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MLitt Fine Art Practice (Performance)

Glasgow School of Art

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  • Qualification

    MLitt - Master of Letters

  • Location

    Glasgow School of Art

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Programme Overview

The M.Litt in Fine Art Practice is a one year taught programme which runs for 12 months between September and September.

Performance Pathway

This specialist Pathway is primarily focused on the study of performance. Whilst performance, for some, will always occupy an avante garde role, it has gained, for many, both in importance and 4 independent significance through the work of major international artists, collectors, curators and educators. The challenge to the Fine Art curriculum, since the liberalising of art education in the 1960’s, has been to maintain the connection with ‘craft’ and its history whilst opening up to the opportunities of expanded ‘international practice’. With the advances in materials and technologies the ‘technical’ aspect of Fine Art practice for both the student and the professional has generated new formats for production and exhibition. Performance, as much as any other process, has undergone a transformation that is, among other things, ‘site specific’, ‘installational’, ‘narrative’, ‘conceptual’, ‘interactive’ and has utilised a wide range of techniques and technologies. An indication of these developments and the interest of artists and audiences can be found in the number of galleries, major exhibitions and publications devoted to performance over the last 20 years. It is a studio based course which may encompass all elements related to performance; sculpture, installation, lighting, sound, interactivity, all elements which draw from an expanded practice within Fine Art. By the end of the programme the students will be expected to demonstrate their learning through a personal approach and exploration of a range of media associated with performance via a thorough theoretical underpinning of the subject.

The programme is studio-based and centred on practice, and is intended to provide opportunities for students to pursue in-depth subject-specific study in fine art practice at postgraduate level. Students applying to the programme identify in advance which pathway they intend to study from the six on offer. Students will be based within, and supported by staff from, the appropriate Pathway within the School of Fine Art. The staff who teach on the various Pathways are all experts and practitioners in that particular specialism, ensuring students can engage in dialogue pertinent to their individual learning through their specialism.

Students on the MLitt in Fine Art Practice Programme oscillate between operating within their pathways (in the studio, in tutorials and group critiques, and specifically focused lectures and seminars), and across them - especially in lectures and talks that deal with more generic conceptual and philosophical issues. Efforts are made to ensure that students on the programme are enabled to fully devote themselves to their chosen field of practice, whilst facilitating their learning through the provision of a range of interdisciplinary opportunities for critical reflection and personal development.


Peer and staff review, formative and summative assessment, with continuous feedback from tutorials. Lecture courses are assessed by essay, coursework and formal written examinations. Applicant's project proposal at point of application forms the basis for the student's final project of practice and research. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

Application deadline

02 April 2021, 21 May 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,980per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Glasgow School of Art

  • Campus address

    Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G3 6RQ, Scotland

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