Masters Programs in Fine Arts Studies

Compare 33 Masters Programs in Fine Arts Studies

Fine Arts Studies

For many college graduates, a master's degree is the logical next step. Students can choose to pursue higher education in a wide range of disciplines, equipping them for specialized professions.

 

One program focus that master's degree students can choose is fine arts studies. What is a Master in Fine Arts Studies? This path of study introduces students to fine arts techniques and theory, all with the purpose of preparing them for careers as artists. Coursework can be quite diverse. For example, a student with a focus on figure painting may take an anatomy class to better grasp the human form. In this way, students are exposed to a broad range of subjects that are meant to foster creativity and enhance technical artistic skill.

 

The key benefit of pursuing a master's degree in fine arts studies is that this path of study opens up a career path for aspiring artists. The opportunity students have to continue their artistic education can make a huge difference in terms of their exposure to other artists and development of their own artistic style.

 

There are many programs worldwide that offer a Master in Fine Arts Studies, and the cost of enrollment varies depending on a number of factors. For those interested, information regarding a particular program's cost can be found out by contacting the school's admissions office.

 

This master's degree can translate into several different careers. Graduates often go on to become professional artists in a wide range of disciplines. This stems largely from the fact that the curriculum of most programs allows students to specialize in an artistic medium, such as paint or clay, but does not limit them to this medium. Students are regularly encouraged to study visual art in its many forms, and multimedia art has flourished as a result. In much the same way, graduates are able to bring their creativity and artistic backgrounds to any number of professional fields.

 

A Master in Fine Arts Studies truly is a worthwhile next step following undergraduate education. If you hope to pursue a career in the fine arts, there are many programs across the world from which to choose. Our searchable database can help get you started. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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Master in Printmaking (MA)

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

With state-of-the-art facilities and expert guidance from some of the UK's leading academics and technical specialists, our course will enable you to explore both experimental and traditional approaches to Printmaking. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. Why study MA Printmaking at Middlesex University? At Middlesex we take a highly practical approach to Printmaking that enables you to explore your interests and enhance your skills through experimentation, research and critical analysis. Flexibly designed to meet the ambitions of students from a wide range of creative backgrounds, including illustration, fine art, and design, our course will equip you with the advanced skills, contemporary knowledge and industry insights you need to develop your own practice to a professional standard. Based in our £80 million Art and Design School and taught by a diverse range of Printmaking academics and industry professionals, our course features world-class facilities and specialist workshops fitted with both new and traditional equipment. With opportunities to build industry contacts and exhibit your work off-site, you'll also gain the employability skills, exposure and experiences you need to navigate a successful career path in today's competitive creative industries. Course highlights - Our facilities are among the best in the UK with etching, intaglio, lino, letterpress, stone lithography, screenprinting, ceramic decal and glaze transfers available in a dedicated print workshop with specialist technical support - Access to innovative software and equipment across the School of Art and Design including a 3D printer, large format digital printer, dark rooms, photographic studios, laser cutters and metalwork workshops - An exhibition of your work in central London to create networking opportunities and build industry contacts in a professional environment - Direct access to London's art world with valuable industry links to a range of galleries, printmakers, businesses, libraries and collections that will enhance your research and inform your practice - Access to networking opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus - As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module. [-]

Master in Songwriting

Bath Spa University
Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a [+]

Master in Songwriting

 

This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst continuing to improve creatively. The course, which is based at the university's Corsham Court campus, will help you to develop a range of critical, practical, communicative, industrial and research-based skills.

 

 

During the programme you will learn to:

Comment critically upon your own and others’ material; Examine the musicological and historical roots of your craft; Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace; Rewrite and collaborate; Conduct academic research; Develop technical skills; Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work. ... [-]

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA) Welcome to the MFA Programs at CIIS! As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. In our two year, 48-unit intensives you will complete one or more of the following: a book-length manuscript or chapbook an evening-length dance, theatrical, or musical performance a visual arts exhibition in our street level main gallery a social justice/community arts project We offer: Intimate class sizes Mentoring with outstanding, committed faculty A weekend intensive format that is ideal for working adults Diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to art-making Direct and constant access to the rich Bay Area art scene Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes-and sometimes revolutionizes-culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice. Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artistic, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. Students must complete their bachelor's degree before beginning the programs; there is no requirement as to the field of study of the undergraduate degree. Students can demonstrate appropriate levels of accomplishment and commitment to their art by means of work samples and personal statements. We welcome students from all backgrounds; however, the Admissions Committee may ask students with limited arts or writing experience to supplement their degrees with some additional CIIS coursework. The program admits students in the fall (beginning in late August) and spring (beginning in late January) semesters. [-]

Master (MFA) in Photography

Brooks Institute
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Ventura

The Master of Fine Arts in Photography degree at Brooks Institute is designed to prepare students to make an important contribution to the expanding role of the visual experience in contemporary life. The program explores image-making as a cultural force as well as a mode of personal expression. [+]

The Master of Fine Arts in Photography degree at Brooks Institute is designed to prepare students to make an important contribution to the expanding role of the visual experience in contemporary life. The program explores image-making as a cultural force as well as a mode of personal expression. Students who pursue a Master’s degree in Photography can grow intellectually and creatively through the lively exchange of ideas from diverse sources and wide-ranging perspectives, combining aesthetic exploration in all forms of lens-based and light-based media with academic inquiry through research. The Master of Fine Arts in Photography offers a rigorous program of study for students eager to explore ideas and technologies in various approaches to creating images that express their personal vision. Working with instructors who are experienced professionals, students can learn to deepen their conceptual communication, expand their artistic comprehension, and articulate a coherent and compelling statement about their work. The 61-credit program includes coursework in art history and criticism; the history, science and psychology of image-making; and communication, business, and education, enabling graduates to pursue a wide range of career options, including teaching at the college level. Core Courses Brooks Institute’s MFA in Photography consists of a two-year series of studio and seminar courses that emphasize creative growth and development of a visual vocabulary. Other courses engage the student in theoretical, psychological and aesthetic exploration of artistic expression. Core courses include: History of Art: Renaissance to 1900 History of Art: 1900 to Present Photographic Theory The Psychology of Images Methods in Imaging Education History of Photography Optics in Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Aspects of Communication Contemporary Criticism Contemporary Imaging Systems Entrepreneurial Skills for Fine Artists Elective Options In addition to core courses, the MFA in Photography curriculum at Brooks Institute includes a selection of focused, relevant elective courses. Among these elective course options are*: Teaching Internships: Students work with a teacher/mentor to gain classroom and educational experience. Grant Writing: Research and develop proposals for grants, residencies and fellowships. Self-proposed internships and special topics. Program Objectives The MFA in Photography from Brooks Institute provides a comprehensive program of study designed to develop exceptional artists who seek to deepen their understanding and awareness of visual communication. Graduating students should be equipped to: Create a cohesive body of original work integrating a mastery of materials, methods, and concepts. Articulate an informed perspective that includes defining an aesthetic approach, reviewing methods and processes, and providing a broader cultural context in which to understand a body of work. Synthesize knowledge obtained through various research activities exhibiting a standard of academic integrity and a graduate level of critical analysis. Engage in creative collaboration as an effective member of a team. [-]

Master in Animation & Visual Effects

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them. MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing technical and artistic ability. Technical Skills Demonstrate facility with animation technology and software. Presentation Skills Clearly discuss work and workflow process with a review committee, using industry terminology. Effectively pitch ideas to the review committee Create visually compelling, professional quality presentation materials Preproduction Skills (Project Development) Execute projects that demonstrate attention to: research, analytical thinking, detail, flexibility in problem solving, and revision. Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Professional Readiness Present a comprehensive demo reel / portfolio demonstrating professional-level achievement of specialty skills Demonstrate accountability for planning complex projects, prioritizing tasks and meeting project milestones. Document project workflow. Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with anatomy, proportion, figure, animals, perspective, color and design, and composition Develop visual stories that support comedic or dramatic situations Stage stories through effective camera placement choices Draw convincing characters, layouts, storyboards, and animatics Apply the principles of animation to create animated movement and performances Specialty Skills: Storyboarding Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with composition, and color and design Create value studies that set the mood for each scene, applying an understanding of light source. Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling through effective camera placement choices Specialty Skills: 3D Animation Apply the major principles of animation Create pieces that showcase expression and emotion Stage stories through effective camera placement choices Specialty Skills: Modeling Convincingly model forms in 3-dimensions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of anatomy and sculptural form. Display a range of modeling skill sets including hard surfaces and organic. Create textures that will be applied to the surface of models. Produce industry-standard turnarounds and wireframes Specialty Skills: Visual Effects Design digital effects that meet the needs of the imagery. Create believable images by combining elements from different sources Compose shots for narrative power Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

MASTER IN FINE ART - THEATRE DIRECTING

The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. [+]

This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. In addition to the core classes and workshops, individual and group tuition from The Lir’s Head of Directing will be a key feature of the training. In addition, master classes by visiting practitioners will supplement the student experience. Professional placements are a key feature of the programme and all students will showcase their work in public performances at the culmination of the course. Students can opt to take this course either part-time (24 months) or full-time (12 months). Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two terms. The final module (Module 5) will be taught in the third term and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students) and will culminate with a professional production staged in one of The Lir’s performance studios. Term Three will be supplemented by an ongoing series of master classes from professional directors and theatre makers. On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin Application Details THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ENTRY IN 2017 HAS NOW OPENED. In addition to the information required on the online form, you are also required to upload a copy of each of the following: a) a letter that outlines the applicant’s theatre education and highlights the applicant’s theatre directing experience to date. b) a ‘statement of purpose’ that refers to the applicants ambitions in terms of theatre directing. c) a résumé (CV) d) a portfolio of your work including a critical assessment of recently directed work e) two references/testimonials from those familiar with your work and/or third level education f) personal statement with a financial plan which indicates clearly how you intend to finance yourself if successful in gaining a place on the course. Modules Contemporary Theatre Practice This compulsory module will introduce students to a range of contemporary theatre practices. It will focus on Irish and international artists and companies, with a particular emphasis on contemporary productions staged in the theatres of Dublin. The principal aim of the course is to enable students to become conversant in the styles, forms, theories and practices that constitute contemporary theatre making in Ireland and across the world. The Contemporary Theatre Practice module is shared by all Master in Fine Art students (directors, designers and playwrights). Directing Workshop In this compulsory module students will investigate various directing processes in a workshop format. Students will work with The Lir’s Head of Directing and visiting directors, as well as professional and student actors. Students will receive both group feedback and individual tuition in the development of their craft. Workshops will cover such areas as: text and a creative world-view; developing an awareness of the professional directing context; developing an explicit, personal aesthetic; working collaboratively with actors and other artists. This module also outlines career development and provides a constructive framework for group and self critique. It introduces research skills and rehearsal etiquette by working in a professional environment. The overall aim of this module is to prepare students to direct a play in the Theatre Production Module. Theatre Production This compulsory module aims to enable students to apply the skills acquired in the other Modules to the development of their individual creative voice and practice, and in the direction of a theatre performance of between 30-60 minutes which will be showcased to the professional industry as part of The Lir’s on-going programme of public performances and events. Each student will be individually supervised in pre-production, rehearsals, tech and public performances throughout Term Three and over the summer months. Two Assistant Director placements working alongside professional theatre directors will form a key component of the preparation for the final production. Dramaturgy for Theatre Directing This elective module is taught by a professional dramaturge. Its aim is to introduce students to a range of dramatic texts for the theatre with an emphasis on the dramaturgical composition of those texts. An understanding of the contexts within which those dramaturgical strategies were produced will also be fostered. This seminar-based module requires students to examine key problems related to the creation and structure of scripts for performance. Students will consider a variety of theories regarding dramatic structure, consider the research requirements of script creation, explore different approaches to script development and learn to apply a dramaturgical vocabulary to a number of case studies. Similar to the Contemporary Theatre Practice module, Dramaturgy is shared with MFA playwriting students (for whom it is a compulsory module) and MFA design students (for whom it is an elective module) and is supported by specific tutorials focusing on each individual strand of the MFA programme. Throughout the training students will be develop skills of the practitioners of theatre other than the theatre director, with a view to them becoming proficient in and conversant with the creativity of others, and to enhance the craft of the student director by broadening their experience of theatre making. Students will explore the crafts of the actor, designer, stage manager, production manager and stage technician through workshops with teachers and professionals in the various disciplines. [-]

Master in Curatorial Practice

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Venice
Campus Full time 12 months March 2017 Italy Venice

The Master in Curatorial Practice promoted by IED Venice is a program dealing in a complete and pragmatic way with the exhibition design direction and management related to the art field and beyond, training professionals ready to enter with full rights the art industry. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. Target This study path is designed for post-graduate students coming from all over the world who want to specialize professionally in the curatorial sector, including museums, galleries, fairs or for auction houses. Previous study in the field of Arts and Management are desirable, but not essential. Methodology and Structure The curriculum of the course consists of surveys of modern and international contemporary art, as well as close consideration of visual arts institutions and practices, training in exhibition organization and public programs in museums and not-for-profit galleries, commissioning, writing, publishing and commercial gallery activity. The teaching combines lecture-based courses, self-initiated research, seminars, site visits, and collaborative work. It also involves the realization of a project in partnership with a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The duration of the Masters program is divided as follows: seven months of lectures, lab activities, museum and gallery visits, integrated with individual study, project development and three months dedicated to the elaboration of a final Thesis Project that can be undertaken alone or in a group. The Masters program has a very pragmatic approach, providing students with methodology and a step-by-step path that will lead to the realization of an exhibition project. For that reason its structure is divided into 3 main parts: - AREA 1_THEORY The first part provides students with solid introduction to the history of post-WW2 modern and contemporary art, and a critical analysis of recent trends. The history of exhibitions is analyzed in the light of museology, leading to a consideration of current curatorial strategies. - AREA 2_SKILLS AND EXPERTISE The second part is concerned with specific expertise and skills required to develop an efficient working practice in fields of exhibition organization and management, also placing emphasis on audience development through marketing and learning, writing – as required for publication, fundraising etc – and off-site activity. Driven by renowned professionals, this area will be relevant equally for those wishing to pursue careers either in not-for-profit or commercial art worlds, in auction houses or art fairs, commissioning the production of new art work in museums or in the public realm. - AREA 3_PRACTICE The third part is the realization of a curatorial project, starting from an idea to its concrete realization. They will moreover live the experience of the next 57th International Art Exhibition managed by La Biennale of Venice from a special point of view, and special week inside the main cultural institution located in the city. [-]

Master of Arts in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art - Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA)

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Espoo

Visual Culture and Contemporary Art focuses on tutoring students to develop and contextualize their own artistic, curatorial or theoretical work. It is open to artists and practitioners with different backgrounds. [+]

Visual Culture and Contemporary Art focuses on tutoring students to develop and contextualize their own artistic, curatorial or theoretical work. It is open to artists and practitioners with different backgrounds. The program explores new forms of artistic production and professional agency within the broader field of contemporary art and visual culture. Theory and practice are tightly interwoven, and emphasis is put on developing each student’s artistic, curatorial and theoretical thinking. The program has two majors: Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) and Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA). The ViCCA major works through four focus areas: Sites, Senses and Situations; Words and Spaces; Beings and Things, and CuMMA, of which CuMMA is also a separate major. The CuMMA major focuses on the professional skills needed for curating and mediating art. In both majors some of the courses are also available for the students of the other major. Goal of education (Learning outcomes) ViCCA (Visual Culture and Contemporary Art) is a two-year major, which connects the worlds of art and non-art. Central for the program are new and emergent professional practices, which are born and developed in this new space of cultural production. In the major, art is made and new professional agencies are explored within the broader field of visual culture. Aalto University offers a very good multi-scholarly context for this. The art of our times works increasingly in interaction with research, planning, activism and public debate. The goal of the ViCCA major is to explore and develop systematically these new territories and modes of artistic work. Art in supermarkets, art claiming parks and experiments of artistic research are, for example, central for many artists of today. This motivates having teachers in the program not just from the arts but also from e.g. philosophy, social sciences and urban research. Sensing, experientiality, and experimentality have a key role in the studies as methods of gaining knowledge and creating art. The strong theoretical base together with a multi-artistic framing of creative work gives concrete tools for working in many new professions in contemporary society in addition to those in the fields of art, production and culture. Students also learn literacy and skills in other arts than the one they originally were experts in. The program offers holistic views and skills on how to extract knowledge out of professional experience. The Major is tailored for artists and professionals of arts and scholarship who want to develop their own professional agency and broaden their way of looking at the world and its phenomena by using artistic tools. It offers a study path for students to reflect on their professional role in new ways through arts and visual culture. The Major offers great opportunities to develop research abilities and a sense and taste for artistic and critical thinking. For artists, the program offers an opportunity to broaden their professional identity and to create new ways of working, and new forms of professionalism. ViCCA Major learning outcomes: Content outcomes: Students learn to rethink and reshape their relation to the world and lived environment through artistic means Students have a wide understanding of contemporary and emerging artistic practices Students comprehend visual culture beyond the visible and theory beyond the academic Students have a creative understanding of the possibilities of art as a tool in social contexts and environments Skill outcomes: Students learn to enrich their competence in their own practice, media or field Students learn to reflect on their own practice in relation to those of other fields Students acquire an experimental attitude and tools for utilizing it Students have concrete experience of projects where theoretical thinking and artistic practice merge Academic skills: Students have comprehensive research skills, which prepare them also for doctoral studies Education content Studying in ViCCA consists of theory workshops, experimental laboratories, concrete projects and a thesis. In the Major here are four different modules for advanced special studies: Sites, Senses and Situations, Words and Spaces, Beings and Things, and Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA), of which CuMMA is also a separate major. The student can build her/his package of studies quite freely, choosing from different modules, or just focusing on one. Advanced Special Studies Sites, Senses and Situations offers a framework for exploring and discussing our lived environment, focusing on sensory perception and issues related to space, site and social context. Spaces and environments are studied through artistic practices from both contextual and experiential points of view. We observe our environment on multiple levels and seek to actively engage with it. Interventions in public spaces and institutions, participatory projects and spatial experiments are among the methods used. Through our multidisciplinary approach we encourage students to explore new forms of artistic practice and collaboration. Words and Spaces views theory beyond the academic and as something embedded within artworks. How can philosophy, adventures in artistic research, and working hands on with words and images be newly relevant in the changing world we live in? We experiment with the materiality, transparency and metaphorics of language and explore especially its role and potentials in contemporary art and artistic research. Criticism, fiction, experimental writing and textual performance are among the methods we use in exploring the margins, boundaries and contexts of artistic work. Beings and Things provides a platform for discussion and investigations into how we might rethink and reshape our connections to the living world – as part of that world. We probe, for example, the intersections of objects, microbes, resonances, human and non-human life forms. We focus on inter-relational and sensorial levels of life and on phenomena that are not necessarily consciously observed or sensed. We might talk about “aesthetics of atmosphere” and “sense-sphere”. Beings and Things trains the students to become facilitators of new modes of creative/artistic practice ranging from building to breathing, from fermentation to fragmentation. Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, CuMMA, provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. We aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledges. The Major offers its student a broad variety of minor studies, which are available in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and other schools of Aalto University. This combination of design, media, economics and technology as a part of the visual culture and contemporary art The Major opens up new professional career paths. Career opportunities Students that graduate from the program can work in a variety of already existing professions in the field of arts and culture. Besides this, the program encourages students to build their own creative positions and professional agencies in the multi-faceted, constantly changing and multi-disciplinary world. The students who have a background outside of visual culture and contemporary art enrich their own fields of expertise with a new point of view – and a broad array of new methods of working with it. Titles Students graduating from the ViCCA programme may work as artists, producers, researchers, scholars, third sector activists and in think tanks – and in a range of new professions yet to be imagined. Internationalisation The Major is international and the main language of teaching is English. The Major is well connected to international networks, which are constantly built up and developed. Through these networks students have a possibility to do a training abroad or to study a part of their diploma in other countries with the help of exchange agreements. Admission procedure Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art; Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) apply in the Master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The students are selected through a two-part examination, of which portfolios form part 1, and interviews/presentation part 2. Criteria for selection are skills and background knowledge, suitability for the program and the field of work the program is built for, and suitability for university studies. [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 USA Redmond + 1 more

Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, this program blends fine arts principles, including a strong emphasis on figure drawing, sculpture [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, this program blends fine arts principles, including a strong emphasis on figure drawing, sculpture, and art history, with a practical approach to studio art production that helps students develop both their personal skill and artistic voice. Full-Time and Part-Time Options Students have the option of enrolling in this program full-time for two years, or enrolling part-time and spreading their course load over four years. Admissions Information Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program should have experience in the following areas: drawing, figure drawing, art history, composition, 3D modeling, animation, sculpture, color theory, and digital painting. Candidates must also provide an art portfolio of 15 to 20 samples of artwork to be considered for admission. Topics Covered By the time they graduate, students in the MFA program will possess the following qualifications: - Extensive 3D production experience, including the ability to use the most current 2D and 3D graphics applications in the industry, as well as traditional fine arts skills such as drawing, sculpting, and painting. - A deep understanding of the creative process and the 3D graphics production pipeline, including the ability to manage projects from brainstorming to completion. - Strong research skills, especially as they relate to art history, character design references, and anatomy. - A specialization in modeling, sculpting, or character art, as well as a unique and highly developed personal voice as demonstrated by their thesis. Career Outlook Graduates of the MFA program will be qualified to pursue a range of entry- and intermediate-level roles in both art production and academia, including: - 3D Modeler - Animator - Character Artist - Technical Artist - Texture Artist - Senior Artist - Senior Animator - Senior Character Artist - Professor of Fine Arts [-]

MTech in Fine Art

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

Having obtained this qualification, students will be able to conduct advanced independent research in a particular area of visual arts, demonstrating complex analytical and practical skills and knowledge in writing a dissertation and, where applicable, an exhibition of original work or artefacts appropriate to the research mode. [+]

Having obtained this qualification, students will be able to conduct advanced independent research in a particular area of visual arts, demonstrating complex analytical and practical skills and knowledge in writing a dissertation and, where applicable, an exhibition of original work or artefacts appropriate to the research mode. Admission requirements A Baccalaureus Technologiae: Fine Art, with an average mark of at least 65% or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard, as recommended by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board. Selection criteria Selection is based on academic merit and a preliminary research proposal, as approved by the Departmental Committee. Curriculum MODULE Research and Dissertation : Fine Art Programme structure Nature of programme: One year research programme. Minimum duration: 12 months. Maximum duration: 24 months full-time, 36 months part-time. [-]

Master of Fine Arts

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Wayne

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is designed as the professional degree for the fine artist, designer, and media artist. It is the mission of the program to provide the MFA candidate with a rigorous environment in which to focus on professional goals and artistic excellence. An important aspect of this environment is the creation of a community of peers and mentors all pursuing the enhancement of imagination through the creation and interpretation of meaningful work. Faculty members have substantial professional and educational backgrounds and are dedicated to the highest standards of artistic endeavor. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is designed as the professional degree for the fine artist, designer, and media artist. It is the mission of the program to provide the MFA candidate with a rigorous environment in which to focus on professional goals and artistic excellence. An important aspect of this environment is the creation of a community of peers and mentors all pursuing the enhancement of imagination through the creation and interpretation of meaningful work. Faculty members have substantial professional and educational backgrounds and are dedicated to the highest standards of artistic endeavor. The MFA is offered as a three-year, full-time program, or as a five-year, part-time degree program for the working professional. Students choose from offerings that include computer art and animation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and digital sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic media, and furniture design. Fully equipped studios in all areas provide the resources necessary for the actualization of a wide range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based work. Admission Requirements: In addition to the University’s admission requirements: Minimum of 60 credits in studio arts, 12 credits in art history or art criticism, including at least 3 credits in contemporary or twentieth-century art. Those applicants who do not have such experience may be required to take undergraduate courses in these areas before formally beginning the graduate degree. In certain cases where an applicant has a number of years of professional art activity, the committee, based on the qualitative evaluation of the work and the sponsorship of a faculty member, can grant admission. Cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.75 on 4.00 scale. Portfolio which demonstrates a level of artistic achievement that implies a developed ability for advanced study in visual art. This portfolio must be submitted directly to the visual arts graduate program director for committee review. The portfolio should consist of a folder of twenty images on a cross-platform CD or DVD. Images must be accompanied by a separate hardcopy list designating title of piece, date, medium, and size (when appropriate). 500-word statement of intent that must discuss aesthetic interests, cite historical and contemporary influences on the work, and indicate career goals. Resume documenting the chronology of all educational and work experience, including art experience, teaching experience, grants, honors, awards, exhibitions, and publications. Art Department information form. Two letters of recommendation Program Requirements: 60 credits of graduate study In addition to the completion of the MFA course requirements of 60 credits, each candidate must create and present a thesis project, which is a body of work created specifically for this thesis under the supervision of a thesis advisor and which is not a summary of earlier work. The thesis project is accompanied by a written corollary document. The choice of medium, the balance of written and creative work, and the manner of presentation must have the prior approval of the graduate review committee. The graduate review committee bases the final awarding of the MFA degree on the evaluation and acceptance of the final thesis project, the written corollary, the thesis presentation, and the required documentation of the project. The art department reserves the right to hold student works for the purpose of exhibitions for up to two years. Structure of the Program The MFA curriculum is comprised of nine required core courses: two semesters of Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, two semesters of Studio Practice and Critique I and II, three semesters of Art History and Contemporary Studies (two required, one elective), and culminates with two semesters of the capstone Graduate Thesis I and II. At the heart of the program are the 33 credits of studio electives which are made up of media-specific studio courses, independent studies, and internships that provide study in and development of expertise in specific media. [-]

Master Degree in Cultural Heritage

University of Minho - Institute of Social Sciences
Campus Part time 4 semesters October 2017 Portugal Braga

The Master in Cultural Heritage of the University of Minho aims to enhance a training profile with highly specialized skills that enable their graduates to perform research tasks, projects’ coordination and management that value the historical and cultural assets, networking with local and regional development structures, appropriately framed in legal terms and with scientific and professional ethical awareness. [+]

Academic degree: Master ECTS: 120 Duration: 4 curricular semesters Regime: After Working Hours Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: History The Master in Cultural Heritage of the University of Minho aims to enhance a training profile with highly specialized skills that enable their graduates to perform research tasks, projects’ coordination and management that value the historical and cultural assets, networking with local and regional development structures, appropriately framed in legal terms and with scientific and professional ethical awareness. The intrinsic interdisciplinarity of the master’s concept justifies the use of the most diverse scientific fields, from Archaeology to Anthropology, passing through Education Sciences, International Relations, Public Administration, Geology, Geography and the New Information Technologies, in addition to History, the main scientific area. This variety of approaches will provide students with skills to solve problems in broader and more suited context, regarding the requirements of the labor market reality. [-]

European Fine Art Photography

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid
Campus Full time Part time 12 months April 2017 Spain Madrid + 1 more

The European Master of Fine Art Photography is, at present, the most ambitious training proposal in the field of art photography and aims to become meeting point for artists and professionals, enriching this field in Spain. Practical and innovative, it is a unique programme based on the excellence of its faculty (Martin Parr, Elger Esser, Joan Fontcuberta and Alejandro Castellote, among others). It emerged on the basis of the premise that there exists a European conceptual and creative identity, which can and should be an important reference point in the fields of academia, culture and the art market. In this sense, the participation of students from a range of continents is especially interesting and enriching. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts Studies. THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH OBJECTIVES: • To become familiarized with present day photographic production, its subjects and repertoires, artistic practice, cultural value, roots in historic photography and art history, its discourses and limitations, from the perspective of important photographers and theorists. • To learn the main current theories on European photography. • To learn directly and personally from the most prestigious masters ineach area. • To become familiarized with curatorial practices, collectionism, conservation and ways of presentation/dissemination of contemporary artistic photography. • To reflect on the role of photographers in the art market, the field of European photography, the business of leisure, and the world of entertainment. • To experience, through a personal project, what it’s like to create an original work that is appropriate and worthy of being presented in a photography exhibition. • To exhibit and publish the final project in an internationally renowned prestigious center/magazine, through our European partners.• To break into the world of art, through the network formed by the Master’s professors and students, collaborating institutions, curators and directors. METHODOLOGY: We rely on three types of professors: Masters, who are major figures in the European photography scene; professors, who are international artists and theorists of renowned academic quality in the field of photography and visual arts; andtutors, who represent a new generation of photographers with academic and project experience. A fundamental element of the Master’s academics is its orientation towards personal projects and exhibition, as well as personalized assistance. Throughout the process, the close experience with professors and tutors is one of the most enriching aspects of the program. The program’s academics are characterized by their nature of encompassing and concretizing a subject from an initial idea, promoting research, reflection and discussion, and materializing the entire process of creating an artistic piece to be presented in a collective exhibit and catalog. As well, three students will opt to exhibit their work in one of the European centers and festivals connected with the course. Classes include the discussion of texts; projections of the authors’ images and videos; visits to exhibits and artists’ studios; and individual and group exercises. The importance of the personal project in the Master’s requires the participation of specialized tutors to help students develop their work in a personalized way. Technical tutoring involves large-scale, digital laboratories, analog laboratories, printing, and coaching in research and communication of the artistic process. FOR: Photographers with a professional career, as well as artists in the photography industry who want to break into the art world. People with degrees in Fine Arts, Audiovisual Communications, Advertising, Journalism, Art History or Humanities who want to deepen their knowledge of artistic photography. An upper intermediate level of English is required. [-]

MA Fine Art

Iceland Academy of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Iceland Reykjavik

The Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a platform for students to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills in the field of fine arts, strengthen their personal vision and relate their artistic practice to the discipline’s theoretical criteria. [+]

Profile and objectives of the study programme The Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a platform for students to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills in the field of fine arts, strengthen their personal vision and relate their artistic practice to the discipline’s theoretical criteria. The course makes great demands for independent working methods. There is an emphasis on the art practice and research involving a systematic building up of knowledge, that the students develop good command of both academic and practical parameters of fine art in preparation for work as independent artists in the contemporary art field. One of the unique features of the Iceland Academy of the Arts Master Programme is the students’ proximity to other disciplines in the arts at the Academy. Collaboration is offered in the field of fine arts, music, design and theatre through students´ independent work and development of their works. Master level programmes entail participation in the professional field of the arts. The Department of Fine Arts collaborates with all the main art institutions in this country, in addition to various collaborations with domestic and foreign academies, artists and curators and theorists in the international field of fine arts. Students are thereby exposed to countless opportunities for specialisation in connection with various areas of specific interests as well as projects related to nature and the country’s local characteristics. The main emphasis of the course is the promotion of the student’s independent and progressive visual creativity. Art practice and research is paramount and the course aims to enhance students’ competence in the methods of the discipline, train them to discuss their own work and to become active participants in the international field of fine arts. ADMISSION Applicants must have a Baccalaureate in Fine Arts or related disciplines within art and theory. Emphasis is placed on applicants possessing knowledge and competencies for independent art practice with initiative and ability to follow their ideas through. Study proposal In his study proposal, the applicant must submit a description of his artistic intention and personal aims within the Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The proposal can be one to two pages long. The following needs to be addressed in the study proposal: Why the applicant is applying for the Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and what expectations he has in relation to the Master Programme. Methods and mediums which the applicant intends to use in his studies. Analysis of the context of his work; with regard to resources, issues and themes. What subject the applicant intends to explore in his studies. Porfolio Portfolio of the applicant´s artistic practice as a comprehensive overview of his own work. The portfolio should be A4 or A3 size. It should contain documentation of up to 20 of the applicant´s works; clear photographs, computer prints or other copies of works. It is important to specify if the project is a collaborative one. The works may not be older than five years. Accompanying each work must be a description with: title, size, material and year. Video works must be described with stills and short description of their content, in addition it is possible to submit as supplementary documentation video and/or sound works on DVD. The total running time of such work should not exceed ten minutes. If the work in question is longer then a part of the work should be submitted along with information on total running time. Information on background, previous studies, previous work and anything else related to the artistic background of the applicant. Written references of three individuals who know the applicant´s artistic work. A specially appointed admission committee assesses the applications on the basis of submitted material and interviews. Language requirements The Master Programme in Fine Arts is an international programme. English is the main language of instruction but tutoring may be in Icelandic or English. Students must be able to express themselves in spoken and written English. It may be required that the applicant pass a TOEFL test. Please send following documentation by post along with electronic application: Successfully submitted electronic form Signed print-out of the electronic form and motivation letter CV Recommendations Certified copy of degree certificates and school transcripts Portfolio of works Practical information 120 ECTS two-year full-time study Interviews with applicants take place in May Admissions will be announced end of May Programme begins August 25 Maximum number of students for MA Fine Arts is 8 students per year Teaching is in English Application fee ISK 5000 Fees are ISK 796.000 per academic year. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE The Master Programme in Fine Arts is a full-time two-year course, 120 ECTS. The structure of the course is divided into independent artistic practice, seminars, theoretical courses and a final project. The students must complete 30 ECTS each term. Teaching The main component of the course is the studio practice, resulting in a Master´s project. To this end, the student is supported by a main tutor that follows him throughout the course of study. Additional consultation and guidance is available from other tutors in the Department, specialists in workshops and guest artists and academics that come to teach at the Department of Fine Arts every year. Students furthermore have the choice of participation in international and domestic collaborative art projects and independent research projects. The theory part of the course is divided into seminars, theoretical courses, independent research projects and a thesis, which forms part of the final project for the Master Degree. In the Department of Fine Arts seminars, there is an emphasis on the integration of applied and theoretical work in the students‘ art practice. In addition to lectures on art theory, cultural studies, history of ideas and philosophy of art, to name a few, seminars are intended to increase students´ knowledge and competencies in using critical thinking in their artistic processes, in discussions and in presentation and critical analysis of their own work. Students also participate in communal Master Programme seminars at the Iceland Academy of the Arts where students from different artistic disciplines are encouraged to work together on communal projects. This is an open platform of lectures and discussions which revolves around, on the one hand, practical working methods, e.g. basic methods of artistic research, academic writing, dissemination and teaching and on the other hand, history of ideas in the arts and introduction to different views, ideas and methods of different art forms. Outside core mandatory courses, the student organises his own selection of academic courses linked to his area of interest and his independent work. Courses and seminars at Master level at other Departments at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and in art theory at the University of Iceland may be selected, in addition to courses at Baccalaureate level, on the grounds that they enhance the student‘s specialisation. Students can enter an exchange programme or project periods abroad for one semester and it is desirable that this take place during the second term of the course. The student has the opportunity to work on an independent research project in the field of fine arts studies in relation to his own area of interest and artistic pracice in order to deepen and widen his knowledge of a certain specialised area. The project is defined in consultation with the Master Programme Course Director and Head of Theory in the Department of Fine Arts. The student works on the research project under the guidance of a tutor. The progression of the student´s work each term forms the basis of the end of term assessment. Group presentation and reviewing of the student´s work takes place with tutors, guest artists and other specialists. The student then submits to his tutor a text and an updated portfolio that documents and reflects on the development of his work during the semester. Assessment is based on submitted projects and student´s active participation in seminars and courses. Final project The development of the student´s art practice and independent artistic research is crystallised in the final project of the Master Programme. Main emphasis is on the development of the student´s artistic practice but he must also submit a final thesis as a reflective supplement to the work. Furthermore, the student presents his final project at a Degree exhibition for the Master Programme. This can be in the form of an exhibition or other engagement with an audience at a public event. In the thesis, the student must analyse his artistic thought and work, demonstrate good understanding and knowledge of context, history and cultural references within contemporary art. The project is assessed by a panel with an external examiner and the assessment is based on the integration of artistic presentation and theoretical contextualisation. Context The Department of Fine Arts Open lectures Every year, a number of artists and academics give lectures and presentations on their work and ideas in open lunchtime lectures at the Department of Fine Arts. The lectures, under the headings the Studio, the Backroom and the Extension, are intended to introduce and encourage discussion about various matters of opinion from the world of art and contemporary culture as well as the connections between different disciplines and professions. The lectures are an important part of the Academy´s public relations as well as being an open platform for a connection between students and the world of ideas and experience of artists and academics. Hugarflug (Mind Flight) Hugarflug is a new lecture series at the Academy of the Arts intended to create a platform for critical discussion about research in the academic field of the arts. Emphasis is placed on the variety that exists in approach, dissemination and treatment. Practical value and professional environment A Master Degree in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts prepares students for work as independent visual artists at international level, to participate in exhibitions and discussions and attend art residencies and apply for grants. The course can be useful in various related professions, e.g. in art institutions, in teaching and in the media. In addition, it may be assumed that the creative and critical thinking with interdisciplinary connections taught in the Department of Fine Arts´ Master Programme can be of use in progressive projects and innovation in all areas of social and cultural life in Iceland. PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 1st Semester Artistic Practice (studio + seminar + theory) DEALING, 2 ECTS mandatory Studio work, 14 ECTS mandatory Fine Arts seminars, 4 ECTS mandatory Interdisciplinary Master’s seminars Interdisciplinary Master’s Seminar I: Artistic research and academic working methods, 4 ECTS mandatory MA theory Contemporary Art Theory, 4 ECTS mandatory BA theory Influence of cinema in contemporary art, 2 ECTS elective Colours, perception and interpretation, 2 ECTS elective Aesthetics in contemporary philosophy, 2 ECTS elective Total ECTS 28 ECTS mandatory 2 ECTS elective 2nd Semester Artistic Practice (studio + seminar + theory) Studio work, 18 ECTS mandatory Fine Arts seminars, 4 ECTS elective: Independent research project International / domestic collaborative projects Exchange studies Interdisciplinary Master’s seminars Interdisciplinary Master’s Seminar II: Artistic research and dissemination, 2 ECTS mandatory MA theory Perception and artistic creation, 4 ECTS elective BA theory Photography in contemporary art, 2 ECTS elective Landscape and nature in visual art, 2 ECTS elective Total ECTS 24 ECTS mandatory 6 ECTS elective [-]

Master in Art Therapy

Adler School of Professional Psychology
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

Deep respect for individual integrity; strong conviction about the healing dimension of the creative process; a commitment to helping people—these are the qualities of a successful art [+]

MA in Art Therapy

Deep respect for individual integrity; strong conviction about the healing dimension of the creative process; a commitment to helping people—these are the qualities of a successful art therapist. The Adler School’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy program will help you develop them.

The program combines traditional counseling theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process. The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of clinical, educational, and social service settings with diverse populations. These settings include medical and psychiatric hospitals, primary and secondary schools, wellness centers, children’s agencies, correctional facilities, geriatric settings, drug and alcohol treatment programs, community mental health centers, and violence shelters.... [-]