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MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice is committed to facilitating your individual development within the framework of contemporary art. There is a focus on the ways in which individual practice engages with ideas of collaboration, participation, location and situation. How is the course structured? Completion of the course takes one year in the full-time mode of study (45 weeks), or two years in the part-time mode (90 weeks). The academic year begins in October, and ends in September. How is the course taught? Much of the course is taught through individual and small group tutorials. At the core of the course is the Negotiated Project. This refers to the student?s individual creative practice which is informed by their own research interests. The Negotiated Project is supported by two separate seminars series entitled ?Discourses in Contemporary Arts? and ?Interfaces and Interactions?. Discourses in Contemporary Arts considers a number of themes pertinent to contemporary arts practice. It is designed to provide a wide range of contemporary ideas and act as a catalyst for further research and exploration by the student. The Interfaces and Interactions seminars focus on the various methods and strategies that contemporary artists use to reach a public audience. In parallel to this major unit, which runs throughout the entire course, are three other units of study: Research Methods, Professional Development and Extended Essay. The Research Methods unit provides training in research methods appropriate to art and design, as well as a subject specific method for undertaking research through creative practice. The process of understanding research, and its position within contemporary art practice, is explored through the combination of intensive shared study days and an ongoing lecture programme reviewing and revealing a range of approaches to research in practice. As part of this unit there is a series of drawing research workshops that examine the many ways that artists use mark-making to generate knowledge. The Professional Development unit provides training in skills relevant to a career in art and design practice and a more focused set of skills necessary to succeed as a contemporary artist. It is delivered by a number of speakers who represent a range of institutional knowledge and perspectives. As part of this unit students will be expected to organise andor take part in a public exhibition of their work. The unit is supported by a series of exhibition planning workshops. During the second half of the course students complete an extended essay that thoroughly theorises and contextualises their creative practice. Students are encouraged to see their writing as a tool that allows them to reflect upon, and articulate their practice. In order to support this unit there is a series of seminars entitled ?Writing in the Visual Arts? which looks at writing by artists reflecting on their practice. This will help students to develop their own style of writing, and establish a structure for the final essay. In addition to the above there is a series of weekly lectures by guest speakers entitled ?Models of Practice?. This series, which is shared with the other Masters courses, sets out to provide a cross section of the many different ways professional artists, working with a broad range of media, carry out their practice. The lectures aim to be diverse, stimulating, engaging and thought provoking. There are also a number of other lectures throughout the year that MA students can attend including the ?Comprehending Nature? series hosted by the RANE research group. Throughout the course, students have opportunities to develop their knowledge of career opportunities for contemporary artists. These include visits to local galleries, meetings with external artists, curators and funders and participation in exhibitions. How is the course assessed? During the course there are two formal evaluation points and, at the end of year exhibition, ther

MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice is committed to facilitating your individual development within the framework of contemporary art. There is a focus on the ways in which individual practice engages with ideas of collaboration, participation, location and situation. How is the course structured? Completion of the course takes one year in the full-time mode of study (45 weeks), or two years in...

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