Art - Fine Art - Clare Street

MA in Fine Art
Our new practice-based MA in Fine Art is ground-breaking within its field; it positions learning in relation to a broad range of infrastructures, supports and external centres of connectivity that will in turn scaffold students’ professional practice on completion. This MA in Fine Art will enable postgraduate students drawn from the fields of fine art, cultural production, and creative thinking to establish links and a commonality between their art-based research and complementary research carried out within the cultural infrastructures of art, film, theatre and design, and within broader research in fields of science, technology, and social sciences.

This exciting Masters in Fine Art programme encourages and promotes the discovery of the individual artistic language of every student and where to site their professional artistic practice. The focus is on the core concerns of art practice in the real world, residencies, exhibitions, funding, partnerships, and application processes.

The MA aims to nurture the development of future artists, cultural producers, and creative thinkers. It will give students the tools to identify networks, opportunities and to enable them to confidently, research, write, collaborate, manage major projects, and disseminate research and creative work.

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
Year 1
Title: Circuits of Dissemination - Credits: 10
The way you present work and the means to go about it.

Title: Context: Critical & Contextual - Credits: 10
Critical examination of your practice through different conceptual and philosophical frames.

Title: Creative Practices of Knowledge - Credits: 10
The research methodologies that enable you to undertake postgraduate artistic research.

Title: Ecologies of Practice - Credits: 10
The networks and structures that enable your practice to exist.

Title: Major Project: Navigating Practice - Credits: 50
The planning, negotiating, researching, realising, and reflecting on a body of work. This happens through 3 consecutive stages: Negotiation, Residency and Realisation.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?
Any primary degree with a minimum award of Second-Class Honours Grade 2. Recognition of prior experiential learning (RPL) from applicants will also be considered for places based on relevant professional and life experience.

You will be required to attend an interview in person, or online together with members of the program team and prepare a short statement of intent that outlines your reasons for embarking on this course of study.

International Applicants
Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at LIT allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by July 1st at the latest.


Application dates

Contact TUS Limerick School of Art & Design for application form - email:


1 year full-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: October 2024
Location: Clare Street, Limerick City

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
This is a practical MA in Fine Art aimed at preparing you for your professional life post-graduation. It will enable you to continue to make artwork, to exhibit, to develop a practice network and importantly to sustain an art making practice that relates to your personal goals.

Art practice post-graduation can appear daunting. This MA is designed to make it less so and to empower you to develop the infrastructures you need. You will be able to navigate the precarity to find sustainability finding/creating networks, collaboration and mechanisms of dissemination specific to your work.

The MA IN Fine Art equips you with the following tools/skills;

Studio based research methods
Development of artistic language
Interdisciplinary collaboration
Independent Learning
Siting practice within creative industries
Siting practice in local/national/international economy & society
Studio/Post Studio Practice
Critical thinking
Realisation and Presentation of Artworks
Peer Learning
Collaboration with peers
Deal with precariat

Further Study
Yes, upon successful completion of the Masters in Fine Art programme graduates will be able to go on to pursue further study at PhD level.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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