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Master of Fine Art (MFA) 2 Years Full-Time | September Start

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Would you like to develop your art practice in a vibrant research culture, supported by dedicated studio space and outstanding exhibition facilities?

Developed in conjunction with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the BxNU (MFA) Master of Fine Art course is centred upon praxis – promoting active learning through practise-based artistic research, scholarship and critical reflection.

You will be given the unique opportunity to design and develop your own investigations, determining themes, questions and strategies and moving between experimentation and reflective analysis to production, presentation and publication.

Taught by a wide range of distinguished and internationally respected practitioners, you will undertake field trips and workplace visits, in addition to the option of a study abroad through the Erasmus Exchange programme.

This course offers the perfect opportunity for you to develop your professional skills and prepare for a broad range of jobs.

Click here for further information on submitting your application portfolio.

We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.

 

BxNU

 

Would you like to develop your art practice in a vibrant research culture, supported by dedicated studio space and outstanding exhibition facilities?

Developed in conjunction with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the BxNU (MFA) Master of Fine Art course is centred upon praxis – promoting active learning through practise-based artistic research, scholarship and critical reflection.

You will be given the unique opportunity to design and develop your own investigations, determining themes, questions and strategies and moving between experimentation and reflective analysis to production, presentation and publication.

Taught by a wide range of distinguished and internationally respected practitioners, you will undertake field trips and workplace visits, in addition to the option of a study abroad through the Erasmus Exchange programme.

This course offers the perfect opportunity for you to develop your professional skills and prepare for a broad range of jobs.

Click here for further information on submitting your application portfolio.

We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.

 

BxNU

 

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 2018

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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.

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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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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will develop a sustained body of experimental artworks through ongoing self-directed studio practice, underpinned by appropriate research, and culminating in two public exhibitions.

Year 2

Year two You will continue to explore an individuated research pathway, through intensive testing and critical reflection of concepts, materials, mediums, creating public exhibitions and professional portfolio.

Who would this Course suit?

Are you an ambitious artist who would like the opportunity to participate in a unique postgraduate degree course? This course could be for you. 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

Standard Entry

Applicants should possess an honours degree in fine art or its equivalent. Exceptionally, candidates with other qualifications coupled with appropriate experience may be considered for entry.

Examples of work should be uploaded as an online portfolio when submitting your online application form.</p</p</p</p

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
    • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist

Entry Requirements 2018/19

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</

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

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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.

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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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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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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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FAX: 00 44 191 261 1264

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