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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Open College Of The Arts

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Fine Art Master’s programme offers students the opportunity to work in a medium of their choice; past students have worked in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, writing, printmaking, installation, performance, curation, time-based work and digital art. The emphasis of the programme is on studio practice, with theory, context and professional practice integrated throughout.

It’s ideal for creative practitioners who are looking to develop their skills further, tutors who want to develop their own artistic practice or undergraduates who are looking to progress to postgraduate study outside the conventional bricks and mortar higher education system.

The course welcomes applications from students from a wide range of visual arts backgrounds who wish to extend and redefine the theoretical and practical base of their understanding of fine art at an advanced level.

As you progress through the course you will be able to share experiences and learning through group and individual work. The curriculum builds from a more structured programme towards autonomous study, with an emphasis on enquiry, critical reflection and exploration, and offers graduates the opportunity to scrutinize and advance their fine art existing practice, working towards their career aspirations through an innovative and exciting programme with art production at its core.

Think our UK distance learning MA Fine Art programme might be right for you? Find out more about the course on the 'Open College of the Arts' website.

Course Philosophy and Progression

The course encompasses a broad philosophy in Fine Art, predicated on materials, making and the communication of ideas through visual language. Working flexibility from skills-based work through to conceptual practice, the course engages with and interrogates contemporary art as students engage with the world through, for example, political, ideological, social, historical or environmental contexts, driven by their chosen direction.

This course is extremely flexible and its structure means you can earn while you learn and at the same time advance your career prospects. People studying this MA will be better placed to gain higher level teaching posts in the field of art, or move into creative sectors of employment.

Application deadline

31 July 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 10,630overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Open College of the Arts

  • Campus address

    Open College Of The Arts, County Way, Room 201, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AG, England

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