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MA, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma

Contemporary Fine Art

Location:
Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration:
1, 2 year/s
Mode of study:
Full-time, Part-time
Start date:
September 2015
Faculty URL:
Finance:
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Why study with us?

Based at the Caldewgate site in Carlisle, this is a creative and intensive programme of self-directed study that encourages the breakdown of conventional barriers between arts disciplines and prepares students to locate their position within contemporary practice.

Our staff are dynamic and passionate practicing artists with international reputations. Our lecturers also publish and exhibit internationally and being active within the research world, are well placed to pass their extensive knowledge and expertise on to our students.

We offer modern and well-equipped facilities with studio and exhibitions space in abundance. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to access workshop and studio resources hosted by the fine art programme in printmaking, sculpture, photography, AV and IT suites as well as all other facilities within the university.

Our campus in Carlisle is central in relation to many cultural centres such as Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester.

What can this course lead to?

Graduates have been successful in developing their position within the visual arts, exhibiting nationally and internationally. They are also at the centre of initiatives within Cumbria related to contemporary arts.

Graduates have gone on to be for example, professional artists, curators in private and public galleries, programme coordinators at independent film theatres, researchers, art academics, freelance curators and artist agency directors and operatives.

In anticipation of this, students are encouraged to work outside the University in addition to their studio practice, in conducting research, negotiating with third parties and setting up exhibitions and/or events.

We consider it part of our collective remit to be exploring and promoting the influence and scope of contemporary art as knowledge producer in respect of its methodologies and as a critical instrument in the arenas of culture, politics and ethics

Resources and facilities

This interdisciplinary course is supported by technical resources and staff at both the Caldewgate site and at the Brampton Road campus.

These facilities together include: workshops for sculpture, printmaking, photographic studios, AV studios and editing suites.

A well-equipped seminar room is pivotal to the programme for the delivery of lectures and student presentations. Each student is allocated a studio area, progressively larger at each academic level, and bookable space exists for installations or special events.

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Modules

The modules are a mix of studio practice and critical and contextual analysis each designed to build on the former, towards an integrated understanding of personal artistic production and its context.

Course summary

This is a research-based, taught programme with three distinctive phases leading to postgraduate exit awards. 

Postgraduate certificate level focuses on research methodologies and how they impact on individual fine art practice, the importance of proposal writing and when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving.

Postgraduate diploma encourages enquiry into working strategies and concepts within the context of contemporary fine art and the development of a critical understanding of evolving practice leading to a completed body of work for public exhibition. 

Masters level extends the development of personal practice in the form of a substantial body of completed work accompanied by an analytical and reflective deconstruction of the student’s practice within the developments in fine art.

This critically reflective approach helps with the development of personal practice within personally mediated research territories.

Seminars provide the framework for critical debate on a range of subjects, including your own practice. This aspect of the programme draws upon the diverse specialisms of the fine art team, along with visiting artists and practitioners of national and international standing.

Notable past visitors include:

  • Christine Borland, Artist, Glasgow (Turner Prize nominee) 
  • Mark Dion, Artist, New York
  • Tom O'Sullivan, Artist, Glasgow
  • Julie Roberts, Artist, Carlisle and New York
  • Simon Starling, Artist, Frankfurt (Turner Prize winner)
  • Illana Halperin, Artist, Glasgow (Turner Prize nominee)
  • Beagles & Ramsay, Artists, Glasgow

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Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures.

More information about levels and credits.

Selection criteria

Each application is assessed individually on merit.

Selection is by interview with portfolio. Applications are welcome from people without the standard qualifications if they can demonstrate the skills and capacity necessary for academic study at postgraduate level.

Costs

Click the links below to view information on your start date and residence status. If you are unsure of your status, please see the UKCISA website for more information.

Full MA

Home students

The full tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £4,500. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis, and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for three years may expect to pay £1,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

The UK government does not usually fund students who are studying at postgraduate level. We advise you to do some research as early as possible into what is funding is available to you. See the postgraduate finance page for more information about potential funding sources.

Additional funding

SCAST

Former students of certain schools may be eligible for a SCAST bursary or scholarship.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.

EU students

The tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £4,500. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for three years may expect to pay £1,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a UK or EU graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


International students

The tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £10,500. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for three years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about international fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

Funding

The UK government does not usually fund students who are studying at postgraduate level. We advise you to do some research as early as possible into what is funding is available to you. See the postgraduate finance page for more information about potential funding sources.

Scholarships and bursaries

International scholarship

We have nine scholarships available for international students studying a taught master's degree. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only. Find out more on the scholarship page.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.

PgD

Home students

The full tuition fee for students starting in the 2015/16 academic year is £3,000. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for two years may expect to pay £1,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a UK or EU graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


EU students

The full tuition fee for students starting in the 2015/16 academic year is £3,000. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for two years may expect to pay £1,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year).

Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a UK or EU graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


International students

The full tuition fee for students starting in the 2015/16 academic year is £7,000. This is billed annually on a pro-rata basis and may be paid by the student or a sponsor.

For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for two years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time equivalent takes one year). Find out more about international fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


PgC

Home students

The tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £1,500. This fee is due at the start of the course and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a UK or EU graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


EU students

The tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £1,500. This fee is due at the start of the course and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. Find out more about paying your tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a UK or EU graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.


International students

The tuition fee for the 2015/16 academic year is £3,500. This fee is due at the start of the course and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. Find out more about international fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates from the University of Cumbria or any of its legacy institutions may be eligible for a 20% fee discount on postgraduate taught courses. This applies to your first postgraduate award to a maximum of 180 credits.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate who studied at the University of Cumbria or a legacy institution for more than six months.

Please note that APL charges are not included in the discount.

For more information, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

 


Additional contact information

Mark Wilson
Reader in Fine Art
Email: mark.wilson@cumbria.ac.uk

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