12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Fine Art MA

About this program

Fine Art MA

This course will develop your artistic practice, contextual awareness and theoretical understanding within a stimulating and distinctive studio environment.

The course will introduce you to emerging trends in contemporary practice and enable you to find your voice in a fast-evolving visual culture that is increasingly collaborative, networked and dispersed. You will leave equipped with all the necessary skills to produce and exhibit your work, to deal with change, and to negotiate your individual, critical and creative position.

The course is designed to give you the skills for continuous development throughout your artistic, professional, and academic life. You will be supported from the outset in developing research methods and aims that are pertinent to your creative practice and your professional ambitions. The course will develop your specialist knowledge to an advanced level and give you hands-on experience of contemporary practice. You will be taught by exhibiting artists and research-active academics with expertise in drawing, painting, sculpture, analogue and digital photography, digital media, printmaking, public art, installation and relational practice.

Admission requirements

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in Fine Art or a related subject.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Studio Practice modules

The program is organised around a sequence of studio practice modules designed to support both full-time and part-time students in a structured progression through the establishment, development, exhibition and evaluation of a contemporary art practice, and the production of an individual body of work, as a means to a tacit and articulate understanding of the contemporary subject at an advanced level.

These studio practice modules provide a creative and critical platform for the generation, development and sharing of new ideas and forms of expression. We recognise that invention emerges through a robust and energetic engagement with your chosen media and disciplines. Teaching, workshops and technical support will help you to establish and develop appropriate creative strategies and deepen your understanding of how methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary practice.

Research Methods for Creative Practice

Enhances your knowledge and understanding of research, focusing on the identification and development of methods of enquiry appropriate to developing your practice.

Professional Studies

Develops your understanding of professional opportunities within Fine Art and its associated industries. This will help you to develop good working practices for the documentation of work and focus your learning to better support your long term ambitions.

Fine Art MA has a fixed diet of modules for full-time and part-time study. All students take the Research Methods for Creative Practice module and the Professional Studies module alongside part-time and full-time variants of the Studio Practice modules.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £8,350 per year
  • International students: £14,600 per year

Continuing studies

For others, a Fine Art MA is the first step on an academic career. The course is excellent preparation for an MPhil or PhD that can lead to employment in higher education.

Career paths

The Fine Art MA course develops the skills, attributes and knowledge necessary for a career as an exhibiting artist. However, you will also leave with a range of transferable skills that enhance competitiveness in a range of graduate careers. These skills include the ability to:

  • Initiate research
  • Exercise your initiative and remain independent
  • Be a creative risk taker
  • Embrace critical thinking
  • Make decisions in complex situations

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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