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MA Fine Art

Course Description

Key fact

Exhibiting work is part of the ethos of the MA Fine Art course and students regularly exhibit in galleries and studios in Bristol, Bath, London and occasionally abroad.


MA Fine Art at UWE Bristol is designed for individuals who wish to pursue their practice to a professional level and gain knowledge and insight into contemporary practice. The course provides a structure to enable you to extend your practical, critical, contextual and theoretical knowledge of Fine Art and gain skills and experience in order to operate in a professional context beyond University.

There is no emphasis on a particular type of work in our MA Fine Art course. Students work in painting, installation, performance, sculpture, photography, moving image and drawing. This reflects contemporary practice and allows you to explore and experiment with a range of formats throughout your time here.

A professional learning environment

You will study alongside a small yet diverse group of students providing support and sharing insights and perspectives. Students highly value the teaching input and experience of research-active, practicing artists all of whom exhibit nationally and internationally.

Teaching is centred at Spike Island an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design - bringing further expertise, opportunities, access to public events and regular guest speakers.

At Bower Ashton you will have access to cutting-edge resources and workshops including sound, film, casting, photography, textiles and print which extend knowledge, methods and techniques and support your creative development.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

The course will enable you to:
- Develop creative and critical skills through the development and realisation of a substantial body of work
- Benefit from the experience of highly motivated staff, all of whom are professional artists
- Work amongst a lively community of young and established artists
- Gain valuable experience through studio visits, seminar discussions and group critiques
- Benefit from the opportunities generated by being part of the MA Fine Art course e.g. exhibiting; networking and gaining professional contacts.

Study facilities

As an MA Fine Art student you will have the use of a dedicated MA space and access to extensive and cutting-edge departmental facilities and resources including video and film suites, a fabrication centre, comprehensive printmaking and a recently extended, well-resourced library.

City Campus: Spike Island is situated on the ground floor at Spike Island. Studios for our Fine Art programmes are located here along with facilities for many of our postgraduate programmes in art and design. Some research activity also takes place here that shares synergies with other activities carried out by Spike Island and its studio-holders. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/comingtouwe/campusmapsandinformation/citycampusincbowerashton/aboutcitycampus/spikeisland.aspx

You will also be able to access the full range of resources available at other City Campus sites. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries, student support services, as well as the extensive resource base that make up the technical resource areas: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/comingtouwe/campusmapsandinformation/citycampusincbowerashton/aboutcitycampus/bowerashton.aspx
Our prestigious Fine Art Lecture Series is delivered at Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol City Centre. Internationally renowned artist Phyllida Barlow and Turner prize winners Martin Creed and Tacita Dean have recently presented talks.

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Visit the MA Fine Art page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

See our web site for further information

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