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About the course

Covering the fundamentals for establishing a career in art, this MA in Fine Art features a highly practical repertoire of modules which will encourage you to direct your studies into areas of art which particularly fascinate you. Technical, stylistic, and conceptual experimentation is enthusiastically encouraged throughout this MA scheme and undertaking this course will push you to develop your skills in your chosen medium, whether that is illustration, drawing, painting, photography, or interdisciplinary studies. Whatever your chosen career path, this MA in Fine Art will signal to prospective employers your commitment to personal excellence, professional rigour, and technical innovation.

Why study MA Fine Art at Aberystwyth University?

Throughout this course, you will become more confident as a creative practitioner of contemporary art and will be equipped with highly valuable skills, expertise, and critical capabilities that are appreciated in a wide range of employment contexts within the Arts and beyond.

24/7 studio access

Preparation for the creative and practical realities of life as a professional artist

A scheme that provides vocational training and experience in higher education teaching at undergraduate level

Opportunity to submit articles for publication and to develop your engagement with critical and public opinion

There are over 20,000 original artworks in Aberystwyth School of Art’s collection

Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014

100% of Aberystwyth School of Art’s research was either world leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact – REF 2014

75% of the School of Art’s publications were of an internationally recognised standard or higher – REF 2014

Opportunity to work closely with staff in a stimulating research environment

Opportunity to study within one of the UK’s up-and-coming Schools of Art and to develop as a confident artist in a comfortable environment

Course content and structure

The course can be studied either full-time or part-time. When studied full-time, the course is divided into two parts over three semesters. In Part One (September to May), you will study a number of core modules, together worth a total of 120 credits. Modules include Art and Visual Culture, Vocational Practice, Portfolio Development, and Exhibition 1. In Part Two, you will explore and resolve your chosen artistic problem (agreed in consultation with your supervisor), culminating in the second of your two public exhibitions. This study is equivalent to a Masters dissertation and is worth 60 credits.

The taught part of the course is delivered through lectures, seminars, and practical exercises. During semester three (June-September), you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Core modules:

Exhibition 1: Consolidation
Exhibition 2: Resolution
Vocational Practice

Contact Time

Approximately 10-14 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


In Part One, students are assessed via a mix of exhibitions, portfolios, essays, presentations, web-design production, and teaching experience projects. Successful completion of the Part 2 exhibition leads to the award of an MA.


Throughout this course you will develop a wide array of skills that will not only market you as a professional artist, but also as a mature individual with attractive skills and qualities for potential employers. This course will encourage you to:

Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work;
Increase your critical faculties;
Increase your technical possibilities, developing individual abilities in a certain area of art practice to the highest standards possible;
Develop your skills, knowledge, and hands on experience of artistic processes;
Develop a conceptual, practical and historical framework for your Art;
Play an active, learning based role in the operation of the School’s galleries;
Stage public exhibitions and perform as a professional, exhibiting artist;
Hold up your work against scrutiny from tutors, peers, critics, and the public;
Improve your capacity for conducting a critical review of yours and others’ work through discussion, presentation and writing;
Develop research and study skills;
Manage the practicalities of exhibition preparation, installation, and curation


The range of posts to which our graduates progress widens all the time. Our alumni have gone on to work:

- For designing companies
- In museums and galleries
- As art teachers
- On education programmes in galleries
- In gallery assistant posts
- Producing family-based learning activities in galleries and museums

Our graduates have also taken up exciting internships and traineeships with a variety of national and international organisations, progressed to further academic study (PHDs), and recent MA graduates were selected for the FBA Futures show held yearly at the Mall Galleries in London.

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






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