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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Visual Arts Communication / Media Art & Design

Course type


Course Summary

Our Master of Arts in Creative Practice has been devised for creative practitioners; recent graduates and professionals who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice within their own particular context. This postgraduate course offers a bespoke learning experience that is tailored to each person’s practice, such as fashion, fine art, textiles, moving image and film, photography, graphic design, social practice and visual communication. This unique programme encourages you to pursue an individual practice-based research proposal for the duration of the course of study which will allow you to examine and strengthen your own practice and place it at the centre of your studies. It addresses the needs of graduates in art and design, who want to continue to develop their practice and develop their identities in the context of the creative and cultural industries. Students will maintain contact with other creative practitioners and develop freelance or other career paths in the context of a portfolio career. This course will prepare those who wish to develop ideas for application to a practice-based PhD.

The course is intellectually demanding and practice-based. It is ideal if you have experience as a practicing artist or designer and a need to devote time and energy to your work in a real art-school community and atmosphere. Learning will be dynamic and interactive, and cohorts will be encouraged to share and collaborate with one another. We are a specialist art and design institution, so there are many contacts within the University to ensure that you’ll communicate and collaborate with fellow creative people. Specially selected staff, with postgraduate expertise in their particular fields, will be on hand to give MA in Creative Practice student’s individual advice and insight. Staff will encourage you to forge links within industry or practice community, leading to the development of original work which has relevance to a specific market or audience.

In this course tutors are involved in practice-led research which will continue to enrich the MA programme throughout the course. Tutors are passionate, engaged and will help you get the best out of your practice. You will have full access to the industry-standard facilities in the University. We provide workshops for specialist disciplines, areas in which to take part in group critiques and well supported networks of computers. Our Library & Learning Resource Centre offers you access to over 30,000 books and 140 national and international journals, as well as a vast range of multi-media resources. The University's’s on-going commitment to maintaining up-to-date industry-standard technology means you’ll be able to produce the high quality work, meeting the demands of contemporary practice in art, craft and design.

Different course options

Full time | Leeds Arts University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Professional Context 1 (20 Credits)
Professional Context 2 (20 Credits)
Practice 1 (30 Credits)
Research Methods 1 (10 Credits)
Practice 2 (60 Credits)
Practice and Personal Development (30 Credits)
Research Methods 2 (10 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Typical applicants for the MA in Creative Practice could be art and design graduates with a 2:1 or above, or current practitioners with relevant experience wishing to direct or redirect their work in the following ways: Deepen their understanding of their practice; Extend existing skills; Work at a higher level; Understand or create a context for their practice; Understand their practice as research; Prepare for a practice-based PhD; Develop knowledge about the methodologies of creative practice; Meet with other like-minded practitioners in order to develop their work through discussion and critical evaluation. Students need to be art and design graduates or current practitioners with relevant experience.