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What is Fine Art MA?

The MA in Fine Art offers an exciting opportunity for students to expand and deepen their knowledge and practice. You’ll experiment, work through personal investigations, and be encouraged to work in the medium/s most appropriate to your ideas.

You’ll take part in practical exploration, supervised independent learning, reflection and critical evaluation. You’ll be encouraged to share your knowledge, experience and perceptions. We promote intellectual enquiry, a high level of practical and technical ability, and the acquisition of a professional skill set.

Study style

Through an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll be able to take advantage of our facilities and expertise in painting, drawing, digital media, photography, video, sculpture, installation and printmaking. Subject themed seminars focused on contemporary art, alongside group critiques of your visual work integrate practice and theory, and provide a forum for sharing and exploring perspectives.

You can choose whether to study on a full-time or part-time basis and assessment is 100% coursework.

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Entry requirements

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

    • Applicants will be considered on an individual basis

    • You will be required to attend an interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • A portfolio of work is essential

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2024 Hardwick, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2025 Hardwick, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • practicing artist
  • curation
  • arts management
  • teaching and lecturing
  • PhD study and research
  • art therapy.

Become a competitive arts professional

The course promotes intellectual enquiry, a high level of practical and technical ability, and the acquisition of a professional skillset. Through our expert guidance you will be supported in determining your own creative direction, enabling you to become the artist you want to be.

Staff expertise and professional facilities

You’ll be supported to work in the medium/s most appropriate to your ideas and will benefit from access to our purpose built facilities and expertise in painting, drawing, digital media, photography, sculpture, installation and printmaking.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

Discover your next step.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

English artist, photographer, film-maker, art teacher and lecturer.

Richard was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (1997) and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. He was given a survey show, ‘People, Places, Animals’, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne in 2007–8 which consisted of photography and video about his own family, the urban landscape in which he grew up and animals in zoos around the world. His work is held in many collections including, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the V&A and Tate galleries in London.

Richard Billingham, Professor of Fine Art

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