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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

This MA in Fine Art features a highly practical repertoire of modules which will encourage you to direct your studies into areas of art which particularly fascinate you. Technical, stylistic, and conceptual experimentation is enthusiastically encouraged throughout this MA scheme and undertaking this course will push you to develop your skills in your chosen medium, whether that is illustration, drawing, painting, photography, or interdisciplinary studies. Whatever your chosen career path, this MA in Fine Art will signal to prospective employers your commitment to personal excellence, professional rigour, and technical innovation. Throughout this course, you will become more confident as a creative practitioner of contemporary art and will be equipped with highly valuable skills, expertise, and critical capabilities that are appreciated in a wide range of employment contexts within the Arts and beyond. The range of posts to which our graduates progress widens all the time. Our alumni have gone on to work: For designing companies; In museums and galleries; As art teachers; On education programmes in galleries; In gallery assistant posts; producing family-based learning activities in galleries and museums. Our graduates have also taken up exciting internships and traineeships with a variety of national and international organisations, progressed to further academic study (PHDs), and recent MA graduates were selected for the FBA Futures show held yearly at the Mall Galleries in London.

Throughout this course you will develop a wide array of skills that will not only market you as a professional artist, but also as a mature individual with attractive skills and qualities for potential employers. This course will encourage you to: Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work; Increase your critical faculties; Increase your technical possibilities, developing individual abilities in a certain area of art practice to the highest standards possible; Develop your skills, knowledge, and hands on experience of artistic processes; Develop a conceptual, practical and historical framework for your Art; Play an active, learning based role in the operation of the School’s galleries; Stage public exhibitions and perform as a professional, exhibiting artist; Hold up your work against scrutiny from tutors, peers, critics, and the public; Improve your capacity for conducting a critical review of yours and others’ work through discussion, presentation and writing; Develop research and study skills; Manage the practicalities of exhibition preparation, installation, and curation.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Delivered as a series of weekly seminars and workshops, this module offers a discussion and study forum for MA Fine Art students during their first semester at the School of Art. Themed seminar sessions situate the production, curation and distribution of contemporary art in a cultural, political, and socio-economic context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £6,280 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £14,500 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Good Undergraduate degree 2.1 (UK) (or above) in a related subject and accompanying portfolio of work. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.