MFA/MA in Studio Art

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The Aims of the MFA/MA in Studio Art

The MFA provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an artist. As an MFA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice.

The MA provides a masters-level education in art appropriate to a diverse range of applications. As an MA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters-level in artistic practice. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice.

Programme Description and Course Structure

Studio Research forms the core of the MFA and MA and is comprised of studio-based individual mentoring and rigorous group critiques. Studio Research modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation, leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Historical & Critical Studies modules engage you in intensive critical discourse on contemporary art. Professional Studies modules facilitate the development of the personal, conceptual, technical and organisational skills necessary for professional practice as an artist. They are delivered through seminars, symposia and educational visits to Dublin, London and Berlin.

Course Structure

Year 1, Semester 1
Studio Research 1 : Introduction to Art Research Methods, 20 ECTS
Professional Studies 1 : Introduction to Professionalism, 5 ECTS
Historical & Critical Studies 1 : Bridging Theory and Practice, 5 ECTS

Year 1, Semester 2
Studio Research 2 : Refinement and Coherence of Enquiry and Practice, 20 ECTS
Professional Studies 2 : Student Selected Project, 5 ECTS
Historical & Critical Studies 2 : Formalising Discourse, 5 ECTS

Year 1, Semester 3, Summer Term, For MA in Studio Art only
Studio Research Project : The MA Exhibition, 30 ECTS
A studio-based, independent studies module for students seeking to graduate with the award of MA.  Students develop a body of work for exhibition supported by a written Artist’s Statement.

TOTAL FOR MA IN STUDIO ART : 90 ECTS

Year 2, Semester 3
Studio Research 3 : Working Towards an Exhibition, 20 ECTS
Professional Studies 3 : Organising and Publicising an Exhibition, 5 ECTS
Historical & Critical Studies 3 : The Dissertation, 5 ECTS

Year 2, Semester 4
Studio Research 4 : The MFA Exhibition, 20 ECTS
Professional Studies 4 : Exhibition Installation, 5 ECTS
Historical & Critical Studies 4 : The Artist’s Statement, 5 ECTS
TOTAL FOR MFA IN STUDIO ART : 120

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