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Fine Art MA
Fine Art MA

Fine Art MA

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree in an art or design discipline. We may also consider applicants who have relevant experience and who can demonstrate their suitability for the course.

English requirements

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 in each component 
  • PTE 56 with no less than 51 in each skill.

Other Requirements

Please prepare a portfolio of artwork which shows your interests and what you have done so far. We are not looking for perfection as we appreciate you may be still developing your practice. 

Your portfolio should be a PowerPoint presentation (preferable for applicants interested in the photography route), ZIP file or links to websites or videos and can include:

  • A variety of art and design work - we would like to see a range of styles and techniques
  • Work completed in or outside of your studies
  • Photographic works
  • Ideas in sketchbooks/scrapbooks
  • Photographs of 3D work in any medium
  • Work in progress

We suggest between 10-20 slides/images would be sufficient. 


Course Information

  • This course is built around your personal interests and aspirations – it allows you to push the boundaries of creativity, within a framework of academic rigour and contextual research
  • You will be allocated an individual studio space and have access to university gallery spaces
  • Get to work alongside other students from creative subjects and see how artists live, work and thrive in our ‘Creative Lives’ lecture series
  • Boost your professional skills as a Fine Art professional including exhibition planning and promotion
  • Our Creative Arts and Design courses, which include MA Fine Art, were ranked 5th for Engagement and 7th for Overall Satisfaction out of 39 institutions in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019 (PTES)

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Core modules

  • Experiment and Reflect (60 credits) 

Re-evaluate, experiment and test new ideas to extend your contemporary practice. Benefit from a survey of critical concepts and frameworks in contemporary visual practice and be encouraged to consider how these relate to your own perspective of practice.

  • Developing your Creative and Professional Practice (60 credits)

Build on your established practice and current interests, concerns and ideas, developing your personal project or body of work. This may take the form of an extension of existing ideas and approaches or the development of a new direction. Learn from and participate in a series of ‘Creative Lives’ talks given on a weekly basis, which will give an overview of current professional practice from professionals from different areas of the creative arts sector, including curators, cultural producers, designers and digital entrepreneurs as well as freelance artists. 

  • Resolve and Exhibit (60 credits)

Bring your visual practice up to a professional level of resolve and present it in an appropriate professional form (group exhibition). You will also be supported to produce a final Reflective Report as either:

  • A final evaluation report that contextualises your practice with reference to appropriate professional contexts, issues and debates, with an overview of your professional development to date and aims/objectives for future work, or:
  • An extended academic essay exploring a particular aspect of contemporary visual practice that is of interest to you or of relevance to your own practice and that will enhance your ability to advance to further study (research).
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Recent Sunderland graduates have set up their own creative businesses, undertaken commissions and exhibited their work regionally and nationally. During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability.

In the past this has included exhibition work in a range of public contexts such as galleries, schools and hospitals. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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