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The University of Sunderland's Faculty of Arts, Design and Media is part of the arts infrastructure of the North East region that includes Baltic, MIMA, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Workplace Gallery.
The programme is primarily studio based and builds on students established Fine Art practice.
There are three main reasons why artists choose to undertake Masters level study in Fine Art at the University of Sunderland:
- to develop their personal practice - individual student's concerns/projects are at the of centre the programme
- to extend their professional experience and expertise through the range of live projects that the programme offers and to engage or re-engage in debate about contemporary art and design
- The MA programmes in Fine Art invites applications from artists, (usually, but not always, possessing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art), who want to develop their existing art practice in a creative, supportive and critically challenging environment.
Students demonstrate through a 'statement of intent' at interview and through their portfolios, (portfolio and statement of intent for international students), their suitability for postgraduate level study. Full-time, (45 weeks) and part-time (90 weeks) modes of study are available.
Increasing numbers of international students are attracted to the programme and enhance the diversity of the learning environment.
Many artists and others working within the creative industries are likely to consider part-time study as it enables them to maintain, develop and enhance their careers whilst studying at Masters level.
Each artist on the programme negotiates a personal course of study; some participants use the first (experimental) stage of the programme to include work in previously untried media so as to challenge and expand the way that they usually work - others develop ideas which demand the use of media and processes that are new to them.
Student learning is supported through an excellent provision of individual and group tutorials, reviews, critiques, lectures and seminars.
All Fine Art staff are practicing artists, and each student is allocated a personal tutor whose research interests align with their own.
Employers value postgraduate qualifications as indicators of high-level skills, knowledge, academic maturity, intellectual ability and commitment. On completion of the programme graduates have gone on to undertake commissions, exhibit their work regionally and nationally, and to take up a variety of opportunities in the cultural industries.
Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) 60 credits
- Teaching is through Critical Studies, negotiated study and directed learning
The Critical Studies modules (20% of programme in total), focus on an analytical and critical re-examination of contemporary and emerging issues in art and design. This element of the programme, which is designed to support individual student's practice, is undertaken alongside MA Glass students.
Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) 60 credits
- Stage 2 is an opportunity for continuing analysis, questioning and research, designed to test and deepen your personal practice
In Stage 2, in addition to the continued development and testing of student's own work, a unique feature of the MA Fine Art programme at the University of Sunderland is the focus on a range of issues relating to professional practice.
External professionals including curators, artists, gallerists and arts entrepreneurs give talks and practical workshops on a range of topics from fundraising to self-presentation.
Students also have the opportunity to take part in external professional events, these have included exhibitions at Nissan NMUK, and the Customs House Art Centre, South Shields, where they take responsibility for curating and all practical details.
MA Fine Art students also have the opportunity to develop proposals for a site-related art competition at South Tyneside Hospital Trust and in 2004 four students were awarded bursaries that have enabled them to refine their proposals towards realisation.
Other students have taken up opportunities to work in educational settings including gallery education, mentoring Art and Design Foundation students and leading art projects in a special school. Everyone who took part in these opportunities gained new insights, knowledge, skills and ideas that contributed to their ongoing personal practice as well as to their knowledge of the art world and provided real practical and aesthetic experience that will underpin their future careers.
Masters (MA) 60 credits
- Teaching is through negotiated and directed learning
Stage 3 culminates in a Public Exhibition following an intense period of work during which you will find a form for your ideas that will communicate your intentions to the audience.
Students work as a group to realise the practical issues relating to the Public Exhibition. Curatorial/aesthetic issues are the responsibility of individual students.
You will write a short, critical report that will record the progress of your work and ideas throughout the programme.
Stage 3 of the MA Fine Art programme culminates in the final Public Exhibition where students exhibit the results of the intense engagement with their work and ideas that the programme provides an experience that will have been demanding, productive, enriching and some have said life changing.
Admissions requirements to enter Stage 1 of the programme will normally be: a first degree in Fine Art or another appropriate art and design first degree e.g. BA (Hons) Arts and Design, or Photography.
Applicants with formal qualifications in other fields will be considered if their portfolio and articulated personal project is at a level commensurate with a postgraduate level of study in Fine Art.
Exceptionally, applicants with no formal academic qualifications will be considered if they have an appropriate professional background - personal practice as an artist and/or an appropriate professional background in the creative industries and if their portfolio and articulated personal project is at a level commensurate with a postgraduate level of study.
All applicants are required to demonstrate, through a portfolio of work, and through verbal articulation at interview or by a 'statement of intent', (international applicants unable to attend interview), that they have a personal project of a calibre commensurate with a postgraduate level of study.
Portfolio in this instance is a coherent collection of Fine Art based work which is delivered at application as actual works or presented documented through 35mm slides, photographs, or in digital form.
All successful applicants are expected to demonstrate through the requirements of the application process motivation, commitment to and engagement with the practice of Fine Art commensurate with both postgraduate study and future professional practice as artists or arts professionals.
Students may enter the programme at Stages 2 and 3 having completed comparable postgraduate certificates or diplomas.
The standard university procedure for accredited prior learning (APA, APL, APEL) will then apply.
Fees and Finance
The fees for this course are as specified in the table at the top of the page.
Please note that different fees apply to students studying for "Equivalent or Lower Qualifications" (ELQs). For more information about ELQs, please see the page Information for applicants who already have an HE Qualification.
Teaching and Assessment
The programme is based on student's individual projects, supported by seminars, individual and group tutorials, critiques, lectures, group work and a Visiting Speaker programme.
Studio work is assessed in Stages 1 and 2 through a studio presentation of artworks. Critical Studies modules are assessed in the form of presentations that are then expanded into short essays.
Critical Studies modules are taken in the company of MA Glass students, this provides a broader platform for discussion of issues relating to contemporary Art and Design.
The Public Exhibition (80%) and a written report (20%) form the basis of the Stage 3 assessment.
Students who wish to transfer to one of the other MA programmes in visual arts may do so at the end of Stage 1 or Stage 2.
You can undertake placements at Stages 1 or 2, organised either by yourself or by the University.
We have good links within the region including:
- The Customs House Art Centre in South Shields (exhibitions and placements)
- South Tyneside Hospital (site-related commissions and prizes)
- Nissan (exhibitions)
- Tudor Grove Pupil Referral Centre (workshop placements
- Art in Northern Churches
Graduates from this programme have gone on to practice as artists, to undertake commissions, to direct and manage community arts initiatives and projects, and to a wide range of self-employed and employed opportunities within the cultural industries.
Employers value postgraduate qualifications as indicators of high-level skills, knowledge, academic maturity, intellectual ability and commitment.
On completion of the programme graduates have gone on to undertake commissions, exhibit their work regionally and nationally, and to take up a variety of opportunities in the cultural industries.
Each year, visits are organised to major art events in the UK and there is an annual international visit, and these have been made to New York, Barcelona and Berlin.
*World Class Web/Design Tools*
The University of Sunderland have made a significant investment in providing students with access to the latest releases of Adobe products.
Selected PCs within the Murray Library and St Peter's have been pre-loaded with the Creative Suite 4 Adobe Design Premium Suite for your exclusive use. CS4 Creative includes key products such as Indesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver as well as Photoshop and a range of many others! Further information is available from http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/creativesuite/design/
For information regarding locations of PC or Macs within your own faculty that have access to Adobe products please contact your Faculty IT Support for further information.
If you are interested in purchasing Adobe products for your own PC/Mac Adobe offer significant savings for Student purchases via any of its approved re sellers. To use the University's Adobe supplier please visit http://www.student-software.co.uk/ for more information.
The Fine Art department has excellent workshop facilities for printmaking, sculpture and digital media (video etc).
Faculty Contact Details:
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
David Puttnam Media Centre
Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's
St Peter's Way
Sunderland SR6 0DD
Tel: +44 (0) 191 515 3593
Fax: +44 (0) 191 515 3807
Course Contact Details
Programme Leader Virgina Bodman
Tel: 0191 515 3423
Email: Virgina Bodman
To visit the Fine Art page at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media please click here.