This course is built around your personal interests and aspirations. We’ll encourage you to develop your personal practice through studio-led 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 staff research includes painting, printmaking, studio-based drawing and collage, sculpture, collaborative practice, art in architecture, video and digital art.
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 fulfillment. If you choose to study the course full-time, you will complete six modules over one year. Taught sessions are normally on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.
Part-time students have around four hours of contact time a week. By studying this course part-time, you will complete six modules over two years. Taught sessions are normally on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings depending on selected modules.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods, which include tutorials, lectures, seminars, reviews, workshops and practical demonstrations. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. Tutors give regular feedback and support.
We organise visits to galleries and art events. Recent visits includes Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a trip to Berlin. Assessment methods include reports, essays, your portfolio of work and the final exhibition.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the media and cultural industries, for example as a practitioner, curator or educator. Opportunities could include arts development, public arts projects, community art organisations, social and art therapy support units, galleries and festivals.
ecent Sunderland graduates have set up their own creative businesses, undertaken commissions and exhibited their work regionally and nationally. During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability.
In the past this has included exhibition work in a range of public contexts such as galleries, schools and hospitals. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.