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Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in Fine Art or a related subject. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of recent work in a digital/portfolio format, plus a statement about past and proposed work is also required. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Fine Art MA 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.

Teaching is delivered in a combination of one-to-one tutorials, group seminars, lectures, workshops, and field-trips. You will be supported by a highly skilled team of technical demonstrators with access to a range of workshops including metal, wood, plaster, resin and other processes, as well as CAD facilities, photographic darkrooms, studios and editing suites.

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:

  • an ability to initiate research
  • independence and the exercise of initiative
  • creative risk-taking
  • critical thinking
  • working with people
  • presentation and communication
  • decision-making in complex situations
  • digital literacy

You will leave the course with the independent learning ability that is necessary for continuous professional development, enabling you to adapt to changing professional pressures and opportunities.

There is extensive potential for self-employment as an artist, or for employment in other closely related areas such as public and community art, education, curation and cultural journalism. Many graduates take their transferable skills into businesses that require creativity and independence, working in the wider creative sector.

Information for international students

Some international students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount of up to £500. For more information, visit

Fees and funding

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship

Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work80

Course contact details

Art, Design and Humanities Admissions
+44 (0) 116 257 7555