Taught course

Fine Art

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · School of Art

Entry requirements

We consider applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. You can demonstrate this educational level by: Having a relevant Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification Having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. What we look for We're seeking imaginative, resourceful individuals who are committed to exploring art practice. Student selection criteria Your application, indicative study statement and supporting material will be assessed for: The quality of the applicant's practice The appropriateness of the applicant's skills, experience and practice to the area of interest identified for development in the course Effective communication of intentions, purposes and issues The level of contextual awareness and expression of perspective The potential for realisation of the stated objectives within the timeframe of the course and envisaged resources Evidence that the applicant has the confidence and ability to benefit from and contribute to the learning environment at postgraduate level. The interview (for applicants selected following submission of the application form, indicative study statement and supporting work) is used to evaluate the extent to which a candidate demonstrates: A thoughtful and responsible approach to practice The capacity for independent research Appropriate critical and reflective abilities An awareness of the cultural and social context within which they practice Appropriate communication skills A preparedness to participate caollaboratively in debate, practice and presentation Portfolio and interview advice The portfolio you submit as part of your online application should include up to 20 images of your work. Those working in film and video should submit a compilation show reel lasting not more than ten minutes. References and interviews help determine whether your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and outcomes of the postgraduate course. The interview also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate an objective, critical and reflective relationship to your work. If possible, it's a good idea to bring examples of current work (e.g. since application). MA Fine Art welcomes discussion with potential applicants about the appropriateness of their initial proposals. We encourage applicants to use every opportunity to make contact with us before applying.

Months of entry


Course content

Synergies in our Fine Art Programme - incorporating BA Fine Art, MA Fine Art, MA Photography, MA Art and Science, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, MRes Art: Moving Image, and MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy - create a dynamic context for exploring practices and issues within contemporary culture.

In its extended full-time mode MA Fine Art gives you the flexibility to access London's richly varied opportunities for work and study while maximising your personal and professional development.

MA Fine Art provides an extensive final unit of 120 credits (45 weeks) enabling continuous development and realisation of a significant programme of work.

MA Fine Art supports and is shaped by:

  • Diversity of professional directions, aspirations and cultural perspectives
  • Reflective research-based practice including writing as practice in fine art
  • An interrogation of what informs making and how making generates knowledge
  • Independent study and practice and critical reflection on definitions of art and its potential within social space
  • Exploration of the parameters of contemporary art, building on knowledge of the contexts and frameworks of practice
  • Dialogue to determine the conditions of possibility for contemporary art.

About this course

  • MA Fine Art lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode.'
  • MA Fine Art is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 3 units. Unit 1 (40 credits) and Unit 2 (20 credits) run concurrently and last 15 weeks. Unit 3 (120 credits) follows after the completion of Units 1 and 2 and runs for 45 weeks.
  • Students successfully achieving Units 1 and 2 may exit at this point with the award of Postgraduate Certificate.
  • All three units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from the mark for Unit 3 only.

In year one we expect you to commit an average of 40 hours per week. In year two your study is predominantly self-managed but we expect you to commit an average of 20 hours per week. Across the two years, therefore, you're expected to commit an average of 30 hours per week.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

The Information Office
+44 (0)20 7514 7023
+44 (0)20 7514 7254