We provide a creative and intensive programme that encourages breaking down the conventional barriers between arts disciplines. You'll locate your position within contemporary practice through self-directed study and modern, well-equipped facilities with abundant studio and exhibition space. Our dynamic and passionate staff are practicing artists with international reputations, who will use their extensive knowledge and experience to help you enhance your studies further.
You'll have access to workshop and studio resources in all the visual arts, including printmaking, sculpture, photography and AV and IT suites. Thanks to our location in Carlisle, you'll have a central base to explore many centres of culture in Scotland and the North of England. You'll have everything you need to inspire and facilitate your practice, building up your skills to be the next big name in the art world!
Our course focuses on research methodologies and their impact on individual practice, the importance of proposal writing and when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving. We encourage 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.
You'll develop your personal practice through a substantial body of completed work, accompanied by an analytical and reflective deconstruction of your practice within the developments in fine art. Seminars will provide the framework for critical debate on a range of subjects, using the diverse specialisms of the fine art team along with visiting artists and practitioners of national and international standing.
- Critical Contexts
- Practice: Research and Theory
- Practice and Cultural Context
- Practice: Enquiry and Audience
- MA Project Proposal and Professional Development
- MA Practice and Analysis
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via non-standard entry procedures.
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.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
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All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
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.
Resources and facilities
Our technical resources include workshops for sculpture, printmaking, photographic studios, AV studios and editing suites. Each student is allocated a studio area, which gets progressively larger at each academic level, and bookable space exists for installations or special events. Well-equipped seminar rooms will assist delivery of lectures and student presentations.
Awards and recognition
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 and Ramsay, Artists, Glasgow