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Masters Degrees in Painting

We have 33 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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Study a Master's in Painting in the Netherlands. You are keen to gain more insight into the innovative potential of painting in a rapidly changing world. Read more

Study a Master's in Painting in the Netherlands

You are keen to gain more insight into the innovative potential of painting in a rapidly changing world. You are aware of the forces of physicality and materiality in art work, and you take a painterly approach to conducting your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting both reveals how ideas are imagined and shows how material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means harnessing materiality to create new links and associations. By combining ideation and materiality, transforming your ideas into unexpected, meaningful and powerful images, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in contemporary society.

Past, present and future

All over the world, painting has been reinvented as a result of political changes, the digitisation of society, demand for a postcolonial perspective and the current runaway art market. Alongside its emphasis on materiality and ideation, the Painting programme responds to these developments by continually seeking a dialogue between different viewpoints on the past, present and future: between perception and cognition, image and language, stable and unstable media, old and new technologies and, in a broader sense, between art and science and both local and global forms of society. This allows us to collectively explore charted and uncharted territories whilst sharing our views and ideas, working in groups and learning from each other. At the same time, you will also embark on your own path, improving your knowledge and skills, and learning to reflect critically on your own position, role and work and on the world around you.

Hybrid practice

Students come to the Painting programme from a range of different areas, including art and design, but all share a fascination for painting. The mix of disciplines enables you to hone your artistic vision, working in a hybrid practice as a critical and engaged artist. As your art increasingly engages with the world, you will grow both as an individual and in your artistic practice, reinforcing the power of your imagination and exploring your own relationship to a transforming, technologically charged society.



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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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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. Read more

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.

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

You will become part of a network of artists that will offer support and a challenging context in which to develop your work. Key to this community are fine art staff who, as practising artists, bring their knowledge and experience of a range of professional arts environments to the programme.

The staff team are linked to local, regional and national networks including galleries, museums, regional funding agencies and community based projects. Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes have strong connections with Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Festival Theatre, Goodwood Sculpture Park and galleries in Portsmouth, Southampton, Brighton and London.

The wider arts community at the University of Chichester includes postgraduate and research students in MA Dance, Performance and Music and you will be able to experience the breadth of these practice based disciplines, and other academic research through research seminar programmes, presentations, theatre events and visiting speakers.

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.

All sessions are held at the University of Chichester’s Bishop Otter Campus. Full time students are given a studio space, and full and part time students have access to workshop facilities. All students benefit from access to large studio spaces during the summer months. Study contact sessions take place on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s across Semester 1 and 2 and the summer period.

Full time – 12 months (September to September).

Part time – 24 months (September to September)



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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

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.

Take a look at some examples of work produced by students for MA Fine Art.

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. The curriculum of this programme is under review for the 2018/19 academic year. Programme structure and course availability is subject to change. Read more

Programme description

The curriculum of this programme is under review for the 2018/19 academic year. 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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MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts. At the School of Traditional Arts, based in London, UK, our MA degree is a full-time, two-year, taught course. Read more

MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts

At the School of Traditional Arts, based in London, UK, our MA degree is a full-time, two-year, taught course.

Our MA degree in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts is unique – there is nothing like it anywhere else. We emphasize improving practice in skills and techniques in a range of traditional arts and crafts as much as theoretical and philosophical learning. 

In the first year students take taught modules in geometry, ceramics, stained glass, woodwork, Indian and Persian miniature painting, icons, methods and materials. There is also a residential field study trip. (120 units)

In the second year teaching continues while students work on their own practical and research projects under supervision. (60 units)

At the end of the course, students select examples of their best art to exhibit in our Degree Show.

Our MA students tell us they especially appreciate

·        Expert tuition and attentive supervision

·        Good student:teacher ratio

·        Small groups; close, supportive community

·        International perspectives - teachers and students from varied backgrounds and from all over the world

·        Our apprenticeship model - practising artists and experts guide students' development and deepen knowledge of techniques, materials and philosophical principles  

·         Varied learning - formal presentations, seminars, critical studio-based sessions, residential field study trip, staff and student meetings; informal visits to galleries, museums and other institutions

·         Free access to our School's programme of short courses, in addition to the MA course

·        Individual work space for each MA student

·        Good technical facilities and support 

Find out more about our Masters degree course here.

Applying

Applications for MA course beginning in September 2018 are now closed. Applications for the MA course beginning in September 2019 will be open from 24 September 2018 until 28 February 2019.

If you would like to register your interest and receive updates about the MA course beginning in September 2019, please complete this form here

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Further information about applying can be found here.

Validation

Our MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts is validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.



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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. 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. Students are admitted into one of three areas on the research-centred programme: Painting, Sculpture or Fine Art Media, which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video.

About this degree

The MA 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%).

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 two prioritises supervised individual research. Assessment is by exhibition of final studio-work and history and theory coursework including a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Fine Art MA

Careers

The programme aims to develop students' individual potential in the field of fine art. It also provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral research. The Graduate Degree Shows are attended by artists, gallerists, curators, critics and collectors, and provide 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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Freelance Artist, Weber Industries Ltd
  • Artist, Self-Employed Artist
  • Film and TV Production Assistant, Unspecified Production Company and studying EAST, University of London (Institutes and Activities)
  • Associate Lecturer, University of the Arts

Employability

Professional development opportunities are actively encouraged with graduate students recently working as research assistants on UCL CHIRP's Pigment Timeline project and the Pigments to Solar Power project, part of the Sustainable Cities focus of UCL's Grand Challenges.

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 and an annual competition for residencies at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, China

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Slade School of Fine Art at UCL 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 technical facilities, including a large research centre in Woburn Square.

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

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Slade School of Fine Art

79% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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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 one of three subject areas: Painting, Sculpture or Fine Art Media, which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video.

About this degree

The MFA 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.

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Fine Art MFA

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 artists, gallerists, curators, critics 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 Schoolwebsite.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Freelance Artist, Self-Employed Artist
  • Photo Editor, Getty Images
  • Art Tutor, JW3 Community Centre
  • Research Degree: Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • Art Technician, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Employability

Professional development opportunities are actively encouraged with graduate students recently working as research assistants on UCL CHIRP's Pigment Timeline project and the Colour & Emotion project, part of the Human Wellbeing focus of UCL's Grand Challenges.

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 and an annual competition for residencies at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, China

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Slade School of Fine Art at UCL 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 technical 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Slade School of Fine Art

79% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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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. Read more
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. Read more

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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Our MA Fine Art degree enables graduates to develop the skills, critical understanding and specialist knowledge required to follow a rewarding career as an independent artist or to work within a related creative industries perspective. Read more

Our MA Fine Art degree enables graduates to develop the skills, critical understanding and specialist knowledge required to follow a rewarding career as an independent artist or to work within a related creative industries perspective.

This course provides a tailored learning environment that encourages and supports your creative development, your independence in creativity, imagination and ideas, from the individual perspective of the student. The course seeks to support and develop new interdisciplinary practices, conceptual skills and a broader understanding of the debates informing Art & Design practices, which are a fundamental aspect of the programme. 

The course is delivered by an experienced team of recognised artists, critical theorists and curators who encourage and support a diversity of approaches within Fine Art and its expanded field. The course actively supports and creates opportunities to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary practices, which challenge subject norms and areas of expertise. It is ideal for students who have an undergraduate honours degree in Fine Art, Painting, Printmaking, Contemporary Art Practice or Photography. 

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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