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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Fine Art is a unique opportunity to study contemporary art practice at postgraduate level while benefiting from the relevance and visibility that comes from working with the North West’s world-class cultural networks.

The course is built around three core elements: studio practice, a research residency and contemporary theory in the arts. You will be supported to re-evaluate and develop your existing practice through individual tutorials and 24/7 access to dedicated studio facilities, with one-to-one tutorials, technical support, visiting artist talks, and weekly seminar and reading group sessions. Your work will be supervised by practicing artists from Lancaster’s fine art team, covering a wide range of disciplines including specialisms in drawing, painting, new media, installation, site-specific, socially-engaged, performance, and art writing.

Based on your area of interest you will spend a specialised period of residency and dialogue with a festival, gallery, archive or site. Suitable placements will be arranged by students in negotiation with tutors building on our wide network of relationships in the region eg The Ruskin Museum, Eden Project North, Liverpool Biennial, Keswick Museum, Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Centre for Mobilities Research. You will develop a body of experimental or preliminary art works in relation to the residency which will inform the final Fine Art Major Project module. The residency is supported through weekly group crits and tutorials in the studio.

The course also includes bespoke opportunities to develop interdisciplinary work, through residencies and elective modules in other departments eg media and communications, sociology, mobilities research, creative writing, biomedicine, physics and others.

Your career

The MA Fine Art aims to make students ready for a career in art practice at a professional level. Through the combination of practice, theory and research methods students will also acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for study at PhD level. The level and nature of skills, knowledge and practice at this level are highly transferrable, and students may go on to have other careers within the arts such as curating, arts education, public arts administration and management, general careers in art and design or the creative industries more broadly.

Information for international students

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.

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

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