MA Fine Art provides a stimulating environment in which you will be guided to develop your creative aspirations, reach a critical maturity, and gain the self-confidence and skills that will enable you to work as a successful artist.
The course is studio practice-driven and relies on experimentation and critical reflection supported by individualised mentoring, lectures, seminars and group critiques. It emphasises the articulation of ideas, development of working methods and the realisation of independent work. Seminars are structured to investigate a broad range of themes relevant to the practising artist and provide a rich diet of inspiration.
- 1 year: full-time
- 2 years: part-time
Features and Benefits
- The course is taught by practising artists and maintains active links with an international network of art professionals and organisations.
- You will have your own spaces within communal studios, with full access to the School's workshops and other resources.
- A regular programme of artists talks and studio visits from professionals working in the field.
- A regular programme of talks by visiting artists organised in association with The Whitworth.
- The University library has outstanding Art and Design holdings, including a special collection of artist's books and ephemera.
We cultivate highly motivated, independent and creative thinkers who can transfer their skills into the creative marketplace, as entrepreneurial innovators, freelance practitioners and innovative team players. Past graduates predominantly achieve graduate-level positions or practise as sole traders, design studio artists, exhibiting artists, museum curators, archivists, researchers, academics, community practitioners, specialist technicians and filmmakers at national and international levels.
You will normally have an undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition, you may also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
The MA Fine Art is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.
The programme is practice-driven and focussed on the development of your existing practice. It will enable you to identify and explore new concepts and approaches negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.
You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students or other art world partner.
Towards the end of the programme, you will consolidate your research and practice into a fully realised body of work for exhibition or other forms of the public situation as appropriate. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.
If you choose to progress to MFA Fine Art award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.
This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.
The MA Fine Art is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.
This unit extends your experience into the professional sphere, either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry. Projects and placements take place in a set network of art, design and media organisations in the region, but can also be arranged by individual students if based on similar frameworks of professional development and experience. The PDP also takes place in this unit.
Practice 1 Art: Working Synopsis and Development
This unit is focused on the reformulation and development of the students existing practice within the context of Fine Art or Collaborative Practice. It is practice-driven and allows for the identification and exploration of new concepts, theories, issues and topics as negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.
Practice 2 Art: Fine Art
Driven and focused on the development of your practice through the realisation of a comprehensive and coherent body of work, this unit builds upon the previous Practice 1 unit and provides an opportunity to sustain the development of practice over a concentrated period of time. Within this unit, you will be expected to resolve a comprehensive understanding of their practice, its place in relation to the broader related discipline and the potential professionalization and sustainability of the future practice. You will be expected to be able to communicate the summary learning journey of their programme of study, the relevant methodologies used to develop the practice and the future professional pathways being explored. There is a break within this unit to allow for a period of reflection that will contribute towards the final written component necessary for assessment.
Likely Optional Units
Commercial Aspects of Design
This unit includes topics such as market research and service design; consumer behaviour – needs and attitudes; diffusion of innovation; commercial aspects of product design including bringing the product to market eg production and distribution channels, costing and pricing, and advertising and promotion.
This unit will address the contested nature of the conceptual and material territories upon which human identities and cultures are developed.
This unit offers a focused opportunity for students to extend and enhance their practice by including, exploring and developing digital content in a wider research community.
Health and Wellbeing
This unit focuses on public health and wellbeing with an emphasis on Inequalities; Prevention; Promotion and Protection. By building on the strong legacy of art/design in clinical environments, this unit will expand your understanding of theory and practice in the emerging public health agenda and through real-life research opportunities, will offer exploration of individual practice in diverse contexts: eg mental health, long-term conditions, healthy ageing and proactive wellbeing.
The Museum and the City - The City as a Museum
The unit explores the relationship between the museum and the city and the city as a museum. Attention shifts between theoretical and historical models, as well as making use of specific locations and institutions within the city.
This unit offers you an individual focused opportunity to extend and enhance your practice by including a self-negotiated study. This will enable students to:
- Extend ideas and proposals developed in Practice 1
- Facilitate a deeper level of learning in a particular workshop or subject discipline, or conceptual paradigm
- Pursue an external project or competition brief appropriate to your practice.
Writing Research and Funding Proposals
An introduction to writing proposals to funding bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Arts Council England (ACE). This unit will cover such topics as: generating fundable ideas; developing critical and conceptual frameworks; establishing credible methodologies and approaches; awareness of the the parameters of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, AHRC and ACE; the importance of collaboration; working in groups, public engagement and impact; presenting ideas to the group, giving and receiving informed criticism; developing an effective writing style; structuring proposals and writing to length; writing a budget and the importance of cost-effectiveness and match-funding; time management; familiarity with Je-S.
Images and Archives
This unit explores theoretical, critical and practical perspectives on art, photography and the archive.
You will learn about the interdisciplinary field of SciArt by developing a body of personal work that is technically proficient and intellectually resolved.
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Full-time: 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 75% independent study
- Part-time: 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 75% independent study
- Full-time: 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
- Part-time: 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Manchester School of Art
Our School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, offering courses designed to serve specialist industry needs and give students the tools for their chosen career.
Like the city of Manchester, the school prides itself on being creative, unconventional and professional, providing a broad range of architecture, art, design, media and theatre undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a unique creative environment that encourages creative collaboration across the disciplines.
UK and EU Students
- UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
- UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Students follow an individualised programme of study in relation to their practice interests. Costs of materials will be dependant on the development of these personal practices and will vary dependant of materials necessary to realise ideas. There may also be some travel costs involved in pursuing personal lines of research. Students are not required to build a working toolbox from scratch, or to bring a camera or buy a laptop. The costs of materials may vary from expensive glass blowing to costless digital programming it depends on individual practice.
The professional platforms unit may require some travel/subsistence costs should the student choose to take a placement that requires travel.
There are no additional professional membership fees required for the full qualification.
Some students may prefer to print and bind their written assessment material and would incur a cost of up to £100. Many students choose to submit written work and some portfolio work electronically at no cost.
Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.