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Fine Art MA

The Fine Art MA at DMU will develop your artistic practice, contextual awareness and theoretical understanding within a stimulating and distinctive studio environment.

Overview

Reasons to study Fine Art MA at De Montfort University:

  • You will have access to dedicated studio space and will be part of a large and dynamic cohort of Fine Art students, from BA to PhD level
  • As well as having access to a range of visiting artists and critical input, you will be able to lead discussion groups and seminars
  • The teaching team is comprised of practicing artists. This ensures that you will learn real-world skills that are in touch with the creative arts sector, the latest technologies and current thinking
  • You will learn to be an independent, creative risk taker who embraces critical thinking and who has the ability to make decisions in complex situations.

This course will develop your artistic practice, contextual awareness and theoretical understanding within a stimulating and distinctive studio environment.

The course will introduce you to emerging trends in contemporary practice and enable you to find your voice in a fast-evolving visual culture that is increasingly collaborative, networked and dispersed. You will leave equipped with all the necessary skills to produce and exhibit your work, to deal with change, and to negotiate your individual, critical and creative position.

The course is designed to give you the skills for continuous development throughout your artistic, professional, and academic life. You will be supported from the outset in developing research methods and aims that are pertinent to your creative practice and your professional ambitions. The course will develop your specialist knowledge to an advanced level and give you hands-on experience of contemporary practice. You will be taught by exhibiting artists and research-active academics with expertise in drawing, painting, sculpture, analogue and digital photography, digital media, printmaking, public art, installation and relational practice.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Arts MA
Digital Arts MA
Photography MA

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: UK/EU: £4,750 (full-time), £2,375 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Student loan information for EU students joining in September 2016.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: International: £12,200 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in Fine Art or a related subject.

If you have other professional qualifications or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Interview and Portfolio

Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Fine Art MA application portfolio advice for full details). Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work..

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Partnerships

 

Modules

Studio Practice modules
The programme is organised around a sequence of studio practice modules designed to support both full-time and part-time students in a structured progression through the establishment, development, exhibition and evaluation of a contemporary art practice, and the production of an individual body of work, as a means to a tacit and articulate understanding of the contemporary subject at an advanced level.

These studio practice modules provide a creative and critical platform for the generation, development and sharing of new ideas and forms of expression. We recognise that invention emerges through a robust and energetic engagement with your chosen media and disciplines. Teaching, workshops and technical support will help you to establish and develop appropriate creative strategies and deepen your understanding of how methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary practice.

Research Methods for Creative Practice
Enhances your knowledge and understanding of research, focusing on the identification and development of methods of enquiry appropriate to developing your practice. 

Professional Studies
Develops your understanding of professional opportunities within Fine Art and its associated industries. This will help you to develop good working practices for the documentation of work and focus your learning to better support your long term ambitions.

Fine Art MA has a fixed diet of modules for full-time and part-time study. All students take the Research Methods for Creative Practice module and the Professional Studies module alongside part-time and full-time variants of the Studio Practice modules. 

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

Overview

Teaching is delivered through a combination of one-to-one tutorials, group seminars, lectures, workshops and field-trips. You will be supported by a highly skilled team of technical demonstrators with access to a range of workshops including metal, wood, plaster, resin and other processes, as well as CAD facilities, photographic darkrooms, studios and editing suites.

You will be introduced to contemporary debates relating to presentation, installation, curatorial and representational issues, and assessed on your independent and creative response to these issues. You will learn how to develop appropriate research methods in order to inform your creative decisions. You will build significant professional practice skills throughout the course and exhibit your work both individually and in groups. 

Assessment tasks include presentations of outcomes of practice, written assignments and the maintenance of a digital online presence.

The teaching team is comprised of practicing artists. This ensures that you will learn real-world skills that are in touch with the commercial sector, the latest technologies and current thinking.

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 4 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 31 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your tutor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week  

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

Partnerships and collaborations

DMU enjoys partnerships and collaborations with the city’s creative and cultural centres, including Phoenix Square, Curve theatre, Embrace Arts and Leicester Print Workshop. Working with various arts organisations in the East Midlands, the staff will help you to get your work publicised and afford you access to the advice of professionals in the creative industries.

Facilities and features

Facilities

Fine Art students have access to dedicated studio space in a lively and stimulating environment where BA, MA and PhD students work alongside each other. You can access a range of excellent workshop facilities including woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, glass and printmaking. You can also make use of a range of IT facilities, including a number of graphics and multimedia labs complete with software for drawing, multimedia, 3D modelling, animation and video. 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Enterprise

Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.

Placements
The Professional Studies module will give you the opportunity to individually explore aspects of professional practice that are most relevant to your practice and career aspirations. This may involve you seeking voluntary opportunities for work placements in the creative sector.

 

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The international context of Fine Art is an essential part of the course. Since 2014 Fine Art students have been able to benefit from subsidised foreign study trips, including destinations in New York, Cyprus and Venice. We plan to continue to offer regular study trips abroad through this innovative and subsidised scheme. 

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Graduate careers

The Fine Art MA course develops the skills, attributes and knowledge necessary for a career as an exhibiting artist. However, you will also leave with a range of transferable skills that enhance competitiveness in a range of graduate careers. These skills include the ability to:

  • Initiate research
  • Exercise your initiative and remain independent
  • Be a creative risk taker
  • Embrace critical thinking
  • Make decisions in complex situations

You will leave the course with the independent learning ability that is necessary for continuous professional development, enabling you to adapt to changing professional pressures and opportunities.

There is extensive potential for self-employment as an artist, or for employment in other closely related areas such as public and community art, education, curation and cultural journalism. Many graduates take their transferable skills into businesses that require creativity and independence, working in the wider creative sector.

For others, a Fine Art MA is the first step on an academic career. The course is excellent preparation for an MPhil or PhD that can lead to employment in higher education.

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We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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