MFA Fine Art

The MFA Fine Art was the first Fine Art Masters course, established 1968, in the UK.

Course structure

  • Master of Fine Art (full-time 21 months)
  • Year one of the 21 month course runs from October to the end of June
  • Year two runs from July until the following June.

The MFA is focused on developing individual studio practice and an understanding of the critical discourses within which practice takes place. It is a two-year (21 months) full-time programme, which offers you the opportunity to work through your discipline, to think critically about your practice, and to experiment.

There are opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and projects with fellow students. Well-accommodated studios have 24-hour access. Extensive gallery space and a range of project rooms and off-sites facilitate research and reflection and allow for various ways of exhibiting.

Students prepare a minimum of two exhibitions each year, including the final degree show, and they work throughout the year on a written dissertation informed by lectures on art theory and seminar presentations of own work. The dissertation is 9,000 words long and counts for 25% of the final mark.

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, it encourages group discussion of individual practice, and promotes independent work and critical thinking.


Year 1:


Studio Practice (FAM1S) - nine months of one-to-one and group studio crits, student presentations of work, and feedback from lecturers and peers.

Contextual Texts (FAM1C) - a programme of lecture-seminars covering current theoretical discourses relevant to contemporary art practice.

Year 2:


Studio and Exhibition (FAM2S) - a full calendar year of crits, presentations and feedback leading up to a final exhibition.

Contextual Texts & Professional Development (FAM2C) - designed to deepen your intellectual grasp of practice and an awareness of the possibilities for researching, documenting and exhibiting your work.

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