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About the course

Pursue your passion for Fine Art at an advanced level with professional support. Push the boundaries of your creativity, academic rigour and contextual research. Define your own creative identity, tackle key issues and boost your employability.

Course overview

This course is built around your personal interests and aspirations. We’ll encourage you to develop your personal practice through studio-led research, critiques, analysis and questioning. Given the strong practical element we invite applicants to share their portfolios and aspirations with us at interview stage.

At Masters level, the specialisms of tutors are an important factor. Sunderland’s staff research includes painting, printmaking, studio-based drawing and collage, sculpture, collaborative practice, art in architecture,

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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree in Fine Art or related art and design disciplines. We will consider applicants from other fields, as well as those with professional experience in the creative industries, if their portfolio is suitable.

We ask applicants to present a portfolio of work. Your portfolio should demonstrate your skills and creativity and a desire to create Fine Art-based work. This should be presented as original pieces, photographs or in digital form.

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Poppy Middlemas

After visiting our studio spaces and meeting our lecturers, Poppy Middlemas decided to study BA (Hons) Fine Art before going onto study her Masters here at Sunderland.

"I chose the University of Sunderland after visiting the studio spaces and meeting the lecturers, which were both excellent. The University is also close which allowed me to stay at home while studying.

I chose a Masters course rather than doing a PGCE because I didn’t think it was the right time for me to study to become a teacher. The Masters course has been a very important aspect of my changing practice. I completed my BA in Fine Art last year and before that, I studied for my A Levels at Sunderland College.

The best aspect of the MA Fine Art course is the individuality you are supported to pursue in your practice and the help that the lecturers give you at any time you need it. The technicians offer so much support setting up exhibitions too, helping print images and teaching you as much as they can to take away with you once the course is finished. I used the FabLab for my final project and they were extremely helpful given that they had just completed a huge project in conjunction with the new Northern Spire bridge opening.

I would definitely recommend the University of Sunderland to anyone considering studying Fine Art. Be yourself, I know it sounds cheesy but I have finally found myself through this course by listening to myself and following what I wanted to do rather than listening to everyone else’s opinions. Listen to the lecturers, but always take everything each person says before changing. Just be yourself.

I am thinking of pursuing the theoretical side of the art world by researching and reading in my spare time while at work. My future career aim would be to become a buyer or curator of art as well as continuing my practice on a commercial level.

My experience has been an amazing, life-changing journey that will help me pursue my career aspirations."


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