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MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins supports a broad range of experimental practices. It will test and challenge your practice, bringing it into a contemporary critical context. Our research-based teaching strategies actively seek to extend your experience and skills. We work responsively to your changing needs as individuals. We also encourage collaborative projects in relation to your work. 

The course is home to a wide range of international artists. Our students work in many media including painting, sculpture, print, installation, time-based and digital. The course offers an environment where complex social, cultural and artistic view-points are negotiated. Art-making in this context is a testing ground for ideas and media. Artists who study with us are open to change not just in expanding their practices but in creating new positions. Our focus is on student-centred learning, bringing your work to critical scrutiny in the studio. You will develop your individual research into confident, sustained practice. 

We place an emphasis on the investigation of materials and processes of fabrication. The College has a sector-leading set of workshops across traditional and contemporary media. The MA Fine Art course itself has a track record of innovative teaching. On this course, you will have the opportunity to work with students from different disciplines and levels. Recent projects have investigated sound-based practices, archival work, virtual reality, photogrammetry, digital publication and animation. These projects strengthen critical engagement with contemporary technologies of making and dissemination. They also work as forums for cross-course and transdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. 

An intensive programme of study will develop your skills and knowledge of research methods in art-related fields. Your learning will extend across our postgraduate Art programme, offering opportunities to meet your peers and to become familiar with the College’s research community.?On the course, we aim to provide you with a range of opportunities and learning experiences, giving you a broad skill-set to go out into professional life.

MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins supports a broad range of experimental practices. It will test and challenge your practice, bringing it into a contemporary critical context. Our research-based teaching strategies actively seek to extend your experience and skills. We work responsively to your changing needs as individuals. We also encourage collaborative projects in relation to your...

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Course Content

MA Fine Art supports the development of your thinking and practice. Teaching includes personal tutorials, group critique and external events. 

Unit 1: Enquiry and Process

In Unit 1, you will extend your technical vocabulary and will be introduced to a wide range of workshops. Lectures and seminars will introduce research methodologies. You will also explore key theories and critical issues with a range of specialist staff and visiting speakers. Your work in this unit will lead to an agreed individual study programme for Unit 2.

Unit 2: Knowledge and Communication

The emphasis of Unit 2 is to develop your practical, conceptual and technological research. This is formulated through both studio work and your research paper. You will start with group sessions to facilitate discussion of shared ground and differing concerns. These sessions are designed to help you think through and formulate your ideas into a research paper proposal. The specific contexts and sources of your research will be presented as a focused, critical paper, helping to set the agenda for your work in Unit 3.

Unit 3: Communication and Realisation

During Unit 3 you will be supported in the production of a body of work for public exhibition at the Degree Show. Throughout the unit, you will advance your professional and academic skills to a level that prepares you for post-graduation practices.

MA Fine Art supports the development of your thinking and practice. Teaching includes personal tutorials, group critique and external events.  Unit 1: Enquiry and Process In Unit 1, you will extend your technical vocabulary and will be introduced to a wide range of workshops. Lectures and seminars will introduce research methodologies. You will also...

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Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: An honours degree Or an equivalent EU/international qualification. AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will...

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Assessment Methods

  • Research and preparatory work 
  • Study statement 
  • Outputs from group project work  
  • Documentation of work 
  • Verbal and visual presentations 
  • Written work 
  • Participation in activities and debate 
  • Self-critical evaluation 
  • Realisation of individual programme of practice 

Research and preparatory work  Study statement  Outputs from group project work   Documentation of work  Verbal and visual presentations  Written work  Participation in activities and debate  Self-critical evaluation  Realisation of individual programme of...

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Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn term
Monday 23 September 2019 – Friday 6 December 2019
Spring term
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 13 March 2020
Summer term
Tuesday 14 April 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020

Course dates

Autumn term
Monday 23 September 2019 – Friday 6 December 2019
Spring term
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 13 March 2020
Summer term
Tuesday 14 April 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020