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Contemporary Art Practice (MA)

Course Description

With the enrichment and advancement of your studio practice at its core, this programme welcomes highly motivated and independent thinkers. You will have the opportunity to advance your critical thinking, and will be encouraged to experiment and take risks. Develop your skills and expertise for transferrable professional knowledge, with access to extensive specialist workshops and realise your practice to the fullest extent on this challenging and inspiring MA.

Key features

Develop your studio practice and related research through a range of approaches. Undertake single, multi- or inter-disciplinary study within interactive and digital technologies, film and video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture.

Advance your practical skills with our high-specification workshops. You’ll have access to fully equipped digital production, sound recording and editing, film, photography, video, ceramics and print facilities and excellent technical support. Full-time students are provided with dedicated studio space.

Connect with contemporary artists and curators through our weekly visiting artists programme. Participate in stimulating debates and shared dialogue with diverse research groups across the faculty with our interdisciplinary seminars series.

Integrate any external projects, internship possibilities or client commissions you are awarded into your programme. We embed professional practice into our academic framework, facilitating transferrable knowledge and skills in the workplace.

Take the option to study part-time, so you can balance your work and external commitments with postgraduate education.

Benefit from the knowledge and experience of a teaching staff of artists and researchers with substantial expertise with international exhibition, residency and research profiles.

Course details

In your first year, you’ll develop your practice through independent study projects (ISPs) and specialist workshops. The ISPs will help you explore and understand the wide range of methods, media and approaches that might underpin your practice. You'll be encouraged to develop, question and critically reflect upon your art practice to the fullest extent. You'll also focus on how contexts and conditions frame and inform contemporary art practice.

Building on the insights and skills gained in your first year, you’ll develop a proposal for, and carry out, a substantial MA Project. The MA Project culminates in a public exhibition and Project Report, the form of which is negotiated and relates to your practice. There is also an optional module (international exchange) during the final year for our part-time students.


You will be expected to submit a portfolio of work, documented in an appropriate form, and a proposal for study, for discussion at interview.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Visit the Contemporary Art Practice (MA) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, you should normally possess: First or upper second (2:1) degree with honours or professional equivalent qualification; ordinary or foundation degree, higher national or university diploma accompanied by substantial experience. International students: minimum IELTS score 6.5 or equivalent. Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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