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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Lancaster University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


The MA Fine Art is a unique opportunity to study contemporary art practice at postgraduate level while benefiting from the relevance and visibility that comes from working with the North West’s world-class cultural networks. The course is built around three core elements: studio practice, a research residency and contemporary theory in the arts. You will be supported to re-evaluate and develop your existing practice through individual tutorials and 24/7 access to dedicated studio facilities, with one-to-one tutorials, technical support, visiting artist talks, and weekly seminar and reading group sessions. Your work will be supervised by practicing artists from Lancaster’s fine art team, covering a wide range of disciplines including specialisms in drawing, painting, new media, installation, site-specific, socially-engaged, performance, and art writing.

Course structure

Based on your area of interest you will spend a specialised period of residency and dialogue with a festival, gallery, archive or site. Suitable placements will be arranged by students in negotiation with tutors building on our wide network of relationships in the region eg The Ruskin Museum, Eden Project North, Liverpool Biennial, Keswick Museum, Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Centre for Mobilities Research. You will develop a body of experimental or preliminary art works in relation to the residency which will inform the final Fine Art Major Project module. The residency is supported through weekly group crits and tutorials in the studio. The course also includes bespoke opportunities to develop interdisciplinary work, through residencies and elective modules in other departments eg media and communications, sociology, mobilities research, creative writing, biomedicine, physics and others. The MA Fine Art aims to make students ready for a career in art practice at a professional level. Through the combination of practice, theory and research methods students will also acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for study at PhD level. The level and nature of skills, knowledge and practice at this level are highly transferrable, and students may go on to have other careers within the arts such as curating, arts education, public arts administration and management, general careers in art and design or the creative industries more broadly.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,940per year

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University information

Lancaster University

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  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Students from over one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus. An open and welcoming community, equality and diversity are valued.
Lancaster University offers students a range of award-winning, high-quality, safe and comfortable accommodation.
Lancaster University has a vast array of facilities including shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and a sports centre and swimming pool.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    23rd out of 85 19

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    149 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%



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