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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fine Art

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Course Summary


For almost 120 years, Fine Art at Falmouth has challenged students to develop a practice that engages with the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow.

You'll have the opportunity to collaborate and build networks on a global scale, all while enjoying the flexibility of online study. Through peer-led learning, mentoring and guest lectures with a range of expert professionals, you'll create exhibitions, events and a curated body of work.

You will:

  • Benefit from a vigorous programme of online guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses led by professionals from across the globe.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with and develop an international network of art practitioners and peers.
  • Apply critical reflection to define and articulate creative intent and purpose; analysing your practice in relation to specific themes to develop a reflective, adaptive and resilient practice.
  • Build an understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts that situate your practice in relation to the art world's complex global networks and positionalities.
  • Consider the social, environmental and ecological impact of your own practice and how it responds or poses solutions to global challenges.

What you'll learn

Throughout this online master's degree, you'll be challenged to experiment while developing and situating your practice within relevant fields of critical art practice. Foregrounding the importance of sustainability, ethical practice and business know-how, you'll become a resilient and entrepreneurial practitioner, able to navigate global economic, political, social and ecological change.

How you'll learn

You'll learn through a blend of lectures, webinars, guest talks, tasks and discussion forums, which you'll access via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you'll find all key documentation, get course announcements and access extensive learning resources.

You'll be supported academically by Online Tutors, who will also deliver weekly webinars and facilitate the online forums. If you need assistance with anything that isn't directly related to course material, a dedicated Student Advisor team will be on hand to help. You'll also have access to Falmouth University's excellent employability service, RealWORKs.

You'll refine dynamic art practices, spending 20-25 hours a week working on your craft. We incorporate optional face-to-face events for all our online students. There will be up to two per year and will typically run over weekends, to fit around your other commitments.

What our graduates do

As a graduate, you could become:

  • Practicing artists
  • Curators and art exhibition or festival organisers
  • Arts teachers, lecturers and technicians
  • Art critics, journalists and publishers
  • Social entrepreneurs or campaigners
  • Research/PhD students

You will gain Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip.


Drawing upon the knowledge and experiences gained from the previous four modules you will produce?a revised project proposal leading to an ambitious, critical and professional project?delivered to a public audience. This project can take the approach of?practice through research or research-informed practice. The final major project will focus your interest and should reflect your awareness of the contexts, collaborative possibilities, and sustainable goals of your practice. You will?work continuously on your art practice over the course of two study blocks to realise this project. You will be assessed at two points on this module. The first is the project proposal that addresses what you will do during your final major project. The second component is a portfolio and report outlining how the project worked and documenting the final outcomes. You?will?demonstrate increasing autonomy?in respect of your research skills and will build on your networks?to support the development of your work. As the consideration of audiences and contexts are key concerns throughout the?course, you are strongly encouraged to publish your?final major project?within the public domain. If appropriate, collaboration, and partnerships with individuals, groups, or institutions can also be a part of the final major project.

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Entry requirements

An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification is desirable. However, candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. We'll ask you to provide a portfolio of your most recent work when you apply. You'll need to submit a PDF or single link to your online portfolio. Your portfolio should include 10-15 images, films, or audio artworks. All of the pieces should be captioned with their title, material, size, duration, and date. Please also provide a 300-500 word artist's statement that outlines the ideas and intentions of your practice.