Master of Arts in Fine Arts

Master of Arts in Fine Arts

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Course title Master of Arts in Fine Arts
Course code PMAFNAFTR6
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Master of Arts in Fine Arts programme is a research programme in Fine Arts which is based on critical analyses, active participation, research and regular production of works and tasks, and a final project and dissertation.
The research programme includes studio-based practice across main fine art media. Each student will be allocated a corresponding studio space. This will be done in such a manner as to allow creative flexibility and to encourage resourceful and productive relations between students.

Group critiques sessions, individual and collective tutorials are organised within the existing possibilities and parameters. Visitors, including academics, artists, painters, and practitioners from various spheres are invited to the programme sessions.
A cycle of seminars with active student participation will be held to discuss research in progress. The topics for discussion are research planning and practice, originality, bibliographic collection and control, collecting research, producing a researched body of work, contextualising one's artwork theoretically, sources and references, and academic writing.
The tools and methodology of fine arts research and practice will also be discussed and M.A. candidates in Fine Arts and will be assigned a supervisor who can offer guidance on the candidates’ specific research subject for their project and dissertation.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 55% in that area or

(c) a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) above. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Applicants shall be asked to provide evidence of their professional experience in Fine Arts by means of a portfolio.

Preparatory Programme

In the case of a mainly research course and depending on the nature of the programme, applicants admitted under paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of ECTS credits already obtained in that area of study, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant applicants full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the applicant possesses post first cycle degree work experience that is relevant to the area of study applied for.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
The programme provides opportunities for students to:

• complete, resolve and assert given tasks in creative practice in Fine Arts;
• demonstrate the candidate’s reflective practice at Master’s level. It should confirm the candidate’s ability to show the integral relationship between concept, process and realisations of works of art;
• analyse the historical, theoretical, critical and analytical research conducted by the candidate and to show their inter-relationships in the production of works of art;
• critically reflect and analyse one’s work and discuss within a meaningful artistic context;
• have sufficient academic and applied grounding for the further development of one’s artistic talents;
• apply and articulate research methodologies in Art;
• facilitate innovative work at Masters level which achieves the synthesis of practical, critical and theoretical concerns;
• demonstrate technical and professional accomplishment in the rendering and dissemination of the Final Art Project and its presentation;
• identify, explore, form an analytical awareness ample for an artistic experience;
• apply and articulate research methodologies basing the final Art project.
The programme is targeted to capture creative and artistically talented students who possess undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields ranging from the Humanities to the Sciences.
Graduates of the programme will be geared for the exciting diversity of the creativity market. The range of career opportunities is wide and varied, especially when considering that the creative sector is internationally held to be one of the fastest growing niche sectors.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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