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Wolverhampton School of Art

Fine Art

MA Part-time Day and Evening 2 years, Full-time 12 months

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Part-time Day and Evening, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time Day and Evening (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

The Course aims to:

  • Provide you with exciting and diverse opportunities to advance and develop your fine art practice, contextual awareness and theoretical knowledge/understanding within a supportive and creative environment.
  • Support you to acquire advanced specialist knowledge and practical experience of working with different contemporary fine art media and its conceptual and theoretical relevance, and importance, including (but not limited to); painting and sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practices, intervention, performance, film, video, photography (digital and analogue), sound art, new-media, digital-media and installation.
  •  Enable you to develop an advanced level of fine art practice informed directly by a relevant theoretical and contextual framework and independently critically evaluate developments within your individual working practice.
  • Produce informed independent fine art practitioners who can adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills for a variety of professional contexts and enable you to gain advanced knowledge of presentational strategies within contemporary fine art.
  • Build advanced strategies for research through an in-depth exploration of different contemporary methodologies.
This course draws on the School’s considerable research reputation and professional expertise in the areas of painting, photography, performance, film and video, sculpture, installations, public art and print-making. This fascinating programme provides highly focused teaching, alongside a critical lecture series within an intellectually supportive environment.
 
You will be supported by some of the most dynamic artists and researchers in the School. You get the chance to benefit from field trips and gallery visits. 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 of the course, your practical work will be exhibited and publicised in a group MA exhibition.
 
Take a look at some examples of work produced by students for MA Fine Art
 
   

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What happens on the course?

Typical modules include:

  • Studio Practice 
  • Theory and Contemporary Practice
  • Audience and Display
  • Studio Practice and its Methodologies
  • Master’s Project in Fine Art

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Career or further opportunities        
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 School of Art & Design

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 Course provides a studio intensive programme supported through theoretical and contextual lecture series, studio based seminar critique and individual tutorials. The ethos of the course 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. Within the programme you will have the opportunity to develop your awareness of exhibition and the display of your work as well as the audiences for that work. The MA Fine Art course will support you in structuring an advanced independent practice, underpinned by sustained critical engagement.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dean Kelland

 

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 practical problems, theoretical and contextual issues within your practice and methods for presenting that practice to a regional, national and international audience. The support from your colleagues and peers on the course constructs a network for critical debate, through different modes of practice; students on the course work through very different arts practices including (but not limited to) painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, film and video, photography, performance, new and/or digital media, sound installation, live art and social practices.

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

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Day and Evening £3125 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time Day and Evening £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2018 Entry

You should have a good Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

A good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent) is required.

Offers are subject to an interview and portfolio review.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Matthew Evans

MA Fine Art

Matthew Evans completed his MA Fine Art with distinction and has since received several commissions for his innovative new approach; creating bespoke modern-day coat of arms,including a £10k commission for the The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. He has also been selected for the New Art West Midlands 2013 Exhibition at Birmingham Art Gallery Museum which showcases the best of West Midland's graduates.

"As a result of studying the MA course I have grown professionally as an artist. By adopting a 'take a risk' attitude I have been able to further refine my artistic practice and anchor it within the most critically interesting areas. By embracing the challenge of diversification, and enjoying the critical dialogue embedded within the course, I have resolved a number of sticking points, and identified areas for future development.

I chose to study my MA at the University of Wolverhampton as I felt I needed to breathe new life into my practise and relished the challenge of experiencing a new exciting creative environment. The artistic facilities on offer to students and the glowing reputations of the SAD staff and support technicians also played a key role in my decision.

What particularly impressed me about the course was not only the availability and approachability of the lecturers but the general sense of cohesion felt as a student. As well as extensive access to lecturers, and the intensively taught aspects of the course, there are many MA excursions that are incredibly beneficial.

As a positive side note, my affinity with the University has continued this September, with me becoming the Fine Art Artist in Residence for this year."

Other student comments

"The MA has greatly expanded my knowledge of Fine Art."

"I feel that I'm being supported in my work and that the best of my talent is being encouraged."

"The lecturers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I am grateful for both their input and the input of the other students"

"I'm confident it is setting me up with the right skills and knowledge to succeed in a career within the arts."

"I'm glad that I made the decision to do the MA; it's been a positive turning point in my life"

Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. 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.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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 at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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