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Masters Degrees in Fine Art in the UK

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Fine Art MA

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, University of Leeds United Kingdom

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Arts MA

University of Derby United Kingdom

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Art, Business and Law LLM

Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom

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Music MA

SOAS University of London United Kingdom

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Fine Art at UCA Farnham MA

University for the Creative Arts (UCA) United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA, PhD

University of Reading United Kingdom

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Fine Art Practice/Theory PhD

University of Northampton (UON) United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

University of Brighton United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

University of Wales Trinity Saint David United Kingdom

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Contemporary Fine Art MA, PG Dip, Postgraduate Certificate

University of Cumbria United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

University of Chester United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

University of Sunderland United Kingdom

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Doctorate in Fine Art PhD

University of Hertfordshire (UH) United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) United Kingdom

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Fine Art MA

Leeds Arts University United Kingdom

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Fine Art PhD, MFA, MA

University College London (UCL) United Kingdom

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Fine Art MPhil, PhD

Newcastle University United Kingdom

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Fine Art MFA

Ulster University United Kingdom

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Study a Fine Art Masters in the UK in 2024

Allowing you to explore the practical and theoretical elements of art, a fine art degree will develop your skills and knowledge in a nurturing environment. You will be learning and working alongside other students, meaning you share your passions, and become exposed to other perspectives. You will graduate as a well-rounded artist, ready for your career in the arts industry.

An undergraduate degree in fine art will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You might study modules on the history of art, art practices, business in the arts discipline, and management within the creative industries. These modules will allow you to become a more developed artist, but also have a confident understanding of the business and marketing side as well. You will also be able to add to your professional portfolio throughout your time at university.

Your degree will be delivered through a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as incorporating practical sessions, studio practice, and field trips to art galleries and other venues. You might be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement module, which will aid the development of your professional practice. Depending on your institution, you may be able to attend masterclasses with experienced artists.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation could influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Visual Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Arts Management
  • Creative Analysis
  • Literature, Philosophy and the Arts

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation, or take part in a degree show at the end of your final year, this will give you the chance to further explore a favoured area of fine art.

The accreditation of a fine art degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Depending on your career path post-graduation, you may be able to earn further professional or academic certifications and qualifications.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in fine art will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your fine art degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

Most art and design courses will require that you submit a portfolio of work as part of your application process. This may be accepted as an online submission, or they may prefer you to present it as part of your interview. Your institution will be able to provide more information about what to include in your portfolio, and how to submit it.

Graduates of a fine art degree will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. You may choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, such as a fine artist, an exhibition designer, or an art gallery manager.

You will have gained a wide range of skills throughout your degree. These skills will be applicable in a variety of industries, not limited to arts and design roles. Skills might include critical analysis, time management, teamwork, and project management.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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