MA Programs in Art Studies

Compare 209 Masters of Arts in Art Studies

Art Studies

One of the most diverse aspects of human culture is the creativity that is displayed through the various arts. The literature, fashion, visual, and conceptual design studied in master-level programs around the globe help modern academics progress by learning from the past.

Although the question “What is an MA in Art Studies?” seems simple enough, the answer is more complex than many people realize. There are dozens of different Master’s degrees that are filed under the arts, and each has a proud history. While the sciences are based in quantifiable fact and reasoning, the arts are based in creativity and historical comparisons. Just like Master’s degrees in science, graduate-level study in the arts can be course-based or research-based. Many arts degrees require the completion of a subject-specific portfolio.

Many positions that require degrees in the arts are accessible with a Bachelor’s degree; however, progressing within these same fields typically requires further education. By studying the arts further, additional career opportunities open up.

The cost of a MA degree in an arts field varies widely depending on the degree in question as well as in which institution a student chooses to enroll. Because cost is a deciding factor in choosing a school, it is wise to speak with each university or academy individually to get an estimated price. Some employers will pay for the cost of graduate education to increase their employees’ functional knowledge.

Many Master’s degrees are specifically tailored to certain industries, meaning that pursuing jobs in the visual arts, architecture, and design may be easier with an MA in the desired field. 

In order to see the benefits of an MA in Art Studies first-hand, begin searching for prospective school online. There are hundreds of different programs and schools around the world that offer online learning opportunities, making it easier than ever to pursue advanced education. Do not delay getting the Master’s degree that will give you an edge in the workplace. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA in Graphic Design and Art Direction

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

This course is concerned with the advanced exploration and application of principles of graphic design within the contexts of research and professional development. Engagement with digital and making technologies is central to discovering and harnessing new thinking in design. [+]

This course is concerned with the advanced exploration and application of principles of graphic design within the contexts of research and professional development. Engagement with digital and making technologies is central to discovering and harnessing new thinking in design.

This course is of particular relevance to those interested in effective visual communication and developing innovative concepts and approaches in publication design, illustration, motion graphics, corporate identity, photography, design for digital media and graphic design for advertising.

Features and benefits of the course

Design NetworkBased in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Graphic Design and Art Direction is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities. While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.... [-]


MA in Fine Art

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This studio-based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists. [+]

A studio-based course taught by practicing artists and supported by excellent facilities.

Advance your creative potential and develop your work to professional exhibiting level.

Taught by practicing artists of national and international standing.

Permanent individual studio spaces (for full-time students) and excellent technical expertise and support. This studio-based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists.

The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever-changing and challenging Fine Art environment.... [-]


MA Museum and Heritage Development

Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

Museum and Heritage Development is a progressive, interdisciplinary course that combines the academic interrogation of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences with creative, practice-based approaches to their ongoing development in the 21st Century. [+]

This course provides opportunities to work on live company projects, to volunteer, take work placements, go on field visits and be supported by professional industry mentors.

Museum and Heritage Development is a progressive, interdisciplinary course that combines the academic interrogation of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences with creative, practice-based approaches to their ongoing development in the 21st Century.

This course is designed and delivered through collaboration with the museum and heritage sector and in partnership with a number of institutions, sites and agencies reflecting the diversity of the sector, including: Museum Development East Midlands, East Midlands Museums Service, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Museum of the Mercian Regiment, The Canalside Heritage Centre, National Justice Museum, the National Videogame Arcade, and Barker Langham.... [-]


Master in Art History of the Low Countries

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (the present-day Netherlands and Belgium) and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. [+]

Immerse Yourself in the Art and Architecture of the Low Countries

Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (the present-day Netherlands and Belgium) and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. We invite you to critically reflect on the production of art and architecture, and the role of patronage; investigate the reasons why so many artists went abroad, and how they became agents in the international diffusion of art theory, style, and repertoire. You will also have the opportunity to study other specific subjects that align with your own personal interests. Our close ties with major art museums and other cultural organisations both in the Netherlands and abroad mean that the academic and practical work are closely linked.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts

Fort Hays State University Graduate School
Campus Full time Part time 60 hours August 2018 USA Wichita + 1 more

Perhaps you would like to pursue a Master's degree with a more professional focus. A 60-credit hour degree program, the MFA is a terminal degree, preparing you to teach at the collegiate level or pursue other professional opportunities. Choose from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography or graphic design as your area of emphasis. [+]

Master of Fine ArtsPerhaps you would like to pursue a Master's degree with a more professional focus. A 60-credit hour degree program, the MFA is a terminal degree, preparing you to teach at the collegiate level or pursue other professional opportunities. Choose from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography or graphic design as your area of emphasis.

Graduate School Requirements

Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the MFA program. Complete the degree requirements within 6 years.

Degree Requirements

34 semester credit hours, studio major (to include terminal thesis project of 16 credit hours). 16 semester credit hours of Art History and Concepts—at least two “in-house” art history courses must be taken. A maximum of seven (7) hours of Readings in Art History is all that is allowed. 10 semester credit hours in studio art other than the major area. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Arts Management

The American University of Rome
Campus Full time 15 months September 2018 Italy Rome

As public sector funding for the arts has become restricted, there is an increasing need for well-qualified arts administrators, who are able to work at the interface between artistic creativity and sound business practice. The growth of the arts and the creative industries has created a need for well-qualified arts administrators. This MA has the potential to shape a new breed of professionals in the arts management field by offering Liberal Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Film, Media and Communication graduates the opportunity to acquire the appropriate management and business skills, thus enabling them to capitalize upon their previous grounding within the arts. [+]

As public sector funding for the arts has become restricted, there is an increasing need for well-qualified arts administrators, who are able to work at the interface between artistic creativity and sound business practice. The growth of the arts and the creative industries has created a need for well-qualified arts administrators.

This MA has the potential to shape a new breed of professionals in the arts management field by offering Liberal Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Film, Media and Communication graduates the opportunity to acquire the appropriate management and business skills, thus enabling them to capitalize upon their previous grounding within the arts.

Thanks to AUR’s connections and collaborations with numerous artistic and cultural institutions both in Rome and in Italy, this MA also offers the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience. Rome and Italy are especially attractive for the study of arts, in general, and arts management in particular, given enormous recourses that are available to scholars, art world professionals, and students.... [-]


Master of Arts in Art History

John Cabot University
Campus Full time Part time 15 months October 2018 Italy Rome + 1 more

John Cabot University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. The degree can be completed in approximately fifteen months of full-time study. [+]

John Cabot University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. The degree can be completed in approximately fifteen months of full-time study. The program has a dual focus: the visual cultures of Rome and the Mediterranean across time, from antiquity to the present; and the acquisition of technical skills for primary research. It also stimulates critical perspectives on the impact of Roman art worldwide. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the MA welcomed its inaugural class in Fall semester 2017. It is the first US-accredited graduate degree program in art history based entirely in Rome. ... [-]


Master of Arts

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies. [+]

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies.

Master of Arts under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Are you seeking the ability to think critically and communicate well? A Master of Arts (MA) from Waikato will teach you the skills to work independently and see a major project through to completion. These are characteristics that are highly sought after by employers.

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Master of Arts - Art Direction

Sup de Pub
Campus Full time September 2018 United Kingdom London USA Chicago France Paris + 3 more

The goal of this English language Master is to help students perfect their knowledge and skills in the various creative areas of Art Direction. This programme takes place in London and Chicago which for many years has been two of the world’s most an emblematic cities for advertising creativity. [+]

Master of Arts - Art Direction

The goal of this English language Master is to help students perfect their knowledge and skills in the various creative areas of Art Direction. This programme takes place in London and Chicago which for many years has been two of the world’s most an emblematic cities for advertising creativity.

Those students wishing to complete the SP4/SP5 programme return to Paris after their foreign experience.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Enrolment for Master 1 programme is only possible if the student has passed Sup de Pub Bachelor programme.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION FORM

Once the application completed, you'll be asked to join the following documents with your application form:... [-]


Master of Arts on Arts and Spectacle History and Criticism

University of Parma
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Parma

Master's Degree in History and criticism of the arts and entertainment industry is founded on a tradition of studies and research established based on the overcoming of hierarchies and disciplinary divisions and on the analysis of forms of expression in a historical perspective. [+]

Official Program Description

COURSE WITHOUT ADMISSION TEST

5 places available for non-EU citizens, including 2 places reserved for Chinese citizens

The II level Master’s Degree in History of Art and Entertainment Industry History and Art Criticism is founded on a tradition of studies and research established on the overcoming of hierarchies and disciplinary divisions and on the analysis of forms of expression in a historical perspective.

The objectives of the course are:

to acquire knowledge of the methodologies of research and acquisition of the tools of research in the history of the arts (visual and performing); to acquire a specialist level of knowledge of the history of art from the Middle Ages to the contemporary and of the historic theatre, performing arts and cinema; to acquire an awareness of the critical historical debate, in the fields of art, film, performing arts and theatre history and the acquisition of deep critical skills; to acquire the comprehension of the dynamics relating to the organization and management of the arts; to acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of the problems of conservation, management, promotion and enhancement of cultural heritage. ... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Medical Illustration

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Rochester

By combining drawing and science, Medical Illustration students translate anatomical and surgical sketches into instructional illustrations to visually support the allied health and medical educational fields. [+]

The MFA program in medical illustration enables students to exhibit critical and creative thinking and problem-solving through the accurate translation of medical and scientific concepts into effective visual support for instruction or advertisement. Students utilize effective research techniques and demonstrate efficient use of time and resources during concept and development of projects to satisfy course assignments. Entrance requirements include one year of biology and three of the following areas of study: histology, embryology, immunology, genetics, pathology, or cellular physiology.

Admission requirements

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of the arts, sciences, or education from a regionally accredited college in the United States. Applicants should also demonstrate, through the quality of the undergraduate record and creative production, a genuine, professional potential. (Please see section regarding nonmatriculated students.) The undergraduate degree should include 75 quarter credit hours (50 semester hours) in studio courses.... [-]


Contemporary Art Practice - MA/MFA

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

The curriculum of this programme is under review for the 2018/19 academic year. Program structure and course availability are subject to change. [+]

Work by Patricia McCormack, 2016. Programme description

The curriculum of this programme is under review for the 2018/19 academic year. Programme structure and course availability are subject to change.

This programme encourages practices that are speculative and reflective, supporting work in a range of media. It is concerned with ways of learning that are experiential – embodied through and understood by the acquisition of a practice.

During the late 20th century, developments within visual art introduced new processes and situations, which resulted in an expanded concept of artistic practice.

Media-related disciplines supported by the programme include sculpture, painting and printmaking, photography, audio-visual and new media. The programme also encompasses approaches to practice that are non-media-specific, including intermedia, time-based arts, performance, installation, public art and art writing.... [-]


MA in 3D Computer Animation

Bournemouth University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

This Master’s in 3D computer animation is the perfect launch-pad for a career in a wide range of disciplines, including concept design, character and creature animation, modeling, lighting, rigging, texturing, compositing and simulation. [+]

This Master’s in 3D computer animation is the perfect launch-pad for a career in a wide range of disciplines, including concept design, character and creature animation, modeling, lighting, rigging, texturing, compositing and simulation. This course will help you acquire the skills needed to work in a number of areas where computer animation is applied, including films, animated features, computer games, television production, commercials, illustration, scientific visualization, flight simulation, virtual environments, architectural visualizations and interactive media.

We enjoy very strong links with industry, due largely to the ubiquity of NCCA graduates in the film, game and television industries. We host regular visiting practitioners lecture series where you'll be able to learn about the 2D and 3D industry from practicing artists and companies, as well as attend regular Masterclasses from professionals. Over the past five years we have attracted some of the best Visual Effects, Animation and Games studios from around the world to present to our students, find out more here.... [-]


MA Fine Art

City & Guilds of London Art School
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Fine Art course at City & Guilds of London Art School focuses on a deep exploration of your own practice and its research territories and critical frameworks. Whether you are continuing after recently graduating in Fine Art or returning to study after some years as a practising artist (or from working in another related field), our aim is to help you to move beyond your current position, to exceed your expectations. [+]

The MA Fine Art course at City & Guilds of London Art School focuses on a deep exploration of your own practice and its research territories and critical frameworks. Whether you are continuing after recently graduating in Fine Art or returning to study after some years as a practising artist (or from working in another related field), our aim is to help you to move beyond your current position, to exceed your expectations. We don’t believe in a ‘house style’; this is an Art School where your ambitions will be interrogated and supported and the end of year MA exhibition consistently demonstrates the distance our students have travelled through engagement in this intensive course.... [-]


MA in Arts and Culture

Radboud University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

What is Vermeer trying to tell us with his 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'? Who actually pays for art and culture? What role models does Hollywood provide us with? If these are questions that interest you, then you should definitely consider the Master in Arts & Culture. [+]

The Master’s in Arts and Culture combines a solid theoretical foundation with attention for the field of arts. After graduating, you’ll be a valuable asset to the cultural sector, thanks to your theoretical and methodological knowledge, your well-developed communication skills and your knowledge of the latest scientific insights. With this Master’s degree, you can find work as a project manager or coordinator at museums, art centres, heritage institutions, festivals, art dealers and organisations at the cutting edge of making and financing art and culture. You could also work as a journalist or policy maker.

Specialisations

The Arts and Culture Master’s has four specialisations: two are taught in English and the other two - in Dutch. As electives, you can choose courses belonging to the other specialisations. The Dutch-taught specialisations sometimes offer English courses. The three specialisations are:... [-]