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Wolverhampton School of Art

Art and Design

MA by Research Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

This course draws on the School’s considerable research reputation and professional expertise The Masters by Research in Art & Design offers an exciting new opportunity for students to study at Masters level, follow an area of their own academic interest and under the supervision of published experts in their fields.

This course draws on the School’s considerable research reputation and professional expertise The Masters by Research in Art & Design offers an exciting new opportunity for students to study at Masters level, follow an area of their own academic interest and under the supervision of published experts in their fields.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 October 2020, 15 February 2021, 20 September 2021
  • Award MA by Research
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton in Stafford
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

This course draws on the School’s considerable research reputation and professional expertise The Masters by Research in Art & Design offers an exciting new opportunity for students to study at Masters level, follow an area of their own academic interest and under the supervision of published experts in their fields. You will be able pursue topics from - and across - painting, photography, performance, film and video, sculpture, installations, public art and printmaking. You will be supported by some of the most dynamic artists and researchers in the School. Alongside the development of your creative studio work you will gain an understanding of key aspects of art history and theory, as well as an awareness of the social and institutional context within which artworks exist. On completion you will have written an extended research dissertation or produced a practical portfolio of work, each amounting to an outcome of sustained engagement with your topic. You will be supported and advised throughout by your supervising tutor who will guide you through an agreed schedule of activities, building towards the final assessed piece of work which with the opportunity to be exhibited and publicised in a group MA exhibition.

Take a look at some examples of work produced by students for MA by Research in Art & Design

What happens on the course?

Your programme of study will be based upon a Learning Contract negotiated between you and your supervising team. You will need to complete an expression of interest form indicating your topic and admission will be based upon the successful agreement of this topic and the identification of appropriate supervision. Under guidance of your principal supervisor, you will write at least three extended non-assessed assignments or produce at least three pieces of practical work leading to a final, assessed portfolio, which may include a viva voce examination.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

There is extensive potential for self-employment as an artist, in areas as diverse as public and community art, environmental art, gallery exhibitions and curating.

You could find employment in the visual arts in one of the creative industries in the private or the public sector.

You will be equipped to take up positions in a wide range of sectors requiring research and presentation skills, team working, the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; and decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations.

You will acquire the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

The MA Fine Art gives you the penultimate professional qualification for a career in academia. A PhD research degree is the next step in your development - find out more about research in the Wolverhampton School of Art

Why not read our Employability blog to discover what our graduates are up to now.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Fine Art Community provides support through theoretical and contextual lecture series, studio based seminar critique and individual tutorials. The ethos of the school is to provide students with the time and space to develop ideas and practice towards the final off-site MA exhibition; this includes the structure of personal research and the development of the critical and/or theoretical emphasis behind your work in order to understand the methodological framework of your working practice.

You will have time to reappraise and analyse previous work, develop new ideas in relation to your practice and it’s theoretical underpinning then consolidate those ideas practically. Finally you will bring those ideas and your work to resolution and focus towards the MA exhibition. The course provides students with the knowledge, ambition and structure in order to proceed towards their future career ambitions.

As this course is taught by supervision, we are able to work flexibly with students to arrange tutorials around their work and family commitments. Also, in the absence of taught classes, it would be quite possible to conduct tutorials and exchange draft work and tutor feedback electronically, so there is considerable scope to study conveniently from home.

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton is home to published scholars and contemporary practitioners across the full range of its subject disciplines encompassing critical, creative, theoretical, pedagogic and philosophical approaches. We have a strong postgraduate community with opportunities to attend events and encounter students across the full range of disciplines within the Faculty of Arts including Studio and Digital Art, Theatre, Music and Performance. You will also be invited to attend all guest lectures, performances and field trips that constitute a vibrant student experience at the University.

As a student on this course you will have the opportunity to develop your artistic practice, supported by leading artists and researchers, whilst gaining the ability to work independently in order to think through complex problems, theoretical and contextual issues within your practice and methods for presenting practice to a regional, national and international audiences.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and key abilities and strategies to further your artistic career independently.

 At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to demonstrate:

1. A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline or field of study;

2. A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;

3. Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their discipline;

4. An ability to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in their discipline;

5. An ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Students will have a good degree in a relevant subject field. All applicants must submit an initial “Proposal for Study” upon which the learning contract can be agreed as a condition of admission. 

Sample research proposal - English Literature.

Students whose first language is not English must have a qualification that is in line with the University English Language Entry Requirements policy. Listed here: -

http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/international-academy/courses-at-the-international-academy/language-entry-requirements/

For students applying from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the rest of Europe, we gladly accept equivalent qualifications.    

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at gov.uk or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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