Fine Art MA (Online)
Tap into Falmouth's renowned Fine Art expertise from anywhere in the world. You'll learn to build a sustainable practice as an artist, while navigating the context of global economic, political, social and ecological change.
|Course Duration||2 years|
Start dates: January / May / September
(Three intakes per year)
For almost 120 years, Fine Art at Falmouth has challenged students to develop a practice that engages with the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow.
You'll have the opportunity to collaborate and build networks on a global scale, all while enjoying the flexibility of online study. Through peer-led learning, mentoring and guest lectures with a range of expert professionals, you'll create exhibitions, events and a curated body of work.
- Benefit from a vigorous programme of online guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses led by professionals from across the globe.
- Have the opportunity to collaborate with and develop an international network of art practitioners and peers.
- Apply critical reflection to define and articulate creative intent and purpose; analysing your practice in relation to specific themes to develop a reflective, adaptive and resilient practice.
- Build an understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts that situate your practice in relation to the art world's complex global networks and positionalities.
- Consider the social, environmental and ecological impact of your own practice and how it responds or poses solutions to global challenges.
What our students do
Studying Fine Art online means you'll be part of the prestigious Falmouth School of Art community. Check out the stories below to discover more about our amazing students, graduates and staff.
Fine Art graduates awarded €100,000 prize from Chanel
Falmouth graduates compete for a share of £27,000 at prestigious Drawing Award
Cowabunga! Illustration graduate scoops collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Illustration student to Lloyds Banking Group Design Lead: Meet Ross Breadmore
Forest & Clay: Small business flourishes in the hands of Falmouth graduates
Building a sustainable Fine Art career: in conversation with Ian Monroe
Meet Ai-Da: The world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist visits Cornwall
Fine Art students win big at the Student Medal Project
Introducing Wunderkammer: A new online illustration magazine
Lecturer launches new artist book at New York Art Book Fair
Coming soon: The Illustration Forum
Graduate lands Google doodle
Fine Art students launch community project
Grayson Perry: access all areas
Grad shortlisted for Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2020
Graduate illustrating the Telegraph
Fine Art in Outdoor Exhibition
Illustration Students in the Running for Penguin Student Design Awards
Art Graduates Curate Digital Exhibition
Falmouth University Students Takeover Source FM
What our graduates do
As a graduate, you could become:
- Practicing artists
- Curators and art exhibition or festival organisers
- Arts teachers, lecturers and technicians
- Art critics, journalists and publishers
- Social entrepreneurs or campaigners
- Research/PhD students
Meet your course leader, Ian Monroe
After coming of age as an artist in the midst of the 2008 financial crash, Ian Monroe discovered the secrets to becoming a resilient practitioner. Here, Ian recalls some of the moments that helped shape his career, outlines some key areas of his course and reveals some tips for building a career in art.
What you'll learn
Throughout this online master's degree, you'll be challenged to experiment while developing and situating your practice within relevant fields of critical art practice. Foregrounding the importance of sustainability, ethical practice and business know-how, you'll become a resilient and entrepreneurial practitioner, able to navigate global economic, political, social and ecological change.
MA Fine Art Online is comprised of five modules, four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). The modules have been specifically designed to be studied in a non-linear order. You'll begin the course with Module 1 and end the course with your Final Major Project (MA only). The order in which you'll study modules 2-4 will depend on when you begin the course.
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details for the MA.
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details for the PGDip.
The first module gives you an understanding of the contemporary global art context and lays the foundations for the following course modules.
Module 1 will challenge you to expand your thinking and focus on your own making. We do not expect that you have extensive previous knowledge of art theory or art history, but that you are curious and ready to engage in dialogue and constructive debate as we explore ideas and art practice.
The module has two assessments, the first is a portfolio of completed artwork presented as a video. The second is a project proposal that outlines your intended research, processes, materials, collaborations, and the general direction for your artworks. This document helps to prepare you for the remaining modules, but also mirrors the kind of document that professional artists are asked to submit for grants, prizes, and exhibitions, so you are developing valuable professional skills.
By the end of the module, you will have deepened your understanding of your art practice, learned to present ideas and artworks in both multimedia and document form, and gained the knowledge to begin locating your practice within theoretical and practical contexts.
The course builds each week, and you will apply the ideas we discuss to your own practice to develop your artwork and critical understanding. Often starting with a weekly question, we will address topics such as 'How do artworks create meaning?' and 'What is research within art practice?' or 'What is a sustainable art practice?'. These form a starting point to examine your own artwork and that of your peers, and we will also be joined by guest lectures on some weeks who further develop these ideas.
This module asks you open your practice to the many kinds of creative partnerships that can create a sustained and successful career.
No artist works in a vacuum, and all successful artists have developed tools to work with other people in a variety of capacities. We will ask you to identify collaborative partners and execute a project that is relevant to your wider interests as an artist.
This may take the form of working with other artists or creatives but can also include technicians or experts from other fields from whom you gain knowledge or expertise. The module is structured to help you build the skills to navigate complex and often fluid projects. You will learn communication and planning skills and gain insight into a huge variety and methods of collaborative practices.
You will have two assessment points on the module. The first is a work in progress portfolio that captures the development of the project, and the second is a reflective report that addresses the project outcomes.
By the end of the module you will have expanded the creative limits of your artwork and gained confidence working with others and managing projects. Additionally, you will have learned how sources outside your own practice can enhance and expand your work and thinking. These are all valuable skills for artists who continually collaborate to help fabricate, show, or distribute their artwork.
The sustainable strategies module addresses the larger impact of your work both environmentally but also economically, and considers how you can sustain an art practice for the long term. The module will give you the tools to understand how the 'big ideas' you have can become reality, and how you can be sensitive to their impact.
By exploring a variety of creative strategies involved in the production, resolution, and dissemination of your contemporary art practice, you'll be able to reflect upon the ways in which you can maintain your practice's sustainability.
The module has two assessment points, one is a portfolio of artwork and second is a documentary film that outlines your approach and plans for sustaining your practice.
Critically, you will consider your art practice in relation to personal, economic and environmental sustainability, and devise strategies and workflows that are conscious of environmental impact, your own wellbeing, and the long-term career development of your practice. On completing the module, you will be able to demonstrate a growing self-sufficiency in your professional practice.
Operating like a cultural critic or theorist, this module provides the opportunity for you to research historical and contemporary contexts. For example, this could be the debates, complex global networks and positions that surround your art practice.
The subjects of this module will be in relation to your own art practice but not directly about it.
By the end of this module you will have fully-located how research operates within your practice. You will have gained much further insight into a specific subject area that surrounds your practice. You will also have gained an understanding of how this initial research could be extended into further study beyond the MA.
This module is assessed in one submission as either a written essay or a multi-media presentation.
Drawing upon the knowledge and experiences gained from the previous four modules you will produce a revised project proposal leading to an ambitious, critical and professional project delivered to a public audience.
This project can take the approach of practice through research or research-informed practice. The final major project will focus your interest and should reflect your awareness of the contexts, collaborative possibilities, and sustainable goals of your practice. You will work continuously on your art practice over the course of two study blocks to realise this project.
You will be assessed at two points on this module. The first is the project proposal that addresses what you will do during your final major project. The second component is a portfolio and report outlining how the project worked and documenting the final outcomes.
You will demonstrate increasing autonomy in respect of your research skills and will build on your networks to support the development of your work. As the consideration of audiences and contexts are key concerns throughout the course, you are strongly encouraged to publish your final major project within the public domain. If appropriate, collaboration, and partnerships with individuals, groups, or institutions can also be a part of the final major project.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
You'll learn through a blend of lectures, webinars, guest talks, tasks and discussion forums, which you'll access via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you'll find all key documentation, get course announcements and access extensive learning resources.
You'll be supported academically by Online Tutors, who will also deliver weekly webinars and facilitate the online forums. If you need assistance with anything that isn't directly related to course material, a dedicated Student Advisor team will be on hand to help. You'll also have access to Falmouth University's excellent employability service, RealWORKs.
You'll refine dynamic art practices, spending 20-25 hours a week working on your craft. We incorporate optional face-to-face events for all our online students. There will be up to two per year and will typically run over weekends, to fit around your other commitments.
A postgraduate student should dedicate at least 20-25 hours per week for study.
Assessment provides the course team with a means of offering tailored guidance alongside advice on how to progress knowledge and skills in key areas that relate to the course Learning Outcomes. The course team will identify your strengths and weaknesses as an individual and discuss them with you throughout your time on the course.
Assessments are 100% coursework, submitted in an electronic format to the virtual learning environment, and designed to reflect professional practice. Assessment methods include:
- Completed projects submitted as portfolios
- Written and verbal presentations
- Illustrated proposals
- Essays and reports
The course is taught by a range of practicing artists with strong global networks. Coming from diverse backgrounds and practices, they're well placed to guide your own unique development. You'll also enhance your understanding of global contemporary practice through a programme of international guest speakers, including artists, curators, critical thinkers, producers and gallerists.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Ian Monroe was born in New York and currently lives and works in London. He received his BFA from...
Dr Inês Bento-Coelho
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Josie Cockram is an artist, lecturer and producer. She works with moving image, sound, photographic...
- Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
- Study alongside students from around the world
- Accessible online audio / visual content
- Optional face-to-face events*
- Invitation to attend alumni events
- 24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
- Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
- Students' Union community
- A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
- Access to our Careers and employability service RealWORKS
*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events. You can view the latest information here.
How to apply
Get in touch
If you'd like to talk to an Advisor about this course, or your application, request a call back using the form below. We'll get back to you to answer any questions and support your application journey.
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
This course has three intakes per year: January, May and September.
We are currently taking applications for September 2021. The application deadline for this intake is 31 August.
|Academic start date*||Application deadline|
|20 September 2021||31 August 2021|
|24 January 2022||10 January 2022|
|30 May 2022||9 May 2022|
*Virtual Welcome Week begins the week before the academic start date. During this time, our Student Advisor team will host Welcome Webinars and be in touch with practical information on how to study online.
An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by the Early Bird discount submission deadline:
|Early Bird discount submission deadline*||Academic start date|
|4 April 2022||30 May 2022|
|25 July 2022||19 September 2022|
*If you receive an offer and within two weeks you accept the place and pay the acceptance fee, you will then qualify for a further £300 off your MA tuition fees (£150 off PGDip fees). Both these payments would be applied to your final fee instalment.
To discuss all our discount opportunities, contact an advisor.
What we're looking for
We're looking for critically engaged practitioners who are looking to refine their practice and build global cooperative networks.
Fees, costs & funding
£11,300 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - 2 years part time - MA/MSc course
£7,600 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - PGDip course
£11,795 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - 2 years part time - MA/MSc course
£7,865 total fee (incl. acceptance fee) - PGDip course
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Early Bird discount
An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by the relevant deadline.
For information on fees, get in touch using our online form.
Find out more about our Graduate Loyalty Discount for Falmouth alumni, which offers a reduction in course tuition fees.
Typical course costs
As part of studying MA Fine Art you will require:
You will need a laptop of computer with a webcam, for virtual learning. You'll also need a good internet connection and data allowance capable of supporting video meetings and streaming.
We would recommend you have a digital camera capable of making still and moving image to document your work (this could be a good phone camera).
Resources and materials
You will also need to sustain your practice through managing your own resources. Depending on your own artistic style, you may wish to have a dedicated space in your home, access to a studio, materials, tools or necessary hardware and software to produce digital work.
Adobe Creative Cloud
You may be eligible for discounted licenses through Adobe's education pricing, however there is currently no discount for Adobe Creative Cloud available from Falmouth University. If any discounts do become available, we will communicate this to you.
For more information please visit Adobe Creative Cloud.
Optional face-to-face events
You will be expected to cover your own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to attend these events.
You can submit our simple online form and a Course Advisor will get in touch with you. They'll be able to answer questions about how you'll study, what to expect from the course and the next step to take on your application journey.Get in touch
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