MA Fine Art**Please note that this programme starts in September only
The MA in Fine Art is a flagship programme for the School of Art and Design at Prague College. It is a two-year programme, suitable also for working students, designed to refine and develop practical and theoretical skills that are relevant to both inter- and transdisciplinary research in the arts, as well as exploration within individual artistic disciplines. It is open to students from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates, practising artists and designers, and mid-career professionals. It is tailored to students working individually and in small groups, and particularly well suited for artists committed to long-term exploration of negotiated self- and group-generated ideas and projects across a wide range of media, techniques and technologies. These range from the more traditional ones such as painting and sculpture, to photography, live art, advanced interactive digital technologies, video, sound and multimedia installation, complemented by ongoing critical and theoretical investigation.
The programme allows students an opportunity to explore a complex body of knowledge related to Fine Art disciplines, some of which is at the forefront of current research and development in the arts. It allows students to become more critically aware of the place of art in contemporary culture, and the social and philosophical context in which they are practising. The programme focuses on self-managed studio practice with continual support from a well-established and well-regarded core faculty team. They are supported by carefully chosen groups of internationally accomplished artists, curators and theorists involved as workshop leaders and guest speakers and lecturers. Work is devised and developed in ongoing dialogue with peers and supported by contacts with the professional art community and the general public.
Features of the programme
The programme offers the opportunity to
Explore, develop, realise and evaluate a negotiated, self-managed major project or series of projects over an extended period of focused research and experimentation
Engage in ongoing studio, scholarly and hybrid research practices, experimenting with different solutions to specific self-generated ideas and research questions
Learn creative and theoretical tools for designing and evaluating own and group creative ideas and projects as well as understanding and assessing their wider social and cultural relevance
Take part in developing a culture of innovative experimentation and collaboration with peers
Show independence and initiative, and accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes in regular public presentations
Foster commitment to own intellectual and professional development
Take advantage of student teaching and internship possibilities
The low-residency aspect allows working professionals to join the programme, and supports students in developing projects over longer periods of time
Key Teaching Methods
Learning and teaching is a student-centred, activity-based process, which integrates the content, sequence, and development of student learning. Self-managed studio practice is the main activity informing student learning. It is complemented by group work, research tasks, critical reflection, and independent learning through the completion of projects and written assignments. Group activities allow for greater focus and critical insight to be developed, so seminars and group exercises are regular features of the student experience. Lectures and workshops by the staff team and by visiting professional artists, curators and theorists give a strong sense of the professional art world that is being explored. Practical workshops explore specific themes, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials, discussion and critiques. Individual support, provided by personal tutors, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. Students learn to be proactive researchers and innovators.
Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles:
the development of professional responsibility and autonomy in learning in order to ensure the integration of theory and practice
the enabling of active learning in a professional environment
the provision of flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context
resources to help support programme outcomes and needs.
What you study
The MA Fine Art programme is structured to refine and develop students’ practical, curatorial and theoretical knowledge and skills through a flexible, individually tailored, and outward-looking programme of study developed in continual creative collaboration and communication with the local community and with the professional art world. The course is structured along two parallel trajectories, one which involves professional skills development, practice-led research, and the opportunity for collaborative practice; and another which supports independent studio practice in varying ways, encouraging and guiding students to experiment with critically engaged modes of production. Students are responsible for their own trajectory and thereby reinvent the framework of influence and knowledge they deploy and continually reflect on and negotiate the place of their work in the wider cultural context.
Upon completion of the MA Fine Art programme, students will be prepared to fully establish themselves as professional artists and cultural practitioners in an international context. In-depth studio practice fostered by the programme, complemented by its collaborative nature, supports the building of strong networks in the local and international arts community and prepares students for careers ranging from independent art practice to curation, professional research and teaching. The programme also supports progression towards further research, including MPhil and/or PhD.
At the end of Year 1, student progression is assessed through a candidacy review in which students present their trajectory over the course of the first two modules. A review board made up of the Fine Art staff will evaluate the work presented and make recommendations for progression into Year 2.
- Creative Interaction
- Research & Development
- Representation, Depiction and Modernity
- Artefacts, Galleries and Public Display
1. Previous education
BA (Hons) degree in an art or design discipline with at least a 2.1 classification
(For applicants who do not hold the above award, special entry may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Board)
Or relevant professional experience or equivalent qualifications.
2. Proof of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following
IELTS score – 6.5
TOEFL iBT score of at least 90
ELSA score of at least 400, administered at Prague College or elsewhere in the world
If the applicant has completed a Bachelors programme entirely in English this requirement may not apply
3. Letter of motivation (500 words) describing career and personal motivation
4. Two professional and/or academic references
5. Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio
6. Final Interview – a formal discussion with the applicant and final confirmation of the application process. Applicants will be invited to show a portfolio of creative and written work, giving a clear sense of ability, skills and drive to engage in self-reflective and innovative art activity. If unable to attend interview due to distance, employment commitments etc. then a digital portfolio can be submitted and e-mail correspondence with the Programme Leader or Admissions Tutor, together with a Skype Interview, will ascertain suitability for study of the subject and at Master's level. International applicants will be asked to provide evidence of reaching equivalent academic standards and to submit a digital portfolio of work.