Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Fine Art

This MFA subjects art-making to critical scrutiny. Artists on the programme strengthen the motivation, self-reflection and ambition of their practice and its leading ideas. While on the programme you will continually engage with what it means to practise as an artist today and the position taken by an art-practice in relation to art's complex history and its currency in wider social and cultural processes. Given the wide international breadth of artists on the programme and the open range of media welcomed in it, a primary concern in discussion is how a particular artist's work and ideas are understood in and across different social, artistic and intellectual contexts. Our primary emphasis is on how artists look to shift prevalent expectations and whether their work does so - perhaps then transforming what art might be. We place a strong emphasis on student-centred learning, particularly in the studio seminars and personal tutorials based on your art-making, its key concerns and ideas and their mutual interdevelopment. A lecture programme will in addition contribute to your understanding of concerns relating to contemporary art in broader contexts.

Entry requirements

Part 1 diploma stage: 2nd Class degree or equivalent; plus experience as an artist; part 2 applicants must show through interview and portfolio that they have established a professional practice in the field and have already fulfilled the criteria demanded at the end of part 1 of the programme through professional experience; requirement for part-time study: students own studio space in which to work over the 2 years of the programme; as a condition of admission to the part-time programme, applicants from outside London will normally be expected to maintain a studio in London for the duration of the programme.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment of studio practice coursework is evidenced through individual tutorials and group seminars alongside studio presentations (year 1); viva voce (year 2); and final exhibition (year 3); critical studies is assessed through essays (years 1 and 2) and a dissertation (year 3).

Sponsorship information

Arts Humanities Research Council


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MFA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,270 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MFA Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,400 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MFA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,270 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MFA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,270 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MFA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,270 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MFA Variable September 2016 - 3 years
MFA Part-time September 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

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