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Full time | Manchester Campus | 2 years | SEP

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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

Subject areas

Painting (Art)

Course type


Course Summary


MFA Painting provides a discipline led environment in which to develop your practice in contemporary painting. Through a strong focus on your individual studio practice you will engage in the most significant current debates on painting and the histories from which they emerge. The MFA Painting will encourage you to question the boundaries of your practice, embracing current ideas of ‘expanded painting’ and painting being ‘beyond self’ alongside questions posed within the more typical parameters of the picture plane and modes of representation.


We cultivate highly motivated, independent and creative thinkers who can transfer their skills into the creative marketplace, as entrepreneurial innovators, freelance practitioners and innovative team players. Past graduates predominantly achieve graduate-level positions or practise as sole traders, design studio artists, exhibiting artists, museum curators, archivists, researchers, academics, community practitioners, specialist technicians and filmmakers at national and international levels. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.


This unit is focused on the reformulation and development of the students existing practice within the context of Fine Art or Collaborative Practice. It is practice driven and allows for the identification and exploration of new concepts, theories, issues and topics as negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full-time fee: £1667 per 30 credits per year. The same fee will also be applicable for Channel Island Students.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Full-time fee: £3084 per 30 credits per year.

Entry requirements

Normally applicants will have a good undergraduate UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) in a related subject (or international equivalent), or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma, or a professional qualification, or relevant professional practice. Alternatively, applicants may be admitted if they can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honour degree standard.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. The University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and has 14 centres of research expertise. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned for its...more

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