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Fine Art MA

Develop your artistic practice, contextual awareness and theoretical understanding of contemporary art within a stimulating and supportive studio environment. We will introduce you to emerging trends in contemporary practice and enable you to find your voice in a fast-evolving visual culture.

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Overview

The Fine Art MA is designed to prepare you for continuous artistic, professional and academic development. We will support you to develop research methods and personal goals tailored to your creative practice and professional ambitions. You’ll be introduced to emerging trends in contemporary practice including presentation, installation, curatorial and representational issues, and learn how to develop research methods to inform your creative decisions.

You will be encouraged to ask questions and take a personal and critical position in the globalised creative world, equipped with the skills to produce and exhibit your work, to embrace change in the fast-evolving creative industries and challenge artistic conventions.

Teaching takes place in our creative studio environment with support from a highly skilled team of technicians, and you will have access to a range of workshops to experiment and innovate with materials and processes. Our exhibiting artists and research-active academics have interdisciplinary expertise in drawing, painting, sculpture, analogue and digital photography, digital media, printmaking, public art, installation and relational practice. You will build important professional practice skills throughout the course with opportunities to curate and exhibit your work. Develop a dialogue around your work by participating in discussion groups and seminars and be part of a dynamic cohort of Fine Art students, from BA to PhD.

Key features

  • Through bold experimentation we will encourage you to forge your own path in the globalised creative world.
  • Benefit from collaborative learning in studio groups alongside personalised teaching experiences.
  • Our team of exhibiting artists and research-active academics will ensure that your teaching is informed by current research and the latest technologies.
  • Our partnerships with the city’s creative and cultural centres, including Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, Curve, Embrace Arts and Leicester Print Workshop offer opportunities to promote your work and provide access to professionals in the creative industries.
  • Our award-winning  Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of  our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.
  • You will be supported by a highly skilled team of technicians 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.

 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship
Up to 20 per cent of tuition fees offered to DMU alumni who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship page.

Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • EU/International

Programme code: W10071

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

Start date:  September 2022

Fees and funding 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £8,560 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.

Programme code: W10071

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

Start date: September 2022

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for EU and international students: £15,100

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.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 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 and an artist statement (please see our Fine Art MA application portfolio advice for full details). 

 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (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.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

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.

 

Partnerships and collaborations

DMU enjoys partnerships and collaborations with the city’s creative and cultural centres, including Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, 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

Art and design facilities

Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish. 

The creative industries require imaginative graduates who can develop new ideas and products. Students use our sophisticated and contemporary workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry, while the open and transparent spaces in the building encourage collaboration between disciplines. In doing so, the building prepares students for industry and helps develop them as future leaders in their respective fields. 

Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Works

We want to help you develop skills that are based on real-world experience. Our dedicated careers and employability team, DMU Works, are on hand to support you with finding placements, volunteering opportunities, CV writing skills, research opportunities and much more.

 

DMU students are encouraged to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit and the Enterprise Team can help you explore your business idea, business growth, the option of freelancing or being self-employed. There are lots of events, workshops, one-to-one consultation opportunities and enterprise competitions that you can get involved in to progress in your chosen career path. 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer overseas opportunities in the future.

 

Previously, students have explored historical and contemporary Danish design first-hand in Copenhagen and examined the city’s art, artists and museums in Berlin to gain a broader design perspective. DMU Global trips have also taken students further afield to India and New York.

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Graduate careers

The course will prepare you with the professional skills, flexibility and independence needed to adapt to the changing pressures and opportunities in the fine arts. Many of our graduates pursue careers as practicing artists, or in other closely related areas of the fine arts such as curation, public and community art, education and cultural journalism. Others have used the transferable skills gained on the Fine Art MA in a diverse range of industries in the wider creative sector.

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