MAIntermediate award(s): PG Cert, PG Dip
“Having done my undergraduate degree at Anglia Ruskin, I knew the facilities and the location worked for me. I have young children so it was important that the travel time was short (I live in Cambridge) in order to get the most from my time on campus. I already knew some of the staff, though we have different people teaching the Masters degree in Fine Art, the culture within the Art school is very supportive, contact with lecturers is frequent.
There is an engagement with the art world, current art practices and theory, which is invaluable, with many visiting artists coming in. I was initially drawn to the course because it offers the opportunity to specialise in the second year, in either teaching, arts management or critical practice. Within this is the ongoing development of my own studio practice in the on site studio, with an engaged peer group.”
Course overviewThis course offers a specialist practice-based curriculum which embraces a variety of creative attitudes and practices ranging from painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, digital media, photography and performance. The 120-credit modular course places emphasis on autonomous learning and innovative research whilst also offering transferable skills for professional engagement. Learning is achieved through a sustained self-directed body of practice supported by one-to-one tutorials, lectures, seminars and peer group presentations.
Contemporary fine art reflects a range of cultural perspectives and addresses audiences across a range of professional contexts. This course therefore, supports a curriculum which addresses advanced fine art practice across a broad range of creative disciplines whilst also providing opportunities for professional engagement within the creative industries. The modular design of the course and the development of learning outcomes, reflects this relationship and places emphasis on autonomous learning and innovative research whilst also offering transferable skills for professional engagement.
The interplay of this provision enables you to locate your work at the forefront of contemporary fine art practice, developing both critical and creative dialogues with staff and fellow students, and providing you with the opportunity to test out your ideas within a professional environment and context.
The acquisition of key transferable skills is embedded throughout the course. Full-time fractional and part-time staff members within the Faculty provide links to industry through their own professional career profiles. The direct professional experience gained through such affiliations is passed down through tutorial engagement with the students who are encouraged to actively pursue opportunities supported by tutorial guidance.
The opportunity to extend professional skills is further augmented through option modules from Lord Ashcroft International Business School's MA Arts Management, which address key issues applicable to employment within the public and museums art sector.
This module, at the beginning of the course, considers the process of designing a research project for art and design students at Masters level. Supporting lectures and seminars, delivered on a cross-school platform, introduce exemplars of research practice from a range of creative perspectives as a means of informing your individual studio research. Using the initial lectures as a starting point, you are asked to design and undertake a practice-based project which tests the scope and limits of a specific research method or methods. The research process involves writing a proposal, identifying milestones, delivering an outcome and evaluating the pilot project. Group critiques and tutorials within a subject specialist area allow students to discuss the ongoing progress of their pilot projects. The concept of peer review as a means of validation is introduced, and you will participate in peer review as presenter and reviewer.
This module asks you to develop a body of self directed fine art research which reflects a clear awareness and engagement with curatorial issues. A seminar series within the module will introduce various areas within curatorial and exhibition practices on both a theoretical and practical level, with a strong emphasis on the contemporary scene in relation to developments that have taken place over the last three decades. Themes within the seminar series will include: 1) Exhibiting Practices, an introduction 2) Frames 3) Neutrality: the 'white cube' and its legacy 4) alternative spaces 5) Environmental approaches, and 6) the politics of cultural representation.
Your learning on this module is established through a sustained body of self-directed fine art research. This is supported by supervisory tutorials, peer group learning and a seminar series exploring critical and theoretical aspects of practice. Your individual practice will be analysed within a critical and cultural context and you will be asked to evaluate your research in relation to contemporary fine art practice and theory. You are encouraged to articulate your ideas through a self-reflective and considered use of process, media and context.
The Masters Dissertation: Art and Design forms the major written element of the MA. You are invited to choose a topic related to your area of study, as the basis for a research essay of a maximum of 8,000 words. It is expected that you will use the module to investigate the use of critical writing as an aspect of your own creative development, by investigating issues and preoccupations for which you feel a particular affinity or concern, and that you use the dissertation as an instrument of enquiry into the debates, conventions and values which define your own field of practice. Group tutorials will explore the use of different modes of critical method and conventions of art and design research, and the production of critical writing as an aspect of an individual's creative and professional practice.
The Masters project represents the culmination of learning on the course, and provides an opportunity for you to develop and resolve a major area of research. You are asked to negotiate, manage, co-ordinate and bring to successful conclusion a complex, practice-based research project. This project may involve external engagement alongside the personal exploration of themes and concepts in your specialist field. You are expected to build on previous modules to identify a complex area for investigation and enquiry, and the research methods appropriate to the project. The creative outcomes which emerge from this module form the basis of a major final MA Exhibition.
This module considers the central role of finance in for-profit or not-for-profit sector organisations. The module develops many of the concepts, tools and techniques to help managers appreciate the financial perspective in arts organisations. It does so by first developing the language of accounting and identifying the critical difference between meanings of words in accounting and in our everyday lives. Secondly, it shows how these fit together in financial statements. And thirdly, it shows how these financial statements can be used to develop insight into the performance and prospects of the organisation.
This module addresses the wide-ranging operational and management issues of such a diverse sector, investigating processes such as design and creation, alongside key operational issues such as marketing and revenue generation, visitor management, information and technology and health and safety. The module aims to equip students with the skills and techniques which will ensure an effective and structured outcome to event management in today's competitive environment. The module will examine the roles of both public sector and corporate events management through a range of case studies, guest speakers and structured taught sessions.
This module considers the full range of income sources available to arts organisations including capital, revenue, project, sponsorship and donor development and the strategies used to successfully harness them. To facilitate the development of fundraising skills, a case study simulation will be used to provide students with the opportunity to work co-operatively in groups and undertake creative and strategic decision-making tasks.
The Arts Environment module has been designed to serve as a foundation for other modules in the Arts Management spine. This provides the reflective, practical, theoretical and methodological framework which addresses a range of institutions and agents and cultural, political and other processes that frame the arts environment in the UK and beyond.
AssessmentAssessment of core practice modules is based upon submission of visual research outcomes supported by a supporting statement submitted on completion of each module. Essay submission forms the primary method of assessment for the MA Dissertation and module options in arts management.
Nisar Ahemad A.Momin, India
“The course provided me a very close view of the world's capital in art. It is a very great opportunity to learn and adopt British contemporary art practice. Cambridge School of Art covers all postmodern aspects of fine art institutional practice. Teaching at Anglia Ruskin University is like mother care in nurturing creative abilities and skills of individual students.
FacilitiesCambridge School of Art has a superb range of facilities for students of Fine Art with studios leading directly off the Ruskin Gallery. The facilities include excellent printmaking and sculpture workshops, as well as photography dark rooms, life drawing, and computer suites for video production and digital imaging.
Our campus libraries offer a wide range of publications and a variety of study facilities, including open-access computers, areas for quiet or group study and bookable rooms. We also have an extensive Digital Library providing on and off-site access to e-books, e-journals and databases.
We endeavour to make our libraries as accessible as possible for all our students. During Semester time, they open 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and for 12 hours on Sunday.
Our open access computer facilities provide free access to the internet, email, messaging services and the full Microsoft Office suite. A high speed wireless service is also available in all key areas on campus. If you are away from campus or a distant learner, our student desktop and its many applications can be accessed remotely using the internet. Your personal student email account provides free document storage, calendar facilities and social networking opportunities.
Throughout your studies you will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), providing course notes, reading materials and multi-media content to support your learning, while our e-vision system gives you instant access to your academic record and your timetable.
Special featuresVocational disciplines are enhanced through a rolling programme of Fine Art Research Unit (FARU) seminars and workshops by leading visiting professionals within the field of fine art practice. These seminars, coordinated by Dr David Ryan, Reader, are offered on a school-wide basis and cover a broad range of practices within the creative arts industries. Recent visiting artists have included Danny Rolph, Hayley Newman, GŁnter Herbst, David Kefford, Bernice Donszelmann, Phillip Allen and Tim Ellis.
Course leaderDr Veronique Chance
Links with industry and professional recognitionOur emphasis on professional practice contributes to regular student success in major national and international competitions and an active student engagement with live professional exhibition projects and exhibitions.
- Postgraduate Fine Art Student Exhibition Achievement 2011 -12
- Searle Award for Creativity Winners in 2011 and 2012
- Arts Council East Escalator Development Programme
- Evanion Project, British Library, London
- International Print Biennale, Newcastle
- BITE, Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, London
- International Print Biennial, Oriel Wrecsam
- The Limits of Seeing - (Art, Space & Perception), Cambridge Science Circle
- Changing Spaces, Project Space Exhibitions, Cambridge
- Niche, Project Space, Cambridge
- Material Worlds, Norwich
- If Not Now Whenever, Redchurch Street Gallery, London
- Exposure Artists, Momentum Arts, London
- Exili-Trencat Per La Linea Del Temps, Reus, Catalonia
- Folk Museum, Cambridge
- Re: Location (Four Artists Four Sites), Cambridge
- Flying Colours, Assembly House, Norwich
- Upcoming British Talent, The Future Gallery, London
- Leper Chapel, Project Space, Cambridge
- Cambridge Artworks
Associated careersPostgraduate students of our MA Fine Art benefit from a number of career opportunities. In addition to developing successful careers within the creative field, graduates have followed pathways in further and higher education, museum and gallery management, public arts projects, artist in residence schemes and fellowships opportunities both in this country and abroad.
Work placementsThe Fine Art team have developed professional placement links with a number of contemporary arts organisations throughout the region as a means of providing valuable 'live' professional experience. Recent placements by postgraduate fine art students have included:
- Wysing Arts Centre
- Aid and Abet
- Changing Spaces
- Artichoke Print workshops
- Curwen Print Study Centre
- Momentum Arts
- BBC History Department
- International Project Space
- ICA Footnotes 5
- David Roberts Art Foundation
- Hayward Gallery Wide Open School
- Joseph Needham Centre
|Entry Requirements:||A good honours degree, (or equivalent) normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Entry will normally be subject to submission of a portfolio, and an interview Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate IELTS at level 6.5, or equivalent. Non-Academic Conditions: Art Portfolio|
Your portfolio should show examples of your recent visual practice and where possible should include work which is indicative of some of the themes and areas interest you would like to develop on the Masters. These may take the form of original artworks or good quality reproductions in hard copy of digital form. The portfolio should contain evidence of visual and or textual research which has informed the development of your practice.
International applicants are encouraged to host their portfolios online and provide us with the URL or submit in pdf format by email attached. CD or hardcopy formats submitted by post to our International Admissions Office are also acceptable but please note that these will not be returned to applicants.
We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
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