Taught course

Fine Art

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

Applications to masters study within Fine Art will normally be considered in the light of their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • A good first degree in a visual arts related subject
  • An appropriate reference
  • Satisfactory portfolio of work. Applications cannot be considered by the Programme Team until a portfolio of work is received *.
  • Successful interview - Applicants must provide evidence in the interview, of their learning capability, study opportunity and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

*Please forward up to 10jpegs, video or sound clips when completing the online application form. Alternatively, should you have any difficulty in doing so, please forward these to apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk after submitting your application. After submitting the application form you will receive a confirmation email which will include your Applicant ID, please ensure you quote your Name and Applicant ID in any correspondence.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications from mature Fine Art practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered. In such circumstances applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to degree standard.

The above should demonstrate that the applicant has a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within the time limits.

Months of entry


Course content

Taught by leaders in their field, this Masters programme provides you with the opportunity to investigate all proponents of fine art and its practice in production, material intervention, media and curation.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years, day study)
  • Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the modern, purpose-built and RIBA award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building
  • Direct links with Liverpool’s most significant arts organisations, such as TATE Liverpool, Biennial, Bluecoat and FACT
  • Career opportunities through networking and collaboration in professional fields
  • Studio space provided for full-time students
  • The School of Art and Design offers a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students.

LJMU’s Masters in Fine Art provides an opportunity for a small group of students, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to develop their practice in relation to a global context that is filtered through the rich artistic infrastructure of Liverpool.

The programme is open to those wishing to develop a broad range of practices, including the production of objects and material interventions, the development of media-based projects and those wishing to pursue critical, theoretical and curatorially-based approaches. Taking Liverpool as a starting point, the programme explores wider questions of art production, distribution and reflection in an age of globalisation.

The course encourages artistic research and the development of new ways of working which challenge our assumptions around culture, identity and ecology. Taught in consultation with significant international institutions such as Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and FACT, the MA Fine Art offers unique access to specialist knowledge and experience of working in the public realm, museums and galleries and with technology.

The course is offered full (1 year) and part time (2 years). As a full-time student you will be offered studio space at the School’s John Lennon Art and Design Building.

You will have around nine hours guided learning each week, although we would expect your self-directed input to be substantially more. There will also be blocks of time scheduled for concentrated research activity, critique and symposium throughout the programme.

Master projects will be realised within a curated event within the Liverpool Biennial.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquries
0151 231 5090