MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Location
Falmouth Campus
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk

The MFA at Falmouth is a project-based, interdisciplinary Masters course which is designed for creative practitioners from all backgrounds; theatre makers, photographers, visual artists, performance and creative writers, designers, musicians and sound artists, film-makers, digital artists and games designers.

The creative synergy of this group is an important aspect of this course. 
You will begin by interrogating your own practice in two ways. First, in partnership with supervisors and through a series of practical exercises, you will deepen your understanding of where your practice lies and of what it consists. Second, you will be able to enrich and widen your practice through engagement with the multi-disciplinary cohort of fellow students and through contact with other artists, including practitioners/tutors based at Falmouth.

Both these approaches entail a mixture of practice and critical discourse. Out of this grows a proposal for a substantial project that may be independent or collaborative, perhaps located within a professional context, and which will constitute a significant calling card post-MFA.

Unashamedly contemporary in its approach, Falmouth's MFA is rigorous and demanding, but its rewards are exponential. 
From within the course, other possibilities will emerge. These include studying abroad (eg an Erasmus Intensive at the University of Madrid), showing work-in-progress in public venues in the region and beyond, and collaborating with international arts organisations.

MFA students are part of the Graduate School at Falmouth and benefit from regular contact with researchers and PhD students.

The MFA is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification with particular status in North America (US and Canada) and in China where it is regarded as a terminal degree. It is widely understood to hone an individual's talent, motivation and interest while establishing an awareness of market for their creativity and experience.

Course outline

The MFA differs from other taught Masters courses at Falmouth in that it has a lower number of teaching hours and a much greater emphasis on practice-based inquiry and critical discourse between student and supervisor. The MFA does retain some aspects of academic study in core areas such as research methods and theoretical studies/contextual critical practice. Over time, the practice-based inquiry informs the academic study and vice versa.

There are two entry points:

  • June: 15 months full-time or 30 months part-time
    Aimed at those who would prefer a distance learning programme, and who have an established practice and facilities, the course consists of a three-week intensive residential at the Penryn Campus. This period will adopt a critical reflective process with a view to focusing students' attention on their proposal and on their final project. Supervision will subsequently take place via Skype, email and telephone.
  • October: 15 months full-time or 30 months part-time
    Aimed at those able to engage with lectures and seminars on site at the Penryn Campus over this period. Students can expect to attend one evening per week during a typical term time.

We are currently looking at the possibility of adding a PGCHE teaching diploma to your MFA in the final phase of study, through integrating your practice with teaching methodologies.

Facilities

MFA students are generally expected to have an established practice with their own studio or workspace off campus, but access to Falmouth's extensive workshop facilities and equipment at Falmouth can be negotiated, including:

  • The Media Centre and Photography Centres, which include hi-spec still and digital video equipment
  • The Design Centre with CAD machines, laser cutting and printing equipment
  • The Performance Centre with designated spaces, practice rooms and recording equipment

Students will have full access to our IT facilities and comprehensive library resources.

Interview and selection process

Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio, study proposal and a written application, and will be expected to attend an interview. International applicants may submit these documents online, and we may conduct a Skype interview if travel to Falmouth is not possible.