MA Fine Art is a studio based programme dealing with the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art, each supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists and including discussion of artists’ practice, exhibiting and curating.
A good first degree in Fine Art or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience.
Fundamentally you will be selected on your ability, as demonstrated in a portfolio and interview, to succeed on the course.
Research Methodologies (30 credits)
Research Methodologies is a module common to all Masters students across the disciplines of Bath School of Art and Design.
The module introduces generic principles and processes of research relevant to the practice and study of art, design and curatorial practice.
It is intended to provide you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking about your practice. Its aim is to give you confidence and authority by assisting you in identifying key areas of interest in your professional discipline and to build on this towards a mastery of your subject. It will outline established models of academic enquiry - both practical and intellectual - proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate a wide range of information and ideas.
At the end of the module, and for the assessment, you will be in a position to construct a presentation through which you will give voice to your understanding of your own work in relation to your area of study using appropriate examples of others work. You will be in a position to locate and build upon an effective research strategy, using well-established and widely recognised conventions within the field of academic practice.
The module is delivered via a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, tutorials and online resources.
Studio 1: Re-establishment of Studio Practice (30 credits)
This is the first studio practice module and is designed to re-establish and situate your existing practice. Its aim is to support and challenge you in further developing an awareness of this using material and methods acquired in the Research Methodologies module. For this module, you produce work based upon a written proposal, negotiated individually and agreed with staff. There are introductions by relevant technical staff to a wide variety of workshops as necessary to carry out your own work to the required experimentation/explorations to bring your outputs to a finished level for exhibition at assessment.
You will be encouraged to make study visits to exhibitions in Bath, Bristol, London and abroad and will be advised on their specific relevance to your individual practice.
You will be expected to develop a folder of notes in relation to the content of your tutorials, studio critiques, lectures, study visits and the subsequent follow up research. Here you will be encouraged to reflect analytically on the content of the above and enhance your intellectual ability to organise and sequence thoughts in a focussed way. This strategy of analysis is intended to support you on the course and further in your practice beyond the course.
The assessment in this module is of an exhibition of studio work selected from, and presented with all other work completed on the module. Alongside this is all other supporting work made on the module together with a written reflective statement. You will be supported by staff in the writing of this statement reflecting on your practice in advance of the assessment.
Studio 2: Developing Studio Practice (30 credits)
This is the second studio practice module and is designed to develop your re-established practice. In this module the aim is to support you in considering the initial studio developments you have made in Studio 1: Re-establishment of Studio Practice and develop a working strategy to build on and develop these further. You will be encouraged to pay greater attention to the exhibition element of your practice and to test finished resolutions not only of individual works in isolation but of a group of works relating positively to each other in appropriate exhibition settings.
On study visits with developing awareness of your practice needs, you will be expected to seek out specific and relevant exhibitions, artists talks, critical discussions with a level of independence achieved through prior private study research. Your attention to the detail of physical arrangements of modes of exhibition will be more focussed and some noting of good examples of hanging, methods of titling, spacing of groups of works, press releases is encouraged.
You will continue to build your folder of notes from tutorials, studio critiques, lectures, study visits, private study research and to develop a method of noting appropriate to your practice. You will become more rigorous in your intellectual analysis and be selective in your archiving.
The assessment in this module is of an exhibition of studio work selected from, and presented with all other work completed on the module. Alongside this is all other supporting work made on the module together with a written reflective statement. You will be supported in the writing of a statement reflecting on your practice in advance of the assessment.
Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice (30 credits)
Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice is a module specific to Masters students in Fine Art.
In this module the aim is to focus the generic principles and processes of research you developed in the Research Methodologies module relevant to the practice and study of fine art. You will be supported in the development of particular and relevant research methods and advanced reflective research, including appropriate references to theoretical and critical resources, to enable a greater understanding of the historical context of your studio practice.
With tutorial support you will develop a written proposal for studio work to be carried out in the Studio 3: Advanced Studio Practice module and related studies for such work. You will analyse your previous studio work and will continue to build upon agreed experimentation/exploration in order to further develop technical, contextual and conceptual understanding of your studio practice.
Bath Fine Art graduates from BA and MA Fine Art courses have worked and exhibited widely as professional artists, had work purchased by the Tate and other institutions, represented the UK in exhibitions such as the Sao Paulo Biennale and have been nominated for the Turner Prize. Graduates work as curators and gallery professionals in public and private galleries and for arts councils and organisations, and write for journals. With the connection to the Artist Teacher Scheme there is regular recruitment from the profession and a number of graduates return to teaching or become lecturers.
Since 2010, employers such as Woodford Litho, Idea Generation Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, GX Gallery, London, Arnolfini (Bristol) and The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery have recruited graduates from this course.
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