Duration and Mode of Attendance
The programme is offered, full-time, over two academic years with an exit qualification for Postgraduate Diploma after 30 weeks and a further 30 weeks for MFA. Up to 15 full-time places are offered annually.
The programme is for students with outstanding creative ability, who are highly self-motivated and who are committed to developing their fine art practice to a professional standard. Some applicants may also consider using the opportunity to prepare for individual research degrees. Within a supportive and flexible studio environment individuals may choose to specialise in a single discipline or adopt a multidisciplinary or inter-media approach.
The programme aims to promote individual fine art studio practice that is capable of presentation as an exhibition or equivalent public output. It aims to provide an environment which supports a wide range of modes of production for art in which you can demonstrate a sound understanding of the practical, intellectual and creative aspects of your practice as an artist. It also aims to facilitate engagement between and among art practitioners in order that the students can locate their practice and that of other art practitioners in contemporary culture.
A capacity for self-directed learning is a prerequisite for the programme. Fostering individual creative development is a key concern. Formal tutoring is based upon the expectation of self-motivated personal development and research.
The normal closing date for the receipt of application forms, together with the documentation of current art practice, is the beginning of February of the year of entry.
Interviews based on current art practice and work are arranged for March and April in order to meet application deadlines for national funding.
Applications after this date may still be considered.
Teaching takes place through tutorials, studio critiques, and student or staff-led seminars. Lecturers are given by staff and visiting artists, as well as by other professionals, on their work and research. Re-evaluation through teaching, criticism and research is a fundamental aspect of the course.
Regular discussion based on studio work and issues around contemporary practice involves the whole course. Peer learning from studio work and informal discussion is also a valuable experience. Assessment is directed at the quality and significance of output as fine art practice.