MA Fine Art FAQs

The most frequently asked questions about the OCA's MA Fine Art programme.

FINANCE

 

Once a student has commenced the course, are they liable for the entire fee even if they decide to leave the course part way through?

How much does the MA cost?

QUALIFICATIONS

 

If only part of the course is completed, are there staged awards, such as Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma available ?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS

 

I see from the entry requirements that a degree in Fine Art is a pre requisite for the course, however I wonder if professional experience allows an entry route too ?

The course information asks for 15 images to be submitted with the application and also mentions sketchbook work. Should this sketchbook work be included in the 15 images or in addition to them (15 images in total doesn’t seem very many)?

Are the interviews and study sessions held at the OCA in Barnsley or at one of the University for the Creative Arts sites?

Can I join the course if I live overseas?

What is the deadline to join the course?

I am not a painter but work in a variety of other media (glass, textile art, printmaking and photography for example). Can I pursue my Fine Art ambitions in these media by doing this MA with you?

THE COURSE

 

What are the residency requirements?

How many hours a week of study does the course demand?

Would there be the opportunity to mount the final project in the UK – what exhibition spaces or galleries does the programme have or will have a relationship with?

Who are the tutors on the course? Can you tell me something about them?

How many hours tuition is provided on the course?

What is the course start date?

 

FINANCE

Once a student has commenced the course, are they liable for the entire fee even if they decide to leave the course part way through?

If students change their mind about participating in the course, they may ask for a refund on their first payment within one month of paying for the course.

If a student decides, after six months of study, that the MA is not for them, they will forfeit a proportion of the cost, but if other payments have been made they are refundable.

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How much does the MA cost?

The fee is set each year, for the following year. Up to date details are given on the MA course overview page HERE.

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QUALIFICATIONS

 

If only part of the course is completed, are there staged awards, such as Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma available?

You can exit with a post graduate diploma once you have 120 credits.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS

 

I see from the entry requirements that a degree in Fine Art is a pre-requisite for the course, however I wonder if professional experience allows an entry route too?

If your portfolio is good enough then we may take you based on this and what you tell us about your background (for example if you have been an artist for many years, or have a related qualification). When applying, you will be invited to send us examples of your work and we will interview you over the phone or by webcam. It may be that what you need to do is to complete some undergraduate course units with us first, to prepare the ground for the MA.

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The course information asks for between 10 and 15 images of your work to be submitted with the application and also mentions sketchbook work. Should this sketchbook work be included in the number of images or in addition to them?

Your sketchbook work can be included within the 10 – 15 images of your work. Please ensure it is labelled clearly as sketch work.

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Are the interviews and study sessions held at the OCA in Barnsley or at one of the University for the Creative Arts sites?

Neither. The interviews are over the phone or by webcam and we ask for work to be submitted digitally to support the interview.

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Can I join the course if I live overseas?

Yes, as long as you have good bandwidth, a reliable connection and can stream video on your computer. The only constraints for international students are that you are required to take part in synchronous seminars from time to time. If you live in a different time zone from the UK then these may take place an unsocial hours.

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What is the deadline to join the course?

The programme entry deadline is July 31st each year.

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I am not a painter but work in a variety of other media (glass, textile art, printmaking and photography for example). Can I pursue my Fine Art ambitions in these media by doing this MA with you?

Yes, you can work in a range of media of your choice: the only requirement is that you are practising Fine Art.

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THE COURSE

 

What are the residency requirements?

There are no residency requirements.

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How many hours a week of study does the course demand?

The MA Fine Art requires at least 11 hours per week over 3 years.

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Would there be the opportunity to mount the final project in the UK – what exhibition spaces or galleries does the programme have or will have a relationship with?

Yes, the final project is mounted in the UK. We can mount to your specification or you can come and do it yourself. We have our own exhibition space and links with other city gallery spaces near to OCA.

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Who are the tutors on the course? Can you tell me something about them?

The tutors are all experienced in teaching on MA programmes. They are as follows:

  1. Caroline Wright, MA Course Leader and Tutor. Visit Caroline’s website at www.carolinewright.com
  2. Angela Rogers, Unit Leader and Tutor. You can see Angela’s work on www.flickr.com. Her user name is drawingdialogue.

 

There are several visiting lecturers who tutor on the MA, bringing a range of specialisms to the course. Visiting Lecturers have included Les Bicknell, David Kefford, Emily Speed, Lisa Barnard, Donal Molony, Lucy Day and Susan Jones.

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How many hours tuition is provided on the course?

For a typical 60 credit unit the structure is as follows:

  • 6 tutorials (one to one, specified date, time by agreement)
  • 2 video lectures (watch in own time within a specified period)
  • 7 synchronous seminars and/ or presentations (this means in real time)
  • 2 asynchronous seminars (this means you contribute at times convenient to you)
  • 2 group critiques
  • 1 making studio day
  • 3 various online sessions e.g. unit introductions

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