You will receive a studio space and a studio tutor. Teaching is primarily by one-to-one tutorials and mixed year group critiques with a year-round programme of visiting artists.
We emphasise the centrality of conversation and dialogue to developing innovative art and create a supportive environment to nurture risk-taking as fundamental to producing ambitious original art.
Courses examine key contemporary art developments and ways in which artists can self organise, collaborate and curate opportunities to exhibit.
We emphasise the application of theory to practice, and vice versa, and you will collaborate on self-organised exhibitions at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and at our external gallery partners. Theory courses encourage creative and academic responses to key contemporary art debates and we insist on research projects that are connected to practice.
Graduates produce exhibitions internationally, and have been selected for major residencies, exhibitions and prizes such as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Saatchi New Sensations, Glasgow Film Festival and Edinburgh International Art Festival.
This programme in Contemporary Art Practice at The University of Edinburgh enables you to develop an ambitious art practice and provides you with the organisational and economic knowledge to thrive as a self-employed artist and to work in the contemporary art sector.
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- You will study key debates and issues central to the development of contemporary art. For example, the course Studio will encourage you to critically evaluate the changing ways artists produce work now, while Sites will explore the possibilities of exhibiting work beyond the gallery.
- The work you produce for these courses will be discussed and reflected on in tutorials, group critiques and workshops.
- These practice orientated courses are supported by a seminar-based courses such as Methods and the Future Business of Art, where you will work collaboratively to examine key texts on core contemporary art issues and produce short presentations to stimulate discussion.
- Assessment is essay-based but we support creative approaches that use catalogue, artist book and online digital platform media.
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesVisual Arts Art History View 216 other Masters in Art History in United Kingdom
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Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
You may be asked to participate in an interview via Skype.
You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should be formatted as an A4-sized PDF document of no more than 10 pages and contain:
- images of your work (the number is up to you, but we would advise that you do not put more than four images on an individual page)
- accompanied image text detailing title, medium, date and where appropriate web link to any supplementary documentation of the referenced work (for instance a link to video work)
- a short artist statement (no more than 250 words)
- no more than five URL links to any sites that further detail or document your work
- evidence of practical or theoretical work that addresses key thematic areas in contemporary art and theoretical discourse
- evidence of collaborative working practices, either in a capacity as an artist or working curatorially; evidence of independent working practices, as an artist or curator
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International26300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National13400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13400 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home: £6,700
- International/EU - £13,150
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.