Our MA Fine Art programme, delivered by dynamic, high-profile international artists, and an additional guest artist, focuses on exhibitions and professional practice.
You will develop creative inquisitiveness and prepare for the professional art world or further research at doctoral level.
All of our staff are 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. You will also be taught by a range of internationally acclaimed artists through our visiting artists lecture programme.
Art is an active department with events, performances, screenings and shared discussion across disciplines that create 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.
You will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, with the support of a mentor, on our undergraduate programmes.
Our postgraduate environment extends out from Reading through our external exhibitions, symposia and workshops. Participate in our Asia exhibition network with opportunities to exhibit in Japan, China and South Korea. Our external partnerships support professional opportunities with world-leading institutions. This includes our most recent partnership with the Tate Exchange at Tate Modern.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Applications should include a portfolio of current work, a written statement about your practice and a programme of research you wish to pursue through the degree.
What will you study?
This programme comprises modules that allow you to develop your technical and critical skills with practice-based work, including:
Art, Power, Politics
Mapping the Art World
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £6,665 per year
New international students: £13,325 per year
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2020, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
What career can you have?
Our programme is designed to prepare you for either a professional career or further research at doctoral level. It also provides you with the time and expertise necessary to pursue a career as an artist.
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 PhD study.