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Fine Art

Course Description

This course degree builds on the successful existing undergraduate programme and will enable you to progress to an advanced level through modular part-time study. The course programme enables reflective studio practice to develop over a longer period of time than conventional degrees and therefore allows students to effectively balance study and work or other commitments.

The course is designed to enable you to engage in a substantial period of study to help you review, change, develop and strengthen your position as an artist. To this end, the course encourages artistic responsibility, self-direction, and competence. The ethos of the programme is to enable you to acquire a confident individual expertise and the advanced skills to develop your creative potential beyond the course through developing your knowledge and understanding of the contexts of critical and professional sustainable practice.

During the course course you will be engaged on a programme of study with reflective practice based research as thecentral strategy of learning. As part of the self directed ethos of the programme you will be expected to be maintaining a studio that will be the central focus of your study. Your research will be supported by supervisory guidance, tutorials, mentoring, seminars, visiting lectures, case studies and peer group learning, all combining to create a critical environment in preparing you for further professional practice in the creative industries.

The modules and phases that make up the course structure have specific roles and are distinct. They are component parts that interrelate, are progressive and are designed to support independent study with a base of relevant knowledge and skills. The course is divided into three phases each lasting one year of part time study.

Phase 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Fine Art

Module 1: Research Practice 1 (Orientation and Context) - 30 credits
The first two modules of the course are designed to involve undertaking a critical review of your current practice to date. To facilitate this, module 1 has identified broad frameworks for you to consider. The emphasis is on critical experimentation, re-establishing practice through research, and a questioning of established routines.

Module 2: Research Practice 2 (Context and Practice) - 30 credits
The research pattern for the two modules in Phase 1 should be seen as a continuum and the framework responses can be considered separately or concurrently through your studio practice. The emphasis in this module is on critical experimentation and a questioning of established routines through an objective deconstruction of existing practice.

Phase 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art

Module 3: Advanced Studio Practice 1 (Application and Collaboration) - 30 credits
In this module the application of studio practice is considered and you will be encouraged to develop a collaboration project with a partner organization, institution, group or individual practitioner.

Module 4: Advanced Studio Practice 2 (Towards Resolution) - 30 credits
Module 4 provides an opportunity to develop skills in research and critical reflection building on acquired knowledge so far on the course, and to use these skills to develop a proposal for the MA project and exhibition.

Phase 3: MA Fine Art

Module 5: Exhibition Practice (Resolution and Synthesis) - 60 credits
Phase 3 involves the development and production of a substantive manifestation of coherent and critically robust original work that will represent the level achieved through individual creative practice.

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

Entry Requirements

Admission to the course is by an honours degree of an approved University or a non-graduate qualification which is of satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission. In addition prospective students are asked to attend an interview with portfolio of previous work and make a proposal for study, including contextual reference (around 500 words) that will outline your intentions. Throughout the course you will maintain an independent working studio space appropriate to your practice that will be the main focus of your study.

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