Program overview
15 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
17 April 2023

11 September 2023
University of the Arts London

About this program

MA Fine Art

Fine artists have traditionally been recognised for their disruptive innovation. The MA Fine Art course prepares you to be socially and critically engaged in your understanding of the world.

The course consists of 6 pathways designed to transform your individual practice. You will be part of a supportive and stimulating postgraduate learning community, which questions and shares subject based enquiry.

MA Fine Art at Camberwell promotes the idea of practice as transformative research. It offers you the opportunity to make a deep investigation into your chosen subject.

The course situates art practice in relation to a broader set of discourses, including sustainable and ethical approaches to making and presenting art. It also looks beyond Camberwell’s location. You will be encouraged to share your practice in a variety of contexts. This includes events, exhibitions and an online reflective platform.

Our professional toolkit supports your skills in preparation for your continued progression into the professional and academic worlds.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

  • IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language Requirements)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree in either art and design or drawing-related disciplines, including social and other sciences or engineering
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work and personal statement.

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

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Program content

Unit 1 - Locating practice within subject

  • An introduction to the teaching, learning and research culture of Camberwell
  • You will identify your aims and intentions
  • Test ideas, experiment, and deeply challenge your approaches to making and critical thinking
  • An introduction to key practice-based research methodologies
  • Interrogate and debate key ideas and developments within your subject
  • Build upon your technical, practical and presentation skills
  • Cross-pathway MA Fine Art lectures, seminars and crits
  • Submit a body of work along with a concise online reflective journal, which includes an artist’s statement and a synopsis of your progress over the unit that contextualises your practice
  • Professional Toolkit that supports professional skills

Unit 2 - Testing beyond subject

  • You will focus on the creation of new artworks in or beyond the studio
  • Support to help define your own unique set of creative processes
  • Lectures and seminars around current debates within art and society
  • Identify and engage with potential external collaborators and/or research resources
  • Present your work and research in a pathway-specific exhibition, as well as, in seminars and crits
  • Submit a body of practical work and a concise online reflective platform, which contains an artist’s statement and a synopsis of your progress over the unit that contextualises your practice within and beyond subject and showcases your professional skills
  • Professional Toolkit supports professional skills

Unit 3 - Making public

  • You will focus on collaboration and considering audiences
  • You will exhibit your work in a public exhibition
  • Mentoring, crits, seminars and workshops to support your research and learning
  • Develop your studio practice
  • Work with other students to stage a public event where you will present your research to an audience
  • Submit a public facing platform, which contextualises your practice within and beyond subject, and showcases professional skills and future career projection
  • Professional Toolkit that supports professional skills

Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

MA Fine Art is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.


  • The full tuition fee of 2022/23 for local students is £11,220 per year.
  • The full tuition fee of 2022/23 for International students is £22,920 per year.


  • Artists talks
  • Crits
  • Independent practice and research
  • Knowledge exchange with external agencies
  • Lectures
  • Presentation of work through exhibitions
  • Professional Toolkit
  • Reading groups
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops and inductions

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings®, for the fifth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

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