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Full time & Part time September MA 1 Year Full Time / 2-4 Years Part Time
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Are you passionate about Fine Art and looking to take your creative practice to the next level? Look no further than our Fine Art MA programme at the University of Northampton. This programme is designed to help you evaluate and develop your artistic skills to the highest standards. With a focus on theoretical awareness, critical thinking, and independent arts practice, you'll have the opportunity to explore various media areas such as painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Our programme offers a personal studio space, access to specialist resources, and the chance to engage with national and international visiting speakers. Join us and unleash your artistic potential.

About the course

Our Fine Art MA programme enables you to evaluate and develop your creative practice to the highest standards. It develops theoretical awareness, critical thinking and independent arts practice to a professional level.

The Fine Art masters course at UON facilitates critical debate between artists working within and across media areas including painting, photography, digital imaging, printmaking, sculpture, installation and site-specific art. Alongside your studio-based enquiry, you will undertake related research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in Fine Art. Under exceptional circumstances, other candidates will be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

Prospective students should present a portfolio of work together with supporting evidence that is representative of their current creative practice.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

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Student Profile

Emily Fletcher

Graduated in 2021

During my time at university, I’ve been a senior representative and represented the student voice across the university, allowing students to have control over their courses and make big decisions over their education. I’ve learnt important skills about chairing meetings and taking minutes. I also socialise in a few more casual societies; this has allowed me to develop a great network of supportive and unique friends who study a variety of courses.

Outside of university, I love the area I live in. Northampton feels nice and relaxed compared to the busy, and often overwhelming cities. However, transport links are great so If I ever want to explore the cities I can easily get to London, Coventry, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham. This is great for me because outside of University I started ice skating this year and each week I can easily travel via train to Milton Keynes to develop my skills. I also roller skate at Benham Sports Centre which is near to Scholars Green Student Village and volunteer at a Scout Group within walking distance of the University, where I run the Scout Section to educate young people in skills for life and share my passion for camping and exploring.

There’s a lot to do in and around Northamptonshire. This next year I'm going to look into the Pinnacle Climbing Centre, which is a fifteen minute walk from the University and features rock climbing, bouldering, and a caving experience.

Life within the University of Northampton community definitely keeps me busy. However, I feel no pressure to take any of these things on and usually do them just for the experience, or to gain a new skill. I’d encourage anyone who enjoys a bit of an adventure to explore the University of Northampton and all that it has to offer!


The University of Northampton is proud to welcome students from across the globe and to recognise the high academic achievements of many of our international student body, we are pleased to offer the International Scholarship. There is no limit to the number of awards, made automatically to students who qualify.

Any award will take the form of a 10%, 20%, or 30% reduction in the cost of tuition fees for the full length of the programme of study, with the exception of all Nursing programmes, where the maximum scholarship available is 10% for each year.

Visit the University of Northampton's website for general Terms and Conditions:

Value of Scholarship(s)

30% off your tuition fees


You must hold an offer to study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme (BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, LLB, Joint Honours, MA, MSc, LLM or MBA) at the University of Northampton.

You must have been assessed as an overseas fee payer. For more detailed information on whether you fall into this category please refer to the UKCISA guide ‘Will I pay Home or Overseas fees?'

UK and EU nationals who are eligible for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England will not qualify.
Students studying for a course validated by the University at a partner institution will not qualify.

Application Procedure

Scholarship awards are made in parallel with an application to study at the University.

Applicants are not required to make a separate application for a scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded based on the merit of each individual’s application and academic eligibility.

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The Sir John Lowther Scholarship provides financial awards of up to £2,000 to a postgraduate student within the Arts. The scholarship was established in 2000 to commemorate the work and achievements of Sir John Lowther during his time as Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire. If you have been offered a place at the University of Northampton to undertake, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate study within the Arts, you may be eligible for an award to the value of £2,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £2,000


If you have been offered a place at the University of Northampton to undertake, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate study within the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology you may be eligible for an award.

Application Procedure

Please note applications for the Sir John Lowther Scholarship have now closed and will reopen in Spring 2024.

For information on how to apply, email our Scholarships Administrator at

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The T D Lewis Scholarship provides financial awards of up to £1,000. This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence or potential.

T D Lewis was a Northampton shoe manufacturer who left the sum of £1,000 for the provision of a scholarship or scholarships for educational purposes in the County of Northampton. His daughter, Margaret Lewis, gave to the trustees an additional payment for further scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £1,000


To apply, you must already attend, or have gained a place, at the University of Northampton. Suitable applicants will be required to attend an interview by the trustees late in the summer term and will be notified of the results shortly afterwards.

Application Procedure

Applications for the T D Lewis Scholarship are now closed. Applications will reopen in Autumn 2024.

For more information about this scholarship, email our Scholarships Administrator:

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