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MA in Fine Art

Status: Applications open for 2023




1 Year Full-Time


Art & Design

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Postgraduate Taught courses


Clare Street

Our new practice-based MA in Fine Art is ground-breaking within its field; it positions learning in relation to a broad range of infrastructures, supports and external centres of connectivity that will in turn scaffold students’ professional practice on completion. This MA in Fine Art will enable postgraduate students drawn from the fields of fine art, cultural production, and creative thinking to establish links and a commonality between their art-based research and complementary research carried out within the cultural infrastructures of art, film, theatre and design, and within broader research in fields of science, technology, and social sciences.

This exciting Masters in Fine Art programme encourages and promotes the discovery of the individual artistic language of every student and where to site their professional artistic practice.  The focus is on the core concerns of art practice in the real world, residencies, exhibitions, funding, partnerships, and application processes.

The MA aims to nurture the development of future artists, cultural producers, and creative thinkers.  It will give students the tools to identify networks, opportunities and to enable them to confidently, research, write, collaborate, manage major projects, and disseminate research and creative work. 

What are the entry requirements?

Any primary degree with a minimum award of Second-Class Honours Grade 2. Recognition of prior experiential learning (RPL) from applicants will also be considered for places based on relevant professional and life experience.

You will be required to attend an interview in person, or online together with members of the program team and prepare a short statement of intent that outlines your reasons for embarking on this course of study.

International Applicants

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Circuits of Dissemination

    Credits: 10

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    The way you present work and the means to go about it.

    Title: Context: Critical & Contextual

    Credits: 10

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    Critical examination of your practice through different conceptual and philosophical frames.

    Title: Creative Practices of Knowledge

    Credits: 10

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    The research methodologies that enable you to undertake postgraduate artistic research.

    Title: Ecologies of Practice

    Credits: 10

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    The networks and structures that enable your practice to exist.

    Title: Major Project: Navigating Practice

    Credits: 50

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    The planning, negotiating, researching, realising, and reflecting on a body of work. This happens through 3 consecutive stages: Negotiation, Residency and Realisation.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Yes, upon successful completion of the Masters in Fine Art programme graduates will be able to go on to pursue further study at PhD level.

What are the career prospects?

This is a practical MA in Fine Art aimed at preparing you for your professional life post-graduation. It will enable you to continue to make artwork, to exhibit, to develop a practice network and importantly to sustain an art making practice that relates to your personal goals.

Art practice post-graduation can appear daunting. This MA is designed to make it less so and to empower you to develop the infrastructures you need. You will be able to navigate the precarity to find sustainability finding/creating networks, collaboration and mechanisms of dissemination specific to your work.

The MA IN Fine Art equips you with the following tools/skills;

  • Studio based research methods
  • Development of artistic language
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Independent Learning
  • Siting practice within creative industries
  • Siting practice in local/national/international economy & society
  • Studio/Post Studio Practice
  • Critical thinking
  • Dissemination
  • Realisation and Presentation of Artworks
  • Peer Learning
  • Collaboration with peers
  • Deal with precariat

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What’s so special about the MA in Fine Art programme?

This MA in Fine Art aims to prepare and empower students for their chosen professional path. In order to do this, the programme has a number of distinct features:

  • This is an Art practice focused programme
  • There is a Residency core to the programme
  • The MA in Fine Art emphasises external engagement and the development of networks and supports
  • It nurtures development of the students own professional identity
  • Emphasis on developing research literacies specifically relevant to creative practice
  • Creates opportunities for candidate to engage with critical discourses structured around pertinent topics relevant to their practice such as infrastructures, policy, sustainability, ecologies, economies, societies and their own ‘art worlds’
  • Create a clear understanding of the dissemination of artistic research and artworks