The MFA is a multi disciplinary two-year, full-time programme comprising three stages. Throughout all stages of the programme self-directed studio practice is central, and is supported by one-to-one tutorials, regular group critiques, seminars, lectures and informal discussions.
• Stage 1 (PG Certificate). Extending over a period of 15 weeks, the PG Certificate focuses upon the critical reappraisal of each student’s practice. Studio and theoretical components are integrated, and students also engage in research by means of a supervised Investigative Project.
• Stage 2 (PG Diploma). Lasting 15 weeks, the PG Diploma follows a similar pattern of integrated studio practice and theoretical investigation in order to consolidate students’ practice. During this stage of the programme the curriculum is also augmented by a range of elective courses that available to postgraduate students throughout GSA. Towards the end of this stage, students present work in the Interim exhibition, which contributes to the assessment process.
• Stage 3 (MFA). This stage runs for 30 weeks, and culminates in the presentation of work for the final degree show, held in a venue outside GSA (in recent years this has been Tramway). During the first term, students may apply to participate in the international exchange programme. Emphasis within the MFA is upon developing a body of work demonstrating originality, individuality and high levels of professionalism. During this stage students may choose to place greater emphasis on either the studio or the theoretical aspects of their practice. All students produce a dissertation of c. 6,000 words.