MA Fine Art

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Transform and refine your practice and professional approach as an artist. Extend your practical, contextual and research skills in a constructive, discursive and critical environment.

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"As Fine Art Technical Officer I teach students how to use machinery and equipment including the potters’ wheel, laser cutter and hand tools. Don’t be scared to try things. Experiment. Step outside your comfort zone, work with materials and processes you have never used before."

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Our studio-based MA Fine Art course provides an opportunity for you to further explore, test and challenge your creative ideas in a supportive, professional environment.

The programme reflects the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice/s, facilitating the exploration of a range of approaches, including, but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, moving image, digital media, installation, sound, performance, social and collaborative practice.

By engaging with contemporary critical issues and with how artistic practices are understood in the 21st century and across different contexts, you will be encouraged to experiment, take risks, shift expectations and to strengthen the motivation, direction and ambition of your practice.

Full-time students are normally offered a dedicated studio space, while part-timers can access the studios as a shared work-base. Other facilities include printmaking, 3D/sculpture workshops, photography darkrooms and computer suites for video production and digital imaging.

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Specialist facilities

As well as a dedicated fine art studio if you are full-time*, you will have use of facilities including:

  • a specialist printmaking studio with facilities for etching, screenprinting, relief printing, plate lithography and risograph
  • a 3D workshop with facilities for wood/metal work, laser cutting, 3D printing and an annexe for 'wet' work including plaster, clay and mold making
  • a life drawing studio
  • photography studio and dark rooms
  • computer suites for video production and digital imaging.

Industry-standard equipment

All our Fine Art students have access to:

  • the full Adobe Creative suite
  • Apple iMacs
  • wide-format printers and scanners
  • specialist equipment for 3D construction
  • professional printmaking presses
  • photography equipment, including digital cameras and lighting kits.

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This Masters degree in Fine Art will prepare you for work as a practising artist, and you will also gain skills and knowledge that will equip you for related roles.

As well as continuing their artistic practices, through which they have taken up artist residencies, research and fellowship opportunities and public art projects in the UK and abroad, our graduates also pursue careers in further and higher education, museum and gallery management.

ARU's links with organisations including Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge Artworks, Commission Projects and Motion Sickness will give you opportunities to take part in professional exhibitions, workshops, portfolio review and other live projects.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Fine Art. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.


“By opting to study part-time it has given me the most incredible opportunity to take my time. I can soak in the experiences that ARU offers me and finely tune and hone my skills.”


MA Fine Art student

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