MA Fine Art supports the development of your thinking and practice. Teaching includes personal tutorials, group critique and external events.
Unit 1: Enquiry and Process
In Unit 1, you will extend your technical vocabulary and will be introduced to a wide range of workshops. Lectures and seminars will introduce research methodologies. You will also explore key theories and critical issues with a range of specialist staff and visiting speakers. Your work in this unit will lead to an agreed individual study programme for Unit 2.
Unit 2: Knowledge and Communication
The emphasis of Unit 2 is to develop your practical, conceptual and technological research. This is formulated through both studio work and your research paper. You will start with group sessions to facilitate discussion of shared ground and differing concerns. These sessions are designed to help you think through and formulate your ideas into a research paper proposal. The specific contexts and sources of your research will be presented as a focused, critical paper, helping to set the agenda for your work in Unit 3.
Unit 3: Communication and Realisation
During Unit 3 you will be supported in the production of a body of work for public exhibition at the Degree Show. Throughout the unit, you will advance your professional and academic skills to a level that prepares you for post-graduation practices.
An important emphasis of the course is self-organisation and collaborative working. As you develop more independence over the course, you will have opportunities to engage with a variety of collaborative projects. These vary from year-to-year and have recently included international projects, external exhibitions and trans-disciplinary partnerships, publication and site-specific events. We have also worked across the Art programme, collaborating on projects with other MA and BA courses.
There are a number of lecture programmes to help contextualise and broaden your practice and its contexts. Postgraduate lectures offer the opportunity for all members of the MA-level Art programme to meet regularly and engage with contemporary issues that touch all the disciplines. Additionally, Art programme lectures are delivered by visiting artists. There is also a broad extra-curricular offer of College and University-wide lectures and artist talks.
In the Spring term of Year 1 the interim exhibition brings together students from across the Central Saint Martins postgraduate Art programme. This initiative provides you with the experience and skills required to organise a professional event and to present and test your work appropriately. This is a public exhibition which takes place off-site.
Units 2 and 3 include a series of practice events. These are an opportunity to curate and install finished work in a group context in our project space. You will learn how to curate a space collectively and engage in critical discussion with your peers. You will produce a piece of finished, installed work and feedback will be through a staff-led critique.
Postgraduate Art Auction
The auction happens in the Autumn term of Year 2, giving you a direct experience of a live commercial auction. Alongside works donated by alumni and supporters, you will be asked to put up a piece for sale. All second-year students contribute to the preparation and running of the event. Proceeds pay for the Interim Show and the Degree Show catalogue.
Students enrolled on this course have the opportunity to study outside of the UK at a partner institution. Studying overseas provides students with the chance to experience a new culture. It also allows for an alternative perspective on your course’s subject discipline and different learning and teaching methods. The application process for these opportunities is competitive.
Mode of study
MA Fine Art is offered in extended full-time mode which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years. You will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue studies, while also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.