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Birmingham City University: Fine Art

Institution Birmingham City University
Department Birmingham School of Art
Web http://www.bcu.ac.uk
Email courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 331 6295
Study type Taught

Summary

Our MA Fine Art Master’s course embraces art practice, in whatever form it takes (drawing, painting, sculpture, print, photography, installation, lens-based media, performance, participatory, interdisciplinary and expanded practice) and in whichever circumstance it occurs.

It is conceptual at heart, pursuing strong ideas and challenges of art in real life. The artist Joseph Beuys, working in Social Sculpture, famously said: 'Each and every man has the most precious building in the world in his head, feelings and free will'. And the French poet Baudelaire said: 'The best form of art criticism is another work of art.'

We agree, and so art is considered in relationship to philosophy, art history and theory, contemporary discourse and global contexts, establishing critical frameworks, in which artists make work. We also have strong links with art galleries and artists communities, including Eastside Projects led by Gavin Wade and Céline Cordorelli.

What's covered in the course? This expansive postgraduate course offers you a specialist education in Fine Art with both core practice modules and optional modules that change to reflect contemporary ways of practising. These have included: Philosophy and Aesthetics; Social Practices in the Visual Arts; Creative Publishing; Technical Methods; Small Arts Business Set up; Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice and Photography as Research. These help develop and frame your practice whilst also introducing you to contemporary contexts and debates.

It will enable you to take risks, be imaginative and self-reflexive in the development of your work. It builds your confidence, enhances your critical and analytical skills and prepares you for a career in the creative sector. Numerous alumni have gone on to be successful in a wide range of sectors of Education, Culture Industries and public and private sector arts organisations. You will be encouraged to personalise your learning preparing you for life as a professional artist or PhD researcher. Collaboration and personal development are strongly encouraged alongside attention to pastoral care.

This course is lead by Esther Windsor a curator, artist and writer with a Practice based PhD in Fine Art and a team of practitioners, including an experienced painter and staff located in the knowledge of the regions history of radical practices. You will be located at Birmingham School of Art (Margaret Street Campus), an impressive Grade 1 listed purpose built resource, with a specialist team of friendly, experienced and dedicated technicians.

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