MA in Fine Art
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This intensive programme allows artists to develop a body of work within the contexts of the studio, dissemination, value and audience. The course is open to artists working in, or wishing to work in, socially engaged practice, collaborative practice, as artist curators, as art writers or within art education.
You will develop your art practice in purpose built studios, working towards a final exhibition and dissertation, supported by a series of conversations, seminars and a visiting speaker programme.
In a region full of cultural resources, from The Hepworth Wakefield to artist-led spaces such as Seize Projects, you will gain experience from expert practitioners and researchers, visiting artists and speakers.
Through our optional module array you will have the opportunity to explore critical and theoretical issues such as aesthetics, feminist studies, deconstruction and museum practice.
Housed within a single central campus location, the School offers a modern and well-equipped learning environment providing 24-hour studio access and versatile exhibition spaces. Resources include dedicated Mac and PC computer suites for video editing, animation and image manipulation, printmaking workshops for etching, relief and screen printing, and a photography darkroom for film developing and printing. A woodworking and casting area are also housed within the School, with additional facilities for digital and 3D printing available at the University.
At the heart of the School is Project Space – a multi-purpose space, designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions.
The University incorporates world-class library resources and special collections, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Treasures of the Brotherton, the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles and the Stage@Leeds performance venue.
The course gives you the chance to take full responsibility for your own programme of work. At its core is your studio practice, where you’ll develop your portfolio of work and build towards your own exhibition at the end of Semester 2.
You’ll work with a range of materials and have the freedom to develop your creativity through the media that suit you best. The study of different cultural and critical theories will be integrated into your work, as you attend studio seminars focusing on the links between theory, practice and criticism.
At the same time, you’ll develop your understanding of research methods through separate compulsory modules. As you improve your own research skills, you’ll prepare to submit your dissertation – an independent project on a topic related to your practice – by the end of the academic year.
You’ll also have the chance to expand your studies when you choose from a wide range of optional modules. You could cover topics such as contemporary art, technology and the media, feminism and culture, remembering the First World War or anthropological approaches to art among many others.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- MA Exhibition 50 credits
- Advanced Research Skills 1 5 credits
- Advanced Research Skills 2 5 credits
- MA Fine Art Dissertation 30 credits
- Studio Practice 60 credits
- Derrida and Deconstruction 30 credits
- Reading Sexual Difference 30 credits
- Making Sense of Sound 30 credits
- The Margins of Medieval Art 30 credits
- Capitalism-Criticism-Contemporary Art 30 credits
- Unfinished Business: Trauma, Cultural Memory and the Holocaust 30 credits
- Aesthetics and Politics 30 credits
- From Chagall to Kitaj and Beyond 30 credits
- Encountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England 30 credits
- The Origins of Postcolonial England 30 credits
- Anthropology, Art and Representation 30 credits
- Humanity, Animality and Globality 30 credits
- Unmaking Things: Materials and Ideas in the European Renaissance 30 credits
- Individual Directed Study 30 credits
- Assessing the French Revolution 30 credits
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, group critiques, one to one tutorials, field trips, workshop inductions and an extensive visiting speaker programme.
Students develop a self-critical attitude within a rigorous theoretical environment, and are helped to identify and negotiate personal and shared positions within current practice/theory through ongoing discussion and review, providing opportunities to build skills in research, analysis and interpretation.
The assessment methods you come across may vary depending on the modules you choose. However, they are likely to include your studio project/exhibition and supporting written work, in-course assessment, essays and presentations.
This programme will allow you to develop your practice as an artist and write thoughtfully about the practice and context of artistic work.
It will also give you the chance to gain skills in organising and curating events and exhibitions, researching, interpreting and analysing artistic work and cultural, visual and critical awareness.
All of these traits are valuable in a wide range of careers. Fine Art graduates have gone on to work in curatorial and educational roles around the world, both on a freelance basis and for major art institutions. Others have decided to develop their research interests through PhD study and academia, or pursued careers in teaching.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
If you choose the Museum, Object, Practice optional module, in Semester 2 you’ll undertake a negotiated work placement to gain first-hand experience of contemporary museum and gallery practice.
We have close links with many of the major cultural institutions and organisations in the region, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore. If you have a particular ambition in mind for your placement, we usually try to find a role that suits you.
Students have completed placements in organisations such as Leeds Museum and Art Gallery, Harewood House, the Henry Moore Institute, National Media Museum, York City Art Gallery, National Railway Museum, Impressions Gallery, Fairfax House, Lotherton Hall, Abbey House Museum and the Royal Armouries.