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PG Dip Fine Art (Online)

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2 years

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

Course Aims

This transformative Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art course allows students to engage with what it means to be a contemporary artist in the global contexts of today. Driven by critical dialogue, the course focuses on fusing a critical engagement with art practice to theory and research while embedding sustainability strategies and collaborative, co-operative and collective ways of working. Run completely online, the course will act as a forum for peer exchange and facilitate the development of a global art network.

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.


Operating like a cultural critic or theorist, this?module provides the opportunity for you to research historical and contemporary contexts. For example, this could be the debates, complex global networks and positions that surround your art practice.?The subjects of this module will be in relation to your own art practice but not directly about it. By the end of this module you will have fully-located how research operates within your practice. You will have gained much further insight into a specific subject area that surrounds your practice. You will also have gained an understanding of how this initial research could be extended into further study beyond the MA. This module is assessed in one submission as either a written essay or a multi-media presentation.

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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.