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Fine Art MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2-4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £7,470
    Part Time:
    £830 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £14,000

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 894503

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


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 26/11/2020

Highlights


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

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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 MA Fine Art.

    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.

    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.

  • How will I be taught?

    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.

    What is the learning and teaching schedule?

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

    How will I be assessed?

    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.

     

  • Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in Fine Art. Under exceptional circumstances, other candidates will be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

    Prospective students should present a portfolio of work together with supporting evidence that is representative of their current creative practice.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,470
    • UK – Part Time: £830 per 20 credits
    • International: £14,000
    Additional costs

    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.

    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.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £6,840
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £760 per 20 credits
    • International: £13,750
    Additional Costs

    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 2021/22 or 2020/21 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.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • 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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Careers and Employability


The MA Fine Art is excellent preparation for both professional cultural environments and higher research study.

You may choose to pursue a PhD with us, through traditional or practice-led methodologies, and the MA is a comprehensive and relevant foundation for such study.