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Fine Art (Canterbury) (MA)

Course Description

UCA Canterbury

Our postgraduate Fine Art course is designed to provide a structured context for the development of individual Masters projects. It does this through introducing and exploring various strategies for making art, and nurturing an understanding of the ideas that make such practices meaningful. Questioning and exploring personal strategies for making art, we offer a reflective environment in which to understand the ideas and contexts that make your practice meaningful.

The cross-disciplinary structure of the course encourages connections with other modes of thinking and working.

Guest lectures and professional practice seminars will help you develop your personal networks. You'll work closely with local and national galleries and public arts organisations, including Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, The London Art Fair, Strange Cargo and the Folkestone Triennial, and be actively supported to develop and show work outside the context of the University.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

With a well-established and strong history, our Master in Fine Art course is open to artists, designers, illustrators, architects and theorists (including graduates in the humanities). It's designed to foster new and innovative approaches to fine art study at an advanced level.

Building upon the practical and conceptual concerns of contemporary art practice, you'll develop an advanced ability to conceptualise and research in relation to your own practice.

We take great pride in ensuring that you have a fulfilling, engaging and inspirational experience. We're thrilled that this is reflected through our student satisfaction rates, which consistently reach almost 100%.

Working internationally with other universities, local and national galleries and museums, as well as specialist partners within industry, our course draws on a number of industrial links and expertise from a range of creative fields.

Our course is supported by seminars, tutorials, workshops, work-in-progress sessions, study visits and critiques. The progressive move from staff-directed to autonomous learning is an integral part of the structure of this course, too, as you identify, develop and manage your own Masters project.

Course content

Stage 1 -

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice;

Context and Method: Through a series of lectures and seminars, the unit provides an overview of a range of current debates. These provide you with a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas in fine art and encourages your active engagement with them. Our programme addresses interdisciplinary issues across the fine arts, through discussion of theory and consideration of specific artworks and texts.

Exploratory Practice: This unit's concerned with the exploration of creative practice, to help inform the detailed development of your project proposal.

Stage 2 -

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study;

Project Development: You'll begin developing your project, evaluating and testing the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Stage 3 -

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work;

Final Project: You'll apply knowledge and experience, gained in previous units, to the realisation of your final MA project. This project realisation is the culmination and consolidation of your studies in the form of a resolved piece, or body of work.


Sculpture workshop - Workshops for plaster and rubber casting, glass casting, slumping, fusing, and enamelling (kiln), ceramic bisque and gloss firing, low melt metal casting, and carving (wood, stone and polystyrene)

3D workshop - Access to machinery to create artwork in wood, metal and plastics

Printmaking studios - Printmaking studio includes relied and block painting, plate or stone lithography and intaglio and screen-printing

Painting studios - Large purpose-built studios, as well as flexible project spaces

Course staff

Dr Terry Perk - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/dr-terry-perk/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

::Industry partners::

Working internationally with other universities, local and national galleries and museums, and specialist partners within industry, our course draws on a number of industrial links and expertise from a range of creative fields.

You'll be actively encouraged to show and distribute your work outside of the university context. And guest lectures and professional practice seminars will enable you to develop your personal networks and awareness of professional practice.

Connections include local arts organisations such as:

- London Art Fair
- Stour Valley Arts
- Strange Cargo
- The Creative Foundation
- The Whitstable Biennale
- Turner Contemporary.


Lots of our graduates go on to develop careers in fields such as:

- Arts administration
- Creative media management
- Curatorial practices
- Education
- Filmmaking
- Fine art
- Freelance photography
- Pre and post production work
- Printmaking and reprographics
- Producing
- Public art
- Publishing
- Sound production
- Video editing.

::Further study::

You may like to explore an MPhil or PhD to deepen your knowledge even further.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Creative Scholarships

There is a scholarship available to applicants to this MA course - http://www.uca.ac.uk/life-at-uca/fees/pg-financial-support/

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Course website

Visit the course website for student, staff and alumni stories, as well as information about current, forthcoming and past exhibitions - http://mafineartcanterbury.com/

School of Fine Art & Photography

This course is part of the School of Fine Art & Photography, which has it’s own website packed with information about the its areas of study, expert staff, news and research projects - http://schools.ucreative.ac.uk/fine-art-photography

Visit the Fine Art (Canterbury) (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Elfriede Windsor Scholarship - No. of awards TBC


Nick Jack Scholarship - No. of awards TBC


Darren Henley Scholarship (three available) - 3 Awards

Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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