Taught course


Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Art

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA/MFA Drawing is studio practice driven and enables you to specifically examine and reflect upon the nature and role of drawing as a fundamental part of your practice. The programme provides a critically supportive environment in which you situate, develop and extend your use of drawing through the ongoing development of your work. An exploration of possibilities within the process of drawing and an expansive approach is encouraged in order for you to take risks within your own practice and pursue highly individual lines of enquiry. This culture of experimentation and critical reflection draws upon the research culture in drawing practice. You will be supported in the articulation of your ideas, development of working methods and the realisation of independent work through individual tutorials, lectures, subject specific seminars, studio and gallery visits and group critiques.

The MA Drawing is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

Unit 1: Practice 1 - Art - Working Synopsis

Unit 2: Choice of one option from the following- (Subject to Change)

  • Contested Territories
  • Digital Futures
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Images and Archives
  • Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts & Sustainable Design
  • Negotiated Study
  • Object and Context
  • The Museum and The City
  • Writing Research and Funding Proposals

Unit 3: Practice 2- Art - Proposition

Unit 4: Professional Platforms

Unit 5: Practice 3 - Major Project (Fine Art, Drawing or Collaborative Practice)

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Lab award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For further information please see: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/
International students
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For further information please see: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969