MA Fine Art

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

Program Description

MA Fine Art

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

MA Fine Art

The course bases itself on a passion for, and familiarity with, contemporary European art practice, as a platform from which you can develop critical and professional understanding.

You can work in any media of your choice, from traditional art forms to the newest technology, and from the practical to the conceptual. We encourage the willingness to take risks and embrace new approaches.

Study routes

You can study this course:

    •    full-time over one year

    •    part-time over two years as MA Fine Art by Registered Project.

Our MA by Registered Project is a flexible route that can be adapted to your individual studying needs.


The School of Art & Design is offering a number of scholarships for full-time Masters study.

Course focus

Fine Art at NTU benefits from a committed staff team of artists and researchers who work beyond the traditional boundaries of art.
The course also works closely in collaboration with the galleries and studios of the city and the region.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and a presentation at the end of each stage, culminating in the exposition of your work towards the end of the course.

Course content includes:

    •    a rigorous and critical approach to the traditional areas of fine art with a wide range of contemporary and emerging practices and techniques

    •    study of research methods and contextualising practice

    •    development of professional opportunities

    •    presentation of work in relation to audience and site

    •    critical engagement with the creative industries

    •    study of local and global culture

    •    studio and project-based practice; and

    •    a wide range of interdisciplinary areas including video, sound, painting, sculpture, installation, live art, print, photography and digital media.

How will I learn?

You will be given your own space within our modern, spacious art studios, where you can benefit from working alongside other artists using a wide range of media, techniques and approaches.

Visiting professionals and artists deliver seminars and lectures around research processes and help to develop your understanding of contemporary fine art practices.

Work is made and shown both within the School and at external studios. Our students have recently exhibited and participated in events at a wide range of regional venues, such as Nottingham Contemporary, The New Art Exchange, Tether Studios, Broadway Media Centre, One Thoresby Street, Primary studio and the Reaktor group.

The work produced during the course is interrogated and critiqued in a professional context: peer-review presentations and assessments are organised throughout the course at exhibitions, venues and locations around the city.

Special facilities

Our modern, spacious studios offer fully equipped workshops and specialist media in wood and metalwork, casting and ceramics, photography, sound, video, print, drawing and painting.

Learning opportunities

The course offers a vibrant Live Lecture programme for all Fine Art students, comprising lectures and seminars by high-profile visiting artists and industry professionals.

Recent visiting artists, practitioners and curators have included both established and emerging names, such as George Shaw, Nigel Cooke, Peter Blake, Athanasios Argianas, Susan Collis, Michael Pinchbeck, Berit Fischer, John Wynne, Hayley Newman, Alex Farquharson, Dave Charlesworth, Jack Strange and Ruth Proctor.

Visits to UK and European exhibitions and art festivals are organised annually. Recent destinations include Berlin, Paris, the Venice Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial and selected London galleries.

Career destinations

Our graduates go on to work and practice as gallerists, curators, artists, teachers, writers, film-makers, community artists, animators and musicians, as well as in many other careers.
If you are interested in starting your own creative business, the University provides start-up training and support through The Hive business incubator unit.

Entry requirements

You will need:

    •    a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience

    •    examples of work

    •    a personal statement.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements.

Application deadline

Applications should normally be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Overseas applicants must take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying for an MA course.

Project proposal and personal statement

The project proposal is a very important part of the application and needs to form part of the personal statement that you are required to submit with your application.

Your course of study will be based on the research, development and production of a major project, which will be initiated and proposed by you.

In order to understand how we can support your studies, we would like to understand your thinking of what your project may be therefore within your personal statement please include the following in order that your application can be assessed, this should be no more than 500 words.

    •    What might the title of your Masters Project might be?

    •    Describe the specific area of interest or specialism you have in your chosen subject area.

    •    Outline what relevant skills you have, and what further skills you might want to learn.

    •    Explain why you want to research and create work within this area, what you hope it will achieve, and how you might do it.

    •    Suggest the audience for your work; for example, which kind of viewers, consumers, employers or publishers is your work aimed at.

    •    Describe what resources (technical or other) you might need to do complete your project.

    •    Let us know which artists / designers / creative practitioners have influenced your work.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2016
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1 - 2 years
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