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MA Fine Art: Contemporary Dialogues

Course Description

You will be challenged immediately with our thought experiment module, designed to open up your mind to the broad range of inter-disciplinary and multi-modal possibilities available to the creative practitioner. From that point on, you will be asked to consider forming contemporary dialogues and new discourses with whatever medium - specific background you bring. This is not a rejection of your specific discipline, but an elevation onto a new plane of practice.

The module concludes with a Japanese - style pecha kucha presentation of your findings and process-based work. This module will set the tone for the rest of your study precipitating a spirit of enquiry that will take you through to the award.

It is our intention that your studies here will take the form of an encounter at various levels: with your chosen medium; with Art & Design issues in general; and with the world as a whole. Questions of non-materiality will be addressed as well as questions of materiality. As soon as anything becomes recognisable we slip into habitual thinking. When we engage in an unfamiliar encounter, then we become inquisitive, we learn, and we build knowledge and confidence, as well as a more original voice.

Fine Art pathway

Much contemporary visual arts practice is concerned with a re-evaluation of the traditional forms and functions of art in society. This pathway facilitates the development of your practice whether it involves drawing, painting or printmaking, lens-based and time-based media, site-specific installations, or combinations of these. You will be encouraged to relate your practice to the contemporary dialogues within visual culture, which are introduced in lectures and discussed in seminars, and to develop skills in the manipulation of materials so that your work becomes both conceptually robust and perceptually intriguing. The pathway offers the full facilities of the Dynevor Centre for Arts, Design and Media.


Part One consists of two parts in which the two ‘drivers of creativity' are introduced and related to personal practice. In part one practical and theory modules interact to enable students to explore the dialectical relationship between individual identity and the wider social group issues. In part two, the practical work is related to the second dialectic, which drives creativity: that between nature and culture. Modules relating art and design to the environment, and art and design considered as cultural communication inform the practice.
Student-led presentations provide the opportunity to explore these relationships between theory and practice.

Part Two consists of the Major Practical Project, this is student-directed, under supervision, and, together with an integrated report of at least 6,000 words forms the final submission for the MA. An option to submit a written dissertation of 15,000 words in lieu of a major Practical Project is available.

* Collaborative Dialogues
* Co-existent Perspectives
* The Thought Experiment
* Explorative Research Praxis
* Confirmative Praxis

Key Features

The programme has access to well equipped workshops including a resin, plaster, wood, metal and ceramic.
 Beyond this specialist equipment, you will also have access to an extensive range of facilities including an excellent library, open-access computer suites and workshops in other areas within the art school. 
We currently have two research centres within the faculty. These research centres provide staff with research opportunities and access to high technology resources, they provide students with placement opportunities while also developing the creative industries infrastructure in the region, which will benefit graduating students.

The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre

Since 2005, the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC) has collaborated on more than 200 creative research projects with Welsh businesses and provided tailor-made advice and guidance to over 300 of its members working across the creative sector in Wales..

These creative practitioners represent disciplines as wide reaching as video, fine and applied art, architecture, photography and graphics. Each member has benefited from CIRIC's unique support package, which includes access to the latest digital technologies: laser cutting and etching, digital printing and video editing.

CIRIC is a Knowledge Transfer Centre, which acts as an umbrella organisation for several projects across several creative areas.

CIRIC was originally funded by The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the former Swansea Metropolitan University and private sector finance to re-invigorate the creative industries sector within Wales. For too long creative practitioners have been forced to leave Wales to gain access to the necessary resources that are needed to further their practice. CIRIC aims to provide an environment that supports creativity and research in Design, Video, Applied Arts, Textiles and other areas. We encourage and support high-level research and development, innovation and business success within the creative industries sector. We aim to assist and energize a cluster of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME‘s) by fostering research and development partnerships for the creation of high quality contemporary products, processes and services. CIRIC is creating a technology-rich, knowledge-based research infrastructure that will lead to a culture of entrepreneurship throughout the creative industries supply chain and transform attitudes across the Welsh economy as to the value of the creative industries.

Entry Criteria

The major benchmark entry requirement will be a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree.

Mature students may apply with their portfolio and/or previous academic/industrial career taken into account. There is also a procedure for the Recognition of Prior Learning. International students will have to prove proficiency in the English language to the required IELTS level 6 as well as the above.

Any candidate with a successfully completed research degree will have to prove that their intended Master’s study is in a different field. The programme is open to applicants of any discipline who have an interest in forming a new discourse with an Art, Craft, Design & Media subject in order to open up a new dialogue ie architecture/photography.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Fine Art: Contemporary Dialogues page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree from a related discipline or relevant experience. Each candidate shall be considered on their own merit.

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