MA Programs in Art Studies

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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 Arts?” 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 the Arts 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 Arts 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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Master of Fine Arts in Imaging Arts - Photography

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Rochester

The master of fine arts program in imaging arts emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, with the intention of inspiring and nurturing the individuality of each student as a creative, productive person. [+]

The master of fine arts program in imaging arts - Photography emphasizes a broad interpretation of photography as a conceptual art form, with the intention of inspiring and nurturing the individuality of each student as a creative, productive person. The program encourages graduate study in photography and related media as a means to personal, aesthetic, intellectual, and career development.The MFA curriculum provides a flexible pattern of study that is continually sensitive to the needs of each student, building upon the strengths each individual brings to the program. Successful completion of the program enables a student to seek careers in education, museum or gallery work, or as a self-employed professional.... [-]


Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco

The MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program is ideal for students who seek to be specialists in analyzing the challenges and opportunities of 21st century urban and regional policy and politics. [+]

Economic, social and demographic forces are shaping and re-shaping the world's urban spaces in this age of cities. Massive urban growth presents the 21st century world with evolving patterns, problems and opportunities. The MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program is ideal for students who seek to be specialists in analyzing the challenges and opportunities of 21st century urban and regional policy and politics. It provides students with a comprehensive background in urban history, political dynamics and advocacy, combined with community based research, policy design and implementation graduate are equipped to help formulate and advocator for policy for a more equitable, livable and vibrate metropolitan region. The Master’s Program in Urban and Public Affairs combines rigorous graduate seminars in urban studies, practical politics, and public policy with the hands-on experience of applied research and engagement with the community. The program provides a comprehensive background in urban history, political dynamics and sociology is combined with tools for community-based research, policy design, policy analysis and implementation. Graduates may work in city government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector, to create and activate policies for the future. The program leverages the advantages of its unique location in San Francisco and Northern California — one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States. It provides students with the opportunity to develop practical research skills from extensive engagement in San Francisco and Bay Area cities. The estimated tuition costs for Urban and Public Affairs are: First year - $24,120 Second year - $24,964 [-]

MA in Fine Art

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Art Studies. 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. Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority. Overview We provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and appropriate practices. You’ll develop your creative potential and critical understanding as a practising artist. Modules Research Methodologies Introduces generic principles and processes of research relevant to the practice and study of art, design and curatorial practice. It provides you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking about your practice. It will give you confidence and authority by assisting you to identify key areas of interest and to build on this towards a mastery of your subject. It will outline established models of academic enquiry – both practical and intellectual – proposing ways... [-]

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 [+]

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   1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the MFA program   2. Complete the degree requirements within 6 years         1. Degree Requirements               1. 34 semester credit hours, studio major (to include terminal thesis project of 16 credit hours).   2. 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.   3. 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 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Art Studies. 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. Italy has a long and rich tradition of collecting, sponsoring and exhibiting visual arts. A special advantage available to students of Arts Management in Italy is a possibility to study some of the world’s oldest private collections and a specific system of patronage in the arts. Students will have an opportunity to conduct their research and internship in Roman and Italian arts institutions, some of which exist for centuries and manage the world’s most prestigious collections. This creates a unique academic... [-]

Master of Arts - Media, Art, Design & Tech​​nology

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Groningen

What is MADTech (Media, Art, Design & Technology) all about? In a nutshell this is it: artists doing strange things with technology. This means you will embark on a master where anything is possible. You will view and create art in ways you can hardly imagine beforehand. You will carry out experiments, tinkering and playing with technology, ideas and media. [+]

Fine Arts – Media, Art, Design & Technology (MADtech): www.hanzegroningen.eu/madtech What is MADTech (Media, Art, Design & Technology) all about? In a nutshell this is it: artists doing strange things with technology. This means you will embark on a master where anything is possible. You will view and create art in ways you can hardly imagine beforehand. You will carry out experiments, tinkering and playing with technology, ideas and media. You will explore the most outrageous possibilities the combination of art and technology have to offer. Central to this master are your artistic development and attitude towards research. By combining a critical reflective attitude and conceptual skills, you will discover unexpected perspectives, resulting in exciting multimedia works of art. Order our brochure here . Throughout this master you will explore viewpoints from the past, present and future, broadening the way you think and look at the world. You will discover connections between art and science, laboratory and applied research, stable and unstable media, old and new technology, local and global forms of society. This is a collective process: you will share ideas and insights with your fellow students, learning how others see the world. Inspiring each other to look beyond borders and to venture away from the beaten track. At the same time you will extend your knowledge, master new skills and reflect on your role as an artist. This master attracts students from a lot of different backgrounds, countries and cultures. This variety enriches your experience, not only broadening... [-]

MA in study Design / Media Spaces

BTK University of Art & Design
Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin Hamburg Iserlohn + 1 more

Master of Arts study program Design / Media Spaces features interdisciplinary project teams who research innovative communication solutions at the interface of real and virtual spaces. [+]

The Master of Arts (M.A.) study program Design / Media Spaces is a project-based program aimed at graduates who have already completed an artistic, design or media-related university degree course. The multidisciplinary approach of the program is therefore particularly suitable for applicants with a variety of creative abilities and backgrounds: communication designers and media designers, as well as architects, information technologists, stage designers, design managers and media theorists.

In certain circumstances, applications can also be undergraduate students who are approaching the end of their Bachelor degree. 

 

The concept of 'space' and its expression in a variety of media have been a central theme in art and creativity since at least the Renaissance and also forms a central theme in media theory.  Contemporary society offers media artists and media designers working in this field, a vast range of possibilities through which to research and experiment with new, hybrid creative approaches.... [-]


Master of Arts in Art History

John Cabot University
Campus Full time 15 months October 2017 Italy Rome

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 will welcome its inaugural class in Fall semester 2017. It is the first US-accredited graduate degree program in art history based entirely in Rome. DEGREE PROGRAM Taught by John Cabot University’s international faculty, the degree program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study (Fall-Spring-Fall) and an intervening summer. It unfolds in three phases: a structured Foundation Year (Fall-Spring); a Master’s Exam (Summer); and a Thesis Semester (Fall). Seminars and courses take place at John Cabot University’s campuses in the centrally-located Trastevere district of Rome and in nearby Roman museums, churches, palaces, monuments, archaeological parks, archives, rare book libraries, restoration labs, study collections, artists’ workshops, public installations, and contemporary art galleries. These venues of visual culture and documentation constitute the laboratory of the degree. Some courses involve travel to other parts of Italy—for example, to Naples, Florence, or Assisi. ADMISSIONS The MA seeks a diverse pool of... [-]

Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Milan

The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design is an intensive project-based degree. During this two-year program, you will explore innovative fashion tools and manufacturing processes and the myriad creative possibilities they afford. You’ll develop the capacity to translate ideas into your own fashion language, and you’ll hone your ability to analyze and critique fashion design at a high level. [+]

MA Degrees in Art Studies. 5 SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGN. Deadline: 12 May The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design is an intensive project-based degree. During this two-year program, you will explore innovative fashion tools and manufacturing processes and the myriad creative possibilities they afford. You’ll develop the capacity to translate ideas into your own fashion language, and you’ll hone your ability to analyze and critique fashion design at a high level. The program’s main courses rely heavily on project work. By the end of your studies, you will have a portfolio of projects focusing on fashion and textile design. Your work will also integrate elements of accessories and costume design, visual and written storytelling, photography, graphic design, and hat making. Experienced fashion professionals will mentor you in building a personalized skill set as part of crafting your identity as a fashion designer. Whereas in most schools industry professionals have the role of visiting professors, in this program they lead a full design mentorship experience, monitoring and guiding the development of each student’s individual style and approach to the craft. The course is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs). First year Computer Graphics, Material Culture, Project Methodology, Visual Design, History of Applied Arts, Textile Design I, Fashion Design I, Art Direction, Accessories. Second year Fashion Design II, Textile Design II, Textile and New Materials Technologies, Concept Planning, Decoration, Project... [-]

MA in Art History

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Milton Keynes + 1 more

This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable... [+]

MA in Art History This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable you to carry out a more substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice for the final dissertation module. You need a substantial background in art history at undergraduate level to succeed in obtaining this qualification. Educational aims This taught postgraduate programme in art history (which comprises the postgraduate foundation module (A840), the subject module (A841) and the dissertation module (A847)) will: encourage you to develop your undergraduate knowledge and understanding of art history in higher level and more focused work introduce you to a range of significant scholarly debates among historians of art and architecture provide you with an advanced academic training in research methods, with regard to different media and periods, using both traditional methods and those employing new technologies enable you to make effective use of primary sources, both artistic and archival, in developing and completing a research project. Teaching, learning and assessment methods Knowledge and understanding are gained and developed through the study of published study materials in the postgraduate... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Photography

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Photography challenges students to think and act outside of traditional definitions of the medium. In a critical and supportive environment, participants ground their practice within the historical and contemporary discourse. [+]

MA Degrees in Art Studies. The Master of Photography is a two-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious artists a critical context in which they can deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the arts. An engaged and fluid position As the only master’s programme in the Netherlands dedicated to photography, we operate from the broadest possible definition of the medium. The documentary discourse and lens-based media theory are starting points for an unorthodox variety of cultural production. Students and faculty work in a wide range of contexts, including film, performance, writing, activism and curation. Curriculum At the core of the programme is the student’s self-directed research and studio practice. A strong theoretical component, combined with mentoring from a faculty of renowned artists, guides students towards the development of process-based approach to artistic production. The qualities and problems specific to lens-based media are explored from within the conceptual realm. What to expect One day per week is dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback. Approximately two days per week are dedicated to theoretical and academic studies. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study. After every three weeks, there is a curriculum-free week to facilitate work on your independent projects Where you will study The Photography Department is housed in a former seminary in historical Breda. Nestled within a small forest on the edge of the city, this inspiring location offers the space and focus... [-]

Master Of Arts Creative Direction - Leadership In The Context Of Creative Processes

Diploma University of Applied Sciences
Online Part time 5 semesters October 2017 Germany Germany Online

The Master's Programme Creative Direction - management in the context of creative processes (MA) is aimed at people with a first degree in the form of bachelor or diploma who want next to her profession or otherwise, including family obligations acquire another degree. [+]

​The Specialized Degree Creative Direction - management in the context of creative processes (MA) aimed at people with a first degree in the form of bachelor or diploma who want next to her profession or otherwise, including family obligations acquire another degree. The Master program is intended as a consecutive program primarily to the graduates of the Bachelor program Graphic design DIPLOMA Hochschule who obtain a comprehensive Designers education from undergraduate to master's degree. Moreover, explicitly addressed designers and designers with degrees from other universities who are seeking a master's degree to their professional and interdisciplinary further qualification. The distance learning prepares students for positions of responsibility in design, media and business. It is designed for expansion, consolidation and specialization of of design and governance and management tasks in the field of activity of graphic design and creative production. The Master Program Creative Direction - management in the context of creative processes is mainly as virtual distance learning with interactive online lectures performed on Saturdays. The tests of the master distance education can be stored at the numerous nationwide study centers DIPLOMA University. is the normal period 5 semester, strong occupational exposure If necessary, for example, the studies may be extended without further tuition fees by up to 4 semesters. Career prospects after Masters Degree Creative Direction - management in the context of creative processes The graduates of distance learning creative direction - leadership in the context of creative processes (MA) are enabled by the curriculum of the master program,... [-]

Master of Arts (Coursework)

Bond University
Campus Full time 54 weeks January 2018 Australia Robina

Bond University’s Master of Arts (Coursework) program offers an opportunity for graduates to continue studies in a particular area, or branch out into other areas. [+]

MA Degrees in Art Studies. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Successful completion of an undergraduate degree from an approved institution in either international relations, political science, political studies, global studies and humanities / arts. Graduates from other disciplines may be considered. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Bond University’s Master of Arts (Coursework) program offers an opportunity for graduates to continue studies in a particular area, or branch out into other areas. Graduates of this program will possess a strong and broad set of skills essential to all professions, no matter what their chosen career. A range of majors are available in the program allowing students to tailor their qualifications to suit their specific career interests. PROGRAM STRUCTURE Foundation Subjects (2) Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences Majors (6) Choose three subjects (two majors) from the following list of subjects: > Communication Advertising Masterclass: Brand Experience and Advanced Strategic Planning Human Communication Theory Public Relations Masterclass Relational Communication Social Media: Risks and Opportunities Strategic Organisational Communication & Leadership > Criminology Crime Analysis and Profiling Forensic Criminology Genocide: A sociological and criminal approach Politically Motivated Violence Security and Strategy in the 21st Century Transnational Crime > International Relations Diplomacy Genocide: A sociological and criminal approach Political Economy of Global Development Politically Motivated Violence Security and Strategy in the 21st Century Strategic Asia Dissertation / Portfolio (4) You must choose one of the following combinations of subjects as their dissertation / portfolio: Major Dissertation / Portfolio A Major Dissertation / Portfolio B OR... [-]

M.A. in Screen Studies

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

The Screen Studies program at Srishti provides a theoretical, and art and design framework within which students can develop a set of critical making and thinking skills in the context of the current digital revolution and the multiple screens – mobile, web, tablet and so forth – that we wear, carry with us, encounter in public spaces and install in our homes and work places. [+]

M.A. in Screen Studies The screen is the key interface through which we negotiate our world. Digital tools, platforms, and information together with the algorithms that make up the DNA of today’s screens are as significant a game changer as were the inventions of the printing press and photography to the 15th and 19th centuries. The Masters in Screen Studies enables students to develop a critical perspective on contemporary screen culture and to explore daily engagements with screen media through Srishti’s distinctive approach to practice based learning. In the contemporary moment, a time of rapid transformation in art, society and technology, artists, media practitioners, designers and critical thinkers are grappling with digitization and convergences between traditional screen-based media – film, television, video, and photography – and the stream of social and other media forms arising out of today’s networked and screen based technologies. When screens are everywhere, how we read, interact and communicate through them is fundamental to the practice of literacy and artistic expression in the 21st century. The Screen Studies program at Srishti provides a theoretical, and art and design framework within which students can develop a set of critical making and thinking skills in the context of the current digital revolution and the multiple screens – mobile, web, tablet and so forth – that we wear, carry with us, encounter in public spaces and install in our homes and work places. Disciplines Aesthetics and Critical Studies Cultural Studies Curatorial Studies Digital Arts Game Art, Design and Development... [-]

MA Conservation

City & Guilds of London Art School
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

After many successful years running a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation, the City & Guilds of London Art School is proud to announce our new MA Conservation that will run alongside our existing BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course from Autumn 2017. All of our Conservation courses will then be validated by our long-standing partner Birmingham City University. [+]

MA Degrees in Art Studies. After many successful years running a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation, the City & Guilds of London Art School is proud to announce our new MA Conservation that will run alongside our existing BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course from Autumn 2017. All of our Conservation courses will then be validated by our long-standing partner Birmingham City University. The course will run from Autumn 2017 focusing on practical conservation and research that particularly explores conservation of 3 dimensional cultural objects in wood, stone and related materials including decorative surfaces. Closely related to the BA, this course tackles more complex projects and higher level research. Content and Structure As with our BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course, the MA focuses on the conservation of three dimensional objects made of stone and wood and related materials such as ceramics and plaster, along with decorative surfaces. The MA involves high level conservation projects, advanced conservation science, research, ethics and professional practice. The course culminates in the completion of an ambitious practical conservation project accompanied by an extended research and treatment report. Entry Requirements Applicants for MA Conservation are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in Conservation or a related subject Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior professional experience will also be considered. Applicants who do not speak English as a first language will be required to provide evidence of achieving the equivalent of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 6.5... [-]