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MA/MFA Drawing

Course Description

The MA/MFA Drawing is studio practice driven and enables you to specifically examine and reflect upon the nature and role of drawing as a fundamental part of your practice. The programme provides a critically supportive environment in which you situate, develop and extend your use of drawing through the ongoing development of your work. An exploration of possibilities within the process of drawing and an expansive approach is encouraged in order for you to take risks within your own practice and pursue highly individual lines of enquiry. This culture of experimentation and critical reflection draws upon the research culture in drawing practice. You will be supported in the articulation of your ideas, development of working methods and the realisation of independent work through individual tutorials, lectures, subject specific seminars, studio and gallery visits and group critiques.

The MA Drawing is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is practice driven and focussed on the development of your existing practice. It will enable you to identify and explore new concepts and approaches negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Drawing award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

In the first year you will study units in; Working Synopsis, Proposition, Professional Platforms, Major Project. An option of one of the following: Digital Futures, Contested Territories, Health and Wellbeing, The Museum and the City - The City as Museum, Negotiated Study, Object, Women Artists and Surrealism.

In the second year you will study units in; Contextualising, Realisation and Publication.

Special Features

The course is taught by practicing artists and maintains active links with an international network of art professionals and organisations.

You will have your own spaces within communal studios, with full access to the Faculty’s workshops and other resources.

You will benefit from a regular programme of talks by visiting artists organised in association with The Whitworth Art Gallery.

The University library has outstanding Art and Design holdings, including a special collection of artist’s books and ephemera.

Visit the MA/MFA Drawing page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Course Fees

UK/EU FT students: £6,480 (per year) /£1,080 per 30 credit unit. Non-EU FT international students: £12,500 (per year)/ £2,085 per 30 credit unit.

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