This module aims to enable the initiation and development of individual practice through a process of material and conceptual exploration. It will establish and develop your awareness of the breadth of Fine Art practices and current/historical discourses. You will develop your understanding of the relationship between media, material processes and ideas, theories and concepts, and gain experience and understanding on a range of forms of research as the basis for practice. You will also develop an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and process relevant to art practice, along with the use of the range of available workshop practices.
This module aims to develop a range of skills required to establish independent learning in studio, and workshop time planning, research, technical, communication. You will gain an understanding of subject specific knowledge and skills and understand their transferability. You will develop an awareness of professional practice in the field of contemporary art research, knowledge of field, exhibition, and awareness of criticism/journalism as well as an understanding, through experience, of different forms of artistic practice and their contexts. Your skills in collaborative practice and team working will also develop.
This module aims to introduce the historical and theoretical frameworks informing contemporary art practice. You will be enabled to orient yourself with the extraordinarily expanded, complex and contested field of art today, exploring key questions, ideas and movements, and how you might answer, respond or use them. The module aims to engage you in the disciplines and pleasures of historical and theoretical research and writing, enabling you to comprehend a spectrum of practices from your most personal notes and notions, to highly specialised academic conventions enabling you to engage creatively in talking and writing about your interests and practices. The module exposes the highly expansive parameters of contemporary art practice, and covers several decisive topics, but since this expansiveness prevents comprehensiveness, the emphasis is on your active engagement with the histories and theories that are of most consequence for your practice. The module also seeks to enable you to explore and demonstrate these in contrast to received or canonical stories about what art is or should be.
This module aims to enable you to continue to develop a full understanding of the importance of an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and processes relevant to art practice. You will foster an awareness of the value and productiveness of risk taking as central to artistic and creative processes. You will develop an understanding of the current or historical discourses to your practices, its concerns and directions, and establish a clear consideration of the appropriate research and sources as the basis for individual development of practice. You will gain a professional and able use of all workshop and tools appropriate to the programme. Finally, you will create and produce a full body of work and plan and present this though exhibition.
This module aims to set out paradigms for an understanding of the theoretical, critical and social contexts of fine art practice. It will build on the learning processes developed in Year 1 to further instil the habits of research, enquiry and writing in relation to individual practice and its global context. You will develop an understanding of how fine art practices address diverse public and institutions, and begin to integrate the diverse methodologies and media of contemporary art practice in a general understanding of what it means to be an artist in the contemporary world.
This module aims to give you the opportunity to undertake projects or placements with a community context. You will develop an informed insight into the significance and value of art practice within a social context at either the level of the community, the group or the individual. Your understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to your own practice, concerns and interests will be developed, along with your professional and able use of relevant workshops and technical resources. You will produce a body of art work relevant to the collaborative community context, and prepare and make presentations of work and ideas based on research and practice visually, verbally and in a journal/sketchbook.
This module aims to investigate the conceptual and historical relationships between art and philosophy and enable detailed examination and questioning of particular instances or conceptions of this relationship, with some grasp of the established historical and conceptual context for such considerations. It will enable novel thinking about art’s relation to philosophy and philosophy’s relation to art.
This module aims to enable you to develop relevant research relating studio practice to ideas, materials, processes, sources, history and context. Your understanding of the relevant current or historical discourses to your practice, its concerns and direction will be developed and you will produce evidence of focused research in notebooks, through documentation and studio work. You will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of an imaginative, risk-taking and adventurous approach to the understanding of practice, use of material processes, and the undertaking of research. The module will establish a clear and appropriate form and level of research understanding of sources and references use in the development of studio work, and you will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between critical and theory area applied to your area of interest and artwork. You will also prepare and make presentations based on ongoing research, work and ideas.
This module will enable you to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of electronics and sound in an artistic context and present the possibilities such technologies can offer towards artistic investigation, creativity and presentation. You will develop imaginative and adventurous approaches to artistic practice through the opportunities offered by integrating aspects of electronics and sound, and engage in research, discussion and presentation both individually and in groups of ideas related to electronics and sonic art. You will gain immediate access to practical versatile and accessible technologies that can help enhance your creative practice, and you will be able to respond to specific contexts of contemporary fine art through focusing on such areas as installation, performance, and mixed and multi-media work.
This module aims to enable you to identify and deliver a research project that is the product of sustained and creative engagement both with a range of research resources and an area of studio-practice. The module will consolidate skills of project identification, research organisation and development, time management, written and visual analysis and the presentation of a critical argument/thesis. The module further consolidates the development of skills required for autonomous learning.
This module aims to enable you to develop self-reliance, professionalism and use of initiative when developing art practice within a social context. Further development of an informed insight into the significance and value of art practice at either the level of the community, the group or the individual will also be encouraged. You will have the opportunity to initiate or further develop work within a community or collaborative context which has a clear focus upon the needs or potential of a particular client group, host agency or issue. The module will promote a continued engagement with an ambitious level of practice, informed by an appropriate level of knowledge and research and that forms the content of a final exhibition of work. The practice must demonstrate a clear conceptual ground that is realised through critical and analytical processes and technical skills. You will be able to present coherently the development of research and practice through the form of an on-going journal/sketchbook.
Through this module you will be able to produce an exhibition and a dissertation as the culminating presentation of the studio and theoretical activities that have been undertaken on the programme. You will relate studio and theoretical work in an imaginative, considered and creative way, and reflect on their distinction and unity. You will establish a professional understanding of the field of contemporary art and the theoretical discourses that surround it, and demonstrate a focused and imaginative understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to one’s own practice, concerns and interests. You will also develop a deep understanding of the relationship between practice and ideas, art forms and theories, be able to work productively with uncertainty, ambiguity and the limits of knowledge, and make appropriate use of the range of available workshops and research resources.
This module aims to present the relation between studio, theory and/or history in the context of the field of contemporary art and will help you prepare and make presentations on research, practice, work and ideas, and to lead discussion of the peer group. You will exhibit your skills in the use of appropriate technology/IT for the purposes of presentation along with the relevance of chosen research topics/subjects to studio practice. You will be able to demonstrate yours knowledge of professional practice and career options though the field of Fine Art and the Creative Industries, an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and process relevant to art practice. You will make appropriate use of the range of available workshops and establish a professional understanding of the field of contemporary art.
Building on skills, contextual awareness and theoretical concerns gained in previous modules, this module aims to enable you to develop and further your understanding of current trends and issues of electronic and sonic artwork. The module will introduce advanced electronic and sonic techniques such as motion tracking and advanced synthesis in the areas of installation, performance, radio other media, and will engage you in research, discussion and presentation of your artistic practice in the areas of electronics and sonic art. You will demonstrate an imaginative and adventurous approach to the application of interactive electronics and new forms of sound production in a fine art context. The module will provide the skills of how to access specialist technical and creative knowledge to help realise project work.
This module aims to enable you to develop, analyse and reflect upon an ambitious level of individual practice that is informed by an appropriate level of knowledge and research and that forms the content of a final exhibition of work. The practice must demonstrate a clear conceptual ground that is realised though critical and analytical processes and technical skills. This understanding of practice must also be articulated through a written statement that accompanies the final exhibition. You will be able to imaginatively work with and through materials and outcomes in relation to ideas, theories and concepts in relation to other practices in the field of contemporary art. You will work productively with uncertainty, ambiguity and the limits of knowledge, and demonstrate a focused understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to your own practice, concerns and interests. You will develop a deep understanding of the relationship between practice and ideas, theories and concepts as related to the forming of a dissertation subject, and continue the gathering of appropriate research to support the development of practice and dissertation. You will be able to demonstrate an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and process relevant to art practice by making appropriate use of the range of available workshops. You will establish a professional understanding of the field of contemporary art.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
The facilities, studios and workshops at our purpose-built Grove building on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of specialist workshops, digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.
Fine Art BA graduate
After graduating from Middlesex, Serena completed an MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. After a series of solo shows, she recently held a two year residency at Newcastle University as the 2016-17 Norma Lipman and BALTIC Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture.
I always think fondly of my time at Middlesex where I met so many amazing artists students and staff. Middlesex was an amazing foundation for my career as an artist - it was here that any hierarchy of approach to making was melted away. Performance and collaboration were celebrated and encouraged with large project spaces available allowing us to experiment, make mistakes and be ambitious with our vision.
Fine Art BA graduate
Kelvin's pencil and charcoal drawings became a huge internet hit after his work was featured on the BBC London news, leading to further coverage across the globe and media appearances in countries including Nigeria, Italy, France and Denmark and most of the UK's national newspapers.
It was unbelievable. The week before it all happened I was in my studio having an average week, and the next I was on TV and being tweeted about by Tinie Tempah. Before I would hope to sell one piece a month, but since I've sold five. It was an unexpected but amazing boost for my career.
I've even had feedback from Corinne Bailey Rae to say she likes my portrait of her, and sent Queen Noor of Jordan my drawing of the late King Hussein as a gift, and she responded to say she was delighted. I owe a great deal to the University because all of this stemmed from there.
Fine Art BA graduate
Fine Art BA graduate
Natasha is now Store Manager at the luxury women's fashion brand, LK Bennett
Alongside technical teaching and guidance for my craft, the Fine Art degree at Middlesex University taught me a valuable lesson in understanding how to market myself (as an artist, entrepreneur or brand) and products (Art or any other consumable) and drive them towards success. I have used these skills to build a successful career in Luxury Management where my main objective is to drive the business towards financial success. The course has put me in good stead for reaching goals in my business ahead of other managers as I was shown how to devise 'creative' solutions to complex problems.
Start: October 2018
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: June 2018
Duration: 12 weeks full-time