MA Fine Art – Bath Spa University

Fine Art

MA

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    MA Fine Art
    School/s
    Bath School of Art
    Campus or location
    Sion Hill and Locksbrook
    Course length
    One year full-time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

    Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Realise your creative potential and learn alongside fellow students across all MA Fine Art and MA Design pathways.

    • Experiment and take risks to develop your practice to a professional level – with expert academic support.
    • Learn from practising artists of national and international standing and benefit from exceptional technical support.
    • Work in permanent studio spaces and excellent workshop facilities, in a purpose-built, interdisciplinary environment.

    Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.


    This studio-based MA Fine Art course allows you to develop your creative potential in a cross-disciplinary environment, using specialist equipment and drawing on the expertise of practising artists and skilled technicians at our Locksbrook campus.

    Working with students from across the Bath Schools of Art and Design, you’ll study a range of approaches including painting, sculpture, live art and photography, to further your skills and knowledge in your specialist area. You’ll identify your individual position as an artist, develop the appropriate technical skills and learn how to promote and exhibit your work professionally.

    Key to the Fine Art Master’s at Bath Spa is the chance to specialise in your chosen discipline while learning alongside fellow students across all MA Fine Art and MA Design pathways. You’ll also engage with industry leaders, galleries, museums, curators, artists and businesses, ready for the next step in your professional or academic career.

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    Learn to adopt an interdisciplinary and material-led approach, based on experimentation, risk-taking and personal innovation.

    MA Fine Art at Bath Spa will challenge your assumptions about art production and encourage you to explore ways to progress within and transform the field. It will also encourage you to build collaborative relationships with other artists and develop transferable skills.

    You’ll identify your individual position as an artist and learn to promote and exhibit your work professionally. You’ll take a holistic approach, embedding theory, research, and historical and contemporary practice into your work.

    Course structure

    MA Fine Art at Bath Spa runs over one year and is divided into three trimesters.

    Trimester one
    Begin to take chances and challenge your creative processes. You’ll interrogate your existing knowledge and develop skills in an environment that encourages playfulness and artistic risk-taking. You can experiment freely in our wide variety of specialist facilities, open studio and workshop spaces – with expert technical support.

    Trimester two
    Building on the work in the first trimester, you’ll maintain an experimental approach, but start to narrow your focus. Academic staff will help you evaluate your initial studio developments and refine your working strategy. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the presentation of your practice and to test how resolved works relate to each other in, as well as to the spaces of, appropriate exhibition sites.

    Trimester three
    You’ll establish a line of enquiry for your Master’s Project, working to a proposal of your devising, which contextualises your work within your specialist discipline appropriate to Master’s level and leads to your final Degree Show. You’ll work in the studio with increasing independence and demonstrate progress in establishing a professional practice.

    How will I be assessed?

    Your progress is evaluated by formative assessment (throughout the duration of the course) and summative assessment (at the end of each trimester), through a mixture of exhibitions, verbal/visual presentations, research folders/blogs and written assignments.

    How will I be taught?

    You’ll learn through lectures, talks, taught sessions, individual and group tutorials, and studio critiques and seminars.

    Visiting lecturers, and seminars with external professionals and internationally renowned designers and artists, will help you determine where your current practice sits within the industry.

    Our collaborative structure also means that you’ll learn from each other – for instance, Curatorial Practice and Textiles students might engage in debates with Fine Art students.

    Technical Demonstrators, who manage our workshop facilities, provide teaching and support across a wide range of subject specialisms. Your learning is also supported by specialist librarians.

    Opportunities

    Fieldwork

    When permitted, Bath School of Art offers fieldwork opportunities throughout the academic year.

    Competitions and awards

    There are several awards and competitions at Bath Spa that MA Fine Art students can enter:

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    Our Art and Design courses are based at our Locksbrook Road and Sion Hill campuses.

    You’ll benefit from access to:

    Locksbrook campus

    Locksbrook Campus is truly a unique and inspirational space, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to flourish. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas.

    Fees

    Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

    UK students full time

    Course fees
    2021/22 entry £8,405
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
    2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2021/22 entry £15,685
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
    2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We're looking for energetic and self-motivated individuals who can work on their own but see the value in collaboration with others. You should enjoy asking questions and solving creative problems.

    Typical offers and subject-specific requirement

    You’ll need a good first degree in Fine Art or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience, and a good working knowledge of Fine Art contexts and methodologies.

    Fundamentally, you’ll be selected on your potential to thrive on the programme, as demonstrated by your portfolio and interview.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    With your application form you should provide images of recent work, either in an attachment or through a link to an online resource. These should be clearly marked with size, date and medium. You should also write a short statement outlining why you want to study for an MA at Bath School of Art and what attracts you to the course. Find out more about submitting a portfolio.

    We encourage you to come to Locksbrook, if possible, so that we can meet in person and show you the campus. At interview, you'd usually bring some examples of your work. We'll ask you about the artists you look at and exhibitions you've visited.

    We'll discuss your work, how you hope to develop your ideas and the facilities you'll need. If it's not possible for you to attend in person, we offer online interviews, supported by a digital portfolio.

    Want to apply for this year? 

    Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

    Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

    Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

    Pathway leader: Dr Andrea Medjesi-Jones
    Email: a.medjesi-jones@bathspa.ac.uk

    Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Conor Wilson
    Email: c.wilson3@bathspa.ac.uk 

    Locksbrook Campus image credits: Chris Wakefield, Crescent Photography

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