- Start dateOctober 2017
- Course length2 years (extended full time)
MFA Fine Art
Places available 2017/18
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants for 2017/18 entry. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details.
MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support you as an emerging artist. Through practical experimentation and contextual research you will identify your practice's unique qualities and how they align with the contemporary art world.
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Content: what students can expect
- To be taught over two / three days per week, depending on the stage in the course, with access to the MFA Fine Art studios and Wimbledon's shared workshops on these days. View the Wimbledon facilities section
- To conduct research and gain practical experience in the remainder of your week
- Time to explore and claim your art practice through acquiring a high level of awareness about the contemporary art world and understanding how your work operates within this territory
- Your skills to be honed through our Professional Toolkit, with a course curriculum based on the recent Arts Council England’s recommendations for skills-sets required for both artists and arts organisations to flourish
- Access to all University of the Arts London’s libraries
- To create a web folio instead of a formal academic written paper, which contextualises and showcases your artwork
- Learn how to set up websites and use your online presence to profile your work
Extended Full-Time Study Mode
The MFA is delivered over 2 years for 30 weeks each year. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.
By teaching in this mode we aim to give our students the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and sustaining other commitments such as part-time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.
- Unit 1: Re-evaluating your art practice
- Unit 2: Mapping your art practice
- Unit 3: Claiming your art practice
The course includes:
- Studio teaching which actively explores links between practice based experimentation and outcome
- A cross-disciplinary lecture and seminar programme supporting the contextualisation of student practice and an understanding of different discourses of the contemporary art world
- Developing both on and off site creative collaborations to test and develop negotiation skills, personal interaction abilities and develop student self-awareness
- A professional practice programme of discussion groups, seminars, lectures run by artists and curators
Find out more about MFA Fine Art on the course website - www.mfawimbledon.com
Learning and teaching methods
- Collaborative projects
- Group and individual tutorials
- Group crits
- Lectures and talks
- Live projects and events
- Offsite and study visits
- Online learning
- Research folio, paper and proposal
- Studio work
How to apply
You can apply for this course using our online application form.
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
Extra information required for applications to this course
Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.
You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.
We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.
The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions.
However, you should be able to:
- Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
- Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
- Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas
How to structure a study plan
You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.
Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.
- Briefly describe your work
- Outline recent developments
- Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
Portfolios should show the following:
- Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
- A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
- Critical reflection
- A sense of direction for future work and study
- An interest in fine art and other visual art forms
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
- Work that shows potential for further development
- Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
- Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
- An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
- Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
- Able to demonstrate written skills
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.
Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£4,500 per year (2017/18 fees).
£11,510 per year (2017/18 fees).
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
The course is designed to enhance our graduates’ employability. We’re committed to creating meaningful links with professional bodies, which means that students don’t just rehearse projects but actively create them.
Placements and offsite projects offer our students first hand experience of teamwork, project research, writing applications, project management, curating, fundraising and promotion.