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Contemporary Fine Art MA


Course Description

We provide a creative and intensive programme that encourages breaking down the conventional barriers between arts disciplines. You'll locate your position within contemporary practice through self-directed study and modern, well-equipped facilities with abundant studio and exhibition space. Our dynamic and passionate staff are practicing artists with international reputations, who will use their extensive knowledge and experience to help you enhance your studies further.

You'll have access to workshop and studio resources in all the visual arts, including printmaking, sculpture, photography and AV and IT suites. Thanks to our location in Carlisle, you'll have a central base to explore many centres of culture in Scotland and the North of England. You'll have everything you need to inspire and facilitate your practice, building up your skills to be the next big name in the art world!

Course outline

Our course focuses on research methodologies and their impact on individual practice, the importance of proposal writing and when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving. We encourage enquiry into working strategies and concepts within the context of contemporary fine art and the development of a critical understanding of evolving practice leading to a completed body of work for public exhibition.

You'll develop your personal practice through a substantial body of completed work, accompanied by an analytical and reflective deconstruction of your practice within the developments in fine art. Seminars will provide the framework for critical debate on a range of subjects, using the diverse specialisms of the fine art team along with visiting artists and practitioners of national and international standing

Graduate destinations

Previous students have exhibited their work at national and international levels, and are at the centre of initiative within Cumbria related to contemporary arts. You could use your skills to become a professional artist, a private of public curator, a researcher, an art academic or anything involved with the visual arts.

We encourage work outside university studies in setting up exhibitions and events with third parties, building up connections for future employment. It is part of our collective remit to explore and promote the influence and scope of contemporary art, respecting its methodologies and role as a critical instrument in the arenas of culture, politics and ethics.

Visit the Contemporary Fine Art MA page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via non-standard entry procedures. Each application is assessed individually on merit. Selection is by interview with portfolio. Applications are welcome from people without the standard qualifications if they can demonstrate the skills and capacity necessary for academic study at postgraduate level.

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