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Would you like to explore the world-making capacities of creative research?

Today, artists are innovators not simply as individual producers but also as institution-builders, project managers, technical inventors, curators, educators, community workers and equality activists.

This MFA in Fine Art, offered in partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University, Newcastle focuses upon fine art as an exploratory form of research activity driving the creation of new forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness. It looks toward the future of cultural work as diverse, networked and socially transformative.

The programme offers expert guidance on the development of your art practice in a research-rich environment with an internationally renowned faculty of artists, curators and writers. There is a focus on critical reflection and materials-led practice, learning both singly and through experiences of co-production and group performance and supported by access to leading resources through collective studios, public-facing project spaces and outstanding technical facilities. Students participate in a dynamic research exchange with BALTIC curatorial and educational staff, behind-the-scenes talks with visiting artists and in exhibition presentations providing invaluable experience of open forms of cultural exchange characteristic of the city and region.

Full information about the programme can also be seen on the BALTIC website. 

Click here for further information on submitting your application portfolio.

Would you like to explore the world-making capacities of creative research?

Today, artists are innovators not simply as individual producers but also as institution-builders, project managers, technical inventors, curators, educators, community workers and equality activists.

This MFA in Fine Art, offered in partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University, Newcastle focuses upon fine art as an exploratory form of research activity driving the creation of new forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness. It looks toward the future of cultural work as diverse, networked and socially transformative.

The programme offers expert guidance on the development of your art practice in a research-rich environment with an internationally renowned faculty of artists, curators and writers. There is a focus on critical reflection and materials-led practice, learning both singly and through experiences of co-production and group performance and supported by access to leading resources through collective studios, public-facing project spaces and outstanding technical facilities. Students participate in a dynamic research exchange with BALTIC curatorial and educational staff, behind-the-scenes talks with visiting artists and in exhibition presentations providing invaluable experience of open forms of cultural exchange characteristic of the city and region.

Full information about the programme can also be seen on the BALTIC website. 

Click here for further information on submitting your application portfolio.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Arts

Location
Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Discover more / Student profiles

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A multi-discipline approach to fine art is encouraged when studying this course and all forms of artistic practice are welcomed.

You will be encouraged to develop the full potential of your own individual skills through experimentation and critical reflection, with support throughout your development. Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, technical workshops, seminars, group critiques and individual tutorials.

A programme of studio critiques, seminars and exhibition visits will also enable you to develop the discursive and critical skills necessary to articulate issues relating to your practice.

Assessment is undertaken by a combination of studio/exhibition presentations, written submissions and oral presentations, which will be filmed by the BALTIC archive crew to allow you to assess your own performance whilst developing a personal archive of your work.

Field trips and an optional study abroad will also allow you to further enhance your skills and knowledge.

BxNU MFA Graduation Show / Milkilling

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Directed by the BALTIC Professor, teaching is delivered by a network of internationally active artists, academics and curators who provide world-class teaching and mentorship in fine art practice and research.

You will be taught by BxNU partners, which includes the Master of Fine Art team and wider Northumbria University staff, the BALTIC Professor and curators from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Throughout the duration of your course you will also benefit from subject-specific input from specialists from other University departments and external contributors.

When studying, you will be given the unique opportunity to discuss your work and receive feedback from a wide range of visiting artists, critics and BALTIC’s educational and exhibition teams, all of which boast extensive knowledge and experience within the contemporary art field.

Teaching Staff / Master of Fine Art

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Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to a wide range of leading facilities.

In addition to the unique provision for research and practice provided by PSN (Paper Studio Northumbria) and CSN (Colour Studio Northumbria), you will also have access to fully-equipped sculpture workshops (wood, metal, casting, ceramics), print workshops (screenprint, etching, lithography, cyanotype, drypoint, photo-etching, photo-intaglio, monoprint), analogue photography darkrooms (B&W and colour fine print & processor), photography studios, a Mac suite with 24 stations for digital imaging and video, digital output facilities with high resolution printers, conservation workshops and central media stores with online booking for still/moving image, sound and lighting equipment.

The use of technology is embedded throughout, utilising resources such as electronic reading lists and virtual seminars to connect you to national and international networks.

You will also benefit from our direct proximity to BALTIC’s stunning 300 square metre top floor galleries which are also the site for the MFA graduating shows.

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The Master of Fine Art course is centred around research-rich learning, with teaching delivered by internationally active artists, academics and curators. You will be mentored by this team, allowing you to develop an understanding of the wider professional context of exhibition and interpretation.

You will have access to the research environment at BALTIC 39, providing you with the opportunity to participate in the weekly postgraduate conversation, Talk Studio. The momentum and content of these sessions are tailored to the experimental open nature of the studio environment and driven by your own investigative processes.

Your own research is also important and you will be encouraged and supported to set up initiatives that actively contribute to the research environment of BALTIC 39. Currently this includes student-led initiatives such as reading groups, a performance group, a photographic research group and student-led ‘test-bed’ crit sessions.

Research / CSN / PSN

The MFA at Northumbria is served by well-established research facilities spread between BALTIC 39 in the centre of the City and the main City Campus of Northumbria University 10 minutes walk away. Across these sites we endeavour to create a research environment that is inclusive of cross-disciplinary enquiry, yet, also facilitates the demands of focused specialised study: PSN (Paper Studio Northumbria) and CSN (Colour Studio Northumbria) are both examples of internationally focused initiatives led and mentored by specialist staff in these fields through regular discussions with students and symposia organised by Gallery North. Excellent technical and library facilities also serve to underpin students' needs.

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Our graduates are highly valued with employers thanks to the reputation of Northumbria University and our unique partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts.

On graduation you will be able to think and act independently, applying your disciplinary knowledge to complex issues in an imaginative, sustainable and reasoned manner whilst marry method, form and ideas. You will also possess an awareness of industry standards for presentation and communication.

Throughout your studies you will be encouraged to initiate opportunities to work with artists and arts organisations, in addition to bespoke opportunities initiated by staff teams. These opportunities include exhibitions, performance events, symposia and workshops which to date have included work in the UK, as well as Poland, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Stockholm.

Undertaking field trips and visits will also contribute to your employment prospects, with a study abroad further developing your experience, expertise and career prospects.

Projects / There Were Islands

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The Master of Fine Art course will prepare you for a range of careers thanks to the diverse range of skills that you will acquire throughout your studies.

You may wish to pursue a broad range of jobs within the cultural sector, curating, professional research, teaching or doctoral studies.

The provision for enterprise or self-employment is delivered through professional exhibiting opportunities including grant and CV writing, developing your own web presence and testing writing with external stakeholders. You will also learn how to manage your time, resources and budgets.

Despite being a new programme, the Master of Fine Art course already boasts successful alumni, including Gethin Wyn Jones, currently a research fellow at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and artist Joanna Hutton who was selected for EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, less than a year after graduating.

Profiles / MFA Students

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in fine art, or equivalent. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.

Applicants are required to submit an online portfolio with their application.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in fine art, or equivalent. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.

Applicants are required to submit an online portfolio with their application.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,340

Full EU Fee: £14,340

Full International Fee: £24,600

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and discounts

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Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,700

Full EU Fee: £25,400

Full International Fee: £25,400

ADDITIONAL COSTS

MATERIALS This is a studio-based programme and we expect students to require additional art materials to support their project work. The department will be able to provide some generic art materials such as paper, printing inks, clay and plaster, but there will be instances where specialist materials are needed based on individual requirements. In those instances, students will have to bear the additional costs. We anticipate the cost to be approximately £100 on average. PRINTING Students are likely to be producing printed work and as such, will incur additional printing costs. Again this very much depends on an individual basis based on the type of project chosen by the student but we approximate the additional printing cost to be £50.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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VA7022 -

Studio Practice 1 (Core,30 Credits)

Studio Practice 1 is delivered in conjunction with the module Locating Practice in the first semester of the two-year MFA course. The module provides a supportive and professionally engaged context within which to establish a challenging studio practice within the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39. The initiation of a self-directed studio project enables you to re-evaluate the representational and critical resources underpinning your studio practice and the multiple teaching strategies employed by the module develop the discursive skills necessary for you to evaluate and articulate your studio practice to staff, curators, publics and your peers. Through one-to-one tutorials you are supported in the critical and visual exploration of your individual field of interest, learning how to develop ideas through a combination of visual/material experimentation and dialogic exchange; as its name suggests, the module Locating Practice, then helps you to contexualise these ideas within a wider sphere of practice. A core programme of bi-weekly seminars runs throughout the programme and develops a dynamic, participatory approach to discourse surrounding contemporary and historical models of studio practice, exploring how new knowledge is brought about by making/doing through practice-based research. Within this programme tropes of ‘the studio’ are critiqued and ideas such as the body as a studio site, of nomadic practice or cross-disciplinary practice are considered alongside the studio as a site of material production or where artists are mythologised.

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VA7023 -

Studio Practice 2 (Core,30 Credits)

Studio Practice 2 is a semester-long, 30 credit, module, run in conjunction with Exhibiting Practice, which takes place in the second semester of the first year of the MFA. The module continues and enhances the learning secured in Studio Practice 1 and Locating Practice in Semester 1, enabling you to extend and reflect upon on the self-directed studio experimentation already undertaken. Your studio practice is thus refined through formal, conceptual and thematic speculation, culminating in the creation of a resolved body of, publicly exhibited, artwork at the end of Semester 2.

In parallel with the Exhibiting Practice module, which introduces you to a variety of ideological/methodological and logistical approaches to curation/exhibition, you are offered the opportunity to test different methods of production, reflecting in turn on the relationship configured by/through your work with different audiences and on models of post studio activity with which you might wish to engage.

You will be involved in:
• Addressing material and technical decisions
• Testing individual research strategies
• Reflecting on your ‘audience’ and how others may ‘read’ your work
• Considering questions of authorship, originality, social function etc.
• Engaging with critical theories of art-making, visual and material culture
• Establishing which contemporary artistic and cultural discourses are of importance to your evolving practice
• Identifying artists of relevance to your interests
• Managing process based approaches to making and thinking
• Learning about/testing professional approaches to production and exhibiting

More information

VA7024 -

Locating Practice (Core,30 Credits)

Locating Practice is a semester-long, 30-credit, introductory module that takes place in the first semester of the first year of the MFA. As an introduction to the theoretical potential of the course, the module enables you to explore, question, and reframe your awareness and understanding of the key issues pertinent to advanced levels of study in fine art through practice. The task concerns both your professional and academic development. As a result, the module offers a range of learning experiences through seminar debate, personal reading/writing research, and group critical viewing (first-hand and via documentation) that, once combined, put in place the principal research methodologies necessary to practice as an independent artist or pursue doctoral investigations within the context of a university-based art school.

In conjunction with Studio Practice 1 (the complimentary module in which you test different methods of production and reflect on their critical reception), Locating Practice offers opportunities for conceptual and discursive speculation that culminates in a spoken and written articulation of the current issues that represent your individual intersection of creative practice and critical theory.

More information

VA7025 -

Exhibiting Practice (Core,30 Credits)

Exhibiting Practice is delivered in conjunction with the module Studio Practice 2 in the second semester of the two-year MFA course. Successful contemporary art practice is ultimately realised through public output. This is realised through exhibitions in galleries and museums, site-specific contexts, publication, interventions in the public sphere and virtual forms of engagement with a diverse range of publics. Through a programme of bi-weekly seminars, this module will highlight current issues and debates determining the exhibition, reception and interpretation of contemporary art and foster your awareness and understanding of the dominant models of curatorial activity. By drawing upon the resources of the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art located at BALTIC 39, Gallery North and other external exhibition spaces, you will have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the professional context in which contemporary art is produced, exhibited and interpreted. You will be encouraged to identify and apply the practical, theoretical and professional skills necessary to pursue an independent and sustained practice as a creative professional. The development of an exhibition proposal for public output will be the focus for assessment of the module.

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VA7036 -

Practising Research (Core,60 Credits)

Practising Research is delivered in the first semester of the two-year MFA programme. This introductory module requires you to develop a self-directed artistic project understood as a form of creative research. Here you will be introduced to ideas of fine art practice as an open-ended research activity involving focused exploration of a specific area of practice (connecting making and thinking). You will be challenged to identify key areas of enquiry to better understand and develop the driving ambitions of your practice and contextualise these within broader fields of artistic and theoretical enquiry.

Practising Research will help you re-evaluate the approaches and concepts underpinning your practice and develop the discursive skills necessary for you to articulate these to staff, peers, curators, and publics. You will also be supported in developing creative responses which advance the terms of your project, acquiring technical and material skills as appropriate. You will learn the importance of situating your work within wider fields of activity to understand the value of its contribution to art and society. Such contexts for your practice could include but are not limited to: the work of other artists, designers, writers and performers; academic fields of enquiry; social enterprises and specific communities; and spaces of exhibition, display and/or public engagement. The module will fully support you in being ambitious and inventive in rethinking your practice across disciplinary and social contexts.

Practicing Research provides a space for new experimentation and reflection on your own practice, both individually, and as a co-producer within the extended community of dialogues generate by the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.

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VA7037 -

Co-Production (Core,60 Credits)

This module explores fine art practice as a form of co-production: of making and thinking with or alongside others. The traditional view of Fine Art production as individualistic has been variously problematised by ecological, social, performance and materialist perspectives which show it instead as a production with/alongside others: including human and non-human bodies and objects. How might collaborators, participants, audience members, materials, technology, urban sites and the natural environment complicate, resist, even reshape the artist’s intention? The module also asks: What are the negotiations that artists need undertake with others? What are the ethical responsibilities of artistic production?



The module introduces discourses around co-production timely to the contemporary artworld and guides you toward an interim exhibition. Through working with your peers to realise a group exhibition, you will evaluate and reflect upon how your artworks and materials-led enquiries engage others: collaborators, peers, institutions, and audiences. The option-based framework of the academic and technical teaching will inform and assist you in testing out ideas through material experimentation and individually focused discussion. The BALTIC Research Exchange will provide on-going opportunity for developing understandings of multidisciplinary research methodologies through dialogic exchange.



The module also includes an introduction to career planning, starting the process of developing enterprise skills to enable you to ethically and sustainably launch and build a career as a self-supporting practitioner. You will acquire some of the enterprise skills that will help you position and promote yourself to others in a professional environment, and you will be supported to develop a draft career plan that underpins and focuses the exploration of your practice.

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EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

VA7026 -

Public Output 1: Project Initiation (Core,60 Credits)

Public Output 1: Project Initiation is delivered in the first semester of the second year of the two-year MFA course. The module facilitates the initiation of a self-directed project through the development of an experimental and critically reflective research practice. Formal and conceptual experimentation and its critical evaluation are at the centre of this module, encouraging you to speculate on the potential form and context for the public presentation of your art. You will also be responsible for the initiation and documentation of an appropriate offsite ‘context’ where your work will be realised and evidenced through digital documentation. The nature of your research practice and the range of strategies you have undertaken during the module, including evidence of the offsite component, will be demonstrated through the submission of a research portfolio. Navigation of the various components of your portfolio should be structured in relation to the 2000 word narrative set out in the written summary contextualizing your development. Through one-to-one tutorials with academic staff and individual mentoring by BALTIC curators, you will be supported in identifying and utilizing your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing. A core programme of bi-weekly seminars and monthly studio critiques run throughout the module and develops a dynamic, participatory approach to discourse surrounding contemporary and historical models of studio practice. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner by establishing experimental and critical research practices.

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VA7027 -

Public Output 2: Project Resolution (Core,60 Credits)

Public Output 2 – Project Resolution is your final MFA module and evidences the culmination of two years practice-based research. It facilitates the development and resolution of a sophisticated studio practice, reflecting your creativity and criticality in both its practical and intellectual aspects. The module builds directly on the experimentation you develop in Public Output 1, allowing you to consolidate your principal theoretical concerns and artistic processes by creating a challenging public exhibition. Support for this endeavor will come from being individually mentored by a BALTIC curator as well as by your academic supervisors. Throughout the module you will intensify and focus your understanding of studio culture by questioning and reflecting upon the inherent processes that underlie your practice. You will be supported in identifying and utilizing your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing. Ultimately, from this source of ongoing personal investigation, you will be encouraged to articulate your practice in an appropriate manner in order to create an exhibition publication in collaboration with your peers. To assist you in this progression to establishing an independent, professional ‘voice’ there are opportunities to have discourse with high profile artists, writers and curators as visitors to BALTIC39 plus access to a broad range of practicing artists via the weekly visiting lecture series. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner, with an appropriate knowledge base to pursue an independent and sustainable exhibition practice.

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VA7038 -

Art Worlds (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will be challenged and supported to expand your understanding of the different “worlds” and settings in which your practice operates. There are many different “art worlds”: local/national/global, public sector/private, community-based, educational, virtual, self-organised/independent. Developing your practice involves carefully situating your practice in relation to such worlds and/or devising novel scenes through self-organised practices of “world-making”: building connections and creating anew the terms of a sustainable art practice.

The module provides an opportunity to evolve your practice in relation to its social, professional and cultural contexts. Presentation strategies will be arrived at through the production of artwork(s), the identification and exploration of different contexts, audiences and modes of dissemination. You will be supported in developing ways of working that understand production and reception as interconnected; where processes of doing, making, experimentation, presentation, dialogue and exchange continuously inform each other.

You will evidence your development of a situated practice through a ‘folio’ of works. The form of this folio will be determined by you in relation to questions of dissemination and reception investigated over the semester. Your folio will also act as a platform to describe your ideas and practice outwardly to other external parties, as such it will assist in establishing professional networks relevant to your future career. This module continues your engagement with the Baltic Research Exchange, further developing enterprise skills that will enable you to build a career as a self-supporting practitioner.

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VA7039 -

Public Encounter (Core,60 Credits)

Public Encounter facilitates the development of skills and competencies necessary for the realisation of a sophisticated art practice, including the successful execution of challenging forms of artistic expression and presentation, and critical reflection upon them. The module will consolidate the diversity of experimentation that you have developed across the course, allowing you to integrate your principal theoretical concerns and artistic processes by creating a challenging public-facing project. Throughout the module you will intensify and focus your understanding of what motivates your practice by questioning and reflecting upon the processes and concerns that animate it. You will be able to confidently identify and utilize your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing integrated into your exhibition submission. To assist you in this progression to establishing an independent, professional ‘voice’ there are opportunities to have discourse with high profile artists, writers and curators as visitors to the programme plus access to a broad range of researchers via the weekly lecture series and regular themed BxNU symposiums. Ultimately, from this source of ongoing personal and collective investigation, you will be empowered to articulate your practice in an appropriate manner and to present it within an exhibition, symposium and publication in collaboration with your peers. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner in whatever area of practice you choose to specialise in, with an appropriate knowledge base to pursue an independent and sustainable creative practice.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

VA7022 -

Studio Practice 1 (Core,30 Credits)

Studio Practice 1 is delivered in conjunction with the module Locating Practice in the first semester of the two-year MFA course. The module provides a supportive and professionally engaged context within which to establish a challenging studio practice within the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39. The initiation of a self-directed studio project enables you to re-evaluate the representational and critical resources underpinning your studio practice and the multiple teaching strategies employed by the module develop the discursive skills necessary for you to evaluate and articulate your studio practice to staff, curators, publics and your peers. Through one-to-one tutorials you are supported in the critical and visual exploration of your individual field of interest, learning how to develop ideas through a combination of visual/material experimentation and dialogic exchange; as its name suggests, the module Locating Practice, then helps you to contexualise these ideas within a wider sphere of practice. A core programme of bi-weekly seminars runs throughout the programme and develops a dynamic, participatory approach to discourse surrounding contemporary and historical models of studio practice, exploring how new knowledge is brought about by making/doing through practice-based research. Within this programme tropes of ‘the studio’ are critiqued and ideas such as the body as a studio site, of nomadic practice or cross-disciplinary practice are considered alongside the studio as a site of material production or where artists are mythologised.

More information

VA7023 -

Studio Practice 2 (Core,30 Credits)

Studio Practice 2 is a semester-long, 30 credit, module, run in conjunction with Exhibiting Practice, which takes place in the second semester of the first year of the MFA. The module continues and enhances the learning secured in Studio Practice 1 and Locating Practice in Semester 1, enabling you to extend and reflect upon on the self-directed studio experimentation already undertaken. Your studio practice is thus refined through formal, conceptual and thematic speculation, culminating in the creation of a resolved body of, publicly exhibited, artwork at the end of Semester 2.

In parallel with the Exhibiting Practice module, which introduces you to a variety of ideological/methodological and logistical approaches to curation/exhibition, you are offered the opportunity to test different methods of production, reflecting in turn on the relationship configured by/through your work with different audiences and on models of post studio activity with which you might wish to engage.

You will be involved in:
• Addressing material and technical decisions
• Testing individual research strategies
• Reflecting on your ‘audience’ and how others may ‘read’ your work
• Considering questions of authorship, originality, social function etc.
• Engaging with critical theories of art-making, visual and material culture
• Establishing which contemporary artistic and cultural discourses are of importance to your evolving practice
• Identifying artists of relevance to your interests
• Managing process based approaches to making and thinking
• Learning about/testing professional approaches to production and exhibiting

More information

VA7024 -

Locating Practice (Core,30 Credits)

Locating Practice is a semester-long, 30-credit, introductory module that takes place in the first semester of the first year of the MFA. As an introduction to the theoretical potential of the course, the module enables you to explore, question, and reframe your awareness and understanding of the key issues pertinent to advanced levels of study in fine art through practice. The task concerns both your professional and academic development. As a result, the module offers a range of learning experiences through seminar debate, personal reading/writing research, and group critical viewing (first-hand and via documentation) that, once combined, put in place the principal research methodologies necessary to practice as an independent artist or pursue doctoral investigations within the context of a university-based art school.

In conjunction with Studio Practice 1 (the complimentary module in which you test different methods of production and reflect on their critical reception), Locating Practice offers opportunities for conceptual and discursive speculation that culminates in a spoken and written articulation of the current issues that represent your individual intersection of creative practice and critical theory.

More information

VA7025 -

Exhibiting Practice (Core,30 Credits)

Exhibiting Practice is delivered in conjunction with the module Studio Practice 2 in the second semester of the two-year MFA course. Successful contemporary art practice is ultimately realised through public output. This is realised through exhibitions in galleries and museums, site-specific contexts, publication, interventions in the public sphere and virtual forms of engagement with a diverse range of publics. Through a programme of bi-weekly seminars, this module will highlight current issues and debates determining the exhibition, reception and interpretation of contemporary art and foster your awareness and understanding of the dominant models of curatorial activity. By drawing upon the resources of the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art located at BALTIC 39, Gallery North and other external exhibition spaces, you will have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the professional context in which contemporary art is produced, exhibited and interpreted. You will be encouraged to identify and apply the practical, theoretical and professional skills necessary to pursue an independent and sustained practice as a creative professional. The development of an exhibition proposal for public output will be the focus for assessment of the module.

More information

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Practising Research (Core,60 Credits)

Practising Research is delivered in the first semester of the two-year MFA programme. This introductory module requires you to develop a self-directed artistic project understood as a form of creative research. Here you will be introduced to ideas of fine art practice as an open-ended research activity involving focused exploration of a specific area of practice (connecting making and thinking). You will be challenged to identify key areas of enquiry to better understand and develop the driving ambitions of your practice and contextualise these within broader fields of artistic and theoretical enquiry.

Practising Research will help you re-evaluate the approaches and concepts underpinning your practice and develop the discursive skills necessary for you to articulate these to staff, peers, curators, and publics. You will also be supported in developing creative responses which advance the terms of your project, acquiring technical and material skills as appropriate. You will learn the importance of situating your work within wider fields of activity to understand the value of its contribution to art and society. Such contexts for your practice could include but are not limited to: the work of other artists, designers, writers and performers; academic fields of enquiry; social enterprises and specific communities; and spaces of exhibition, display and/or public engagement. The module will fully support you in being ambitious and inventive in rethinking your practice across disciplinary and social contexts.

Practicing Research provides a space for new experimentation and reflection on your own practice, both individually, and as a co-producer within the extended community of dialogues generate by the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Co-Production (Core,60 Credits)

This module explores fine art practice as a form of co-production: of making and thinking with or alongside others. The traditional view of Fine Art production as individualistic has been variously problematised by ecological, social, performance and materialist perspectives which show it instead as a production with/alongside others: including human and non-human bodies and objects. How might collaborators, participants, audience members, materials, technology, urban sites and the natural environment complicate, resist, even reshape the artist’s intention? The module also asks: What are the negotiations that artists need undertake with others? What are the ethical responsibilities of artistic production?



The module introduces discourses around co-production timely to the contemporary artworld and guides you toward an interim exhibition. Through working with your peers to realise a group exhibition, you will evaluate and reflect upon how your artworks and materials-led enquiries engage others: collaborators, peers, institutions, and audiences. The option-based framework of the academic and technical teaching will inform and assist you in testing out ideas through material experimentation and individually focused discussion. The BALTIC Research Exchange will provide on-going opportunity for developing understandings of multidisciplinary research methodologies through dialogic exchange.



The module also includes an introduction to career planning, starting the process of developing enterprise skills to enable you to ethically and sustainably launch and build a career as a self-supporting practitioner. You will acquire some of the enterprise skills that will help you position and promote yourself to others in a professional environment, and you will be supported to develop a draft career plan that underpins and focuses the exploration of your practice.

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Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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Public Output 1: Project Initiation (Core,60 Credits)

Public Output 1: Project Initiation is delivered in the first semester of the second year of the two-year MFA course. The module facilitates the initiation of a self-directed project through the development of an experimental and critically reflective research practice. Formal and conceptual experimentation and its critical evaluation are at the centre of this module, encouraging you to speculate on the potential form and context for the public presentation of your art. You will also be responsible for the initiation and documentation of an appropriate offsite ‘context’ where your work will be realised and evidenced through digital documentation. The nature of your research practice and the range of strategies you have undertaken during the module, including evidence of the offsite component, will be demonstrated through the submission of a research portfolio. Navigation of the various components of your portfolio should be structured in relation to the 2000 word narrative set out in the written summary contextualizing your development. Through one-to-one tutorials with academic staff and individual mentoring by BALTIC curators, you will be supported in identifying and utilizing your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing. A core programme of bi-weekly seminars and monthly studio critiques run throughout the module and develops a dynamic, participatory approach to discourse surrounding contemporary and historical models of studio practice. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner by establishing experimental and critical research practices.

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Public Output 2: Project Resolution (Core,60 Credits)

Public Output 2 – Project Resolution is your final MFA module and evidences the culmination of two years practice-based research. It facilitates the development and resolution of a sophisticated studio practice, reflecting your creativity and criticality in both its practical and intellectual aspects. The module builds directly on the experimentation you develop in Public Output 1, allowing you to consolidate your principal theoretical concerns and artistic processes by creating a challenging public exhibition. Support for this endeavor will come from being individually mentored by a BALTIC curator as well as by your academic supervisors. Throughout the module you will intensify and focus your understanding of studio culture by questioning and reflecting upon the inherent processes that underlie your practice. You will be supported in identifying and utilizing your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing. Ultimately, from this source of ongoing personal investigation, you will be encouraged to articulate your practice in an appropriate manner in order to create an exhibition publication in collaboration with your peers. To assist you in this progression to establishing an independent, professional ‘voice’ there are opportunities to have discourse with high profile artists, writers and curators as visitors to BALTIC39 plus access to a broad range of practicing artists via the weekly visiting lecture series. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner, with an appropriate knowledge base to pursue an independent and sustainable exhibition practice.

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Art Worlds (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will be challenged and supported to expand your understanding of the different “worlds” and settings in which your practice operates. There are many different “art worlds”: local/national/global, public sector/private, community-based, educational, virtual, self-organised/independent. Developing your practice involves carefully situating your practice in relation to such worlds and/or devising novel scenes through self-organised practices of “world-making”: building connections and creating anew the terms of a sustainable art practice.

The module provides an opportunity to evolve your practice in relation to its social, professional and cultural contexts. Presentation strategies will be arrived at through the production of artwork(s), the identification and exploration of different contexts, audiences and modes of dissemination. You will be supported in developing ways of working that understand production and reception as interconnected; where processes of doing, making, experimentation, presentation, dialogue and exchange continuously inform each other.

You will evidence your development of a situated practice through a ‘folio’ of works. The form of this folio will be determined by you in relation to questions of dissemination and reception investigated over the semester. Your folio will also act as a platform to describe your ideas and practice outwardly to other external parties, as such it will assist in establishing professional networks relevant to your future career. This module continues your engagement with the Baltic Research Exchange, further developing enterprise skills that will enable you to build a career as a self-supporting practitioner.

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Public Encounter (Core,60 Credits)

Public Encounter facilitates the development of skills and competencies necessary for the realisation of a sophisticated art practice, including the successful execution of challenging forms of artistic expression and presentation, and critical reflection upon them. The module will consolidate the diversity of experimentation that you have developed across the course, allowing you to integrate your principal theoretical concerns and artistic processes by creating a challenging public-facing project. Throughout the module you will intensify and focus your understanding of what motivates your practice by questioning and reflecting upon the processes and concerns that animate it. You will be able to confidently identify and utilize your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing integrated into your exhibition submission. To assist you in this progression to establishing an independent, professional ‘voice’ there are opportunities to have discourse with high profile artists, writers and curators as visitors to the programme plus access to a broad range of researchers via the weekly lecture series and regular themed BxNU symposiums. Ultimately, from this source of ongoing personal and collective investigation, you will be empowered to articulate your practice in an appropriate manner and to present it within an exhibition, symposium and publication in collaboration with your peers. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner in whatever area of practice you choose to specialise in, with an appropriate knowledge base to pursue an independent and sustainable creative practice.

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