European Fine Art Masters:
Art, Society, Nature
A two-year, full-time programme accredited by the French art school ESADHaR.
The first of its kind in the UK, the Art Society Nature programme is a unique Anglo-French collaboration between The Margate School and the École Supérieure d’Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen (ESADHaR).
The programme provides an alternative approach to higher education through a series of practical and critical modules where students are encouraged to explore how art can be used to benefit, protect and sustain the world.
We take an open and inclusive approach to fine art practice and encourage inclusive and sustainable approaches to material investigation accompanied by enhanced critical enquiry.
The course consists of a suite of modules that include practical workshops, ongoing cumulative modules that run across the two year programme, tutorial support and a programme of Guest Lecturers.
Taught sessions include
one to one and group tutorials with TMS tutors and guest lecturers
seminar discussions and group critiques within and across the 2 years of study
collaborative work within TMS and with ESDAHaR student
Taught sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the majority of sessions taking place at TMS
The Margate School believes that learning in a collaborative and critical environment will nurture independent thinking, self-confidence and raise aspirations. Classes will be hands-on, dynamic and may extend outside of the school building. You will be studying in a busy, sociable environment alongside studio holders and the wider TMS community.
The Art, Society, Nature coordinator and tutors are research active practitioners with a core team of regular and visiting tutors teaching specific modules.
We work with you to develop your practice, with your feedback helping to shape the programme each year.
This module adds creative response to the traditional model of a written dissertation. Working across both years of study, students undertake a body of research that identifies, articulates and contextualises the themes within their work. Theoretical contexts and the material influence of artists are considered as case studies with the Mémoire including creative responses where written outcomes can take many different approaches and be presented in different forms.
Progression accumulates through lectures, introductions to research and practice based arts, group discussions, creation of a blog and seminars.
History & Philosophy of Art
Providing a basis for research into critical discourse, this module runs across both years of study. Students are introduced to a wide range of theory related to contemporary practice including embodied learning, intersectionality, permaculture and transition arts, meta narratives, storytelling, and more. Social, cultural and environmental issues are also considered through the consideration of discourse addressing the rise of production, exchange and values, new materiality, thing theory, consumerism and ethics.
The module take a discursive approach through regular tutor presentations, group seminars and tutorials.
These practice-based modules each run across eight weekly sessions, and based on the premise of making.
Maker & Body
Where creative themes include embodied and haptic drawing as movement, memory and presence with sessions based around themes around the body as societal, other, subverted, fragmented, watched, medicalised, and fictionalised.
Making a Stand
which looks into the role art has played in all forms of Protest. Students reflect on and explore how their practice can influence society, promote and achieve change, from the everyday to mass movements, whilst also developing individual approaches to aesthetic styles and identities.
Which considers the expanded field of photography through the exploration of digital and analogue approaches to photographic materiality, apparatus and language leading to the production of artists books and zines.
Where students investigate the use of digital media to create short film works. Module elements include the use of software, stop motion, compositing and computer graphics and considers speculative disciplines such as science fiction, epistemology and new writing of the image
Which introduces students to sound technology, sound art, experimental music, sound and public space, sound sculpture and practices of listening. The module includes improvised and performed approaches to sound-making and listening as practice and includes practical workshops on editing, composition, ways of combining sound and soundscape recording.
These run across both years of study and include:
Guest Lectures where practicing artists and researchers introduce the wider context of making in the UK and Europe.
French Language where students are invited to play with words, rules and structures to assess the possibility of translating and reflecting on their practice in another language. Students analyse their own artefacts, created or otherwise, articulating the layers within their work and the possible words associated with it.
Internship where, with the support of TMS, students negotiate a period of professional development in their field of study at the end of their first year
Tutorial support with each student allocated 5 tutorials per semester in addition to regular taught modules and workshops.
Spacious personal studio space with evening
and weekend access
Communal project space
Digital suite with full Adobe suite and Ableton music production software
Kiln and Potters wheel
Art, Society, Nature coordinator and tutors are research active practitioners and the programme is supported by a core team of regular tutors with visiting tutors joining the programme to teach specific practical modules. Student feedback helps to shape the programme each year.
Candidates are required to hold either:
BA degree, preferably in an art-related discipline (e.g. fine art, design, media)
A relevant portfolio of art in lieu of a BA degree
Candidates will present a portfolio of their work and are required to attend an interview with TMS/ESADHaR members of staff.
Our first cohort of students graduated in the summer of 2021 at the Turner Contemporary. The first graduation to happen in Margate.
£4,000 per academic year includes studio and access to TMS resources.
or £1,650 per annum for students with existing studio facilities.
Plus ESADHaR Registration & CVEC Student Union Fee (c. £550)
Students will get discounts to TMS programme of workshops, events and facilities.
Art, Society, Nature will support you to develop a unique and personal approach in the field of contemporary creative and intellectual practice.
The transferable skills you will gain from undertaking the Masters Programme will be suited to a variety of creative careers;
The ability to develop individual ideas and collaborate with others
Strong observational, research and analytical skill
Creative problem solving
The ability to learn from criticism and be objective about your work
An openness to new influences and concepts
Entrepreneurial skills in marketing your work