From Water by Mary Trapp MA Fine Art

Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Course Duration

1 year; full-time
2 years; part-time

Our Postgraduate Centre is home to a cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers, all of whom are seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist interests and working practices. Your learning will be supported by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching.

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Dr Steven Paige
Subject Leader for Postgraduate Studies and MA Subject Leader

Dr Steven Paige is Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader for Postgraduate Studies and Subject Tutor on MA Fine Art, 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 completed his AHRC 3D3 Practice Research PhD at Plymouth University in 2019.

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Dr Natalia Eernstman
MA Subject Tutor

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.

Dr Stephen Felmingham
Dr Stephen Felmingham
Head of School | Critical + Cultural Studies and 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 Falmouth University, Norwich University of the Arts and Leeds Arts University. He studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon) where he completed an MA in Drawing in 1999. He gained his doctorate from the University of Leeds in 2014 reading drawing, place and the contemporary sublime.

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.

He has an active research interest in creative pedagogies, specifically research-led learning and alternative art school models and he leads on projects that work in and for communities, introducing this into socially-engaged art and education and connecting organisations (artist-led initiatives, community organisations, public and philanthropic funders) who are working with the agency of creativity in the social realm.

His research outputs have developed over the last three years into outward facing social practice projects, including work with refugee communities that cohere with the College’s strategic aims of creative pedagogy and social justice. Much of this work has positive impact in the College community as well as internationally, including co-founding Beyond the Now, a syndicated online platform working in locations across Europe, the MENA region and the Global South to open new creative, cultural and political affinities for a post-pandemic world.