MFA/MA in Studio Art
The Aims of the MFA/MA in Studio Art
The MFA (2 years, 4 semesters) 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 show that you have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will also develop your capabilities for critical enquiry in the field of fine art through a written dissertation, demonstrating your 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 (1 year, 3 semesters) 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. Whereas the MFA requires the completion of a written thesis, in the MA you will also complete modules in critical enquiry, in order to develop your ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns, and will be required to create an Artist Statement in conjunction with your final exhibition.
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.
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