Dr Martin Lang - Programme Leader
Martin teaches on both the MA and BA Fine Art courses at Lincoln. Prior to working at Lincoln he taught on the BA Fine Art and BA History & Philosophy of Art programmes at the University of Kent and on the Foundation Diploma at University for the Creative Arts. Martin trained as a painter before completing a PhD in History & Philosophy of Art, researching militant forms of art activism. He makes paintings about truth and post-truth, and publishes research on art and politics.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MA Fine Art
How You Study
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
MA Fine Art students have previously organised group exhibitions, including at The Collection Museum, The Usher Gallery, General Practice, The Blue Room, and Project Space Plus (all in Lincoln). They have also had the chance to work with UK New Artists, and Two Queens (Leicester) on exhibition opportunities.
The course provides the opportunity to visit exhibitions and local galleries in Lincoln and there have been visits in previous years to Sheffield, Nottingham, and London.
A range of artists and professionals are invited to deliver guest lectures and tutorials as part of ART TALKS. Recent speakers include Heath Bunting, Matthew Burrows MBE, Rachel Garfield, Etcétera, Joy Sleeman, and JJ Chan.
Programme Leader Martin Lang is part of the University’s digitalisation steering group. He makes paintings at the intersection of the digital and the analogue, has presented his findings at conferences, and is featured in the book Painting, Photography, and the Digital: Crossing the Borders of the Mediums (2022). Martin has been publishing research on art activism since 2012. His forthcoming book Militant Aesthetics: Radical Art After 9/11, which will be published with Bloomsbury, is based on fieldwork research and interviews with a variety of art activist collectives over the last decade.
Senior lecturer Andrew Bracey is part of a research collective (Danica Maier, Andrew Bracey, Lucy Renton and Sarah Bennett) that has developed the notion of the “controlled rummage as artistic strategy”. Working with the Lace Archive (Nottingham Trent University), they developed a body of artwork that was exhibited at Backlit Gallery (Nottingham, 2018), Ruskin Gallery (Cambridge, 2019), Constance Howard Gallery (London 2019), and which led to the publication of a book and journal article. Following this, Andrew has worked with the Tennyson Archive (Lincoln) to develop the method further, leading to new outputs and exhibitions – this time at The Hub/National Centre for Craft and Design (Sleaford) and the Collection Museum (Lincoln), and another book with critical texts by art historians and experts on archives and other arts experts. Both iterations of this research project were awarded Arts Council Funding.
Interviews and Open Days
Open days provide the opportunity to visit the University, meet a member of staff, and see our facilities. This is a great chance to ask any questions that are not answered here on the website. If you are an international applicant, who cannot attend an applicant day in person, we will happily arrange an online video call instead – just get in touch.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, where they will present a portfolio of their recent artwork to be assessed. International applicants are offered a video call interview and must submit a digital portfolio of twelve images, saved as a PDF, prior to interview.
The purpose of the interview is to discern whether this is the right course for you. You should prepare for interview by re-reading this course page, so that you are familiar with the course (especially if you have not previously attended an open day). We will assess your potential to benefit from the course, your ideas, and your understanding of contemporary art. We are therefore more interested to learn about the journey, curiosities, and drives behind your portfolio of work than assessing your technical abilities. The interview is very much a two-way process and you will have a chance to ask questions.
Your portfolio should demonstrate:
- Your art practice in 12 images. These may include original artworks (if you are interviewing in person) or documentation of artworks (if they cannot be brought to interview). Examples of documentation of artworks include:
- Finished artworks
- Sketches and plans
- Film stills
- Multiple angles of a single artwork (e.g. installations)
- Your interests (e.g. artistic, conceptual, political, technological)
- Your ambition and a sense of your future direction at Master's level study
Career and Personal Development
Previous graduates have gone on to have successful careers as artists, exhibiting their work (X-Church, Gainsborough; 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe; Ferens Gallery, Hull), undertaking commissions (by UK Young Artists, and No Jobs in the Arts), and residencies (such as the Environmental & Sustainability Artist Residency at the Collection Museum and Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln). Some have been selection for prestigious exhibitions (such as New Contemporaries), have won art prizes (like the Artescape fellowship), and received Arts Council funding.
Other graduates of MA Fine Art have set up (and run) Turntable Gallery in Grimsby and Lumo Workshop – an artist-led community arts organisation. Others still have undertaken curatorial internships and doctoral research.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice, and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. The service works closely with local, national, and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
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