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Fine Art MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2-4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

The MA in Fine Art enables you to evaluate and develop your creative practice to the highest standards. It develops theoretical awareness, critical thinking and independent arts practice to a professional level.

The course facilitates critical debate between artists working within and across media areas including painting, photography, digital imaging, printmaking, sculpture, installation and site-specific art. Alongside your studio-based enquiry, you will undertake related research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.

Updated 12/06/2020

Highlights


  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Bookable Installation Spaces
  • Etching and Screen-Printing Facilities

Course Content


  • When you start this course, you will begin with the module ‘Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies’ to give you a grounding in different research-based methods in Fine Art.

    You will have access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support. Our research-active staff provide continual mentoring to help you position your practice within professional cultural environments, arts-related employment or higher-level academic research.

    On-site printmaking workshop

    Creative students at the University of Northampton are benefiting from a new printmaking workshop at Waterside campus – and you can take a tour with our video, below.

    The facilities, which are located in the Creative Hub, are available for students on a variety of courses to use, from Fine Art, Painting and Drawing, MA Fine Art and Illustration, through to Graphic Communication and Textiles for Fashion.

    You can study this course full-time or part-time, and you will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links with galleries, including the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. The course often offers international study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.

    As well as the existing connections between this course and regional galleries and art organisations, we encourage you to engage with external activities and events, nationally and internationally. A group of MA Fine Art students also attended a printmaking residency at the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.

    Student Story

    Specialist Teaching Staff

    Our teaching staff have a broad range of research interests reflecting the disciplines available on the course, and all staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. Visiting speakers have included renowned artists such as Richard Long, Marcus Harvey, Simon Callery, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Lisa Milroy, David Batchelor, Richard Deacon, Svetlana Fialova, Richard Patterson, Ian McKeever, Dan Hays and Richard Wilson along with innovative arts organisations such as Artangel.

    Methods of Learning

    We take a range of approaches to teach this course, to help you learn in the best way for you. A combination of tutorials, group critiques, research supervision, lectures and seminars will give you theoretical and practical experience.

    Schedule

    During the first and second trimester specific modules are usually delivered on Mondays 9:30am to 4pm.

    Assessments

    The course is assessed in both theory and practice by assignment, examination, portfolio submission and exhibition. You will produce work throughout the course for informal feedback, which does not contribute to your final grade but will give you the chance to improve your work. The MA Fine Art has three formal assessment periods in February, May and September, and these will contribute to your final grade.

      • Module code: ARTM003
        Status: Compulsory
        This module represents a significant opportunity to integrate knowledge and understanding which has been initiated and developed throughout the previously completed modules that lead to this final project. It requires the student to draw together and synthesize the fundamental issues of their personal research and requires the creation of a significant project leading to a substantial and significant written thesis or arts event. The module recognizes the richness and diversity of research possible within the award and embraces the widest definition of outcomes.
      • Module code: ARTM027
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to allow students to undertake a course of supervised study on a limited self-defined topic. The study topic may be text-based or practice-based in the broad area of fine art and design. Interdisciplinary projects are also encouraged where appropriate to the student's knowledge and interests. Projects are also encouraged which have a relationship to the external business environment or are professionally-related.
      • Module code: ARTM029
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to support the initial building of the student's personal rationale and definition of their own working practice and facilitates the exploration of Fine Art as a creative and generative vehicle. Knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice and theory are developed concurrently.
      • Module code: ARTM030
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to investigate particular instances of connectivity and overlap within the broad and contested arena of contemporary fine art practice. Rather than be confined to any one single area approach or discipline the module considers and critically reflects upon the points of overlap and interstitial spaces that have become inscribed between particular disciplines and that are evident within artistic practice today.
      • Module code: ARTM031
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of individual and professional creative practice in the context of and in relation to audience exhibition making and display. The module will also enable the further development and refining of artwork that builds on issues and concepts already explored.
      • Module code: ARTM041
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is introduce students to the variety of methods and approaches applicable to researching the arts and to understand the means required to faciliate the dissemination of fine art research beyond the context of studio practice.
  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,840
    Part Time: £760 per 20 credits

    Additional Fees

    The cost of your materials will not be covered by your tuition fees. It is very hard to approximate these costs, as it depends on what materials you will be using. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. You will be responsible for locating alternative and specialist materials, which can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 20/21 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £750 per 20 credits

    Additional Fees

    The cost of your materials will not be covered by your tuition fees. It is very hard to approximate these costs, as it depends on what materials you will be using. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. You will be responsible for locating alternative and specialist materials, which can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    Graduates of the university may be eligible for a 20% discount.

    Additional Fees

    The cost of your materials will not be covered by your tuition fees. It is very hard to approximate these costs, as it depends on what materials you will be using. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. You will be responsible for locating alternative and specialist materials, which can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    Graduates of the university may be eligible for a 20% discount.

    Additional Fees

    The cost of your materials will not be covered by your tuition fees. It is very hard to approximate these costs, as it depends on what materials you will be using. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. You will be responsible for locating alternative and specialist materials, which can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

  • You will have the opportunity to take International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-£50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 and a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta would cost around £800-£900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities.

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