• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Art & Design
  • Study Mode: Full Time

A highly interdisciplinary course for students who want the opportunity to work across the traditionally defined boundaries imposed by many fine art and humanities programmes.

This highly interdisciplinary course will suit students who want the opportunity to work across the traditionally defined boundaries imposed by many fine art and humanities programmes. Each student is able to individually tailor their programme of study, and can choose to complete the course with either an exhibition of creative work or a major written dissertation as the final project for this postgraduate course.

This programme combines studio art and masters level modules in the humanities (such as Philosophy, English or Film Studies). It embraces all forms of Fine Art practice - traditional and contemporary - and celebrates the inherent diversity in each year's participants.

You will be encouraged to read critically and analytically, and to develop abilities in conducting high level discourse in critical, contextual and theoretical thinking. This combination of skills is extended through lively debate, which strengthen each individual's self-evaluation, reflective practice and cumulative progression. 

Throughout the course, you will be supported by a supervisor and dedicated tutorials, which add to the depth and breadth of your knowledge and understanding as personal study evolves.

Art & Humanities at Dundee MFA

The programme combines studio art with study in the humanities, including Philosophy, English or Film Studies.

Art & Humanities at Dundee MFA

Aims of the Programme

This course aims to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in a personal programme of interdisciplinary study and to provide research skills and methods relevant to both Fine Art and Humanities research-based practices.

It encourages ambitious investigation and enquiry through individual research, planned from the outset to achieve either a creative exhibition or major written dissertation, either of which are informed by a synthesis of critical and conceptual studies in art and humanities.

An introduction to the MFA Art & Humanities programme

Who should study this course?

Students should have interdisciplinary backgrounds at undergraduate level, and have demonstrated work in both creative (e.g. studio) and academic areas. For example, you may have an honours degree in English, Film Studies or Philosophy and have engaged in creative practices such as photography, video, drawing, sculpture, or painting on your own. Other students may have dual honours degrees or have taken our Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices BA.

Students benefit from both the DJCAD and Humanities public lecture programmes. Speakers in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts brings invited artists and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Students are also encouraged to attend speaker presentations in English, Film and Philosophy, a University wide Lecture Series and vibrant external community for events.

Art & Humanities at Dundee MFA

Enthusiastic artists and thinkers

This programme will benefit graduates who are enthusiastic artists and thinkers, people who are equally at home in the studio, reading a book or writing a paper. It instils and refines a double track of research methods, both academic and creative, and will help you to refine a personal synthesis of the two.

Susie Johnston

DJCAD is a very inspiring art school to work in, with dynamic tutors and wonderful technical facilities to explore using new materials. This course and the work I made have helped create many exciting opportunities, such as a residency in Iceland and a solo show in Scotland. The pace was intense, the learning curve was steep and the friendships I made robust. It is a wonderful multi-dimensional course for any artist asking questions and looking for answers.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, tutorial sessions, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, practical classes, studio tutorials and demonstrations.

In Humanities, one-on-one supervision of a literature review, initial outlines and drafts, leading to a dissertation by a single tutor is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided. Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, research assignments and feedback, and tutorial sessions.

In art, the basis of most exchange is conducted as individual and group tutorials, aided by studio demonstrations, guest lectures, peer critiques, and written reflections.

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be conducted for each module by module tutors. The assessors will employ a variety of styles specific to the module. Most commonly an oral presentation with the project and supporting work will be utilised for production and practice modules. Written components take the form of reflective reports, programme of study reports, essays and in the case of academic outcome, a formal dissertation (15-20,000 words).

What you will study

The academic year is divided into three semesters each comprising teaching and assessment weeks. (The first week of semester 1 is entitled 'Induction Week, when activities for new students are planned and diagnostic workshops take place to establish students strengths and weaknesses.)

In Humanities, students may select a Masters level module from one of the following areas of study: English; Film Studies; Philosophy; Gender, Culture and Society; Theatre Studies; History or Comics. Specific modules are offered in topical and period areas of study.

In Art & Media studio practice, students may work in any area of specialisation, including: Painting; Drawing; Printmaking; Artist Books; Photography (digital or chemical); Sculpture; Installation; Performance Art; Sound Art; or Time-based art and Digital Film. Teaching will be provided on a tutorial basis from academic staff, all of whom are professional artists.

In addition, each student will take a general two-semester module entitled 'Applying Critical and Cultural Theory'.

Depending upon chosen outcome - either an exhibition of creative work or a major written dissertation - the following pattern would apply:

  • Option A - Studio-based Output: Semesters 1 and 3 in DJCAD, Semester 2 in Humanities


  • Option B - Written Output: Semesters 1 and 3 in Humanities, Semester 2 in DJCAD

Semester 3 occurs during the summer months, and is spent on realising the outcome that the student has selected (see Option A and B above). Assisted by an academic supervisor, either the dissertation or body of creative work will be produced and submitted for assessment.

Graduates of this course will find that their options are increased from having acquired several methods of research and learning. Two distinctive skill sets and areas of knowledge provide a real advantage in the employment market.

Careers for prospective graduates may include teaching, publishing, arts administration, community arts, curation, journalism and criticism, and professional art practices which are enhanced by academic challenge.

The MFA Art and Humanities course provides an exciting and vibrant space for artists to learn, share and develop skills and ideas in a contemporary and relevant environment. The breadth of knowledge and artistic diversity shared by tutors and visiting lecturers has allowed me to strengthen and deepen my understanding of my own artistic practice.

Virginia Elston

Year of Entry: 2016

You should normally have obtained a first degree with upper second class Honours or above in an appropriate discipline or, exceptionally, a lower second class Honours or such other qualifications. Professional experience may be approved by the Art and Design Board for this purpose and have satisfied the Programme Director of their fitness to undertake both the academic and practical requirements of the programme.
You will need to upload a portfolio of creative visual work. These can be in any mode, material or genre and represent your current interests. You can upload up to 15 still images and up to 3 links to video clips hosted on YouTube or Vimeo.

Written work - Please provide a piece of academic writing (art history essay, literature essay, review of art exhibition, etc.) that shows an ability to analyse text and read critically.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 7.0
Listening 7.0
Reading 7.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £4,500 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £4,500 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
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Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS)

Scottish and EU applicants for this course may be eligible for a PSAS tuition fee loan

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowArt & Humanities MFAP049591

Course Contact

Ms Mary Modeen
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
+44 (0)1382 384036

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