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MA Drawing — Overview

Our MA Drawing programme enables you to examine, interrogate and reflect upon the nature and role of drawing as practice. 

We provide a critically engaged and supportive studio environment in which you can develop and extend your use of drawing, encouraging you to take risks with your own practice, and to experiment with and critically reflect upon drawing practice, using current research.

Artist Kimvi Nguyen performs at The Embodied Experience of Drawing symposium 2018.

A key feature of the MA Drawing programme is to provide a forum in which drawing issues from across postgraduate disciplines can be explored and tested. The programme involves an interrogation of the potential of drawing to communicate, explain and propose ideas. 

You will explore a range of strategies, materials and technologies, helping you define a personal methodology for drawing. The programme enables you to seek opportunities to extend your practice, both nationally and internationally, as well as stimulating connections, debates and new approaches to drawing across a range of disciplines. 

Student work by Alice Jones

We’ll support you in articulating your ideas, developing your working methods and creating independent work, through individual tutorials, lectures, subject-specific seminars, studio and gallery visits and group critiques. We offer a dynamic studio environment, with access to workshop areas across the college.

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MA Drawing — Modules

The comprehensive Masters structure, which is shared across our specialist programmes, enables our postgraduate students to focus on creative strategies and processes. Through three sequential phases or modules, we support our students in investigating, testing and developing their ideas in depth. The core tuition includes advanced training in specialist disciplines, research methods, critical thinking, research ethics, project design, professional codes and conceptual frameworks, and an opportunity for negotiated study under specialist supervision. All of our programmes have access to our outstanding workshop facilities.

By combining our generic modules with specialist assignments and personal project proposals, we provide depth and specialisation within each subject area, while also equipping you with robust approaches, methodologies and techniques that can be applied across the commercial, social and public sectors.

All students are asked to submit an initial research proposal on application to the course. This proposal should explain the kind of work that you want to create in the course of the MA or MFA programme, and identify your key professional aims. Of course, we understand the creative practice is all about change and development, so you won’t be stuck with these initial ideas. Instead, they will form the starting point for a dialogue with your tutors about your work.  The first module on the MA examines the role of research methods in creative disciplines. The focus will be upon refining your research proposal through a process of making to ensure that it can act as a robust framework for your study. The second module supports you to identify the kinds of collaborations and public-facing opportunities that will strengthen your identity as a creative practitioner.  The final module of each programme may be submitted as a dissertation or as practice, depending on which pathway best suits your concerns as a creative practitioner.

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MA Drawing — Staff

Dr Stephen Felmingham

Dr Stephen Felmingham
MA Subject Tutor

Stephen Felmingham is an artist and educator and has lectured extensively in drawing, painting, print and contemporary art practice on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the UK, including University College Falmouth, Norwich University College of the Arts and Leeds College of Art. He studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon) where he completed an MA in Drawing in 1999.

He was nominated a member of the LAND2 Research Network in 2009, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the same year and was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize, New York, in 2010. He speaks regularly both on drawing and art and design pedagogy and his work is represented in collections nationally and internationally and he has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.

Stephen exhibited The Violet Club in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art in 2014, a body of work made in response to the Cold War bunkers of the Royal Observer Corps that still exist, abandoned, across the UK.

Dr Antigoni Pasidi

Dr Antigoni Pasidi
MA Subject Tutor

Antigoni Pasidi is a visual artist and fine art lecturer. Her work and research examines the element of staging in contemporary sculptural practice. She works across diverse media and disciplines combining objects, installations and moving image into ad hoc stages; architectural models interplay with artificial landscapes, meticulous craft is in dialogue with makeshift, DIY structures.

Pasidi trained in Painting and Sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece (graduated 2003). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Central St Martins College in London (2004) funded by the Lilian Voudouri Foundation. In 2013 she obtained a PhD from the Department of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London for the doctoral project titled ‘Staging the Encounter: The Work of Art as a Stage,’ funded by the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation (IKY).

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally (exhibitions include Disruption, RCA Research Biennial in London in 2013, Denkmal von Hampstead nach Bern at Fenster Gallery in Bern in 2013, Dermatographies at the Andreas Syggros Moulage Museum in Athens, 2007 and The Partisans of the Biedermeier at the Toihaus Theater in Salzburg in 2005). She has published several articles on artistic research. In 2010 she was sculptor in residence at the Andreas Syggros Moulage Museum in Athens and in 2013 she was artist in residence at the PROGR Zentrum in Bern, Switzerland. She has produced site-specific work for museums as well as commissioned projects for theatrical productions.

In her current role she teaches studio, professional practice and contextual modules across our Fine Art and Painting, Drawing and Printmaking BA and MA programmes.

Dr Mohini Chandra

Dr Mohini Chandra
MA Subject Tutor

Mohini Chandra’s work on the international flows of people and culture in our globalised world has exhibited in venues such as the Asia Society and Museum (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) as well as the First Johannesburg Biennale, Photo Kathmandu (Nepal) and in ‘Now! Now!’ at Chelsea College of Art (presented by Iniva and BAM).

Mohini has received awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Autograph ABP, the Arts Council England, the British Council, the Australia Council for the Artsand Asialink. Recent projects made in the Pacific region and in India have been exhibited at the Third Oceanic Performance Biennial (Auckland) and in the Biennial Focus Festival of Photography (Mumbai). She has recently been awarded an Australia Council funded Cite Residency in Paris to research the Asia-Pacific collections of the Musée du quai Branly and will exhibit at the next international Houston Foto Fest Biennale in 2018.

For Mohini, the combination of photography, found and archival material, moving image, sound and other installation media enables the visual expression of personal experience and a ‘mapping’ of alternate narratives within the complex conditions of globalisation. Her research encompasses both thinking and making around photography through a range of curatorial, writing and publishing projects. Her recent article Plane Views was published by Taylor and Francis in the Journal of Photography & Culture, while artist publications include the photobook ‘album pacifica’, published by Autograph (ABP).

Her work is held in international collections including the Arts Council Collection UK and included in major survey publications such as Phaidon’s Art and Photography by David Campany. With a PhD from the Royal College of Art, and with extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience both in the UK and abroad, Mohini has a depth of experience in successfully integrating research and professional experience into the academic and studio-based learning environment.

Steven Paige

Steven Paige
MA Subject Tutor

Steven Paige is Senior Lecturer & MA Subject Leader at Plymouth College of Art.

He maintains his practice as an artist, incorporating installation, video, print, performance, drawing and artist publishing. He explores ideas around instruction, and how the body can engage with recent and historic artefacts to generate new knowledge. He attempts to reanimate historic sources through re-enactment strategies where repeating, rhythm, memory and failure test how and when we do and don't learn. Recent practice research has been in exploring moving image archives and their potential in art making - drawn both from analogue and digital sources.

He is keenly interested in the voice of the artist, and how this manifests in research, practice, writing, events, dialogues through commissions, online projects, residential exchanges, curatorial projects and artist-led activity. He has also worked and has strong relationships with galleries and cultural organisations across the South West, including Tate St Ives, Newlyn and Exchange Gallery, KARST,  Back Lane West, Plymouth Arts Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Arnolfini and Spike Island.

Recent projects & exhibitions include AHRC IPS Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, 2017, We Lost Our Tails, Proto Gallery / M E N, Hoboken New Jersey, USA, 2016, Let's Go Bowling, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK, 2016, Plymouth Contemporary Open, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, UK, 2016, A Treatise on Beasts (after Physiologus), Forum, Exeter University, UK, 2015, Moral Development, Motorcade Flashparade, BV Studios, Bristol, UK, 2013.

Steven has a BA (Hons) and MA in Fine Art and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He currently sits on the AIR Council, an advisory committee to a-n's The Artist Information Company and will complete his AHRC 3D3 Practice Research PhD at Plymouth University in 2018.

Dr Majella Clancy

Dr Majella Clancy
MA Subject Tutor

Majella Clancy is a visual artist whose practice explores painting and printmaking in expanded ways. Working across large-scale inkjet prints and paint she also incorporates screen-printing, monotype and collage. Her work examines ideas around the Irish cultural imaginary through social, historical and geographical space.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: In-Stream, an expanded painting show, QSS Gallery & Ulster University Gallery, Belfast, (2016).The Faraway Nearby, FE MacWilliams Gallery, Co. Down, (2014), Irish Wave, Shanghai University, China, (2014), Irish Contemporary Works on Paper, The Lockhart Gallery, State University of New York, USA, (2014), (re)viewing, (solo), The Project Space, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, (2012).

She completed her undergraduate studies (BA (Hons) Fine Art) at Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland and in 2006 gained an MFA in Fine Art at Ulster University, Belfast. In 2013 she completed a practice-led PhD also at Ulster University. Her research examined Contemporary Women’s Painting Practices. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, (2011). Her research is published in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Routledge, USA, (2012). Her work is held in public and private collections including: Queens University Belfast, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Ulster University. She has worked in Higher Education since 2006 teaching across Painting, Drawing and Printmaking areas. She has worked at Ulster University, Belfast and the Open College of the Arts, UK.

She currently teaches across year 1, year 2 and year 3  studio modules in painting and printmaking. She is a dissertation supervisor for year 3 students. She also teaching across the MA Painting, MA Drawing and MA Printmaking modules. Majella is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr Kim Charnley

Dr Kim Charnley
Senior Lecturer and MA Programme Leader

Kim Charnley is the Programme Leader of the Masters provision at Plymouth College of Art, overseeing the Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programme, a forum for practice-based research in art, media and design that is attended by all MA students at the college.

Kim completed his PhD in Art History and Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is a theorist who writes about a wide range of subjects related to contemporary art, photography, film and craft.

He is particularly interested in the way that communities, collectives and networks have become more visible across creative disciplines over the last two decades. This focus involves investigation of the politics and economics of contemporary creativity, especially of art activism and its histories.

Kim has edited and provided an introduction for Delirium and Resistance (Pluto Press), a collection of essays by the noted artist, critic and activist Gregory Sholette. He is working on a book entitled Sociopolitical Aesthetics for the Radical Art/ Radical Aesthetic series published by Bloomsbury Press.

Dr Natalia Eernstman

Dr Natalia Eernstman
Senior Lecturer

Dr Natalia Eernstman is an artist, educator and researcher, specialising in (community) learning through artful and performative means.  She is a senior lecturer on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning and runs (research) projects in the field of creative education, community-engaged art practice, intergenerational learning and environmental art. She works in communities and with universities, often around climate change and bridging (social) science and art.

With over 10 years of experience Natalia is a skilled facilitator and she has run large-scale site-specific art events. She was part of the Education Department at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and holds a PhD from University Arts London / Falmouth University. 

Current collaborations are with the University of Gothenburg in a project called ‘Imaginative Disruption’. And she is in the process of setting up a CIC that connects children and their families in creative, collaborative learning to translate debilitating feelings of eco-anxiety in agency. She is also involved in organising the biennial symposium Making Learning at Plymouth College of Art.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

MA Drawing — Student Work

Participants at a one day symposium organised by BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking graduate Marie Taylor and MA student Beth Heaney.

Frances Stanifort

Sarah Scaife

Work from the Embodied Experience of Drawing Symposium at Ocean Studios.

MA Drawing — Students Say

MA Drawing — Careers & Alumni

Alumni of our Graduate School pursue careers in the fields of fine art, craft and design, as practising artists, teachers, curators, and as gallery, theatre and technical professionals. Others go on to prepare for doctoral study, and set up viable projects as socially engaged and community-based practitioners.

Our programmes offer professional skills development to support our students as they progress within industry, self-employment (in the Creative Industries sector) and further Level 7 and 8 studies. The second module offers an opportunity to test out the practices being investigated by individual students within an appropriate, live setting.

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MA Drawing — Entry Requirements

MA Drawing — Resources

We continue to invest in our resources, workshops and studios, having spent over £12 million in the last five years on capital projects alone. We have recently invested £8 million in integrating 21st century and traditional creative techniques and processes within an outstanding craft, design and fabrication workshop complex. This new facility offers Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/ CAM) within our Fab Lab, alongside Printing, Printed Textiles, Ceramics, Glass and Small Metals workshops.

In addition, computers campus-wide are installed with graphics, media and design software. We offer dedicated Painting, Drawing, Fashion, Photography, Film and Animation studios. We also house a public facing Gallery on campus, with national and international exhibitions and a programme of visiting artists.

Our Library provides specialist Media, Art and Design and Fine Art materials, and our intranet-based Managed Learning Environment gives you access to online support and information.

Facilities include:

Animation, Film and Photography Studios

Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.

Ceramics and Glass Workshops

With a glass furnace that works at 1,100 degrees, 10 potters wheels, resources for hot, warm and cold glass processes, a plaster room for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze mixing area and individual studio space, our Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around the country.

Our Photographic Studios.

Drawing Studios

With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.

Fab Lab

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.

Fashion Studios

This large professional studio offers a real-life fashion experience in a fabulous space with sea views. Specialist industrial and domestic sewing machines, a range of knitting machines and a wide stock of fabrics and knitting yarns sit alongside a media and marketing Mac suite, a fully operational CAD cutting facility, and a library of designer garments to inspire.

Our Glass Studio in our Ceramics and Glass Workshops.

Fine Art Printmaking Studios

A fantastic facility supporting fine art printmaking, our dedicated space caters for a wide range of programmes and processes. You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian press, an Albion press, an historic and rare wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing press, plus a broad selection of metal and wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and four etching presses.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Textile Studios

With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best printed textile workshops in the UK.

Our Drawing Studios.

Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre

Our Digital Print Bureau offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. Our highly experienced Equipment Resource Centre staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

Our FabLab.

CNC Milling Machine in our Woods and Plastics Workshop.

Our Fine Art Printmaking Studio.

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