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Fine Art MFA

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 2 years September 2018
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2018
Part time 4 years September 2018

Choose Kingston's Fine Art MFA

This is a studio-based, research-centred programme for those who wish to explore the subtle and complex relationships between the production and display of contemporary art within the context of professional excellence. It will challenge you to develop your personal vision and create clear, meaningful and appropriate work to consolidate and strengthen your position as an artist.

Key features

  • This course offers a unique opportunity for artists to develop a major body of practical work that engages with the context of a critical understanding of contemporary fine art practice.
  • You will produce self-initiated work from the outset. Individual tutorials, seminar presentations and practical workshops will support your studies.
  • The course will enable you to capitalise on the School's existing and well-established networks. We also encourage you to develop your own networks and support structures.

What will you study?

The Fine Art MFA incorporates a taught programme that primarily demands a considerable degree of investigation and experimentation. You will focus on practical and theoretical issues surrounding the development of fine art practice in relation to specific contexts, and will be required to interrogate the positioning of your practice through curatorial intervention and collaboration, providing preparation for professional practice and/or further research. You will also be encouraged to create interdisciplinary alliances and will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, both individually and collaboratively.

Assessment

Seminar presentation, portfolio/documentation, exhibition, seminars, workshops and interdisciplinary group work, module reviews, peer reviews, professional practice, and independent events.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month internship as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the internship is with the student; we cannot guarantee the internship, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the internship is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

During the internship year, you will pay the fee of £1,070 for 2017/18. This amount will only be charged to your account after you find an internship and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure an internship.

Find out more about the postgraduate internship.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

  • This module is a core requirement for all postgraduate students in the School of Fine Art. It enables the student to develop their individual fine art practice, through a combination of group seminars, critiques and informal presentations. Students gain through experience a mature, discursive approach that develops a critical and theoretical framework to contextualise their practice. This module guides students through the key principles, perspectives and practices that inform the contemporary art arena. The module culminates in the presentation of a body of work with an emphasis on production and process and the ability of the student to position their work within the wider contemporary art field.

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  • This module provides a forum for debate between students and staff. Students have the opportunity to develop and apply critical frameworks to their practice whilst engaging in debate around a range of theoretical, cultural and social issues building confidence in speaking about their practice within a group situation. Students are also encouraged to consider a variety of approaches to communicating, presenting and publishing their own work and research. Ideas are developed through seminar discussions, tutorials amid a programme of lectures and seminar events. Off-site visits to galleries, other cultural spaces as well as study tours are integral to this module.

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  • Students are expected to build upon previous module outcomes and ongoing individual research to complete a major project for public exhibition. This is the capstone project. The capstone project helps the students to synthesise, reflect on and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their course. The student should devise and manage the project alongside the peer group, with the support of a practising artist and tutor. The student should research many aspects of exhibition making and production at a professional level.

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  • This is the defining module for the MFA students drawing on their previous knowledge and experience at postgraduate level. The module will consist of students working on, and developing, a self-initiated and independent research capstone project for public exhibition and/or publication. Students will reflect on their prior learning and apply this together with the knowledge and skills acquired through contact and dialogue with guest speakers and the examination and interrogation of current models of practice-based research. Students will set a demanding and challenging project or body of practical work. They will be expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and a command of the negotiation skills required as well as sharing risk and challenging themselves individually.

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    • This module develops the student's individual fine art practice through the use of digital media. Students build and redefine their work through digital media, which may result in an online work, a film work or a publication in direct relation to existing work in the fine art field. Students are expected to focus on developing their specific interests in relation to the digital. The module is based on a programme of individual learning agreements assessed by a seminar presentation and presentation of work with supporting material.

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    • This module develops the student's individual fine art practice through collaborative process, exhibition, publication and/or performance. Students complete substantial creative work through collaboration within a defined group and learn how to articulate complex relationships between concept, technology, form and audience. They are also encouraged to consider their project in relation to conventional / experimental work in similar areas. Students will develop skills that will enable them to situate their work within an international and historical framework.

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    • This module develops students' individual fine art practice through experience of the contemporary fine art context in another European city. A compulsory study tour to a major European city allows students to develop a deeper understanding of working relationships with professional organisations and practitioners within Europe. Students will expand their own expertise under the tutorship of an expert within the field of fine art and experience at first hand a European context that will inform their output and understanding of issues relating to European art practice.

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    • Based on a study of artists' texts, art criticism, art history and philosophical writings on art, this module comprises a critical examination of the legacy and possibilities of modernist and avant-garde criticism in contemporary art theory. As well as introducing students to some of the major texts and ideas in these traditions of art theory and art criticism, the modules aims to enable students to reflect critically on works of contemporary art in the light of their study.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of terms dates for this course can be found here

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