For almost 120 years, Fine Art at Falmouth has challenged students to develop a practice that engages with the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow.
You'll have the opportunity to collaborate and build networks on a global scale, all while enjoying the flexibility of online study. Through peer-led learning, mentoring and guest lectures with a range of expert professionals, you'll create exhibitions, events and a curated body of work.
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 our graduates do
As a graduate, you could become:
Curators and art exhibition or festival organisers
Arts teachers, lecturers and technicians
Art critics, journalists and publishers
Social entrepreneurs or campaigners
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.
MA Fine Art Online is comprised of five modules, four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). The modules have been specifically designed to be studied in a non-linear order. You'll begin the course with Module 1 and end the course with your Final Major Project (MA only). The order in which you'll study modules 2-4 will depend on when you begin the course.
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.
Module 1. Contemporary Positions and Practice
You'll locate your practice within the broad contexts of professional contemporary global art practice.
Module 2. Informing Context
You'll increase your understanding of critical contexts relating to visual culture, critical art practice, and positions.
Module 3. Sustainable Strategies
You'll expand your awareness of, and your ability to develop, effective strategies for the production, dissemination and consumption of your practice that are innovative, creative and sustainable.
Module 4. Collaborative Practice
You'll collaborate on creative projects and operate professionally within the creative industries.
Final Major Project
You'll effectively realise a substantial and unique practice-based research project within defined critical and professional contexts.
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
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 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.
Find out more about learning online
The assessment provides the course team with a means of offering tailored guidance alongside advice on how to progress knowledge and skills in key areas that relate to the Course Learning Outcomes. The course team will identify your strengths and weaknesses as an individual and discuss them with you throughout your time on the course.
Assessments are 100% coursework, submitted in an electronic format to the virtual learning environment, and designed to reflect professional practice. Assessment methods include:
Completed projects submitted as portfolios
Written and verbal presentations
Essays and reports
Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
Study alongside students from around the world
Accessible online audio / visual content
Optional face-to-face events*
Invitation to attend alumni events
24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
Students' Union community
A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
Access to our Careers and employability service RealWORKS
*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events.
How to apply
An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification is desirable. However, candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. If you'd like to discuss our entry requirements, speak to an advisor.
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.
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for the successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
This course has three intakes per year: January, May and September.
We are currently taking applications for September 2021. The application deadline for this intake is 31 August.
Academic start date*
20 September 2021
31 August 2021
24 January 2022
10 January 2022
1 June 2022
11 May 2022
*Virtual Welcome Week begins the week before the academic start date. During this time, our Student Advisor team will host Welcome Webinars and be in touch with practical information on how to study online.
Online tuition fees for courses commencing in 2021
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021-22 for new online students from September 2021 onwards:
MA / MSc course, 2 years part-time: £11,300 total fee (incl. acceptance fee)
PGDip course: £7,600 total fee (incl. acceptance fee)
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Early Bird discount
An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by 26 July 2021.