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Fine Art MFA


Course Description

Choose Kingston's Fine Art MFA

This is a studio-based, research-centred programme for those who wish to explore the subtle and complex relationships between the production and display of contemporary art within the context of professional excellence. It will challenge you to develop your personal vision and create clear, meaningful and appropriate work to consolidate and strengthen your position as an artist.

Key features

This course offers a unique opportunity for artists to develop a major body of practical work that engages with the context of a critical understanding of contemporary fine art practice.

You will produce self-initiated work from the outset. Individual tutorials, seminar presentations and practical workshops will support your studies.

The course will enable you to capitalise on the School's existing and well-established networks. We also encourage you to develop your own networks and support structures.

What you will study

The Fine Art MFA incorporates a taught programme that primarily demands a considerable degree of investigation and experimentation. You will focus on practical and theoretical issues surrounding the development of fine art practice in relation to specific contexts, and will be required to interrogate the positioning of your practice through curatorial intervention and collaboration, providing preparation for professional practice and/or further research. You will also be encouraged to create interdisciplinary alliances and will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, both individually and collaboratively.

Assessment

Seminar presentation, portfolio/documentation, exhibition, seminars, workshops and interdisciplinary group work, module reviews, peer reviews, professional practice, and independent events.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

Project 1
Theory – Seminar
Masters Project (Exhibition and Research Publication)
Integrated Research Project
Option modules

What this course offers you

This course forms part of a suite of well-established MAs in the School of Fine Art. It offers a unique opportunity for artists to develop a major body of practical work that engages with the context of a critical understanding of contemporary fine art practice.

You will gain a thorough critical understanding of:
contemporary fine art through self-initiated research supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research active staff; and
the continuously-developing field of inter-related forms of art production and visual culture.

It provides a building block approach to support the development of practical and theoretical work. Each module is designed to consolidate and further develop the practical outcomes and knowledge gained from previous modules.

You will produce self-initiated work from the outset. Individual tutorials, seminar presentations and practical workshops will support your studies.

We will encourage you to work alongside colleagues from other courses in the School of Fine Art, creating interdisciplinary alliances.

You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, both individually and collaboratively.

The course will support a broad base of research interests, providing an intellectual and technical breadth which will equip you to take advantage of future opportunities in a range of contexts. We aim to ensure that you are prepared for new and unforeseen challenges throughout your working lives.

There is a close relationship between the course and the professional field. We expect our students to be outward looking, flexible and responsive to issues of presentation and exhibition within the fine art discipline.

The course will enable students to capitalise on the School's existing and well-established networks. We also encourage students to develop their own networks and support structures.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Fine Art MFA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree in fine art, architecture, landscape architecture or spatial design; or an equivalent British or overseas qualification.We will also consider applicants with relevant work experience. We will ask you to upload a portfolio online on receipt of your application.

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