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Course starts: 12 October 2020Apply now
This course is built around your personal interests and aspirations. We’ll encourage you to develop your personal practice through studio-led research, critiques, analysis and questioning. Given the strong practical element we invite applicants to share their portfolios and aspirations with us at interview stage.
At Masters level, the specialisms of tutors are an important factor. Sunderland’s staff research includes painting, printmaking, studio-based drawing and collage, sculpture, collaborative practice, art in architecture, video and digital art.
Our MA Fine Art programme will combine online and face to face learning. You will be able to access the resources that you need, which are based mainly in the Priestman Building, in a newly managed way that will enable you to continue your learning and stay safe. There will be changes to the way that your programme is delivered, combining the opportunities provided by online study alongside face to face sessions supported by specialist academics and technicians who will continue to assist you as you learn.
This flexible approach will enable you to stay safe, provide you with a continued rounded experience and enable you to remain a valuable member of our community of postgraduate learners. We will also continue to explore contemporary routes to present artwork which will include gallery exhibitions where possible but also building on our recent innovative online exhibitions and social media takeovers.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfillment. If you choose to study the course full-time, you will complete six modules over one year. Taught sessions are normally on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.
Part-time students have around four hours of contact time a week. By studying this course part-time, you will complete six modules over two years. Taught sessions are normally on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings depending on selected modules.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods, which include tutorials, lectures, seminars, reviews, workshops and practical demonstrations. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. Tutors give regular feedback and support.
We organise visits to galleries and art events. Recent visits includes Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a trip to Berlin. Assessment methods include reports, essays, your portfolio of work and the final exhibition. You can see examples of student work from our 2019 degree show (.pdf).
Advance your studio skills appropriate to current and new projects.
Develop your critical and analytical understanding of contemporary fine art practice and apply this to writing about your practice alongside other MA students.
Build on previous studio-based research to realise and implement personal projects.
Build confidence in professional practice and expand your ideas through a research project or appropriate placement. Work with other MA students on a degree publication.
Develop critical awareness and advanced knowledge of contexts relevant to your own fine art practice and write a report.
Develop skills for public exhibition and dissemination of art work.
Our typical offer is
in a subject related area.
We will consider applicants from other fields, as well as those with professional experience in the creative industries, if their portfolio is suitable.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
We ask applicants to present a portfolio of work. Your portfolio should demonstrate your skills and creativity through a collection of Fine Art-based work. This should be presented as original pieces, photographs or in digital form.
The annual fee for this course is:
The part-time fee is £375 per 10 credits.
If you are unsure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. Read more about the discount.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the media and cultural industries, for example as a practitioner, curator or educator. Opportunities could include arts development, public arts projects, community art organisations, social and art therapy support units, galleries and festivals.
Recent Sunderland graduates have set up their own creative businesses, undertaken commissions and exhibited their work regionally and nationally. During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability.
In the past this has included exhibition work in a range of public contexts such as galleries, schools and hospitals. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.
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