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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

Develop your existing artistic practice by subjecting it to robust scrutiny in order to sharpen its focus and extend its ambition.

Course overview

The MA course embraces the richness and diversity of contemporary fine art practice. It will provide you with a stimulating environment of practical support and critical challenge in which you can develop the ambitions of your creative practice, allowing you to give it sharpened focus and intellectual rigour.

Why study this course with us?

Our course encourages a wide variety of creative approaches that operate either within established disciplines or across the boundaries of artistic media. It is particularly distinctive in welcoming students who are interested in positioning textile materials and processes within a contemporary fine art context.

By relating theory and practice, the course will allow you to challenge your working procedures and situate your studio enquiry within a research context so that it becomes much more critically robust.

The delivery of the part-time mode in the early evening is structured to accommodate students who may wish to combine their study alongside full-time employment.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



This module runs alongside AD7003 Reflective Practice. It provides students with the opportunity to build on AD7506 Research Methods module in the first year and develop a personal research agenda based on a more robust relationship between practice and theory. The module will place an emphasis on practice as research where the primary concern is the personal development of practice in a research context. A series of lectures will extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical contexts. The journal will take on increased significance providing evidence of the extent and rigour of the student’s research and their understanding of how their research is informing their practice. It is expected that students will be able to situate their work within an appropriate theoretical context that will be interrogated as a means of both subjecting the emerging work to robust critique and defining the territory for innovation and new insights.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

2020/21 Home/EU fee per 20 credit module is £660. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Fine Art or Art and Design and must be able to demonstrate, through portfolio and interview, practical competence and critical understanding appropriate to the course. Applications should be supported by images and a brief statement outlining the form, content and context of recent work.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more