Taught course

Fine Art

University of Northampton · School of the Arts

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in Fine Art. Exceptionally, other candidates will be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

Months of entry


Course content

The course offers access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support. Students are continually mentored by research-active staff to position their practice within professional cultural environments, arts-related employment or higher-level academic research.

Both full time and part time students benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and external links with galleries, which have included the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. The course often offers international study trips, typically one European option (recent visits have been to France, Italy and Spain) and one long-haul destination (recent visits have been to India, Vietnam and the USA) each year. In addition to the course having very good links with regional galleries and arts organisations, students are encouraged to engage with external activities and events, both national and international. A group of MA Fine Art students recently attended a printmaking residency at the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.

Upon commencing the Masters programme, students undertake the module 'Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies' (20 credits). This provides a grounding in different research-based methods and methodologies in Fine Art.

During the first trimester students also undertake the 20 credit studio-based module 'Fine Art Practice' wherein students begin to critically re-appraise and position their creative practice. Full-time students will also be enrolled on 'Interfacings,' a 20 credit module that considers a set of theoretical debates, issues and contexts that are pertinent to an interdisciplinary approach to artistic practice.

During the second trimester students enrol on the 40 credit module 'Fine Art Practice and Context.' This module culminates in a public developmental exhibition of their work. Alongside this module, full-time students can opt to take either the project-based 'Independent Study' module or the 20 credit module 'Creative Practice and Enterprise.'

The final stage of the MA Fine Art course entails the student producing and exhibiting a body of creative work or completing a 15-18,000 word dissertation.

Course modules (16/17)

Fine Art Practice and Documentation (20 credits) - Core module Y

Interfacings: Fine Art and Postmodern Practice (20 credits) - Core module Y

Creative Practice and Enterprise (20 credits) - Core module N

Fine Art Practice and Context (40 credits) - Core module Y

Independent Study in the Arts (20 credits) - Core module N

Research project (60 credits) - Core module Y

Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies (20 credits) - Core module Y

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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