Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This MFA, described as one of the most influential MFA programmes in the world, 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.

The degree has been described as one of the most influential MFA programmes in the world.

Course Modules

The programme is divided into two parts:

Year One (Diploma stage) can be taken either full'time for one year (until late July) or part'time for two years (until late July in both years). This year seeks to establish the core concerns and ambitions of your art.

Year Two (MFA stage) can be taken either full'time for one year (until late August) or part'time for two years (until late July, and then until late August in the final year). This stage of the programme enables you to address your ambitions for your art with an awareness of how it is situated.

Learning on the programme is primarily achieved through an appropriate combination of self'initiated and directed work in studio'practice and Critical Studies. Individual tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops and research laboratories support this work. All parts of the programme are mandatory for all students. There are no optional modules on the programme.

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) £9,840 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) £21,860 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) £4,080 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) £9,950 Overseas Fees
3 years
Variable
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)
2 years
Full Time
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)
4 years
Part Time
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants for Year One full-time and part-time (home/EU only) Diploma stage: undergraduate degree of at least second class (or equivalent) plus experience as an artist. Applicants for entry directly onto Year Two full-time and Year Three part-time of the programme (home/EU only) routes: you must already be in possession of 120 grade credits for postgraduate study from another programme to apply for direct entry into Year Two of the programme on either a full or part-time basis.
  • Requirement for part-time study: you need to have your own studio space in which to work over the four years of the programme. You might also be considered for the programme if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. You will need a digital portfolio. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing to study with us.