Research course

Fine Art

University of Kent · School of Music and Fine Art

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. A portfolio of creative work is required for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Kent offer you an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice. The programme welcomes independent thinkers who seek to develop their practice in a discursive environment that brings together a diverse set of attitudes to making and producing art work in contemporary culture.

As a student, you are encouraged to realise your creative and intellectual potential within your discipline informed by specialists within your field.

The MA Fine Art programme prepares you for a professional career in the arts and we offer new workshops and studio spaces with excellent technical support to realise your practice-based projects. New opportunities to work together on ambitious group projects in public are encouraged and supported by a staff team made up of practicing artists.

Our new MA Sound and Image programme is our interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills in advanced practicebased research, and foster individual creative ideas.

The Fine Art PhD programme enables you to develop your work through an intensive period of study in an ambitious and challenging research environment. Alongside supervisory support, you are offered workshops, seminars and exhibition opportunities throughout your research period.

You have your own studio space in which to explore and test your studio work, with full access to workshops and high quality resources at our new multimillion pound development on the Chatham Historic Dockyard, just 55 minutes from London.

The programme welcomes students who wish to pursue any form of artistic practice in an interdisciplinary studio-based research environment. Research students are supported through their studies by a supervisory team and regular supervisory meetings.

You are provided with research methodology training sessions to ground and support your research in its early stages, as well as offered a breadth of research seminars, workshops and symposia.

Research students are encouraged to enrol on the Researcher Development Programme provided by the University’s Graduate School, and to attend regular Research Centre and Research Group led events. You have access to a national and international cross-disciplinary visiting lecture series enabling you to access specialists in your territory and beyond.

To discuss a PhD application, in the first instance, please contact Sarah Turner,

Department specialisms

The Department offers a diverse range of expertise across ways of making and approaches to thinking. Staff are interdisciplinary and work across different areas of art production as well as curating exhibitions, writing on art, and writing as art. You have access to the wide variety of research events that take place at the Medway and Canterbury campuses. These links with the Canterbury campus remain key to our research culture where regular events, symposia and exhibitions are held in collaboration with different departments and disciplines.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Sarah Turner
+44 (0) 1634 888819