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The award
MFA

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University

Studying an Art and Design Masters at NTU

This course allows you to develop your artistic practice while engaging professionally with the vibrant arts community in Nottingham. You will critically engage with, interrogate and resolve your own practice, leading to an informed and established body of work. With an emphasis on professional practice and audience engagement, you will widen your network working with partners across the city of Nottingham, preparing you for the rigours of contemporary practice as an artist and researcher.

Nottingham is recognised as having one of the most active artist-led scenes outside London. With an emphasis on professional practice and audience engagement, this course will allow you to widen your network, working with partners across the city such as Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange.

Key features

  • Dedicate yourself to the studio, focusing and exploring your practice.
  • Work with the arts community in Nottingham to widen your practice and professional network.
  • Take part in a programme of professional practice, including career development planning and professional work experience.
  • Be supported by staff who are practising artists in their own right.
  • Benefit from our extensive links with festivals, arts organisations, and artists' groups locally, nationally and internationally, including our own Bonington Gallery.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a European exchange with a partner institution, through the Erasmus programme.
  • Opt for additional research sessions if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

How you're taught

You'll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • independent studio practice;
  • feedback tutorials;
  • studio seminars;
  • individual and group presentations;
  • study visits;
  • self-directed research;
  • workshop inductions;
  • technical surgeries;
  • self and peer evaluations; and
  • Context Talks and the Live Lecture programme.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • verbal and visual articulation of your practice;
  • learning agreement; and
  • presentation of your work in the form of an exhibition.

Careers and employability

Professionalism is at the heart of this course, helping you to gain experience and make lasting connections with arts organisations outside of the University. The opportunity to undertake work placements and to engage in professional practice is embedded into the course, helping you to gain insight and knowledge in preparation for a career after graduation.

If you're thinking about progressing to further study you'll have the option to undertake an additional series of research sessions, to help prepare you for a Professional Doctorate or PhD.

Professional practice

A key element of this course is to develop your on-going professional practice, through exhibiting and audience engagement.

The course is outward-facing, embracing and engaging with the creative art scene within Nottingham and the surrounding region. It will help you to widen your professional network, create a sustainable practice, and encourage you to make the use of the rich art scene in the East Midlands.

Our MFA Fine Art is supported by a partnership between NTU and Nottingham Contemporary. Staff and students from the course will be invited to be actively involved in the development of Nottingham Contemporary's programme, including lectures, symposia, workshops, reading groups and screenings. This partnership also includes a student placement scheme, providing opportunities for you to gain insight and knowledge to help prepare you for your career.

You will also benefit from our Live Lecture programme. It welcomes national and international artists, creative practitioners and theorists including:

  • Hetain Patel;
  • Tom Clark and Rozsa Farkas;
  • Bedwyr Williams;
  • Lindsay Seers;
  • Annika Erikson; and
  • Pil and Galia Kollectiv.

Nottingham Contemporary - paid placement

"At the start of the MFA stage you will have the opportunity to apply for a paid professional development placement with Nottingham Contemporary. Successful candidates will work within one of two curatorial departments, Exhibitions or The Public Programme. The placement offers an opportunity for you to contextualise your practice in relationship to the work of a leading contemporary art institution, while gaining experience and transferable curatorial skills relevant to the realisation of exhibition, performance, moving image and discursive programmes.

"Nottingham Contemporary is an established partner of the School of Art & Design at NTU and during the postgraduate certificate and diploma stages of this course you will have the opportunity to participate in collective projects in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary."

Isobel Whitelegg, Nottingham Contemporary

Backlit gallery opportunities

"Backlit provides opportunities for postgraduate students at NTU to gain professional studio practice and experience working within a community of artists in an independent studio complex. Backlit has provided exhibition space for Masters students from Nottingham Trent University and involves them in critical sessions with established practitioners and critics from the arts.

"As an organisation it hosts artist from across the city providing studios, exhibition and project spaces. Nottingham has benefited from Backlit as a contemporary art space over the last five years, since its establishment in 2008 by NTU graduate artists and is support by Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England."

Matthew Chesney, Backlit

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Get inspired

Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.

Facilities

Our MFA Fine Art students are based in the Bonington building. Students on the full-time route will be given their own area to work in our postgraduate studio. Facilities and equipment include:

  • metal workshop adapted for specialist metal usage;
  • woodworking workshop and equipment;
  • resin and plastics development equipment;
  • polymer 3D printer;
  • vinyl cutter;
  • hand screen printing, transfer printing, collograph printing;
  • both black and white and colour darkrooms, enlargers and processors;
  • three full-size photographic studios with backgrounds and lighting;
  • glass kilns for glass work;
  • potters' wheels;
  • a ceramic digital printer;
  • casting and moulding equipment; and
  • bookable project spaces for developing and testing work.

Bonington Art Shop

Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials.

The shop responds to the requirements of our students, and the stock on offer grows each year to support the courses offered within the School of Art & Design.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMFAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMFAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.1 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Pre-masters courses

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can do a pre-masters course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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