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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2-4 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 19/20 only:

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £750 per 20 credits

  • Last Updated

    19 September 2019

The MA in Fine Art 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 course 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.

Opportunities Abroad

You will have the opportunity to take International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.

Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-£50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 and a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta would cost around £800-£900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities.

Course Details

When you start this course, you will begin with the module ‘Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies’ to give you a grounding in different research-based methods in Fine Art.

You will have access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support. Our research-active staff provide continual mentoring to help you position your practice within professional cultural environments, arts-related employment or higher-level academic research.

You can study this course full-time or part-time, and you will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links with galleries, including the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. The course often offers international study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.

As well as the existing connections between this course and regional galleries and art organisations, we encourage you to engage with external activities and events, nationally and internationally. A group of MA Fine Art students also attended a printmaking residency at the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.

Specialist Teaching Staff

Our teaching staff have a broad range of research interests reflecting the disciplines available on the course, and all staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. Visiting speakers have included renowned artists such as Richard Long, Marcus Harvey, Simon Callery, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Lisa Milroy, David Batchelor, Richard Deacon, Svetlana Fialova, Richard Patterson, Ian McKeever, Dan Hays and Richard Wilson along with innovative arts organisations such as Artangel.

Methods of Learning

We take a range of approaches to teach this course, to help you learn in the best way for you. A combination of tutorials, group critiques, research supervision, lectures and seminars will give you theoretical and practical experience.


During the first and second trimester specific modules are usually delivered on Mondays 9:30am to 4pm.


The course is assessed in both theory and practice by assignment, examination, portfolio submission and exhibition. You will produce work throughout the course for informal feedback, which does not contribute to your final grade but will give you the chance to improve your work. The MA Fine Art has three formal assessment periods in February, May and September, and these will contribute to your final grade.

Course Content

You will critically re-appraise and position your creative practice. You will be involved with the public developmental exhibition of your work. The final stage of the MA Fine Art course will include either producing and exhibiting a body of creative work or completing a 15-18,000 word dissertation.

Core Modules:

  • Fine Art Practice and Documentation (20 Credits)
  • Fine Art Practice and Context (40 Credits)
  • Interfacings, Fine Art and Post-modern Practice (20 Credits)
  • Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies (20 Credits)
  • Research Project / Dissertation (60 Credits)
  • Independent Study in the Arts (20 Credits)

Facilities & Special Features

From September 2018 some of your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, and the Fine Art subject is also enriched through a spectrum of professional specialist spaces which we will be keeping at Avenue Campus. These include:

  • fine art new media space
  • photographic studio
  • photographic dark room
  • wood workshop
  • metal workshop
  • plaster and resin workshop
  • etching printroom
  • screen printing room (including laser cutting)
  • the drawing lab (drawing research space and life room)
  • canvas preparation room
  • bookable installation spaces


The MA Fine Art is excellent preparation for both profession cultural environments and higher research study. You may choose to pursue a PhD with us, through traditional or practice-led methodologies, and the MA is a comprehensive and relevant foundation for study.

Visit the Fine Art - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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