Take your practice deeper and further than before on our engaging Fine Art Masters program.
This practice-based Masters programme will enable you to critically reflect on, challenge, and refine your work in the context of recent developments within the field of contemporary Fine Art. You will be encouraged to investigate and reconsider assumptions underlying your own practice.
The course is multi-disciplinary; it promotes critical debate and dialogue between artists working across different media and platforms. You will be expected to explore and rigorously define your objectives both as an individual artist and within collaborative projects with other creative practitioners and arts institutions.
You will be encouraged to respond to contemporary discourse surrounding the production and distribution of art works, and engage with debate about the evolving role of the artist within society and the increasingly hybridised ways in which artists work.
A vibrant studio culture is a distinctive aspect of our MA provision. The aim is to provide a stimulating forum for students and staff to exchange ideas, share ongoing reflection, and challenge assumptions about what forms their work should take and how it should be experienced.
You will receive tutorials, group critiques, seminars, visiting lecturers, workshops, visits and tours, and work on live briefs and collaborative projects with external partners.
The course will enhance your position as an independent artist with a range of professional practice skills, while developing practice-based research methodologies will also prepare you for further postgraduate study.
HCA has excellent links with local, regional, and national visual arts organisations, including New Art West Midlands, Meadow Arts and the Sidney Nolan Trust.
- 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.
- Small group numbers provide highly personalised levels of supervision and support.
- Vibrant post-graduate studios and access to a wide range of workshops and facilities.
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.
- 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 from EU/EEA countries
- Typical applicants would be Crafts or Applied Arts graduates. However, graduates from other disciplines within art, design and media will be considered.
- Professional artists, designers or craftspeople who wish to reposition their practice may also qualify.
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“Joining the MA Fine Art course, has given me the space to clarify my thinking about the way I work, and also given me a space to begin to open my practice out to other people – which is something I’ve never really done before.Read Maddie's insights3