The MA Fine Art at Middlesex offers artists time and resources to explore and develop their artistic practice within a flexible research-led course featuring some of the best art facilities in London and expert guidance from a range of leading artists and curators attached to the course.
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
£9,000 (UK) / £14,500 (EU/INT)
Why study MA Fine Art at Middlesex University?
On our MA in Fine Art you will explore the creative, cultural, political and social questions of art practice. The course offers the opportunity to further your knowledge and skills by undertaking a systematic and comprehensive major body of work. The course welcomes students who work across a range of disciplines that include painting, sculpture, photography and film, printmaking, installation, sound, performance, 'event' making and other relational and socially engaged practices.
At Middlesex we take both a highly practical and a critical approach to Fine Art that ensures you spend the majority of your postgraduate study time in researching and making. This combination of in-depth analysis and hands-on experience will enable you to draw on a wide range of expertise and resources while questioning and developing your practice in a contemporary context to stimulate a successful career.
Studying Fine Art in London puts you at the heart of the ever-shifting nature of international contemporary fine art practice with direct access to London's art world. You'll have the opportunity to make regular visits to Tate Modern and Tate Britain, further world class museums and exhibitions, the vibrant, contemporary gallery scene and to attend such international showcases as Frieze.
- A dedicated teaching team of leading academics and practitioners who have recognised national and international experience in practice, teaching and research
- When possible, you will have bookable access to studio space (including if you are studying part-time) and technical resources
- Exhibition opportunities, for example at Art Lacuna, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, Gasworks, Ply Gallery and the Art Pavilion.
- Networking opportunities with a range of galleries, high-profiles artists, libraries and collections. Build industry links and explore how artist-run organisations operate
- You'll be part of a vibrant postgraduate research culture, working across many areas of art and design practice
- As a student of this course, you'll have our own access to Adobe Creative Cloud and receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
What will you study on the MA Fine Art?
Taught by some of the UK's leading fine art practitioners and academics, this course is divided into five modules taken over forty-five weeks, (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to extend the boundaries of your current artistic practice through experimentation, research, and critical analysis.
You will study practical and theoretical approaches to fine art, completing your own creative projects based on your research.
What will you gain?
You will gain the ability to conceptualise, plan and create your own work in various mediums. The course will develop your contextual understanding of fine art, both historical and contemporary. You will gain in confidence and insight into your own and others' practice while extending your range of skills and ambitions. You will also gain the knowledge and networking experience to forge your own path into industry.
- Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits)
- Critical Debates – Term 1 (30 credits)
- Studio and Exhibition – Term 2 (30 credits)
- Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 credits)
- Major Project – Term 3 (60 credits)
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
- Course specification
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
How is the MA Fine Art taught?
This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in fine art.
As part of your learning, you'll be required to actively participate in activities and engage with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively, working and learning as part of a small group at times. You will participate in lectures, seminars, reading groups and practical workshops. Full-time students are expected to dedicate 36 hours per week to their studies and part-time students 18 hours. Tuesday and Wednesday are the core teaching days.
Lectures facilitate discussion on key material or approaches, explore questions, concepts and theories, or introduce case study materials. Seminars are small, student-led sessions in which you explore ideas in discussion, carry out practical tasks and practice your research skills. Tutorials are structured sessions in which you will receive feedback from tutors on work in progress or ideas for specific assignments.
Studio modules are assessed by exhibited work. Theory and research modules are assessed by a portfolio of critical writing.
- To be accepted to study on the MA Fine Art, you would normally be a graduate from a fine art based degree with a grade of 2:2 or higher
- We will consider mature applicants with good, relevant knowledge and skills that wish to return to education
- Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
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