Fine Art MA

Develop, sustain and disseminate your professional practice.

Key details
Location
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
1 year
Attendance
Full-time
Subject to validation during this academic year
Yes

Course overview

This course is new for entry year 2024.

Refine your artistic practice through experimentation, innovation and applied research at the renowned Falmouth School of Art. Learn to evaluate your own process and those of others, explore essential techniques and use modern technologies in an open space of experimentation, and position your work in a real-world context. 

You’ll graduate from this Fine Art MA with the ability to effectively communicate your creative body of work, continually inform your practice through ongoing research and inquiry, and maintain a sustainable approach to your artistic production and dissemination. Underpinning the theory will be the opportunity to develop active management skills and the expertise to not only identify, but foster, collaborative opportunities within the art world. 

Why study at Falmouth?

  • Experiment and develop your creative practice within Falmouth’s renowned School of Art, which has more than 120 years of creative heritage
  • Work in a vibrant studio environment, immersed in a creative campus community
  • Graduate into a network of Falmouth alumni including Tacita Dean, Hew Locke, Tim Shaw, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
  • Sharpen your critical voice in a supportive community of practitioners
  • Be supported by established artists and lecturers to create a successful and sustainable artistic practice
  • Develop the confidence to effectively communicate and disseminate your work in a real-world context

Course details

Explore and refine your practice on this Fine Art MA by investigating and experimenting to realise your creative intentions.  

Tapping into 120 years of creativity and learning from practicing lecturers, you’ll develop your critical voice, test and challenge your practice and form a sustainable approach to the production and dissemination of your work.

You'll be challenged to embrace the social, cultural, economic, technological and political context for contemporary art, through practice-led enquiry, where emphasis can be placed on several different creative processes such as painting, print, sculpture, installation and time-based digital methods. You’ll be encouraged during this time to cross disciplinary boundaries and collaborate with peers, staff and external partners, utilising the extensive art and design facilities available at Falmouth. 

Modules

In this module you’ll examine the themes and approaches underpinning contemporary art practice.

You’ll develop research questions to use as tools to reflect on your own practice and the ethical decisions you’re making as an artist. Through discussions of these questions with peers and academic staff you’ll explore and shape your practice. 

(30 credits) 

In this module you’ll be introduced to a breadth of theoretical and contextual frameworks that will enable you to critically position your art practice in our contemporary world.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of your subject knowledge through critical reflection and will develop your artistic voice by considering theoretical, political and social propositions, and their capacity to be articulated through contemporary art practice. 

(30 credits) 

In this module you’ll take the proposal formed in Considering Contextual Fields and work either individually or collaboratively with an external partner to realise and exhibit a body of artwork. 

You’ll develop time management skills and learn to balance studio practice with engagement of external partners and stakeholders, strengthening your ability to operate effectively as a collaborative player in the art world. 

(30 credits) 

During this module you’ll grapple with the question: how can you sustain your practice as a contemporary artist in the long-term? 

You’ll answer this by exploring ideas, methods and processes that can form a foundation for ongoing practice. You’ll deepen your awareness of theory, production tools and wider cultural issues to enable you to place your practice in contemporary culture. 

(30 credits) 

The culmination of your studies, you’ll produce a public facing exhibition and thesis to complete your master’s degree. 

You’ll draw upon all you have learnt and been challenged to produce a body of work that reflects your processes, contemporary contexts and looks forward to a sustained practice. 

(60 credits) 

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.

Deborah Bunce Fine Art work
Deborah Bunce Fine Art work

Student work by: Deborah Bunce

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Elinor Hain Fine Art work

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Modules 

This Fine Art MA is comprised of five modules, 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. 

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Art studio, Falmouth Campus

How you'll learn & be assessed

The Fine Art MA takes place over three semesters studied over a one-year full-time period.  Combining taught and independent study, you’ll engage in lectures, seminars, tutorials, collaborative practice and peer reviews.  

You’ll be encouraged to explore process and context through practice-led enquiry, making use of our art and design facilities, to develop bodies of work ready for exhibit. This may be through different creative processes including but not limited to: painting, print, sculpture, installation and time-based digital methods. This will be done alongside reflective work, refining your critical voice and delivering a written thesis on your work.  

During your studies, you may also wish to pursue opportunities to exhibit at local venues, such as: The Poly in Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery, CAST in Helston, Grays Warf gallery in Penryn, Back Lane West, Fish Factory in Penryn, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives and Kestle Barton. 

  • 100% coursework assessed. There are no formal exams on this course.  

Assessment methods

  • Exhibitions 
  • Portfolios of work 
  • Written assessments 
  • Thesis and major projects 
  • Presentations 

Formative assessment takes place once, halfway through each module. Summative assessment takes place at the end of each module. 

Students receive 1-1, face-to-face verbal feedback and a written feedback report for each module.

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Facilities

  • Dedicated workshops for 3D and bronze casting foundry, wood working, printmaking, paint preparation, laser cutting and rapid prototyping
  • Access to studio facilities
  • Digital imaging facilities
  • Textile and fashion workshops
  • Video and photography facilities
  • Performance and sound facilities
  • Library facilities featuring over 140,000 books and 17,000 video titles and over 400 journal titles
  • Archives or radio, slides, pictures, maps and archive collections

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Find out more

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

Careers

Graduates from our Fine Art MA could work as:

  • Independent artist
  • Teaching 
  • Research assistant  
  • Curator 
  • Gallery owner 
  • Small start-up business  
  • Consultancy business  
  • Artist-led organisations  
  • Museology  
  • Publishing  
  • Technician 
  • Art movers 
  • Art restorers 
  • Arts administration 

You could also choose to continue your academic journey as a PhD student or researcher. 

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How to apply

Have a question?

To find out more about this course, how you'll learn and what funding is available, get in touch with our friendly Course Advisors using our online form:

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Ready to apply for postgraduate study? You can apply online by clicking the button below. 

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We welcome applications from those with relevant equivalent Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in the subject.

We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is an application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

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.

International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

£11,200 per year - full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees)

£21,000 per year - full-time EU/international (£500-£2,500 acceptance fee payable depending upon your status. This is deducted from tuition fees)

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. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • To access learning materials and complete your coursework, a laptop will be an essential piece of equipment. 

Recurring annual costs 

  • £400-£500 - annual cost for equipment and materials for your practice. May vary depending on your practice.

Optional study trips 

  • £800 - for optional international and national study visit. This could include trips to: Tate St Ives, London based galleries, Spike Island in Bristol, Arnolfini in Bristol, Venice Biennial. 

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter. 

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From course details and academic support, to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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Do you have questions about the course or studying at Falmouth? Fill in our simple online form and we'll get in touch to support your application journey.

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