COURSE STRUCTURE

 

Studio Practice 1 VA0786- 30 credits.
Year One Semester 1.

Studio Practice 1 enables you to re-evaluate your art practice through the development of a self-directed studio project. Supported by individual tutorials with the MFA teaching team, visiting artists and participation in regular studio critiques and seminars, you will be encouraged to explore and develop the formal and theoretical issues underpinning your practice through contextual research, experimentation and critical reflection. By the end of the module you will have developed a body of studio practice which will signal the potential for further development. Assessment is realised through the submission of a portfolio of studio practice accompanied by a written summary contextualising the formal and thematic concerns of the work.

Locating Practice VA0788- 30 credits.
Year One Semester 1.

This module will help you develop an understanding of the key issues relating to the professional practice of fine art and introduce you to the principal research methodologies available to an independent artist or someone wishing to pursue further academic study. Through a programme of seminars and exhibition visits you will work with artists and curators to evaluate and locate your own practice in relation to key theories and research practices relevant to contemporary fine art. Assessment will be based on students delivering a seminar presentation and the submission of a written summary.

Studio Practice 2 VA0787- 30 credits.
Year One Semester 2.

Studio Practice 2 builds on the skills and experience established in Studio Practice 1 and enables you to further develop the potential demonstrated in your self-directed studio practice. The module encourages you to re-evaluate and refine your command of materials and process, critically reflect on your work and its relation to debates in contemporary art and develop a resolved body of work, accompanied by a written summary for assessment.

Exhibiting Practice VA0789- 30 credits.
Year One Semester 2.

Through a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops, this module will introduce you to some of the key issues and debates determining the exhibition, reception and interpretation of contemporary art. In addition to MFA tutors you will work with curatorial, interpretative and technical support staff based at Baltic 39 and other external exhibition venues, which will help, equip you with the practical and theoretical skills necessary to pursue a career as a professional artist. The development of an exhibition proposal for public output will be the focus for assessment of the module.

Public Output 1: Project Initiation VA0790 60 credits.
Year Two Semester 1.

Public Output 1 provides you with a period of sustained and concentrated study to develop the possibilities of your practice. You will be encouraged to rehearse and test the formal and thematic concerns at the core of your practice and develop appropriate strategies for the public exhibition of your artwork. By the end of the module you will have had the opportunity to develop a significant body of studio-based research demonstrating formal and conceptual ambition, innovation and technical command. A significant body of studio practice and a written proposal contextualising the formal, thematic and exhibition potential of your practice will be assessed at the end of the module.

Public Output 2: Project Resolution VA0791 60 credits.
Year Two Semester 2.

Building on the platform of research established in Public Output 1, Public Output 2 represents the culmination of the MFA and provides you with the opportunity to undertake a sustained period of studio practice in which to resolve your self-directed studio practice in preparation for your entry to the art world as a professional artist. Assessment is realized through submission of a highly resolved body of work that demonstrates ambition and clear decision-making in relation to the development of a sustainable studio practice and its public output. Your exhibition will be accompanied by the submission of written summary contextualizing the issues explored in your practice and their potential for future development.


Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate
60 credits at level 7
Full-time
Semester 1
Year 1

Postgraduate Diploma
120 credits at Level 7
Full-time
Semester 1 + 2
Year 1

Master of Fine Art
240 credits at Level 7
Full-time
Semester 1 + 2
Year 1 & 2