistic practitioner. Read more
Develop and enrich your artistic skills with our MA Art Practice.

As your creativity matures, this course will allow you to hone your talent through the application of contemporary and traditional methods, reflective approaches and attitudes as you advance as an affective artistic practitioner. In addition you will have the opportunity to expand their skills into new subject disciplines as you work your ideas through into images and objects.

Much of the learning is “situation based” – meaning your experience gathered from previous work will be required as you tackle challenging and complex scenarios and devise solutions to them.

You will also have the opportunity to exhibit work and to take part in New Designers – a major opportunity to showcase new talent to the creative and design industries.

Key Course Features

-You will work with experienced artists and designers.
-Opportunity to learn new skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, animation, illustration, graphics, graphic novels, ceramics, glass and jewellery metalwork.
-Take part in Creative Futures, an event to focus upon career options for those with creative skills with visiting speakers from a wide range of art and design professions.
-Take the opportunity to collaborate or form a collective to enhance your career potential
-Showcase your work in the university Gallery Sycharth, School of Creative Arts or other external venues.
-Explore your potential as a researcher as you learn about the methods and protocols of supervised study.

What Will You Study?

The curriculum is split into 3 stages: The Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master of Arts Degree. The Certificate and Diploma comprise Part 1 of the programme and the Master’s Stage is Part 2.

Part 1 comprises three 40 credit modules in which you will discover and disclose the influences that feed into your creative practice – for some it is artworks, for others it may be writing or music – we all draw inspiration from particular sources. You have chance to deepen your understanding of these influences and evaluate your responses to them.

We also include a research orientated module, to teach you systems and methods of researching in order that you can grow in confidence as your knowledge becomes increasingly specialised and your opinions more informed by your findings.

Finally in Part 1 of the programme, we demonstrate how to audit our own skills as “creatives”, and to use that experience to develop a project tailored to your individual needs and career aspiration.

In Part 2, you will consolidate your researches and nominate a project that can be expressed in two forms; words and visuals. Normally, Master of Arts students submit a short dissertation relating to their practical work, or a word based activity equivalent to a dissertation in its depth of enquiry and reasoning. The resulting practical work is exhibited at the conclusion of the programme.

Major assessments are positioned at the end of each module, with formative assessment around the mid way point. Assessments are inclusive and all students are encouraged to engage with their assessors and justify the creative decisions leading to their works. We try to make assessments an important part of learning but not intimidating. We encourage and reward creative energy.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

The majority of assessment is based upon the portfolio of work produced within a module. Students are given opportunity to present this body of work and discuss the context in which it was produced and how it may inform future practice.

The ability to express ideas and to reflect upon practice is measured in short reports and evaluations, either written or presented to peers.

Typical teaching weeks include contact sessions between 10.00 and 17.00 on Mondays and Thursdays. The facilities are normally available from 8.00 to 20.30 Monday to Thursday and 8.00 to 17.30 on Friday in term time.

Career Prospects

Master’s degree students are creative and innovative so find opportunities for career development in many fields of activity. Recent graduates have commenced careers as self employed artist/designers, lecturers, illustrators, special needs facilitators, theatrical prop makers, game designers.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

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Contemporary life is defined and fashioned by design: this course will support you to enrich and evolve your skills. As your creative identity matures, this course will allow you to hone your talent through the application of current and traditional methods, reflective approaches and attitudes as you advance as an affective artistic practitioner.

Much of the learning is “situation based” – meaning that the experience gathered from previous work will be required as you tackle challenging and complex scenarios and devise solutions to them. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit work and to take part in New Designers – a major opportunity to showcase new talent to the creative and design industries.

Key Course Features

-Working with experienced artists and designers, you'll have the opportunity to expand your skills into new subject disciplines as you evolve your ideas and work into new directions.
-Opportunity to learn new skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, animation, illustration, graphics, graphic novels, ceramics, glass and jewellery metalwork.
-Take part in Creative Futures, an event to focus upon career options for those with creative skills with visiting speakers from a wide range of art and design professions.
-Take the opportunity to collaborate or form a collective to enhance your career potential
-Showcase your work in the university Gallery Sycharth, School of Creative Arts or other external venues.
-Explore your potential as a researcher as you learn about the methods and protocols of supervised study.

What Will You Study?

The course is split into 3 stages: The Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master of Arts Degree.
You can study for either a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master of Arts Degree (180 credits) - with the option to progress to the next stages from the certificate and diploma levels.

You will discover and disclose the influences that feed into your creative practice and draw inspiration from particular sources. You have chance to deepen your understanding of these influences and evaluate your responses to them.

We also include a research orientated module, to teach you systems and methods of researching in order that you can grow in confidence as your knowledge becomes increasingly specialised and your opinions more informed by your findings.

You will also learn how to audit our own skills as a “creative”, and to use that experience to develop a project tailored to your individual needs and career aspiration.

If you undertake the full Master of Arts, you will consider a major project that can be expressed in words and visuals. Normally, Master of Arts students submit a short dissertation relating to their practical work, or a word based activity equivalent to a dissertation in its depth of enquiry and reasoning. The resulting practical work is exhibited at the conclusion of the programme.

Major assessments are positioned at the end of each module, with formative assessment around the mid way point. Assessments are inclusive and all students are encouraged to engage with their assessors and justify the creative decisions leading to their works. We try to make assessments an important part of learning but not intimidating. We encourage and reward creative energy.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

The majority of assessment is based upon the portfolio of work produced within a module. Students are given opportunity to present this body of work and discuss the context in which it was produced and how it may inform future practice.

The ability to express ideas and to reflect upon practice is measured in short reports and evaluations, either written or presented to peers.

Typical teaching weeks include contact sessions between 10.00 and 17.00 on Mondays and Thursdays. The facilities are normally available from 8.00 to 20.30 Monday to Thursday and 8.00 to 17.30 on Friday in term time.

Career Prospects

Master’s degree students are creative and innovative so find opportunities for career development in many fields of activity. Recent graduates have commenced careers as self employed artist/designers, lecturers, illustrators, special needs facilitators, theatrical prop makers, game designers.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

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The MFA program in photography and related media emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, with the intention of inspiring and nurturing the individuality of each student as a creative, productive artist. The program encourages graduate study in photography and related media as a means to personal, aesthetic, intellectual, and career development.

The curriculum provides a focus of study that is continually sensitive to the needs of each student, building upon the strengths each individual brings to the program. Successful completion of the program enables students to seek careers in fields including education, museum or gallery work, or as self-employed visual artists.

PROGRAM GOALS

The program provides students with the opportunity to use the still and moving image as a means to:

  • pursue a professional career and earn a livelihood
  • enrich their personal lives and society as a whole
  • create a community of creativity, scholarship, and purpose 

PLAN OF STUDY

Distribution of work within these guidelines is subject to modification based upon the candidate’s background, abilities, and interests. An individualized course of study is prepared with the advice of the graduate faculty and made a matter of record. Modifications in this prescribed program thereafter must be approved and recorded.

Electives

Elective courses are available in areas such as, but not limited to, video, printmaking, painting, sculpture, communication design, crafts, bookmaking, graphic design, new media, computer graphics, art history, and archival preservation and conservation. A complete list of graduate electives is available through the student's adviser. There are also graduate electives offered throughout the university. Students also have opportunities to enhance their studies through independent studies and internships.

Thesis

Matriculation from the MFA program is obtained when the student has completed and mounted their graduate thesis exhibition, successfully passed their thesis defense, and submitted their thesis publication. The thesis must be an original body of work appropriate to the major commitment of the degree. The thesis publication is a professional, published presentation of the thesis project, which must be submitted, in both print and digital form. It must contain an extended artist statement and a presentation of the majority of thesis artwork. It is prepared for inclusion in the Wallace Library, the School's Archive, and the Graduate Annex Space. The verbal defense requires a public address by the student, discussion of the thesis project, and exhibition in a digital presentation format.

ACCREDITATION

The MFA program in photography and related media and the BFA program in photographic and imaging arts are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



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If you have a fine art, architecture or design background and would like to develop your professional practice within the contemporary fine art realm, this dynamic, production-based course is ideal. Read more
If you have a fine art, architecture or design background and would like to develop your professional practice within the contemporary fine art realm, this dynamic, production-based course is ideal. It enables you to identify and locate spaces in which to make and ‘test' your work, through site-specific work, performance and sound installation, internet activity, print-based publication, and so on.

Key features
-You can explore the relationship between art, architecture, design and space by working alongside professional fine artists, curators and writers.
-Project modules allow you to focus on an area of particular interest and gain valuable practical skills. These culminate with a major public exhibition/event and accompanying publication.
-You also have the chance to undertake site visits to supplement your learning, display work in the University's galleries and collaborate with external parties.

What will you study?

You will develop and apply critical frameworks, debate a range of theoretical, cultural and social issues, and consider a variety of approaches to communicating and publishing your own research. You will focus on individual and collaborative practices, new technology, exhibition production and design, and a theoretical and critical programme to challenge and contextualise individual research. In addition, you will become familiar with the processes necessary to initiate and realise projects, developing and presenting proposals and collaborative working structures.

Assessment

Seminar presentations/individual and collaborative exhibition production and documentation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules
-Project 1
-Theory – Seminar
-Digital Art – New Technology
-Project 2 – Collaborative
-Masters Project (Exhibition in Moving Image)

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