Fine Art Studio Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

Fine Art Studio Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

School of Art, Design and Fashion


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: one year. Part-time: two years.

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Why study this programme?

MA Fine Art: Studio Practice aims to integrate cultural theory and aesthetics with an experimental studio practice encouraging students to consider the visual image as a sign in contemporary culture.

The MA explores theoretical questions looking at the concept of a studio practice within the context of a media–based practice considering aspects of reproduction in terms of print-based, electronic and digital media.

The course includes the following possibilities:
Painting & Printmaking, Moving Image & Photography, Sculpture and Installation.

Entry Requirements

  • Normally a recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent.
  • The course is designed for graduates in fine art, artists, arts practitioners or other potential applicants from art and design who consider they have established an area of relevant research.
  • In addition, potential students could Include community-based professionals, activists and engaged with location and built or rural environment These applicants will have to demonstrate the potential to develop their ideas within a creative, critical and theoretical framework related to debates in contemporary art.

Prospective students should have the equivalent of a good honours degree in a recognised area of art and design or appropriate professional experience related
to the post-graduate route in Fine Art.

Applicants are welcomed from a range of academic and creative disciplines and will be considered in relation to their application statement and/or visual submission. Please contact the admissions team if you need advice on application and if you have the potential to benefit from and complete a post-graduate award in fine art. A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Programme at a Glance

  • Research Methods in Fine Art (C)
  • Initiating a Studio Project [C]
  • Professional Practice (C)
  • Project Development (C)
  • MA Fine Art Degree Project (C)
  • MA Contextual Report (C)

(C) = Core (O) = Optional

The table applies to full-time study over 3 Semesters. If studying part-time you can take up to 4 modules per year over 2 years.

MA in Fine Art offers Two Awards in Full-Time or Part-Time mode with an annual intake starting in September: MA Fine Art Studio Practice runs in parallel with MA Site and Archive Intervention.

The MA Fine Art has a modular structure providing students with the opportunity to research, plan, develop and realise an independent Post Graduate Programme at first Post Graduate Certificate, Diploma and then at Master’s Level.

The MA Modules in Fine Art encourage student interaction, sharing experience and
participation and critical debate (Research Methods, Professional Practice, Degree Project & Contextual Report) and 2 Specialist Introductory and Project Development Modules.

The Post Graduate Programme gives students the opportunities to realise an ambitious ‘Fine Art Project’ to define and sustain a high level of professional practice supported by a ‘Contextual Report’, which undertake an analytical, critical and creative approach to theoretical formats. It also explores strategies for research publications to create potential employment opportunities, dissemination of practice and publicity networks.

All students are allocated an individual supervisor according to their Fine Art Project and Contextual Study. Students must present the MA Fine Art Project in the public domain (the University or alternative venue) with an appropriate Contextual Report.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The MA Fine Art utilises the international profile of the staff research team and creates the possibilities for effecting dynamic shifts in cultural production. The employment opportunities today are greatly increased for post-graduate students suitably experienced as artist/arts professionals working in the expanded field of art practice, which is reflected in the content of this course.

The MA courses offer access to specialist teaching, workshop facilities and good technical support with supportive and accessible learning resources at the library and on the computer network to develop professional, creative and contextual skills.

A range of full time and associate lecturers, all of whom are practising and exhibiting artists teach Fine Art at the University. A team of qualified technical staff and visiting artists also supports the course.

Students also undertake a Professional Practice Programme delivered by Research Staff, Visiting Artists, Lecturers, Curators, Funding Agencies and representatives from Public Arts, Administrators and Regional Arts Associations when available. 



How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching and Learning involves a combination of lectures, seminars, screenings, presentations, group and individual tutorials, with case studies including artists’ initiatives, placements (if appropriate) to develop an integrated and experimental view of theory and practice.

The University facilities, studios and workshops are timetabled weekly for full-time students and negotiable for part-time students. Attendance for part-time students will be on average one day a week and it may occasionally be necessary to attend on 2 days depending on the semester. Individual tutorials with supervisors are by prior arrangement.

The assessment process will be determined by the student’s satisfactory demonstration and completion of the entire module learning outcomes and assessment components. The ‘MA Fine Art Project’ and the ‘Contextual Report’ will be graded in percentage terms.


Staff success at International Print Society


A student having developed a programme of innovative work at Master’s Level could be expected to operate as a practising artist achieving both a professional level of awareness and high standard of visual work. However, careers in Fine Art can also encompass a broader range of possibilities, as artists and designers, work in the creative industries and the public realm and in education.


The MA Fine Art is a sequential programme of study, progressing from Postgraduate Certificate to Diploma and then Master’s Award in Fine Art. Students must complete 9 modules for the award of MA Fine Art.



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