Course Overview

This is a practice-based programme that enables artists to reflect critically upon, challenge, and refine their work in the context of recent developments within the field of contemporary Fine Art practice. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the course promotes critical debate and dialogue between artists working within and across different disciplines, media and platforms.

Students are expected to explore rigorously and subsequently define their objectives as artists, both as individuals and within the context of collaborative projects with other creative practitioners and arts institutions.

The programme of study encourages students to respond to contemporary discourse surrounding the production and distribution of art works, engaging with questions relating to the evolving role of the artist within society and the increasingly hybridised ways in which artists work. The aim is to provide a stimulating forum for staff and students to exchange ideas, share ongoing reflection, and challenge assumptions about what forms the work should take and how it should be experienced. The development of practice-based research methodologies will prepare students for further postgraduate study, and a range of professional practice skills will help inform their individual position as independent artists.


• The synthesis of critical theory and practice is central to the philosophy of the course.
• Students are encouraged to challenge and reconsider habitual ways of working or underlying assumptions within their practice.
• Course delivery takes the form of tutorials, group critiques, seminars, visiting lecturers, workshops, visits and tours, live briefs, and collaborative projects with external partners.
• Small group numbers to provide highly personalised levels of supervision and support.
• MA studios and access to a wide range of workshops and facilities.


After graduating, students will be well equipped to operate successfully as professional practitioners in their chosen specialist field, or may consider continuing in education via teaching or Phd study.

Entry Requirements

• Applicants should have an advanced understanding of their particular discipline and be able to demonstrate their ability to sustain research at MA level
• Applicants should be (or about to become) graduates. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered
• Applicants should submit a short proposal of up to five hundred words, detailing a proposed programme of study, supported by an electronic portfolio of current practice, which will form the basis of discussion within the interview
• Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve IELTS level 7.0 (reading & writing) or equivalent prior to enrolment. Please note we only accept international applications for EU/EEA countries only
• Typical applicants would be Fine Art graduates. However, graduates from other disciplines within art, design and media will be considered
• Professional artists who wish to reposition their practice may also qualify.

What you will study:

Proposal (Postgraduate Certificate).

Postgraduate Certificate is the diagnostic stage of the programme.

The initial purpose or suggested area of inquiry is developed through contextualising research and experimental visual assignments. You will broaden and deepen your knowledge in your first-degree area of study, or gain relevant knowledge in an associated area of study.

You will amass new study skills in research methodology, and use critical and creative practice to achieve Postgraduate Certificate objectives.

Applied Research and Development (Postgraduate Diploma).

Postgraduate Diploma is the Development Stage of the programme. You’ll be expected to develop advanced skills of enquiry in your specialist discipline, or obtain new interdisciplinary skills in the furtherance of a generalist approach alongside developing a range of entrepreneurial, business and professional skills underpinning your specialist field of practice.

At the end of the Postgraduate Diploma, which is essentially consolidatory, you will have positioned your individual study area for the evaluative process for the MA.

Consolidation and Outcome (MA).

MA is the advancement of individual practice.

A proposal from the Postgraduate Diploma is progressed and substantiated by critical analysis and contextualising evaluation. You’ll be expected to utilise advanced knowledge and skills by demonstrating understanding of the conduct of a complex enquiry in both theory and practice, using sophisticated critical judgement and visual discrimination to achieve MA objectives.

At the end of the MA, which is essentially conclusive, you will, by thorough evaluation, have positioned their individual study area in a relevant commercial context or towards a higher research opportunity.