Fine Art MA (CID378)




University of Sunderland

Fine Art MA

Course overview 

This part-time Masters offers the same opportunities as full-time MA Fine Art. It is spread over two years, with contact time in the evening so that you can combine it with paid work and other commitments.

The course is built around your personal interests and aspirations. We’ll encourage you to develop your personal practice through research, critiques, analysis and questioning. Given the strong practical element we invite applicants to share their portfolios and aspirations with us at interview stage.

At Masters level, the specialisms of tutors are an important factor. Sunderland’s research expertise includes painting, printmaking, studio-based drawing and collage, sculpture, collaborative practice, art in architecture, video and digital art.


Why us?

  • This course is built around your personal interests and aspirations - it allows you to push the boundaries of creativity, within a framework of academic rigour and contextual research
  • You will be allocated an individual studio space and have access to university gallery spaces
  • We tackle key issues that face Fine Art professionals, from fundraising to self-presentation, to help you to boost your professional skills 

Modular structure

All modules are taught during the evenings, typically 5pm-9pm. There are around eight hours of contact time a week. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, critiques, workshops and practical demonstrations. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support.

We organise field trips and visits to galleries and art events throughout the UK. Destinations include cities such as London, Edinburgh and Liverpool. There are also opportunities to visit international venues in places such as New York, Barcelona and Berlin.

Fine Art 1 (60 credits)

You will develop your own projects and approach, with support and critiques from Sunderland’s tutors. During this initial stage you will be working alongside students on MA Glass and MA Ceramics, in order to foster creativity and encourage the sharing of ideas. You will also undertake Critical Studies and directed learning in order to refine your theoretical understanding and skills.

Fine Art 2 (60 credits)

You will continue to develop your personal practice through analysis, questioning and research. You will undertake projects which interlock with your interests and aspirations, and which are negotiated with your tutors. In addition, we address broad-based issues that face Fine Art professionals, from fundraising to self-presentation.

   Fine Art 3 (60 credits) 

The focus of the final stage is a public exhibition, which involves intense work as you find a form for your ideas and work with other students on the exhibition’s logistical details. The preparation and presentation of work is a demanding and enriching experience that is potentially life-changing. You will support your practical work with a written report that records and reflects upon the progress of your work and ideas.

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