The course takes as its starting point the consideration of drawing as a primary form of visual expression and out of this as a richly investigative way of encountering and experiencing the world. The programme aims to provide a context for a focused pursuit of a creative language for visual enquiry and communication.
Supporting a personal evolution of practice, the course provides strategies for informed and thoughtful research. It offers four strands of approach, combining practical and contextual investigation:
* An on-going investigation of the language of drawing, through practice and research
* The pursuit of an individual line of enquiry by means of an in-depth practical exploration of a chosen topic
* The pursuit of a context for individual practice
* A parallel investigation of ways of writing about practic.
Four structured, investigative modules culminate in a student-led major project which extends the enquiry into a professional context, involving an exhibition of work in an appropriate setting.
The course is aimed at graduates in fine art or related disciplines who wish to extend their practice through an intensive scrutiny of visual mark-making media, perceptual representation and associated processes, within an informed context. You will develop a critical and reflective appraisal of studio practice, and demonstrate understanding and originality in tackling and solving problems through the visual, oral and written components of your research.
The programme of learning is centred on individual studio practice, and is informed by a mixture of formal taught components (including lectures, presentations and seminars), individual tutorial (offering reflection and formative consideration of practice), and cultural visits.
As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content and module choices may change from the details given here.
The first 30 weeks (full-time) or 60 weeks (part-time) involves the following compulsory modules:
Module 1: Practice and ContextYou will carry out a review of your current practice to date within the context of masters level study. This is supported by the development of practical enquiry and re-establishing practice through research, accompanied by tutorial and seminar discussions. The module will be assessed by exhibition, and/or presentation of visual research enquiry.
Module 2: Research MethodsYou will focus on issues pertinent to all research students such as research processes, research management, ethics, intellectual property, referencing and alternative strategies. You will also investigate methods of enquiry, focusing in particular on the relationship between practice and theory. A range of theories will be introduced to provide you with methodological tools with which to consider your practice. The module will be assessed by a research journal or log and oral seminar presentations.
Module 3: Fine Art Drawing PracticeThis is a negotiated practice-based research project, examined by exhibition/presentation. Practice is supported by group critiques, individual tutorial support and a series of lectures delivered by staff and visiting lecturers. The module will be assessed by exhibition, and/or presentation of visual research enquiry.
Module 4: Research PaperThis document, submitted in the form of a written paper, should be a reflective and analytical document focusing on aspects of material practice through appropriate research methodologies, with particular emphasis on the work undertaken in Fine Art Practice (Module 3).
The final module requires a further 15 weeks of practice:
Module 5: Advanced Studio PracticeYou will present a substantial body of original work that reflects the level required through individual creative, critical and professional practice at masters level (Level 7). This will be assessed by exhibition.