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Fine Art MFA: Teaching, learning and assessment

How this course is taught

Kingston's Fine Art MFA incorporates:

  • a taught programme – delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops to upgrade theoretical and technical skills; and
  • a considerable degree of investigation and experimentation.

Modules in your first year encourage you to create interdisciplinary alliances and work in a variety of environments, both individually and collaboratively.

The second year prioritises individual research (conducted under supervision), building on and consolidating the learning and experimentation of the first year. Self-initiated projects are designed to:

  • challenge and explore current fine art principles; and
  • extend the concept of exhibition and its surrounding dialogue.

The main teaching days for full-time students are Monday and Wednesday; and Wednesday for part-time students.

Assessment methods

The modes of assessment are designed to relate to:

  • the learning outcomes detailed below; and
  • the aims and learning outcomes of each module.

Overall, we aim to:

  • support student learning;
  • recognise the differences in how students learn; and
  • give students the opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of abilities developed through the course.

The ability to determine and follow a path of independent and/or collaborative study, which runs concurrently to and engages with the taught aspects of the module, forms a significant aspect of the assessment criteria for the course.

  • Seminar presentation – to assess critical research and oral and visual presentation skills;
  • Portfolio/documentation – to assess project research and proposals, visual and written communication, and documentation skills;
  • Exhibition – to assess a major research and creative project within the context of a public space;
  • Seminars, workshops and interdisciplinary group work – an opportunity for dialogue in a small teaching group that can include student or staff-led presentations followed by discussion. You take part in seminars both with your peer group, and across courses and disciplines. This encourages teamwork, communication, presentation and analytical skills, plus opportunities to extend individual and collaborative research;
  • Module reviews module reviews are timetabled to occur at the mid-point of each module to evaluate and debate work. Students present work to each other and to two members of the teaching team;
  • Peer reviews opportunities to discuss responses to another student's work, considering context, concerns, material quality, process, and historical and contemporary references. These reviews develop skills in communication and presentation, and give an opportunity to identify strengths and needs of yourself and others; present ideas and work to audiences in a studio and public environment; and formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgement of peers;
  • Exhibitions and events – a large number of public exhibitions and events enable you to present and test your work in the public domain. This exposes your practice not only to relevant staff and students for critical debate, but also to members of the public;
  • Professional practice students prepare publications, text and/or documentation that demonstrate their ability to integrate theoretical principles into professional practice, including employment, residencies and exhibition proposals. The portfolio can combine reflective writing and documentation from taught modules. You can tailor itto suit your individual concerns, practices and employment opportunities; and
  • Independent events we encourage you to organise exhibitions, screenings, performances and educational events in and outside the University. A distinctive feature of the field is the rich and varied opportunities available for live projects, competitions, study visits and exchanges.

The final examination for the MFA is in the form of an exhibition.

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