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Course information for the MA Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.

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  • MA Fine ArtFaculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

    Links with industry and professional recognition

    Exhibiting:Our emphasis on professional practice contributes to regular student success in major national and international competitions and an active student engagement with live professional exhibition projects and exhibitions.Postgraduate Fine Art Student Exhibition Achievement 2011 -12 Searle Award for Creativity Winners in 2011 and 2012Arts Council East Escalator Development Programme Evanion Project, British Library London International Print Biennale, NewcastleBITE, Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, LondonInternational Print Biennial, Oriel Wrecsam The Limits of Seeing - (Art, Space & Perception), Cambridge Science CircleChanging Spaces, Project Space Exhibitions, Cambridge Niche, Project Space, CambridgeMaterial Worlds, NorwichIf Not Now Whenever, Redchurch Street Gallery, LondonExposure Artists, Momentum Arts, London Exili-Trencat Per La Linea Del Temps, Reus, CataloniaFolk Museum, Cambridge Re: Location (Four Artists Four Sites), Cambridge Flying Colours, Assembly House, Norwich Upcoming British Talent, The Future Gallery, LondonLeper Chapel, Project Space, CambridgeCambridge Artworks

    Associated careers:

    Postgraduate students of our MA Fine Art benefit from a number of career opportunities. In addition to developing successful careers within the creative field, graduates have followed pathways in further and higher education, museum and gallery management, public arts projects, artist-in-residence schemes and fellowships opportunities both in this country and abroad.

    Work placements: The Fine Art team have developed professional placement links with a number of contemporary arts organisations throughout the region as a means of providing valuable live professional experience. Recent placements by postgraduate fine art students have included: Wysing Arts Centre

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    Changing Spaces

    Artichoke Print workshops

    Curwen Print Study Centre

    Momentum Arts

    BBC History Department

    International Project Space

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    Entry Requirements:A good honours degree, (or equivalent) normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Entry will normally be subject to submission of a portfolio, and an interview. Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate IELTS at level 6.5, or equivalent. Non-Academic Conditions: Art Portfolio.

    The Staff Team:Nick Devison (MA Course Leader) is a specialist in painting and printmaking, and has exhibited widely in the UK including the Curwen Gallery, Flowers East as well as several international exhibitions.

    Tony Benn is both a theoretician and practicing artist who has exhibited widely throughout the UK. He is interested in locating painting and textuality within the gallery space.

    Sergio Fava is interested in the interface between art history, technoscience and systems of belief. His work crosses theoretical research and practice-based photographic investigations, and his book Designing Nightmares: Environmental Apocalypse in science and Art will be published next year.

    Robert Holyhead is a painter, whose minimally lean works have been exhibited in America and Europe.

    David Ryan (Reader in Fine Art) is a painter, video-maker, experimental musician and writer whose work has been represented in the UK and abroad, particularly in the area of interdisciplinary collaborations.

    Benet Spencer works with collaged paintings developing fictional spaces; he has also curated and participated in exhibitions at national and international levels.

    Cally Spooner studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex and a Curating MFA. Her work explores the boundaries between curating, performance, and staging, and has been exhibited internationally in Berlin, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

    Christine Webster is known internationally as a photographer and, of late, a video artist exploring installation to interrogate the construction of identity and social space. Her work has been shown in one-person exhibitions ion China and New Zealand.

    Other contributing staff include:Duncan Ganley

    Kerstin Hacker Pamela Pfrommer (Arts Management Route)

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    Our MA Fine Art offers a specialist practice-based curriculum which embraces a variety of creative attitudes and practices ranging from painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, digital media, photography and performance. This 120-credit modular course places emphasis on autonomous learning and innovative research whilst also offering transferable skills for professional engagement. Learning is achieved through a sustained self-directed body of practice supported by one-to-one tutorials, lectures, seminars and peer group presentations.

    Contemporary fine art reflects a range of cultural perspectives and addresses audiences across a range of professional contexts. This course therefore supports a curriculum which addresses advanced fine art practice across a broad range of creative disciplines whilst also providing opportunities for professional engagement within the creative industries. The modular design of the course and the development of learning outcomes, reflects this relationship and places emphasis on autonomous learning and innovative research whilst also offering transferable skills for professional engagement.

    The opportunity to extend professional skills is further augmented through optional modules from the Lord Ashcroft International Business Schools MA Arts Management, which address key issues applicable to employment within the public and museums art sector.

    Embracing a variety of creative attitudes and practices

    FacilitiesCambridge School of Art has a superb range of facilities for the students of Fine Art with studios leading directly off the Ruskin Gallery. The facilities include excellent printmaking and sculpture workshops, as well as photography dark rooms, life drawing, and computer suites for video production and digital imaging.

    LibrariesOur campus libraries offer a wide range of publications and a variety of study facilities, including open-access computers, areas for quiet or group study and bookable rooms. We also have an extensive Digital Library providing on and off-site access to e-books, e-journals and databases.

    IT ResourcesOur open access computer facilities provide free access to the internet, email, messaging services and the full Microsoft Office suite. A high speed wireless service is also available in all key areas on campus. If you are away from campus or a distant learner, our student desktop and its many applications can be accessed remotely using the internet.

    Process and Practice as ResearchThis module considers the process of designing a research project for Art & Design students at Masters level. Supporting lectures and seminars, delivered on a cross-school platform, introduce exemplars of research practice from a range of creative perspectives as a means of informing your individual studio research. Using the initial lectures as a starting point, you are asked to design and undertake a practice-based project which tests the scope and limits of a specific research method or methods. The research process involves writing a proposal, identifying milestones, delivering an outcome and evaluating the pilot project. Group critiques and tutorials within a subject specialist area allow students to discuss the ongoing progress of their pilot projects. The concept of peer review as a means of validation is introduced, and you will participate in peer review as presenter and reviewer.

    Acts and DiscoursesThis module asks you to develop a body of self directed fine art research which reflects a clear awareness and engagement with curatorial issues. A seminar series within the module will introduce various areas within curatorial and exhibition practices on both a theoretical and practical level. Themes within the seminar series will include: 1) Exhibiting Practices, an introduction 2) Frames, 3) Neutrality: the white cube and its legacy 4) alternative spaces, 5) Environmental approaches, and 6) the politics of cultural representation.

    Fine Art: Critical Practice Your learning on this module is established through a sustained body of self-directed Fine Art research. This is supported by supervisory tutorials, peer group learning and a seminar series exploring critical and theoretical aspects of practice. Your individual practice will be analysed within a critical and cultural context and you will be asked to evaluate your research in relation to contemporary fine art practice and theory.

    Masters Dissertation: Art and DesignThis forms the major written element of the MA. You are invited to choose a topic related to your area of study, as the basis for a research essay of a maximum 8,000 words. It is expected that you will use the module to investigate the use of critical writing as an aspect of your own creative development, by investigating issues and preoccupations for which you feel a particular affinity or concern, and that you use the dissertation as an instrument of enquiry into the debates, conventions and values which define your own field of practice.

    Masters Project: Art and DesignThe Masters Project represents the culmination of learning on the course, and provides an opportunity for you to develop and