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ARTD6060 Fine Art 1

Module Overview

This module is one of the core modules taken by all students on the MA Fine Art programme. Your output from this module will reflect the approaches of your chosen mode of art practice. This module provides opportunities for students from the MA Fine Art to engage in contemporary Fine Art practice and the intellectual consideration of your own and others’ art ideas in a challenging and creative environment that values the diversity of practices that constitute art practice today.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To equip you with postgraduate level abilities and skills; these will enable you to develop a greater emphasis on advanced scholarship in your discipline, involving in depth knowledge of current scholarship and research, and critical awareness of current art practice and ideas. The module aims to: • enable you to position and debate your practice within a critical context • explore and critically reflect on your artwork and ideas • establish methodologies and ways of working to advance your art practice and ideas • develop your critical thinking to strengthen your on-going and future research • to critically examine the interaction between ideas/concepts and visual outcomes • to provide you with the skills necessary for the pursuit of a career as a professional artist

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the dialogue between your artwork and contemporary art practice
  • the relevance and importance of the ideas and art practices of your peers
  • techniques applicable to your own research
  • learning resources and study skills to support your research
  • selecting materials and references in order to experiment with your ideas and develop different ways of working
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect critically on your artwork and derive ways of advancing your ideas
  • articulate and critically examine concepts of contemporary art theory and practice
  • advance your ideas within a critical framework through creative problem solving
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues creatively
  • engage constructively in dialogue and debate about your own and others’ work
  • develop the necessary skills to make effective presentations that evidence clarity of thought
  • apply methods of search and retrieval of electronic and printed information


This module establishes your individual practice in the context of contemporary fine art. It aims to develop your awareness of how to refine your thinking and its practical applications. Through work on the course you will learn how develop your art practice and articulate relevant thinking to present your work effectively to your tutors and your peers. In this module you will employ a variety of practical methods and engage with appropriate materials, while being informed by new and challenging ideas and possibilities for your art work. Workshop inductions will support you in establishing technical confidence with the processes and production of your work. A series of seminars and lectures will help you to focus your ideas and propose new directions of study and practice.

Special Features

This module includes, staff lead, trips to London and Oxford to view exhibitions of contemporary art, and to visit a range of museums and appropriate institutions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the broader Fine Art course through optional events and projects organised for the BA Fine Art.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • student-led seminar presentations • group critiques • tutorials • library information skills session • Workshops, both technical and academic. Learning activities include • peer-group learning • exhibition creation Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Seminars: A key feature of this module is the programme of student-led seminars. In these seminars each student presents their prior research, practice, experience and interests to the staff and students of the programme. In a context which encourages critical thinking about contemporary art practice the presentations will allow you the opportunity to reflect on and analyse your own work and that of others. The student-led seminars permit students the opportunity to exchange views and become familiar with a wide range of perspectives on contemporary art and with the range of research undertaken on the programme. Group Critiques: Group critiques and tutorials will enable you to reflect on, analyse, and advance your work. To facilitate this you will be encouraged to discuss your work with your peers and staff in a studio environment. This forum will provide you with the opportunity and context to test and enhance your work. • At the end of the module you will present a portfolio of the art work, and related thinking, you have created and engaged with during Semester 1 of the academic year.

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Camden Arts Centre. leading national galleries and museums to visit

The Hansard Gallery ICA. leading national galleries and museums to visit

V&A Museum. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Courtauld Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Foster, Krauss, Bois, Buchloh (2005). Art since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism. 

Harrison & Wood (2005). Art in Theory. 

Arnolfini, Bristol. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Art Monthly. Journal

Journal of Visual Art Practice. Journal

Tate Britain. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Wallace Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

National Portrait Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Chisenhale Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Kocur, Zoya & Simon Leung (eds) (2005). Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985. 

Williams, Robert (2004). Art Theory. An Historical Introduction. 

Artforum. Journal

Modern Art Oxford. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Hayward Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Whitechapel Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Saatchi Collection. leading national galleries and museums to visit

National Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Tate Modern. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Serpentine Gallery. leading national galleries and museums to visit

John Dewey (1934). Art as Experience. 

British Museum. leading national galleries and museums to visit

Frieze. Journal





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  (500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Trips to London and Oxford are a feature of the course. The first of these trips is subsidised by the course. Subsequent trips are facilitated by group tickets purchased by the students.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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