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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
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered, as well as those without a degree or a degree in an unrelated subject. 

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 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered, as well as those without a degree or a degree in an unrelated subject. 

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 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,700

Full EU Fee: £25,400

Full International Fee: £25,400



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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.

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £15,900

Full EU Fee: £26,400

Full International Fee: £26,400

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)

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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

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.

More information

VA7039 -

Public Encounters (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.

More information

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

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.

More information

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.

More information

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

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.

More information

VA7039 -

Public Encounters (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.

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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