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  • Longest established MFA

    Our MFA is the longest established Master of Fine Art in the UK

Master's courses

Postgraduate courses at the Reading School of Art are designed to develop your creativity and skills and to advance your career, whether in the creative industries or academia.

Work produced by a master's student.

 

As a student on one of our master's programmes you will find yourself part of a stimulating postgraduate community and intellectual environment. You will work alongside our staff and PhD students, who pursue a wide range of research topics and practices.

MFA Fine art

Our MFA was the first Master of Fine Arts course, established in 1968, in the UK.

The MFA offers a two-year postgraduate programme with an international orientation. A select group of artists are admitted to produce work with support from our renowned staff to develop their individual work in our generous studio spaces. The programme includes both supervision of studio practice as well as theoretical input that focuses on the various aspects of artistic research.

"My MFA has allowed me to collaborate with lecturers and other students, as well as go on study abroad exchanges and develop a whole host of new skills."

Adam Stead, MFA

A detail of Adam Stead's MFA work.

  MA Creative Enterprise: Art pathway

In the fast growing creative industries, it is now more important that ever our graduates are armed with valuable commercial and business skills.  The MA Creative Enterprise: Art pathway with its connections to industry and the Henley Business School is the ideal degree if you wish to embark on a career as a creative, entrepreneur or manager within the creative sector.

The MA Creative Enterprise: Art pathway  allows you to combine your passion for art with studies in law, management and entrepreneurship. On the art pathway, you'll explore modules in critical art practice and theory, and art, power and politics, as well as embarking on an international study visit. You will complete your studies either through developing your studio practice, writing a dissertation or undertaking a curatorial project. 

 Digital work from a master's student

How you'll learn

MFA Fine Art

Our international MFA brings together postgraduate students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, and encourages practice-led research and critical thinking.

You will be taught by leading artists, writers and curators. Our research-led teaching offers opportunities for you to engage with exhibition and curatorial initiatives, theoretical texts and publication projects.

Small studio seminar groups actively encourage you to take part in discussions. You will host seminars and present your work through exhibitions and projects.

Our postgraduate environment extends out from Reading through our external exhibitions, symposia and workshops. Participate in our Asia network with opportunities to exhibit in Japan, China and South Korea.

"For me, the most important part of this particular course is its international scope. There has been a whole range of opportunities where we, as students, have had the opportunity to go abroad and learn from other people."

Adam Stead, MFA

MA Creative Enterprise: Art pathway 

The MA Creative Enterprise: Art pathway allows you to combine your passion for art with studies in law, management and entrepreneurship. You'll explore modules in critical art practice and theory, and art, power and politics, and embark on an international study visit. 

You will develop your individual practice and research within our collaborative environment, and join a community of artists focused on the entrepreneurial education in the business of art and combining the study of management and entrepreneurship with critical art practice and theory.

You will complete your studies either through developing your studio practice, writing a dissertation or undertaking a curatorial project. 

Visiting artists lectures

Every autumn and spring we host weekly visiting artists lectures, with invited speakers presenting their latest research.

Past contributors include:

  • Sanja Iveković
  • Sidsel Meineche Hansen
  • Katrina Palmer
  • Olivia Mole
  • Francesco Pedraglio
  • James Richards
  • Heather Phillipson
  • Benjamin Noys
  • Paul Clinton
  • Liv Wynter
  • Megan Nolan

 High-quality expertise

At Reading, our special strengths lie in exhibitions and curatorial practice, in artists' writing and in theoretical and historical approaches to art as well as in performative art practice.  Your academic and teaching staff are all practising artists, curators and writers, and their connections  with the creative world beyond the University will give you access to a wide variety of experience, expertise and career opportunities.

Alongside academics, you will also work with inspirational and supportive curators and professional artists in Reading and London, and from overseas, including China, Korea and Japan.

An inspiring programme of guest speakers will introduce you to different areas and themes within the art world, further extending your knowledge and interest. 

Sculpture produced during the Wuhan partnership

 Creative Connections

Our breadth of  partnerships and connections with the creative world provides you with access to a high profile network of practicing artists and curators.

Careers

MFA Fine Art is designed to prepare you for either a professional career or for further research at doctoral level. Our programme will give you time, resources and expertise to put yourself in a position to pursue a career as an artist, or to work in the cultural industries.

Our Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Scheme provides teaching and workshop experience, mentoring those interested in teaching, museum and gallery education. A number of students also continue their research interests in contemporary art into a PhD.

Our MA Creative Enterprise: Art pathway enables you to gain the skills and expertise to progress in entrepreneurial careers. Past students have either pursued start-up opportunities on their own or have taken leading managerial roles in creative firms.

Apply now

The quickest and easiest way to apply for one of our master's courses is through our online application service.

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