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MA Fine Art

Applications should include a portfolio of current work as well as a written statement about your art practice.

These support documents can be attached to your online application or emailed directly either as a PDF or a weblink, to


Your portfolio should include:
  • 8-10 images of recent work
  • clearly labelled work (title, dimension/duration, date).
If you work in time-based media (film, performance, etc), in your application email you can include a link to view your video footage online or, a link to a website with clear images of your work.


Your statement should outline your area of interest including:
  • the format or medium/s you work with
  • the kind of work that influences you and
  • the questions / ideas that drive you.

Your statement should be between 300-500 words long and should also briefly outline the subject you would like to research/explore whilst on the MA Fine Art programme.

Supporting Images

Your supporting images include images of your own artwork or projects you have co-developed.

Alternatively, a website with clear information about your work, or a project you have helped to develop, is acceptable.

Interview day

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or a video call.

The interview is an opportunity for us to find out more about your ambitions for the programme. It's your chance to ask any questions you may have about the course or Reading School of Art.
During your interview, you may also be asked to share more about your own work or project at its current stage.

On the interview day


A typical interview day includes an introductory talk about Reading School of Art and its programmes from our Head of Department, a presentation by one of our finalist students, a tour of Reading School of Art, and an interview with academic staff.

Your interview

Students reviewing artwork

The interview panel will consist of a member of academic staff and one of the aims of the interview is to establish which programme is right for you. The interview provides an opportunity for you to show your work, discuss your ideas, enthusiasms and ambitions with members of staff and to ask questions about the programme. 

How to prepare


The interviewers will want to discuss your work with you. You will be asked about recent exhibitions you have seen and contemporary artists that are important to you. The panel may also want to hear about your other interests and how they have influenced your thinking.