Entry requirements

2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in fine art, or a related subject
Additional Requirements
As part of your application you also need to;
  • Provide a portfolio
  • Take part in an interview
Both portfolio and interview may take place online.
We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Immerse yourself in the North West’s world-class cultural networks including leading organisations and festivals
  • Gain valuable insights and direction about your work from our expert team of practising artists
  • Tailor your own residency at places such as Brantwood, Eden Project North, Liverpool Biennial, Open Eye Gallery and Abandon Normal Devices
  • Enjoy your own studio space with access to well-equipped workshop facilities and expert technical support
  • Launch your career in art practice by making professional contacts and developing key transferable skills

Want to develop an understanding of fine art through your own lens? Our programme gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate and develop your practice while working with internationally acclaimed artists.

Residency, studio practice and theory

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your research for your own art practice through a specialised residency at a professional organisation. Choose from galleries, festivals, archives or sites in line with your interests. If your work relates to history and nature, for example, you could study the collections at Brantwood (Ruskin Museum). During your residency, you’ll develop a body of artwork in preparation for your final major project.

At Lancaster, you’ll also have access to your own studio space 24/7. You’ll be encouraged to underpin the practical side with theory through reading group sessions, discussions and visiting artist talks. Want to continue working while studying? Consider our part-time option.

Tailored to suit you

As well as the residency, you’ll study some core modules and one optional module in line with your interests and expertise. From drawing and painting to new media and installation, we have a wide range of experts to mentor you. They also cover a diverse selection of subject areas. For example, you could focus on art in relation to the environment and climate change or mobilities and migration.

To add even greater breadth, you’ll have access to modules run by other departments across the University such as sociology, film and creative writing.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Find out more on our fees and funding page.

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

Course contact details

LICA Admissions