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MA Fine Art

Course Description

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Kent offer you an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice.

The programme welcomes independent thinkers who seek to develop their practice in a discursive environment that brings together a diverse set of attitudes to making and producing art work in contemporary culture. As a student, you are encouraged to realise your creative and intellectual potential within your discipline informed by specialists within your field.

The MA Fine Art programme prepares you for a professional career in the arts and we offer new workshops and studio spaces with excellent technical support to realise your practice-based projects. New opportunities to work together on ambitious group projects in public are encouraged and supported by a staff team made up of practicing artists.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/25/fine-art

Course structure

This programme develops your practice towards establishing a creative, critical and independent practice. You have your own studio space in which to explore and test your studio work, with full access to workshops and high-quality resources at our new multimillion-pound development on the Chatham Historic Dockyard, just 55 minutes from London.

The programme welcomes students who wish to pursue any form of artistic practice in an interdisciplinary studio-based research environment. A core series of critical studies lectures, seminars, tutorials and collaborative opportunities allow you to develop your awareness of key issues in contemporary culture. We also offer opportunities for working with museums and galleries outside of the University, developing your specialism towards the achievement of professional excellence within your field.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

FA800 - Fine Art (60 credits)
FA801 - Development of Practice (30 credits)
FA803 - Collaborative Project (30 credits)
MU898 - Dissertation (60 credits)


The programme is assessed by self-directed written and practice-based coursework for each of the modules.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

- create and interpret knowledge at the forefront of the discipline through the development of critical, conceptual and practical abilities

- develop a self-directed programme of practice and related research

- contextualise and theorise practice in relation to, and through critical evaluation of, the work of contemporary practitioners and leading researchers within the discipline

- develop a comprehensive understanding of methodologies applicable to independent research

- develop autonomy in practice work within a context that fosters collaborative learning

- sustain an advanced practice that encompasses the disciplines of writing, discussion and producing practice-based outcomes

- achieve high-level skills and competencies as a preparation for professional practice and further development in the field of the arts

- embed your research within the context of the University and utilise the resources offered in the research environment such as staff expertise, symposia and colloquia

- develop public outcomes outside the University in a range of formats

- attract students from a diversity of arts contexts and contexts that inform artistic practice, including fine art, history of art, sociology, journalism, English literature, film studies architecture and philosophy

- attract intellectually able and talented students who are enquiring, open to experimentation, discussion and collaboration as well as able to work independently

- provide a forward-thinking, dynamic learning environment that responds to the current climate of debate and production in the arts

- forge an international identity within the field of study through developing partnerships with international universities and non-HEIs

- support specialism and progression by allowing you to opt for specific routes of study that include Fine Art, Curation and Critical Arts Writing as designators of the final degree award and to be taught together in an interdisciplinary environment.


A postgraduate degree in fine art is a valuable and flexible qualification which allow students to develop independent practice-based skills, hone analytical and critical thinking and to put these into practice through public projects.

Graduates leave the programme with a grounding and extended knowledge of the arts sector and are well equipped to enter a range of roles as curators, critics, arts administrators, teachers, librarians and other work in the creative industries. Graduates interested in a research career are supported by the University’s Graduate School Researcher Development Programme. The University’s Employability Weeks can also provide valuable support in terms of planning future careers.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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

(Student Profile)

Dyan Ross

Why did you choose this course?

I came to the Fine Art graduation show last year and was inspired. I chatted with Angus Pryor, a tutor on my BA (Hons) course a few years ago, and thought “This is something I really want to do.”

Practically, Kent suited me because it wasn’t too far from home so I could come in every day if I wanted to.

What have you particularly enjoyed?

I’ve had very good lecturers and a fabulous studio space. The lectures by other visiting artists have been really interesting and I’ve also had access to the history and philosophy of art lectures. I’ve had more tuition than I expected and I really love the campus.

As a mature student, the course has been a little bit challenging but in a good way. I’ve had a really great time and I’ll be sorry when it ends. I’d do it for ever if I could!

What are your fellow students like?

There’s a good mix of ages and interests – you’ve got a range of people working in painting, like myself, as well as film and conceptual arts.

What are you planning to do next?

I want to carry on. This year has been so intensive that I’ve really believed in myself as a painter. The course itself has been so nurturing that I want to continue using my art and possibly work in academia. I’m planning to apply for a research fellowship at Kent.


School of Music and Fine Art Scholarships - No. of awards TBC


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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. A portfolio of creative work is required for admission.

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