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This programme helps you develop and locate your individual creative practice within the wide professional context of the fine and applied arts. You will work to explore and challenge the boundaries of your practice and explore some of the key ideas that inform the applied and fine arts.
The MA Fine and Applied Arts provides you with an understanding of contemporary practice; it helps you develop your creative potential and provides you with the entrepreneurial skills to work as a successful practitioner. The programme is especially concerned with the crossover between fine and applied arts. Students work across a wide range of disciplines - jewellery, textile designer/makers, sculpture, painting, printmaking and photography - and are actively involved in critical debate and originality in use of materials.
The first stage focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to survive successfully in the professional environment, and you are also introduced to research methods and debates while continue the development of your own practice. There are opportunities to update technical skills including information technology skills for both generic and subject-related use. In the second stage you continue to develop your individual practice through modules in advanced practice, and issues and debates. The final stage brings together your research, practical work and theoretical knowledge in the production of a sustained body of work. Successful completion leads to the MA award.
Staff are experienced in research and professional practice and you also benefit from contributions from visiting artists, designs, makers and arts professionals.
There are work related learning opportunities in this course. Careers
This MA is designed to enable you to operate successfully as a professional practitioner in your area of specialism. Graduates have gone on to establish studios, exhibit professionally, work as curators, Phd study, teaching, work towards site specific commissions. Teaching methods
The programme is centered on individual practice and encourages critical dialogue between traditions, disciplines and media. The practice modules develop individual practice through a combination of work-in-progress seminars, tutorials and gallery visits and discussions. A sustained body of creative work forms the basis of assessment, supported by written documentation and assignments. The course is also designed to help you acquire research skills and understand what is going on now in fine and applied arts