The programme provides a forum for collaboration between artists, staff of the University, visiting artists, specialists, theoreticians and administrators. It aims to encourage advanced levels of practice and understanding, and to extend and develop debate surrounding artists' activities. All artists who undertake the part-time programme are self-supporting and work in independent studios.
The evening seminar programme comprises two modules: A: staff- and visitor-led and B: student-led. This programme coincides with the semester times of a normal academic year.
Module A seminars encompass four major study areas over the 2 years of the programme. These provide broad categories within which individual seminars are located: Meanings and Contexts for Representation; Creativity and Identity; Decon-structing the Ideas of Tradition; and Strategies for the Professional Artist.
Module B seminars are student-initiated and part-time programme members are required twice during the programme to present a topic of his or her choice for critical group discussion. Programme members choose topics which centre on the major concerns of their own practical work.
Year 1 Modules
VA0708 Studio Practice 1 (CORE, 30 Credits)
VA0710 Studio Practice 2 (CORE, 30 Credits)
Year 2 Modules
VA0709 Exhibition Practice 1 (CORE, 30 Credits)
VA0711 Exhibition Practice 2 (CORE, 30 Credits)
VA0712 Contextual Practice (CORE, 60 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
In addition to a process of continual assessment, there are two stage assessment points during the programme, at the end of Years 1 and 2. These are also exit points, with a Postgraduate Certificate available after successful completion of Year 1, and a Postgraduate Diploma at the end of Year 2.
The MA is awarded after successful completion of the MA dissertation. Final assessments in the September of the second year of the programme include individual exhibitions of work mounted in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Final exhibitions are fully advertised and open to the public. In certain circumstances, should a student find it difficult to complete the programme in the required time-span, it may be possible to offer an extension.
This degree is excellent for a career in the visual arts. Graduates can develop their practice in professional studies and/or work in art education, arts administration or public art within the community.