MA Fine Art
Meet your Librarian – Lauren Elmore
Lauren Elmore is the Subject Librarian responsible for year 0 and taught postgraduate courses. She studied English at University of Leicester and has a MA in Library and Information Management from Loughborough University.
How Can I Help You?
You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!
I work Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for MA Fine Art:
Fine Art (O'Reilly)
Fine Art (ProQuest)
Fine Art books
Fine Art books are shelved at Dewey Decimal number 700 onwards.
With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. The collection is broken down into more specific subject areas like this:
- Main collection
- Curating: 708
- 21st Century artist's writings: 729.1
- Exhibition catalogues: 729.5
- Drawing: 729.82
- Printmaking: 729.83
- Painting: 729.84
- Sculpture: 729.85
- Individual artist's by surname: 730
- Other useful areas
- Art education: 707.3
- Art therapy: 707.6
- Illustration: 755
- Photographers by surname: 758.7
- Academic writing: 808
Here are the reading lists set for each unit of your study, these will provide links to the required and recommended resources that your tutors wish you to look at.
As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.
Useful Online Resources for MA Fine Art:
a-n The Artists Information Company
a-n is an alternative insight into the visual arts, with fast-paced news, comment, debate.
NUA students can also sign up for an a-n student account where you will have access to an online community, career guidance, networking events, and job opportunities.
For details please visit the VLE.
You can find e-books specifically bought for NUA students on VLeBooks.
Box of Broadcasts
BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.
This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.
Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.
Search our huge database of titles covering a wide variety of topics. All titles are available so you can start reading straight away. A great source for research and learning more about historical and cultural contexts. You can read e-books online, or you can download them to Adobe Digital Editions (PC/Mac) or Bluefire (iOS/Android).
Art & Architecture Source
Search here for articles from a variety of subjects including Art and Art History; Architecture; Graphics; Interior Design; Decorative Art; Commercial Art; and Film, TV and video.
Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.
Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:
- They are up to date.
- Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
- Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.
Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.
Selected MA Fine Art publications:
Drawing: research, theory, practice
Promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context.
An international monthly magazine specialising in contemporary art
One of the UK's leading contemporary art magazines
Afterall: a journal of art, context, & enquiry
In-depth considerations of the work of contemporary artists, as well as essays on art history and critical theory.
A quarterly art, design and culture magazine.
Useful websites for Fine Artists
a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 21,000 members.
- American Suburb X
A US photography blog with a huge photography history archive. (Sections on painting and Film too).
- Bomb magazine
Quarterly magazine edited by artists and writers.
- It's nice that
Innovative website covering a range of subjects including Art, Photography, Media and Fashion.