MA Contemporary Fine Art

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Key course details

Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Our intensive course encourages you to break down conventional barriers between arts disciplines and to explore the scope and influence of contemporary art and discover your own individual approach as an artist in a discursive and stimulating, creative environment.

You will study research methodologies and their impact on individual practice, as well as exploring the role fine art has as a critical instrument in the arenas of culture, politics and ethics.

Plus, with your own studio space and through self-directed study in superbly-equipped workshops and labs – in printmaking, sculpture, photography and in AV and IT suites - you will have everything you need to test and assist your practice and art world ambitions.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our passionate staff – all practicing artists with international reputations - will bring their extensive knowledge and experience to help you in your studies and support you in the productions and analysis of your own unique practice.

  • Get your own studio space, which you can design yourself to suit your work, thanks to our large, well-lit studios
  • Lectures take place in the dedicated art studios, giving you a unique learning environment, integrating theory with practice
  • Fine Art facilities include a professional printmaking studio with facilities for etching, relief and screen-printing, a wet darkroom, a 3D sculpture workshop with dedicated woodwork, metalwork (including hot metal casting) and ceramic areas, audio and video suites for filmmaking and a dedicated Fine Art Mac(kintosh) Lab
  • Our Vallum Gallery hosts exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers, as well as students, staff and alumni
  • Taught by tutors, who are practicing artists – many are world-renowned
  • Opportunity to create an ambitious portfolio of work and projects to wow a wide range of future audiences and employers
  • Small class sizes mean you get the option of intensive tutorial support and feedback from our artist-lecturers
  • Opportunity to exhibit locally and nationally thanks to our industry links
  • Students are heavily involved within Cumbria’s contemporary arts scene
  • Run your own artist space in Carlisle and visit galleries of note nationally and internationally
  • Visits and talks from professional artists to inform, inspire and help develop your work

Our students have exhibited their work at national and international levels and have gone on to become professional artists, private and public curators, researchers and art academics.

Thanks to our location in Carlisle, you'll have a central base from which to explore with ease, this and other centres of culture, including Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool.

You will be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and in the other, the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Add to that, being close to the spectacular North West coastline and you will never be stuck for nature and culture to explore while identifying and building your unique contribution to a global, artistic and cultural landscape.

 

 

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Progress to postgraduate for free

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* for students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education.

Graduate destinations

Previous students have exhibited their work at national and international levels, and are at the centre of initiative within Cumbria related to contemporary arts. You could use your skills to become a professional artist, a private of public curator, a researcher, an art academic or anything involved with the visual arts.

We encourage work outside university studies in setting up exhibitions and events with third parties, building up connections for future employment. It is part of our collective remit to explore and promote the influence and scope of contemporary art, respecting its methodologies and role as a critical instrument in the arenas of culture, politics and ethics.

News and Events

University of Cumbria hosts nationally acclaimed contemporary dance workshop for artists and practitioners

Posted: 19 May 2019

Three figures from a contemporary dance company that won national acclaim for its inclusive routine featuring disabled dancers on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing are heading to the University of Cumbria. The university’s Institute of the Arts is hosting the AVS Take More Space Dance Lab in Brampton Road, Carlisle over the weekend of 15 and 16 June 2019.

University of Cumbria and Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors present a Musical Journey

Posted: 12 Apr 2019

The University of Cumbria and Cartmell Shepherd are joining forces to present an evening of music and entertainment which will include performances from international opera singer Valerie Reid and Carlisle's own baritone Andrew Johnston. Proceeds from the evening will help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria's Children's Hospice and Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club.

Cranston's found their perfect Intern from the Institute of the Arts

Posted: 29 Apr 2019

Cranstons Butchers Ltd have recently been working with intern Rachel Stewart, who is studying a BA Graphic Design at the Institute of the Arts. We asked Jane Silburn, Head of Marketing and Retail Development at Cranstons why they decided on an intern and what the intern bought to the company.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 8 Jun 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 8 Jun 2019

Experience living and learning on a super-friendly campus with like-minded creatives - an awesome place to find your calling and kick-start your creativity.