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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    One year full-time or two to three years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU students £580 per 20 credit module (you usually take 9 modules in total). International students Full time: £12,000 (in total).

Course content

This is an exciting, challenging, and rigorous course that addresses the multifaceted needs of today’s visual artist. We teach using a mixture of seminars, tutorials, peer reviews, and guest lectures in a well-equipped studio environment that facilitates and encourages creative enquiry, supported by a strong theoretical awareness of contemporary practice. Contemporary fine art practice embraces a wide and diverse spectrum of activity and our team has expertise in the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, film and video, installation work, environmental art, public art, performance, textual work, artists’ books, curatorship, and exhibition organisation.

We’ll encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. In addition, you’ll also continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level.

We have expertise in critical theory, art history, philosophy of art, art criticism, and journalism. All members of the teaching staff are practising artists, writers, or theorists and members of research groups within the school. Several members have experience of supervising PhD students, while others are external examiners for other UK art and design institutions. Many have successfully bid for research funding, enabling the continuation of personal research, as well as projects that feed back into the curriculum to enhance the student experience. The research group for Digital and Material Arts, together with the Design and Visual Communication group, will provide you with opportunities to hear about the latest research. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in study visits to regional and national museums and galleries, exhibitions, symposia and conferences.

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





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