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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

Want to develop your artistic practice to a higher level? Building on your previous studies, our Fine Art Master’s degree aims to develop and broaden your knowledge and skills using new and alternative media. External partners and arts-based agencies provide opportunities to engage directly with the world of contemporary fine art.

Course Details

Our MA in Fine Art offers an exciting opportunity to explore, develop and create. This course gives you the freedom to enhance your practical and creative skills, underpinned by a contextual research-based programme of critical studies. You’ll have a personal supervisor and work in the studio alongside your fellow MA Fine Art students. In addition, sessions focusing on entrepreneurial and contemporary exhibition/curatorial skills will help to extend your understanding of current practice and business management.

During your studies, you’ll develop a body of work for exhibition in the purpose-built fine art studio/exhibition area, to be held at the end of the course. You’ll have the chance to apply for commissions and work for external agencies, and be encouraged to make external links through exhibition or artist-in-residency opportunities.

Former Fine Art students were instrumental in founding Neo:artists Studios, a Bolton-based internationally-recognised contemporary art group with a dynamic exhibition programme. As an MA student you’ll have opportunities to access the facilities and mentoring at Neo:artists, in addition to the tuition and guidance you receive at the University.

Key Features:

  • Aimed at equipping you with discipline-specific and transferable employability skills, our MA Fine Art programme is practice-based and industry-focused. It offers rich learning experiences that emphasise live briefs and partnership working.
  • We focus on developing your professional studio practice, and examining the exhibition as a vehicle for the promotion of ideas, as well as a marketing device for artists.
  • You can examine contemporary practice across the board from traditional processes right up to the digital age. Access to Bolton-based studios and project spaces offers the additional stimulus of a wide range of working artists.

Career Opportunities

Fine art postgraduates are highly regarded for their abilities to visualise, think creatively and ‘outside the box’ and for their acquisition of specialist skills in both 2D and 3D areas. They are highly adaptable individuals who possess a range of specialist skills and are able to move into careers covering a wide spectrum of the creative industries.

This course allows you to develop your practice as an artist, and provides opportunities to gain skills in organisation and planning, researching, interpreting and analysing work, and curating events and exhibitions.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

Postgraduates with a fine art degree are increasingly embracing an interdisciplinary approach and finding new ways to blend different media. Fine Art Master’s graduates can fill a wide range of roles in public and community art, illustration, photography, interior design, curatorial positions in galleries and museums, art therapy, exhibition design and teaching. Some use their skills and experience for careers in management or teaching, whilst others establish themselves as independent artists with their own studio space.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Advanced Fine Art Practice 3
Critical Analysis and Reflection
Critical Thinking in Practice
Advanced Fine Art Practice 2
Advanced Fine Art Practice 1
Advanced Research and Study Skills

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

Normally, you should have an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or higher) in an Art and Design related subject.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more