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In a world dominated by visual imagery, artists need the appropriate skills, reflexive approaches and attitudes of critical enquiry to work as effective professionals within their field.

The MA Arts Practice Fine Art degree offers you the opportunity to explore your own specialism of fine art practice, and develop your practice across a broader range of interdisciplinary activity.

You will study over a number of designated weekend sessions, held at approximately monthly intervals at our Cardiff campus, allowing you to study alongside other personal and work commitments you may have.

Weekends will include lectures, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, field trips and visits*; your study will be further supported via on-line tutorials. This blended approach to teaching will enable you to develop as an independent, enterprising artist.

What you will study

You will develop new ways of looking at your own practice within the field of fine art. You will explore distinct areas of practice and research while reviewing your own and fellow students’ work-in-progress. Through negotiation, you will develop a proposal for new work that will form the framework for further development. The course is structured to enable you to fully realise your ambitions for your practice.

The MA Arts Practice Fine Art course begins in October each year and runs over 18 months.

Part One: October – March

  • Artist Practitioner 1 
  • Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries

Part Two: April – September 

  • Artist Practitioner 2
  • Professional Practice in the Arts

Part Three: October – March

• Artist Practitioner 3 Major Project


The MA Arts Practice Fine Art course makes use of a blended learning approach to delivery, which combines face-to-face teaching with on -line support for study.

Teaching, which consists of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, field trips and visits*, takes place during a series of weekends held at approximately monthly intervals.

Students are further supported in their learning via on-line tutorials. You will be expected to develop your area of practice independently.

*additional costs may apply to field trips and visits


Modules are largely assessed via practical outcomes, project proposals and research folios. Some modules make use of presentations and discussion of working methods and final outcomes. We will give you regular verbal feedback to help you develop your understanding during each module.


The MA Arts Practice course acknowledges the value of experience and partnerships to enable employability. A key element of the course involves establishing partnerships, internships, residencies and placements with arts organisations and galleries, NHS Trusts, social services, charitable trusts, schools, colleges, care homes and commercial companies to develop these. The course also develops your professional skills and positions your practice within critical and contextual frameworks.

In addition to developing your personal area of art practice, you will benefit from the chance to gain practical exhibiting and curatorial experience and to explore other avenues of professional practice.


Graduates of MA Arts Practice (Fine Art), can progress to careers in academia, a Fine Artist, Teacher, Artist in residence, Public Artist, Community Artist, Ceramicist, Exhibitions Organiser, Socially Engaged Practitioner, Prop maker, Technician, Technical Demonstrator, Craft Designer, Gallery Owner, Art Dealer, Art Conservator, Curator, Art Gallery Technician, Art Transporter, Arts Journalist, Critical Commentator, Web Designer, Arts Administrator, Set Designer, Model Maker, Illustrator, Mural Designer, Creative Director, Art Director, Arts Business Manager or Arts Publicist.

Visit the MA Arts Practice (Fine Art) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!