Fine Art (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MA)

The MA in Fine Art offers an exciting opportunity for students to expand and deepen their knowledge and practice. This dynamic programme will support you by engaging with the challenges inherent in building your artistic practice. It provides you with a framework within which you will experiment, work through personal investigations, and be encouraged to work in the medium/s most appropriate to your ideas. Subject themed seminars focused on contemporary art now, alongside group critiques of your visual work integrate practice and theory, and provide a forum for sharing and exploring perspectives. Applying critical reflection and locating your work within a contemporary environment of ideas, you will develop your practice to produce a substantial body of work.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, you will be able to take advantage of our facilities and expertise in painting, drawing, digital media, photography, video, sculpture, installation and printmaking. Constantly looking outward, exploring the contemporary context of your work will enable you to understand the relevance and agency of your work within today’s creative landscape.

The course emphasises practical exploration, supervised independent learning, reflection and critical evaluation. You’ll be encouraged to share your knowledge, experience and perceptions. The course promotes intellectual enquiry, a high level of practical and technical ability, and the acquisition of a professional skill set. Its aim is for graduating students to be fully prepared as competitive arts professionals.

Module Descriptions

  • Visual Enquiry and the Contemporary Extend your practice into a self-directed body of research
  • Research and Context Consider key concepts and research methodologies to situate your own practice in relation to contemporary discourses around creative production
  • Developing Professional Practice Explore the ways creative practitioners operate both commercially and noncommercially and develop your own career plan - Extended Visual Enquiry (PG Dip and MA) Explore new territories and conduct experimental practice off campus
  • Major Project (MA only) Undertake a significant, practice-led body of research into your creative specialism and develop your portfolio of work

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Study style

You can choose whether to study on a full-time or part-time basis.

Assessment is 100% by coursework.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Applicants will be considered on a individual basis
  • You will be invited to attend an interview
  • A portfolio of work is essential
  • EU and international students needs IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.


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  • Practicing artist
  • Curation
  • Arts management
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • PhD study and research
  • Art therapy

Meet the Lecturer

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Staff Profile

Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham is an English artist, photographer, film-maker, art teacher and lecturer. He 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.

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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 will 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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Intensive studio practice and integrated theory

Lectures, seminars and group criticisms provide a forum for integrated practice and theory, establishing a contemporary context for your work.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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