MA: Art & Process is a 12 month taught masters in Fine Art that is delivered over the calendar year from January to December. This intensive programme enables students to investigate, develop and position their art practice, offering city centre studio space, innovative approaches to teaching, and professional experience through collaborative projects.
The concept of process is understood in a variety of ways: as material exploration and the engagement with medium and technique; as theoretical investigation and systems of enquiry without resolved or object-based endpoints; as innovative models of art distribution, including the possibilities of working outside traditional sites of art production and reception. Process also refers to the progression each student achieves over the course of the MA, which involves the observation, critique, deconstruction, documentation and rebuilding of individual practice.
MA:AP offers a vibrant engagement with the expanding discourses of art practice today.The studio is treated as as an open-ended exploratory space – a space for risktaking, experimentation and accident, and also for critical discussion and reflection. The programme configures material and theoretical investigations together, allowing each student to develop a unique working methodology underpinned by critical and theoretical awareness.
MA:AP welcomes students with diverse backgrounds e.g. painting, performance, film, architecture, installation, sound, sculpture etc. Process is proposed as a point of common focus for peer interaction, inviting diversity of approaches and media, and allowing the points of convergence and divergence between a range of practices to be explored.