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Would you like to develop your art practice in a vibrant research culture, supported by dedicated studio space and outstanding exhibition facilities?

 

 

The BxNU MFA is run in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and is based at BALTIC 39 in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Full information about the programme can also be seen on the BALTIC 39 website here.

You will be given the unique opportunity to design and develop your own investigations, determining themes, questions and strategies and moving between experimentation and reflective analysis to production, presentation and publication.

Taught by a wide range of distinguished and internationally respected practitioners, you will undertake field trips and workplace visits, in addition to the option of a study abroad through the Erasmus Exchange programme.

This course offers the perfect opportunity for you to develop your professional skills and prepare for a broad range of jobs.

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Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Arts

Location
Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

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Funding and Scholarships

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A multi-discipline approach to fine art is encouraged when studying this course and all forms of artistic practice are welcomed.

You will be encouraged to develop the full potential of your own individual skills through experimentation and critical reflection, with support throughout your development. Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, technical workshops, seminars, group critiques and individual tutorials.

A programme of studio critiques, seminars and exhibition visits will also enable you to develop the discursive and critical skills necessary to articulate issues relating to your practice.

Assessment is undertaken by a combination of studio/exhibition presentations, written submissions and oral presentations, which will be filmed by the BALTIC archive crew to allow you to assess your own performance whilst developing a personal archive of your work.

Field trips and an optional study abroad will also allow you to further enhance your skills and knowledge.

BxNU MFA Graduation Show / Milkilling

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Directed by the BALTIC Professor, teaching is delivered by a network of internationally active artists, academics and curators who provide world-class teaching and mentorship in fine art practice and research.

You will be taught by BxNU partners, which includes the Master of Fine Art team and wider Northumbria University staff, the BALTIC Professor and curators from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Throughout the duration of your course you will also benefit from subject-specific input from specialists from other University departments and external contributors.

When studying, you will be given the unique opportunity to discuss your work and receive feedback from a wide range of visiting artists, critics and BALTIC’s educational and exhibition teams, all of which boast extensive knowledge and experience within the contemporary art field.

Teaching Staff / Master of Fine Art

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Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to a wide range of leading facilities.

In addition to the unique provision for research and practice provided by PSN (Paper Studio Northumbria) and CSN (Colour Studio Northumbria), you will also have access to fully-equipped sculpture workshops (wood, metal, casting, ceramics), print workshops (screenprint, etching, lithography, cyanotype, drypoint, photo-etching, photo-intaglio, monoprint), analogue photography darkrooms (B&W and colour fine print & processor), photography studios, a Mac suite with 24 stations for digital imaging and video, digital output facilities with high resolution printers, conservation workshops and central media stores with online booking for still/moving image, sound and lighting equipment.

The use of technology is embedded throughout, utilising resources such as electronic reading lists and virtual seminars to connect you to national and international networks.

You will also benefit from our direct proximity to BALTIC’s stunning 300 square metre top floor galleries which are also the site for the MFA graduating shows.

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The Master of Fine Art course is centred around research-rich learning, with teaching delivered by internationally active artists, academics and curators. You will be mentored by this team, allowing you to develop an understanding of the wider professional context of exhibition and interpretation.

You will have access to the research environment at BALTIC 39, providing you with the opportunity to participate in the weekly postgraduate conversation, Talk Studio. The momentum and content of these sessions are tailored to the experimental open nature of the studio environment and driven by your own investigative processes.

Your own research is also important and you will be encouraged and supported to set up initiatives that actively contribute to the research environment of BALTIC 39. Currently this includes student-led initiatives such as reading groups, a performance group, a photographic research group and student-led ‘test-bed’ crit sessions.

Research / CSN / PSN

The MFA at Northumbria is served by well-established research facilities spread between BALTIC 39 in the centre of the City and the main City Campus of Northumbria University 10 minutes walk away. Across these sites we endeavour to create a research environment that is inclusive of cross-disciplinary enquiry, yet, also facilitates the demands of focused specialised study: PSN (Paper Studio Northumbria) and CSN (Colour Studio Northumbria) are both examples of internationally focused initiatives led and mentored by specialist staff in these fields through regular discussions with students and symposia organised by Gallery North. Excellent technical and library facilities also serve to underpin students' needs.

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Our graduates are highly valued with employers thanks to the reputation of Northumbria University and our unique partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts.

On graduation you will be able to think and act independently, applying your disciplinary knowledge to complex issues in an imaginative, sustainable and reasoned manner whilst marry method, form and ideas. You will also possess an awareness of industry standards for presentation and communication.

Throughout your studies you will be encouraged to initiate opportunities to work with artists and arts organisations, in addition to bespoke opportunities initiated by staff teams. These opportunities include exhibitions, performance events, symposia and workshops which to date have included work in the UK, as well as Poland, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Stockholm.

Undertaking field trips and visits will also contribute to your employment prospects, with a study abroad further developing your experience, expertise and career prospects.

Projects / There Were Islands

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The Master of Fine Art course will prepare you for a range of careers thanks to the diverse range of skills that you will acquire throughout your studies.

You may wish to pursue a broad range of jobs within the cultural sector, curating, professional research, teaching or doctoral studies.

The provision for enterprise or self-employment is delivered through professional exhibiting opportunities including grant and CV writing, developing your own web presence and testing writing with external stakeholders. You will also learn how to manage your time, resources and budgets.

Despite being a new programme, the Master of Fine Art course already boasts successful alumni, including Gethin Wyn Jones, currently a research fellow at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and artist Joanna Hutton who was selected for EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, less than a year after graduating.

Profiles / MFA Students

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in fine art, or equivalent. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.

Applicants are required to submit an online portfolio with their application.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,340

Full EU Fee: £14,340

Full International Fee: £24,600

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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