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Fine Art MA 2014-15

At a Glance

Start date:
22 / 09 / 2014

Duration:
1 year full time – September start

Places Available:
10 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:

Entry Requirements
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Huddersfield and the specific requirements of the course in the following ways.

The normal entry requirements are:
•  A good Honours degree in an appropriate subject or equivalent.
•  Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English, if below the required level you may be able to take one of our pre-sessional English courses.

All suitably qualified applicants are normally interviewed or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements. Interview will be by portfolio of practice based and/or theoretical work and a statement of intent.

Contact
Graduate Administrator
Tel: 01484 473135
E-mail: adagrad@hud.ac.uk


The course

This course embraces the diversity and complexity of contemporary art practices. You will study an in-depth programme that enables concept, production and reception of art to be tested within a scrutinised framework of current practices.

We aim to provide an opportunity for individual growth and professional development. Your work is analysed and supported through a developed critical framework of critiques, seminars, individual tutorials, studio workshops and lectures. A dynamic interplay between theory and practice expands critical discourse and conceptual/creative development.

The ethos of the course is to assist the development of ambitious artists, helping to recognise individual strengths and professional currency that will be central to a sustained and long-term career in national and international contemporary art arenas.

Course content

The course is one of a suite of Masters programmes in the School of Art, Design & Architecture which share a common structure. You will work along side students from related disciplines as well as undertaking subject specific modules particular to your own Fine Art MA specialism.

+ Induction

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts, contexts, methodologies and expectations associated with Masters level study. You will be introduced to facilities, equipment and resources across both the School and University. You will become familiar with learning techniques such as Skills Audits, Learning Agreements and Reflective Journals and how they can be used to enhance your creative and critical practice. You will be introduced to research methodologies and facilities within the context of your disciplinary practice and you will be encouraged to discover the boundaries of your discipline through research and problem solving. An ongoing series of seminars in mixed disciplinary groups will identify and explore the similarities and differences between creative, professional and cultural practice across the spectrum of creative disciplines within a global context.

+ Critical Contexts

This module introduces you to a range of critical contexts that underpin master’s level research in art and design. It encourages investigation and critical reflection into important concepts, theories and principles associated with collaborative working and the contextualisation of the facilitation, implementation and realisation of project and associated work. The module will develop research contexts introduced in the Induction module, it will explore research theories in ways that encourage you to reflect critically on practice, develop hypotheses, and situate your own perspective within a contemporary and theoretical context. You will be involved in collaborative and individual exercises, as well as applied independent study. This culminates in an assessed team presentation and individual reflective journal which you will produce throughout the module. Assessment group project 50%, individual reflective journal 50%.

+ Creativity in Context

This module introduces you to a range of critical skills that underpin master’s level research in art and design. It encourages investigation and critical reflection into important concepts, techniques and principles associated with collaborative working and the contextualisation of the facilitation, implementation and realisation of project and associated work. The module will develop research skills introduced in the Induction module, it will explore research methods in ways that encourage you to reflect critically on practice, develop hypotheses, and situate your own perspective within a contemporary and commercial context. The work undertaken in the module helps to establish a critical and reflective understanding of the contextual relationship methodologies, synthesis and the application to the commercial and creative process. The module will extend your experience, by working within a creative team for an entrepreneurial purpose whether business, social or artistic. Assessment 50% group project, 50% individual reflective journal.

+ Exploration in Practice

This module will help you to question and develop the parameters of your chosen discipline or practice. You will be encouraged through group tutorials with your supervisor and tutor group to develop and challenge the concepts and contexts inherent within your learning agreement. You will produce a body of practical and/or theoretical work supported by specialist workshops/lectures, which will allow you to develop new skills. You will also be encouraged to extend the boundaries of your discipline through risk taking and problem solving. Throughout the module you will have a series of individual tutorials and this will enable you to identify opportunities for further enquiry in relation to your initial proposal. An ongoing series of seminars in mixed disciplinary groups will identify and explore the similarities and differences between creative, professional and cultural practice across the spectrum of creative disciplines within a global context.

+ Exploration Through Practice

This module will help you to question and develop the parameters of your chosen discipline or practice. You will be encouraged through group tutorials with your supervisor and tutor group to develop and challenge the concepts and contexts inherent within your learning agreement. You will produce a body of practical and/or theoretical work supported by specialist workshops/lectures, which will allow you to develop new skills. You will also be encouraged to extend the boundaries of your discipline through risk taking and problem solving. Throughout the module you will have a series of individual tutorials and this will enable you to identify opportunities for further enquiry in relation to your initial proposal. An ongoing series of seminars in mixed disciplinary groups will identify and explore the similarities and differences between creative, professional and cultural practice across the spectrum of creative disciplines within a global context.

The specialist modules are where you develop your key subject knowledge and expertise.

+ Masters Final Project

The work undertaken in the module allows you to undertake an in-depth study which engenders an holistic and integrated approach to enhanced critical enquiry, rigorous appraisal and evaluation, synthesis, visionary thinking and practical realisation and communication related to your elected and negotiated area of study. The approach taken and the thesis/project submission consolidates the ethos associated with this level of Masters study and provides the opportunity to demonstrate a strong individual and personal stance towards challenging and innovative ideas and concepts in the international market place.

The module provides the opportunity to demonstrate a mature and highly self motivated approach towards the conceptualisation and formulation of creative and original ideas, strategies and proposals integrated and promoted through considered research and culminating in a comprehensive proposal, which is presented to a high professional standard and integrity. The thesis/project consolidates prior learning experiences and art/design expertise through the resolution of a project of realistic complexity, which displays consideration of vision, creativity and relevant commercial, social and cultural context.

This is a project you negotiate with your specialist tutor(s), you will have been encouraged to think about and plan this project through the proposal development stages embedded within the course. Your final project can be purely aligned to your own personal interests if you wish. Most students however, relate it closely to their career ambitions and often work with potential employers or undertake ‘live’ briefs, using it as an opportunity to showcase their specialist skills, knowledge and approach.

Career opportunities

The intention is to foster contemporary artists to practice in the art world but there is a range of opportunities, both nationally and internationally, within the art sector for creative producers, thinkers and practitioners to work in culture-media, arts business, exhibition, marketing and promotion, film, TV, stage and illustration, as well as more traditional artist routes. Our graduates are also well placed for further academic study to PhD level or careers in the education sector.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching strategies include lectures, tutorials, workshops and making art. Modules are assessed on a combination of the production and critique of art work, presentations and a dissertation, culminating in an exposition of work in the form of theoretical and/or practice based work.

How much will it cost me?

Here at the University of Huddersfield, we continue to work hard to ensure that we set a fee for postgraduate students that is fair and offers you value for money. Your tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance, please see Fees and finance.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details. Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Other information

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

International

If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages .

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University’s International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.



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