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Master in Fine Art (MFA)

Course Description

The course prepares you for the professional world of the artist and/or further research at doctoral level.

Bringing together postgraduate students from a diverse range of nationalities, backgrounds and experience, this course encourages group discussion of individual practice and promotes independent work and critical thinking. You will engage in weekly seminars and tutorials providing you with the technical and conceptual tools with which to establish a sustainable professional art practice. Staff expertise in different fields of art practice, including curation, publication and critical writing, provides you with the resources to navigate the complex debates within contemporary art. Construction, digital, darkroom and sound studios staffed by teaching fellows provide the means and assistance to support the production of ambitious work. We also believe that writing plays an important role in rethinking and developing an innovative practice, so you will be encouraged to challenge the presupposition informing your work and reflect both on what art is and what it can do in today's world.

What will you study?

This programme comprises modules that allow you to develop your technical and critical skills with practical portfolio work.

What career can you have?

Our masters' courses are designed to prepare you for either a professional career or further research at doctoral level. Our postgraduate courses will give you the time and expertise to put yourself in a position to pursue a career as an artist, or to work within the cultural industries.

Our postgraduate teaching assistance scheme provides teaching experience and mentoring for master's students interested in teaching, museum and gallery education. A number of our students also continue their research interests in contemporary art through a PhD.


Be taught by dynamic high-profile international artists. Our Department is full of practising artists, curators and writers and our research-led teaching offers opportunities for you to engage with exhibition and curatorial initiatives, theoretical texts and publication projects.

Art is an active Department with events, performance, screenings and shared discussion across disciplines creating a social environment. We pride ourselves on the quality and vibrancy of our 24-hour studio community.

As a student on one of our Master’s courses you will find yourself part of a vibrant postgraduate community and intellectual environment, including staff and PhD students who pursue a wide range of research topics and practices.

Our postgraduate environment extends out from the University through our external exhibitions and symposia and our associate partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, which gives you membership for events, internship opportunities and teaching space in London.

Visit the Master in Fine Art (MFA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Applications should include portfolio of current work, a written statement about your practice and a programme of research you wish to pursue through the course.

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