Taught course

Fine Art

Norwich University of the Arts · Norwich University of the Arts

Entry requirements

The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above, or other qualifications (including non-UK) that the University considers equivalent, in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.

Months of entry


Course content

NUA’s MA Fine Art is an exciting and ambitious programme of study and one that will accelerate your practical, technical and conceptual understanding of your practice. Practice-led investigation is fundamental to the course, supported by critical dialogue and research.

Founded in 1845 the University has a strong reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK. From our campus in the heart of Norwich’s cultural quarter you will have access to industry standard resources and exceptional workshop and studio space facilities.

You will join a community of tutors, researchers, visiting industry guests and fellow students and be part of a stimulating and active research environment. Guided by expert tuition you will be supported to extend or challenge your existing knowledge and methodologies. You may elect to specialise in or combine areas including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation.

Strong links with regional and national galleries provide platforms for dialogue around contemporary practice, supported by visiting artists and the Fine Art lecture series. The Gallery at NUA provides a showcase for high quality public exhibitions that augment the MA Fine Art experience. Eastinternational was staged here between 1991-2009, and more recently The Gallery has showcased work by artists including: Grayson Perry, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread. The annual Fine Art symposium ‘Dialogues’ supports your professional understanding of contemporary Fine Art practice.

Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues. Your curriculum will include professional guest speakers, industry focused projects, collaborations and study visits. These complement the core studio, workshop and taught sessions on research methods, theoretical approaches and business and professional skills.

MA Fine Art staff are all established practising artists who regularly exhibit their practice, and/or contribute to conferences and publications and will support you in promoting your work within the creative sector.

Paul Fieldsend-Danks is the MA Leader at NUA, contributing to the taught delivery of MA Fine Art and Research Into Practice units. Paul is an artist and academic, with a particular research interest in the study of landscape within contemporary drawing and painting contexts. He is a co-director of the international online drawing research journal Tracey, and a member of Land2, a practice-led research network concerned with landscape and place-oriented art practice.

Carl Rowe studied Fine Art (printmaking) at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating with an MA in 1985. Since 2001 he has worked at Norwich University of the Arts where he is currently Course Leader for BA Honours Fine Art and MA Fine Art unit leader. His practice is print-based and multimedia with recent projects including A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy an installation and performance at Arts Laboratory Berlin (2013) and Drool a screenprinted wall work at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2010). His prints have been exhibited in Guanlan Print Biennial Shenzen China, Penang International Print Malaysia and the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial.

Scholarship and funding information is available. See NUA website for details: www.nua.ac.uk

Information for international students

NUA has earned an international reputation for excellence over the course of its 170 years training leaders in the creative industries. The University’s international community are genuinely valued for their contribution to student and academic life. International student scholarships are available. Applicants typically submit digital portfolios and interview via Skype.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students are eligible to apply for the student awards from the AHRC, subject to the support of the University.

For more information on funding, please go the NUA website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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