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
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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.
Structure and assessment
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.
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.
Facilities and features
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.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
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.
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.
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.
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.