MA Fine Art

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Program Description

MA Fine Art

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

This is MaHKU

MaHKU is the working title of the one-year Master programme of the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design. MaHKU comprises five disciplines, i.e. Editorial Design, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Interior Design, and Public Space Design.

We offer an MA curriculum both discipline specific and interdisciplinary entailing a mixture of provocative seminars and workshops.

MaHKU is accredited by the Open University in London. Upon successful completion of the Master programme you earn the internationally acknowledged title of Master of Arts (MA).

Master programmes in art and design focus on a research-based process of creation. As a Master student, you critically reflect on the boundaries of your discipline through research methodologies, a variety of theoretical discourses, and interdisciplinary activities. But you will also engage in a rich mix of discipline-specific topics and discussions.

A research-based process of creation is different from the Bachelor's focus on acquiring solid skills and techniques needed to become a full-fledged art or design professional. As a Master student, you will learn to contextualize your work in the broad perspective of a number of creative disciplines and theoretical discourses. A successful Master degree makes your work, your creative process, and your profession even more dynamic and complex.

MA Fine Art

Fine Art opens windows on the visual world while mapping a broad spectrum of phenomena and attitudes connected to that visual world - and to life itself. Besides traditional fine art forms such as painting, sculpture, and photography, the programme focuses on many transmedial forms of visual expression. These include media art, the exploration of social/urban environments, and the construction of visual knowledge.

As a MA Fine Art student you will engage in:

  • research-based work
  • interdisciplinary seminars with all MaHKU disciplines
  • professional skills such as presentation of both visual an theoretical work
  • a topical theoretical discourse relevant to the broad  spectrum of the visual world
  • studio-based practice
  • seminars with international artists and curators
  • seminars with students from art academies across Europe
  • seminars in the context of international biennales

Program Structure

The one-year Fine Arts programme at maHKU consists of three parallel courses: Discipline, critical studies and your individual research project, creating an optimal mix of fine art and theoretical research. 


In the Discipline Course, you follow your specific Fine Art path. The goal is to profoundly deepen skills, themes, and discussions relevant to Fine Art.

The Discipline Course consists of four units:

1.    Presentation
2.    Representation
3.    Communication
4.    Context


MA Fine Art is validated by the Open University (United Kingdom) and subject to the stringent quality standards maintained under QAA (Quality Assurance) regulations of United Kingdom higher education. The MA is recognized in all countries acknowledging United Kingdom degrees and awards.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
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Duration 1 year
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