Fine Art: Contemporary Practice MA

Work by Liam Jolly
Falmouth Campus
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Applications to MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice are currently suspended while we review our postgraduate provision in this area. We will update these pages as the details are finalised. To register your interest in the subject area of fine art, please contact our Admissions Team (above).

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Falmouth University's MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice provides postgraduate education in contemporary art for practitioners and graduates who wish to challenge, extend or transform their art practice through a focused combination of practical and theoretical enquiry.

The course enables you to produce and exhibit a body of work commensurate with professional practice and to articulate its relevance and meaning within broader social and theoretical contexts.

We place emphasis on your own practice and the concerns and modes of making that your work seeks to engage with. This is accomplished through a focused combination of practical and theoretical enquiry, research, contextualisation and public dissemination.

This course foregrounds the making of art as a process of enquiry or research practice. This enquiry may encompass diverse modes of production (for example, image, object, network, site, surface, spatial, performative, conceptual, temporal, audible) as well as curating, arts administration, aesthetic theory and academic research.

The making of work also entails consideration of what it seeks to engage with. In this respect it deals with dissemination; the experience of art; through exhibition, performance, placement, encounter or social engagement.

Building professional experience

The course aims to produce graduates who will make a significant contribution within the expanding field of contemporary art, both within the region and beyond. You'll be encouraged and supported as an artist to engage with a broader public context.

Professional practice is integral to the course, while also having a specific module that gives it a particular focus. In addition to practising as professional artists, alumni from the course have been involved in setting up galleries, curating exhibitions and establishing artist-led projects and residencies. Others have continued their research on to PhD.

How the course is taught

Teaching is provided through lectures, seminars, crits, one-to-one tutorials and workshops by full- and part-time staff. All staff teaching on the course are active researchers, artists and writers who exhibit, perform or publish nationally and internationally. Students are introduced to contemporary practices and debates relating to broader cultural and philosophical concerns, and more importantly, through specific student contributions, provide a forum for the development, exchange and discussion of ideas. Written and verbal feedback is given following assessment.

Course outline

The course is 45 weeks full-time, over a year, divided into three study blocks and is operated through the University's postgraduate modular framework.

Emphasis is placed on individual practice and self-directed research, however the first five weeks have an intensive taught programme, partly shared with the other Art MAs, with inductions, lectures, seminars and tutorials taking place most days.

After this the structure is based around individual tutorials, lectures, seminars and crits, taking place around two days per week plus external events, gallery visits and the regular MA guest lecture series. The final 15 weeks are essentially self-directed, with tutorial support, culminating in the final MA Show.


  • Studio space for full-time students
  • Workshop, print, audio-visual, library and IT facilities on the Falmouth Campus
  • Photography, media, design and music studios on the Penryn Campus


Assessment by module based on practical work, research journal, documentation and written work.


Potential careers include:

  • Artist
  • Art administrator
  • Community artist
  • Curator
  • Teacher
  • Higher research degrees