One of two strands of enquiry in arts practice at masters level, the MA Arts Practice (Fine Art) course offers students the opportunity to explore their own art practice or to take an outward facing approach, in partnership with others. Students of the course develop the skills to evaluate, critique and implement methodologies, gaining the ability to articulate sound arguments relevant to their practice.
Graduates of this fine art course are advanced practitioners who go on to develop challenging bodies of work at national and international levels, gaining a grounding in the professional and critical skills required to progress in the field.
If you choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
The MA Arts Practice runs over two calendar years part-time or one calendar year full time:
Critical Studies in the Arts (20 credits)
Learn about systems of inquiry, how to understand and engage with objects and issues that affect your particular domain
Arts Practice 1 (40 credits)
Develop your skills in your chosen discipline, challenging genre and context to develop an original body of work either within a studio context or placement.
Please note: For students studying part-time the above modules will be undertaken between October – June during your first year.
Arts Praxis (40 credits)
Build on and refine your line of enquiry, develop new skills, producing a body of work within a studio context or placement which demonstrates complexity of understanding.
Professional Practice in the Arts (20 credits)
Explore entrepreneurial, marketing and management aspects of contemporary practice within a framework of social, political, economic and cultural responsibility
Major Arts Project (60 credits)
Complete a detailed project demonstrating praxis; an area of research and practice relevant to your concerns, utilising research methods appropriate for an arts scholar and an appropriate means of presentation.
Please note: For students studying part-time the above modules will be undertaken between October – September during your second year.
Learning and teaching methods
The MA Arts Practice course is delivered using specialist facilities in our post-graduate studios which are available seven days a week. The programme makes use of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, demonstrations and tutorials, field trips and visits. The contact time you receive will include weekly workshops or seminars and regular group and individual tutorials. In addition, you will be expected to develop your area of practice independently.
The course acknowledges the value of experience and partnerships to enable employability. A key element of the course involves establishing partnerships, internships, residencies and placements with arts organisations and galleries, NHS Trusts, social services, charitable trusts, schools, colleges, care homes and commercial companies to develop these. The course also develops your professional skills and positions your practice within critical and contextual frameworks.
Graduates of MA Arts Practice (Fine Art), (Arts, Health and Wellbeing) can progress to careers in academia, arts administration, artists in residence, arts education, arts and disability, community arts, commissioned works, gallery administration and curatorship, health sector management, public art, studio practice, social services, youth work.
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