Applications are now open for 2021/2023
The first of its kind; Art, Society, Nature is a new and unconventional fine art masters, aiming to provide an alternative approach to higher education in the UK.This course will encourage you to think about your practice outside of yourself, by exploring how your art can be used to benefit, protect and sustain the world around you.
This course is being pioneered by TMS & ESADHaR in a unique Anglo-French collaboration, with the support of the Council of Normandy and the French Ministry of Culture. ESADHaR is a renowned French art school in Normandy, created in 1741 by the painter Jean-Baptiste Descamps, this partnership gives opportunity for students to create and study in an international context.
The teaching of this course is delivered over 2 days every week, covering practice based workshops, the History and Philosophy of Art, and French language. The learning structure is designed to support students in the theory of their practice, with enough self directed study to effectively apply context to their knowledge through their practice. The majority of teaching and research will take place in Margate but students will be required to attend workshops, seminarsand present their work at ESADHaR.
14/05/21 - Open afternoon w/tour
04/06/21 - Open afternoon w/tour
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27/08/21 - Application deadline
In Year 1, students work on their Visual arts project, methodology and production.
This is supported by Studio work, Internship, Individual tutorials and Practice based workshops to include:
Drawing and Painting
Moving image and Video art
Students begin work on a Memoire supported by a series of lectures and seminars and undertake a History and Philosophy of Art module.
Alongside this students engage in a French Language course.
Students have the opportunity to work with ESADHaR campus in France with 2 weeks of workshops.
Candidates are required to hold a BA degree in an art related discipline (e.g. fine art, design, media)
Candidates will present a portfolio of their work and are required to attend an interview with TMS/ESADHaR members of staff.
Spacious personal studio space with evening
and weekend access
Communal project space
Digital suite with full Adobe suite and Ableton music production software
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
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
Ania is an award-winning artist working in photography, moving image, installation, text and sound.
Dr Kristin Fredricksson
Kristin has been making and teaching performance in many contexts and countries since 1994.
Lucy has a PhD in drawing and uses drawing as intervention into different disciplines.
Professeur Stéphane Trois Carrés
Stéphane Trois Carrés is a painter, video artist and Professor in charge of the Media department in Upper Normandy College of Art ESADHAR
Professeur Anthony Heywood
Anthony has taught at the RCA sculpture schools as well as Cyprus College of Art and is currently Head of Sculpture at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury.
Katarina Dimitrijevic is an interior architect, design activist, educator and researcher.
Dr Dan Scott
Dan is a sound artist working across installation, performance, gallery and socially-engaged work.
Dr Gill Wilson
Gill started as a graphic designer running a design business for over 20 years before joining education.
Classically trained pianist, theatre director and researcher in creativity. Over 10 years of experience in education and performance.
Mick was Senior Lecturer in Charge of Photography at The Cass for a number of years and has also taught in California and South Australia.
Sebastian is an artist primarily working with the wet collodion process. In 2011 Sebastian made imagery for Radiohead’s album “The King of Limbs”.
Phil has worked for over 20 years as a Technical Tutor at University for the Creative Arts Canterbury as well as Visiting Lecturer within the School of Architecture
The price for the two year MA course + your own generous studio space at The Margate School is £4,000 per annum, additionally there is a €92 CVEC fee per annum and a registration fee of €590 payable directly to ESADHaR.
Discounts on selected short courses are also offered to MA students.
Get in touch with Francesca Renny, the MA coordinator to find out more: email@example.com
In our ambition to establish The Margate School we acknowledge that education is a privilege. Few can afford the time to reflect, to learn about what might be of value and what less so; to learn and apply skills in a meaningful, socially and environmentally sensitive fashion. For most of us learning takes place in intensive bursts in particular periods of our lives, institutionalised and structured. In a world of hyper-production and hyper-consumption, social inequality, human & environmental disasters, the opportunity to learn should not be removed from life but be part of it.
As Paulo Freire (1921- 1997) pointed out “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
In The Margate School we aim to extend that learning potential, we seek to do this in the expanded the field, through art practice, philosophical reflection, scientific exploration, technological enquiry, engagement in today’s environmental challenges and sociological investigations.
For specific questions about the Masters programme please contact Francesca Renny, TMS MA Coordinator at .
The Margate School MA in Fine Art is an extraordinary journey, one which visits art history, philosophy, movement, performance and french language and culture, alongside experimenting in specific artistic disciplines. For me the journey has become a type of personal exploration, bravely forgetting all you know, to go on a creative journey and to come home to yourself.
TMS MA Fine Art Student
Being part of The Margate School is more than just studying, I am influencing and contributing to a radical experiment in education. Studying in a place that creates links between the UK and the continent, this is one small effort to bridge a quickly widening divide. TMS has helped to push my work to a new level of critical reflection, and has changed the way I approach creating new work.
TMS MA Fine Art Student
In Year 2, students continue shaping their personal project and research methodology.
This is supported by Studio work, Individual tutorials and Practice based workshops chosen by the student to best support their project.
Students continue with French Language and History and Philosophy of Art and engage with a new series of lectures.
Students work on their Memoire and engage in contextualisation and spatialisation through seminars, tutorials and group discussion. Students have the opportunity to work with ESADHaR campus in France in 2 weeks of workshops.
In the second semester of Year 2, Students finalise their Memoire and personal project.