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Fine Art (5-year course)

W150

5 years

Full-time

MA

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: BBBB.
  • A Levels: BBB.
  • IB: 34 points overall and grades 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4-S6. Standard Grades: English at Grade 3 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade 3.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Alternative qualifications

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Mini-portfolio

You will be invited to submit a digital mini-portfolio. If your application is of the required standard, you will be invited to bring a full portfolio to an Applicant Day.

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: BBBB.
  • A Levels: BBB.
  • IB: 34 points overall and grades 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4-S6. Standard Grades: English at Grade 3 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade 3.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Alternative qualifications

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Mini-portfolio

You will be invited to submit a digital mini-portfolio. If your application is of the required standard, you will be invited to bring a full portfolio to an Applicant Day.

Applications

If you are applying for a full-time programme you must do so through UCAS.

More information

What you will study

You will study both History of Art and studio-based disciplines over the course of this five-year programme, including painting, sculpture, intermedia art and printmaking.

This programme combines the studio practice of fine art with the academic study of the history of art, and is unique in its duration and the fact that equal weight is given to each side of the course over the five years of study. The intention is to produce graduates who have a professional understanding of artistic practice and who also possess an extensive and well-based knowledge and understanding of art history and the methods of its study. While undertaking your practice-based study you will work in purpose-built studios in a friendly and challenging creative practice environment; the other half of your studies will be spent with students from a wide range of humanities subjects (especially in the early years) studying the intensive Art History component of the programme.

Year 1

Your study is equally weighted between the history of art and the School of Art in Years 1 and 2. You will be working in studios alongside students studying BA (Hons) subjects in the School of Art. You will follow year-long studio and research courses with projects that introduce different methods, materials and approaches to art practice. Teaching in the School of Art is tutorial-, seminar- and critique-based. Within History of Art, you will take History of Art 1 and 2 respectively (running in both semesters), and one more semester-long course each year. These courses cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the counter-reformation, and from the 18th century to the present day. You will also study classical art, which examines the heritage of Greece and Rome.

Year 2

Within the studio you will begin to study with a more focused sense of materiality and regular seminar discussion will provide links between art historical and studio methodologies.

Year 3

You will follow the studio and research courses alongside BA students in the School of Art. The emphasis shifts from projects to deadlines and you will have the opportunity to engage in external projects and events, alongside extended periods of supported independent study. Within history of art you may choose from a wide variety of specialist topics including aspects of ancient, Medieval, renaissance and modern art in Europe, and also of Islamic and Chinese art, or contemporary art history and theory courses, covering cutting-edge practices in the 21st century in an international context. You will write an independent history of art project in both Year 3 and Year 4. In Year 3 your study is equally weighted between the history of art and the School of Art.

Year 4

As Year 3. In Year 4 two thirds of your study will be on the history of art.

Year 5

In Year 5 two thirds of your study is based in the School of Art. In history of art you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. The major part of the year is taken up with research and production of your work in the studios and this will culminate in the presentation of artwork at the public Degree Show exhibitions in early summer.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and museum and gallery visits.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework and exams. In your third and fourth year, you will complete a major independent project and a dissertation.

MA (Hons) Fine Art students, have History of Art exams at the end of both semesters in Years 1 and 2 and at the end of the year in Years 3 and 4. MA (Hons) Fine Art is awarded on the basis of your final-year exhibition, Year 3 and 4 exams and Year 5 dissertation.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad.

Programme structure

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