This course will advance, widen and deepen your existing fine art practice through a series of modules designed to enable your progress through practice-led research. Dialogic exchange is at the heart of this course of study, staging, at its core, teaching and learning approaches in the form of regular dynamic group work, supported by individual tuition.

This course cradles all specialisms within contemporary practice such as painting, drawing, sculpture, text, performance, media and sound. The core seminars will use group work to explore the wider field of practice within which such disciplines are situated, and deepen individually nuanced discourses through an individual tutorial programme.

Working with subject specialists you will be introduced to practice-led research approaches to advance your knowledge acquisition of advanced critical and analytical methods and approaches in your own practice. The programme of study will explore your creative ambitions in the context of both knowledge and market-led fields.

The course begins with a sharing of personal intentions through exhibiting your own work to peers, and progresses to a conclusive moment of public sharing, where you will materialise theories, concepts, techniques, processes and crafts as artwork. You will be supported to articulate your ideas in visual, oral, written and material forms.

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Specialist Resources

Our 3D workshops with facilities for wood, metal, plastics ceramics and glass are available to MA Fine Art students by arrangement on one evening a week and an additional weekday during the standard academic year. Saturdays are also available for work involving the use of hand tools.

Based in our postgraduate hub, students will have access to a range of resources to support their learning. These include open access to our library and general computer suites which are equipped with up to date industry standard software related to creative practices. Our digital printing facility also allows large scale, professional quality output up to A0. Further specialist facilities that are available according to course disciplines are outlined on the following pages where applicable.

We embrace a post studio culture in our postgraduate teaching. This encourages our graduates to sustain a practice. We therefore expect postgraduate students to have access to their own studios or workspaces.

Course Specification

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification

You will also need:

  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a proposal outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry, subject to an interview and the submission of a satisfactory portfolio related work in support of their application.

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Applying

The course is about developing a mastery of the skills and practices that you already possess. You are helped to extend and deepen your own skills, experience and ideas, so your application will require a personal statement that identifies your reasons for choosing this course, a description of your current practice and how the MA in Fine Art will help you to achieve your ambitions. Interviews will play a crucial role in selection.

Please complete our application form, which you can find at: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/postgraduate

If you have questions about applying please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk or 0113 202 8000.

Portfolio Guidance

If your personal statement and qualifications on your application form are successful you will be invited for an interview, which will be conducted by one or more members of academic staff.

You must bring a portfolio of you work to the interview, in a form which is appropriate to your practice and represents it to full potential. At the interview your ambitions for the MA Fine Art course will be evaluated alongside the quality of your creative outputs.

Your portfolio should include the following:

  • Recent work that demonstrates your current interests
  • At least one piece of resolved work, with evidence of a way in which you have exhibited it if appropriate
  • Work that demonstrates how you develop your ideas through experimentation, process, and material speculation
  • Critical journals/sketchbooks or an appropriate equivalent suited to your practice
  • Larger works, or installation, should be represented by photographs, ensuring that the scale and material of the pieces is evident

You should expect to talk about your work, awareness of contemporary art practice, interests and influences, although all of these areas may not be discussed at interview.

Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Our current fees are available on our website: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/fees

Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University.

Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,609 are available. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for both full-time and part-time students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.

For further information visit:
www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study
www.FindAMasters.com


Other Costs

Other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the student’s project. A MA Photography student must consider the costs of materials, space, processing services and equipment that are required to fulfil their pro posed objectives.

The course leader asked previous students about their spend ing on their resources and they suggested a sum of £250-300. However, some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project. Financial planning is an important aspect of being a creative practitioner.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home/EU Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home/EU student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home/EU student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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International Studio Space Scholarship

All international students will get a dedicated studio space in order to provide a creative space away from home.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this programme click here.

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

How to book

If you are interested in attending an open day for our MA Fine Art, you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

Duration
1 Year Full Time, Two Years Part Time
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
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