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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

This course 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.

Course Highlights: Our collaboration with studio groups gives our students access to vibrant, professional artists’ studios and galleries, with many of these artists involved in delivering specialist workshops and lectures; Guest speakers from a wide range of Fine Art practice, both national and international, are invited each year; Our Fine Art students have been very successful in winning major regional and national competitions, including first prize in the NADFAS awards, winning of public art commissions, and awards in national and international art gallery shows; Our dedicated tutors are practising artists with extensive experience of exhibiting their own work (nationally and internationally), group exhibition organisation, and public and private commissioning. We also have strong connections to arts organisations and commissioning agencies nationally and internationally.

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. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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

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

Students 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 quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more