MA Fine ArtPlease note that this programme starts in September only
The MA in Fine Art is the pinnacle Fine Art programme for the School of Art and Design and exemplifies the School’s principles of creativity, innovation and experiential learning. This two-year programme, also suited to working professionals, is designed to develop advanced level practical and theoretical skills. Over the course of study, students expand on their knowledge and methods and learn how to contextualise their work within an intellectual framework relevant to contemporary art and culture, and the social and philosophical context in which they are practicing.
The experiential approach to learning is further explored with the newly introduced Advanced Practice module, normally undertaken over summer after the first year of study. Students complete an internship, research project, university-based project or residency, enabling them to develop solutions to real-world problems, enhancing personal and professional knowledge, skills, behaviours and the opportunity to increase professional connections.
The MA Fine Art programme is open to students from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates, practising artists and designers, and mid-career professionals. Ideas generation and project work is undertaken individually and in groups across a wide range of media, techniques and technologies, offering dynamic experimentation and exploration of traditional and newly emerging methods of media and practice across sound, video, installation, performance, photography, painting and sculpture.
The programme encourages self-managed studio practice along with continual support from a well-established and well-regarded core faculty team. In addition, internationally accomplished artists, curators and theorists are employed as workshop leaders, guest speakers and lecturers.
Alexandre Andrada, MA Fine Art graduate
man =+machine (2020)
Features of the programme
A contemporary and relevant art programme with a future-facing approach to art practice.
Centrally located in Prague, with easy access to key galleries, museums, and art studios across the city.
Small cohorts and class sizes allow for a close working relationship with teachers and classmates, as well as an individual, student-centred approach to learning.
An emphasis on the issues of the real world, contemporary society and environment.
Process-based approach to art, explored through research-informed project work.Soft-skills development enhancing communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking, project management and presentation skills, crucial for employability.
Tutorial support and expertise for a wide range of artistic media and disciplines are available through our rich pool of lecturers and professionals.
An outstanding bi-monthly lecture programme, Visiting Artist Lecture Series gives students access to local and international artists, designers and thinkers.
Social responsibility, and ethical decision making form core components of studio and professional practice modules to teach students their responsibility as artists and global citizens.
The low-residency aspect allows working professionals to join the programme, and supports students in developing projects over longer periods of time.
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.
What you study
The MA Fine Art programme is designed to facilitate a gradual building of advanced practical, professional, and academic skills through project-based learning.
Standing firmly upon a pillar of practice as research, the programme builds on the dynamic relationship between theory, art practice, and professional skills. The learning experience is carefully considered, enabling maximum attainment of new knowledge, while advancing skills and capabilities.
The programme is structured into two strands, the first involves professional skills development, practice-based and practice-led research, and the opportunity for collaborative practice, as well as the gradual building of the theoretical and historical knowledge necessary to locate student’s research projects into the wider creative and social context.
The second strand supports studio practice, encouraging and guiding students to experiment with critically engaged modes of production. Students negotiate their own direction, are responsible for their own trajectory and thereby actively engage with the framework of influence and knowledge they deploy. Students learn to identify the key transferable skills to help them initiate or respond to career opportunities and/or undertake further research enabling them to imagine the direction of their future practice.
Reshape 2020 Final graduate exhibition
for MA Fine Art & Future Design graduates
These two strands are complemented by the Advanced Practice module which allows students to gain experience in the workplace or undertake a research project within the university. It provides the opportunity to participate fully in a workplace, work-related or research setting in order to enhance knowledge and professional skills. Guidance and support is provided for all students by University mentors, supervisors and researchers, and workplace supervisors and University mentors for professional internships. Where possible, the college offers support to students with finding their placements.
The Programme Leaders organise up to three smaller joint exhibition / site-specific events over the course of the two years of study, and one major final exhibition. Teachers assist the development of students' professional portfolios and the articulation of writing artist statements, so that upon graduation they are ready and confident in presenting their practice for any future grants and exhibition proposals.
- Contemporary Practice: Echo (30 credits)
- Practice-led Research: Perception (30 credits)
- Post-Studio Art: Interrupt (30 credits)
- Advanced Practice (60 credits)
- Future Practice: Precog (30 credits)
- Masters Exhibition: Exegesis (60 credits)
1. Previous education
A British Honours degree (first or second class), or equivalent level qualification, in an art or design discipline.
(For applicants who do not hold the above mentioned degree award, special entry may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Board)
Or relevant professional experience.
2. Proof of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following
IELTS score of 6.0 or higher
TOEFL iBT score of at least 79
Versant language exam - score equivalent to 6.0 IELTS, 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. This letter should also include a research proposal.
4. Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio
5. Professional and academic references
6. Final Interview – a formal discussion with the applicant and final stage of the application process. Applicants will be invited to show their 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 an interview in person due to distance, employment commitments etc. then a digital portfolio can be submitted and together with an interview conducted online, 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.