Fine Art Practice

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MLitt Fine Art Practice. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Peer and staff review, formative and summative assessment, with continuous feedback from tutorials. Lecture courses are assessed by essay, coursework and formal written examinations. Applicant's project proposal at point of application forms the basis for the student's final project of practice and research.

Dedicated studio space. Workshop and technical facilities including range of presses, purpose-designed acid room, photo-etch and photo-polymer facilities, multi-unit colour and b&w darkrooms, enlargers - printing any format from 35mm to 5 x 4" and one of the largest colour printing facilities in any Scottish art institution, photographic studios, Media Studio which offers facilities in computers, digital sound, video and editing.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Programme Leader
Mick McGraw

Painting and Drawing Pathways
Stuart Mckenzie

Print Media Pathway
Aoife McGarrigle

Performance Pathway

Michelle Hannah

Painting and Photography and Moving Image Pathways

Craig Mulholland

Sculpture Pathway

Alan Currall

Visiting artists to the Programme over recent sessions have included:
Erica Eyres
Claire Barclay
Michael Fullerton
France-Lise McGurn
Chad McCail
Rachel Mclean
Phil Gurrey
Andrew Houston
Alberta Whittle
David Sherry
Anthony Schragg
Lorna Macintyre
Erin Busswood
Peter McCaughey
Sue Brind
Ross Sinclair
Ruth Barker
Adrian Wisniewski
Mark Wright
Kitty Anderson 

Programme Overview

The M.Litt in Fine Art Practice is a one year taught programme which runs for 12 months between September and September. It consists of the following six specialist pathways:

  • Photography and the Moving Image
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Print Media
  • Sculpture
  • Performance

The MLitt is a specialist programme where application is to study in one of six specialist pathways. The Programme is predominantly studio-based offering students the opportunity to immerse themselves within research and studio practice. The Programme is split into two distinct modes of study; studio practice over four days of the week and Research Methods and Methodologies in Practice for one day per week (for the first two stages of the course). Each student has their own studio space within the larger Pathway studios which allows them to develop their ideas throughout the year within their own space.

The 12-month Programme expects applicants to have an in-depth knowledge of their area of specialism. The nature of the 12-month programme encourages an intensive exploration of research and development of ideas from the outset. Throughout the year on the programme, each student passes through three stages of studio practice: Origination (in which first forays into the project's content and themes are made); Investigation (in which testing, sampling and experimentation are key); and Consolidation (the bringing to fruition of the year's work in a cohesive portfolio of output at the Degree Show). Each student on the programme is encouraged to develop a high level of independence, enabling them to construct a working studio routine that utilises their time throughout the three Stages of the Programme.

The programme is studio-based and centred on practice, and is intended to provide opportunities for students to pursue in-depth subject-specific study in fine art practice at postgraduate level. Students applying to the programme identify in advance which pathway they intend to study from the six on offer. Students will be based within, and supported by staff from, the appropriate Pathway within the School of Fine Art. The staff who teach on the various Pathways are all experts and practitioners in that particular specialism, ensuring students can engage in dialogue pertinent to their individual learning through their specialism.

Students on the MLitt in Fine Art Practice Programme oscillate between operating within their pathways (in the studio, in tutorials and group critiques, and specifically focused lectures and seminars), and across them - especially in lectures and talks that deal with more generic conceptual and philosophical issues. Efforts are made to ensure that students on the programme are enabled to fully devote themselves to their chosen field of practice, whilst facilitating their learning through the provision of a range of interdisciplinary opportunities for critical reflection and personal development.

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