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Fine Art


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Full Time
Course length
1 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

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

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Students usually support themselves through a 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 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Fee (UK)
Total fee
Fee (international)
Total fee
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £5,380 £11,400
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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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.

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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.

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Push your possible with a master's degree

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

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

Discover the benefits of studying a master’s degree.

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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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