Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent from a university outside the UK. You should include a portfolio of current work, a written statement about your practice and a programme of research you wish to pursue.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Fine Art programme, delivered by dynamic, high-profile international artists, and an additional guest artist, focuses on exhibitions and professional practice.

You will develop creative inquisitiveness and prepare for the professional art world or further research at doctoral level.

All of our staff are practising artists, curators and writers, and our research-led teaching offers opportunities for you to engage with exhibition and curatorial initiatives, theoretical texts and publication projects. You will also be taught by a range of internationally acclaimed artists through our visiting artists lecture programme.

Art is an active department with events, performances, screenings and shared discussion across disciplines that create a social environment. We pride ourselves on the quality and vibrancy of our 24-hour studio community. As a student on one of our master’s courses, you will find yourself part of a vibrant postgraduate community and intellectual environment, including staff and PhD students.

You will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, with the support of a mentor, on our undergraduate programmes.

Our postgraduate environment extends out from Reading through our external exhibitions, symposia and workshops. Participate in our Asia exhibition network with opportunities to exhibit in Japan, China and South Korea. Our external partnerships support professional opportunities with world-leading institutions. This includes our most recent partnership with the Tate Exchange at Tate Modern.

The Reading School of Art is internationally renowned, with 97% of our research judged to be of international standing^ and 100% of our research impact classed as outstanding or very considerable†.

For more information, please visit the Reading School of Art website.

^REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Art

†REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Art

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £10,800
New international students: £22,350
Tuition fee information
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
EU student fees
With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.
Additional costs
Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team