MA Programs in Arts

Compare 531 Masters of Arts in Arts

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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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MA in Architecture and Urbanism

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. Features and benefits of the course: This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU). This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications. ABOUT THE COURSE Through this course you will begin to engage directly with a chosen research subject area, gather data and formulate an original approach in your practice. You will synthesise your project culminating in the production of a leading-edge proposition until you present and contextualise your thesis. This internationally based course actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publication. This course can be considered as partially meeting the requirements for recognition at Part 2 level (RIBA/ARB) through APEL provisions applied to individual graduates. The course is jointly accredited with the University of Manchester. TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related field. Alternatively, you may be admitted... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rochester

The Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics is a professional degree for practicing artists, craftspeople, or designers who desire to leave a lasting impression on their fields by devotion to their work and high standards of discipline and artistic ideals. [+]

MFA in Ceramics The MFA is a professional degree for practicing artists, craftspeople, or designers who desire to leave a lasting impression on their fields by devotion to their work and high standards of discipline and artistic ideals. The MFA is generally a two-year, full-time program that involves the presentation of a thesis. The thesis includes written documentation and the formal exhibition of a body of work. 

 

Admission requirements

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of arts, sciences, or education from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. Applicants should 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.International students need a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. An IELTS overall band score of 6.5 will also be accepted. Those coming from countries where the baccalaureate degree is not given for programs in the practice of art may be admitted to graduate study if the diploma or certificate received approximates the standards of the BFA, BA, or BS degrees, and if their academic records and portfolios indicate an ability to meet graduate standards.... [-]


MA in Film and Media History

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

The programme provides film studies and media history students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary specialisation. The name of the field, film and media history, underlines that the media manifestations studied are placed in a historical and therefore social, cultural and political context. [+]

Programme overview

The programme provides film studies and media history students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary specialisation. The name of the field, film and media history, underlines that the media manifestations studied are placed in a historical and therefore social, cultural and political context.

The programme provides film studies and media history students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary specialisation. The name of the field, film and media history, underlines that the media manifestations studied are placed in a historical and therefore social, cultural and political context. This synchronic perspective is juxtaposed with a diachronic one in which processes of change within media history are studied from economic, technical, social and aesthetic perspectives.... [-]


Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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 [-]

Part-time MA in Digital Management

Hyper Island - UK
Online & Campus Combined Part time 15 months September 2017 United Kingdom London Manchester Singapore Sweden Stockholm USA East New York + 6 more

The MA in Digital Management will give you the skills and knowledge you need to drive change in a digital world. You will study whilst working and apply the insights and learnings to develop disruptive business solutions. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. The MA in Digital Management will give you the skills and knowledge you need to drive change in a digital world. You will study whilst working and apply the insights and learnings to develop disruptive business solutions. Learn how to kickstart digital innovation, build effective teams, manage complex tech-driven projects, and transform businesses. This university accredited program is designed and delivered in close partnership with industry experts. Enhance your skills You'll learn how to apply design thinking to solve problems, how to harness emerging digital technologies, how to transform existing businesses, and how to manage innovation processes. Make better decisions You'll collaborate with peers and professionals on real business challenges in a range of practical projects. That will help you to develop the skills that leaders need to make good strategic decisions. Study whilst working You'll apply the things you learn directly in your business or organisation. This Part-Time program is designed to meet the time pressures and learning needs of busy professionals. What you’ll learn The program has five practical group projects, and one independent research project. Industry experts lead the practical projects. You will learn through a range of interactive talks, hands-on workshops, team challenges, and deep reflection. The average time commitment is 1.5 days per week which will include campus days in London, independent work, and research in your workplace. Learn by doing We challenge you to grow personally and professionally by introducing new ways of thinking and learning. Our methodology focuses on... [-]

MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Part time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This is a unique and innovative programme that explores creative practice, meaning-making and learning in and out of school. [+]

MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning This is a unique and innovative programme that explores creative practice, meaning-making and learning in and out of school. You will learn about the meanings of literacy and creativity in the context of an increasingly socially diverse, digitally mediated and multimodal culture. We will be examining learning in different locations, both in and out of school. We will think about what counts as text and literacy, the nature of authorship, and the kinds of cultural practices that take place in different places and spaces. The MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning is aimed at: primary and secondary teachers with interests in literacy, English studies, media, drama and creative arts arts and creative practitioners with an interest in learning and education recently qualified teachers with an M-level PGCE, who subject to approval may be able to carry over 60 M-level credits The course will be taught by a team who have recognised expertise in teaching and research into creative practice and creative pedagogies, literacies and media production. They have strong links with national and local arts organisations, educational facilities and schools and will draw on these for outside speakers and workshop leaders. As well as developing academic and intellectual skills, the programme will develop practical skills including the promotion of creative approaches to pedagogy. The course will offer opportunities for you to develop your own creative capacities both as individuals and through collaboration, producing texts appropriate to different contexts of practice and using various media.... [-]

MA Archaeology

Leiden University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University is the most diverse in the Netherlands. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. Field archaeology The Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University offers a truly unique choice of challenging regional and thematic specialisations. The faculty staff are involved in projects all over the world, with a strong emphasis on field archaeology. This means that there is a strong connection between our current research projects and our education, and that you will be able to work with top researchers. Multidisciplinary focus The specialisations offer an additional focus on ecology and geology. This is combined with iconological and historical studies, as well as with ethno-archaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. As a student of one of our specialisations, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the discipline of your choice. At the same time, you will take part in ongoing debates about general theory, the development of new methods and the use of information technology. Specialisations Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology Archaeology and Anthropology of the Americas Archaeology of the Near East Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Middle Ages and Modern Period Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology Digital Archaeology Heritage Management in a World Context Heritage of Indigenous Peoples Human Osteoarchaeology Material Culture Studies Museum Studies Palaeolithic Archaeology Prehistory of Europe Interested? If you would like know more, please send us a message or visit the programme introduction page on our website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/archaeology/en/introduction. [-]

Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels MA

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

This practice and research-based programme will enable you to explore and develop your interest and skill in all forms of narrative and sequential illustration. The programme provides a lively and creative atmosphere in which you may produce your own children's book, graphic novel or illustrated text using our extensive facilities, supported by a variety of highly experienced staff and professionals including publishers, editors and successful practitioners in the field. [+]

This is a highly practical course that aims to give students the very best opportunity to publish in these fields. The course is staffed by practising illustrators with rich and varied experience in these fields and invaluable insight into all aspects of publishing. The course will draw on the advice and expertise of visiting publishers, writers, editors, designers and art directors offering the best possible opportunity into the seemingly impenetrable world of publishing, narratives and children's books. Middlesex University offers superb facilities, including our exceptional printmaking rooms offering silk screen, litho, mono print, wood and lino cutting, etching and dry point options. Students will have access to our state-of-the-art reprographic department, where dummy books and sample illustrations may be printed to the highest professional quality. In addition, we offer practical bookbinding expertise and instruction, enabling students to produce illustrated material to the highest presentation standard. Course highlights - Visits by professionals working in children’s books and graphic novels, including visits from publishers, editors and designers - Access to exceptional printmaking facilities, offering screen-printing, letterpress and relief printing options - Exceptional research and reference opportunities including collections of artists’ books, a materials and specialist collections room and access to the extensive Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) collection of printed ephemera - Flexible module structure to meet the abilities and ambitions of students - Strong focus on professional presentation skills such as printing and preparing a publisher’s dummy - Workshops and practical advice in creating and launching a website. [-]

Master in Musicology

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. STUDYING MUSIC IN DEPTH Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music. WESTERN MUSIC FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. Although the emphasis of our teaching and research activity is on historical musicology, there are also courses which bring together both historical and systematic approaches. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, postcolonial studies, and Computational Humanities. This programme aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years. HALLMARKS OF RESEARCH Our current research focuses on topics such as late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Dutch song culture from the Middle Ages to the present, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the evolution of music within colonial and post-colonial settings, and the interaction between music and media. This research is firmly imbedded within the taught components of this programme, which are further enhanced... [-]

MA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design

Sabanci University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

Obtaining the MA degree of the Visual Art and Visual Communication Design graduate program involves a 4 semester long period of rigorous study which combines studio work in art, design or theoretical study related to these fields, and which form the three main tracks of the program. [+]

Obtaining the MA degree of the Visual Art and Visual Communication Design graduate program involves a 4 semester long period of rigorous study which combines studio work in art, design or theoretical study related to these fields, and which form the three main tracks of the program. The degree requirement is a fully articulated studio project or a written theoretical dissertation which revolves around a cohesive query, concept or topic that can be applied to at least one of the three areas of investigation of the program, and which as a finalized product is expected to be presented to a jury at the end of studies. While students may choose to remain solely within any of the three main tracks indicated above, due to the increased nature of hybridization in the overall field of art, design and related theory we also make provisions for hybrid projects/written theses which spread themselves out over two or more of these fields, or combine the expertise and methodologies of them into novel outcomes which reside at their intersections. Our faculty is comprised of a small but strongly committed group of individuals, whose output and recognition well extends into the international arena of art, design and theory; and a significant number of whom can profess to hybrid expertise and interest areas that lie at the convergence points of several related, but nonetheless distinct, fields. Program objectives VACD Master's Program is designed on the basic philosophy of both Sabancı University and VACD Master's Program that is... [-]

MA in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Germany Berlin United Kingdom Scotland + 2 more

The MA degrees in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events are one year programs offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. One Year MA Program in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy One Year MA Program in International Sport & Cultural Diplomacy One Year MA Program in International Events & Cultural Diplomacy The Degree Programs are offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy About The MA Degree in in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy The opportunity exists to create a programme to educate professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. These individuals may be involved in planning and co-coordinating the staging of international live events (International music festivals, opening ceremonies for international sports events), recording or broadcast of international music projects (War Child charity, Eurovision Song Contest) or managing long-running cross-border / cross-cultural initiatives (Nerve Centre in Derry, British Council music events). These projects often work across boundaries where trade and political diplomacy have failed, hence retaining communication channels and inter-cultural connections. The emerging professional requires not just an understanding of music and diplomacy but also entrepreneurship, the global music industries, social media communication and distribution platforms, project management, negotiation skills, language skills and team management abilities. In addition to this they may find themselves working with local and national governments. They should therefore also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and understand the language of policy and exchange. The work may be focused on raising national prestige on a global stage, social re-generation, multi-culturalism or... [-]

MA in Design, Technology and Society

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

The MDes Program with graduation project consists of a total of 10 courses, amounting to a minimum of 30 credits. The length of the MDes program is one year, or [+]

MA in Design, Technology and Society

 

The MDes Program with graduation project consists of a total of 10 courses, amounting to a minimum of 30 credits. The length of the MDes program is one year, or two semesters.

 

 

Application

 

MDes Degree Application Process:

 

Contact the coordinator (or one of the coordinators) of the project(s) in which you are interested by June 8, 2013, at the latest. If the project coordinator or faculty member accepts you as a potential applicant, he/she will approve preparation of your research proposal. Following approval, please submit the documents listed below until July 8, 2013; ... [-]

Master (MA/MSc) Wearable Futures

Ravensbourne
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Wearable Futures is a cross-disciplinary umbrella programme for designers who are interested in the cluster of technologies and experiences that have the human body and its covering as their centre of focus. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. Wearable Futures is a cross-disciplinary umbrella programme for designers who are interested in the cluster of technologies and experiences that have the human body and its covering as their centre of focus. The course offers a holistic environment based on the integration of creative computing, digital craftsmanship and material cultures, while also incorporating the technologies and advances in hardware that are impacting on manufacturing techniques and associated applications. Wearable futures has come about as part of Ravensbourne’s current commitment to become creative leader in the field of wearable applications and body-centric design. Ravensbourne's digital research culture is contributing significantly in this context. The main conceptual framework for the course will be provided by theories of digital craftsmanship, body-centric technologies and phenomenological readings and speculative philosophy. These will form an important research foundation for building Ravensbourne’s critical reach and will assist in helping you to sift and prioritise the current trends and thought relating to fashion and discussion around the body within data informed spaces. An interdisciplinary field of study will include interaction and experience design (UX), “making” and open source culture, design innovation and applied philosophy. You will be introduced to philosophical trends and these will tie in with your practice and help you to develop a critical view incorporating design fiction and other emerging theories. You will engage with research methods such as participatory, user study and user-centered design. The course is a platform for investigation, dissemination and analysis around contemporary theory and practice in... [-]

MA in Fashion Portfolio

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. [+]

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects. Research and business skills. Practice-led subject approach. Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. Together with other students you will engage in furthering your intellectual enquiry through Research Methods, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills to underpin your future career. In subjects, knowledge is deepened through specialist projects and learning opportunities, enabling you to define your individual direction for a professional creative outcome. You have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and the experience of dedicated academic staff and visiting professionals. Overview If studying full-time you'll undertake 60 credits of modules over each Trimester. In part-time mode you'll undertake 30 credits of modules over a Trimester. You'll begin the course with the module in ‘Research Methods 1’. This will enable you to contextualise and describe your intentions for developing your own practice in one of the specialist subject areas within the Fashion Portfolio - Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling. In the studio practice module ‘Establishing Skills and Identity’, you'll work within your subject area and the associated facilities. You'll then undertake ‘Research Methods 2’, which is aimed at developing relevant skills needed for a creative career, and further your studio practice in the ‘Defining Practice’ module. For the final 60... [-]

MA Landscape Architecture

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is designed for students in disciplines related to design, such as architecture, design, geography, town planning or fine art, or from the environmental sciences, such as horticulture, botany, biology or forestry. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. This postgraduate programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional Landscape Architects. Graduates from the programme, which is recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute, have joined some of London's leading landscape practices, have founded award-winning international design studios and have led strategic urban design projects like the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The core component of the MA Landscape Architecture programme is the design studio where students engage with landscape, urbanism, agriculture and infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. With a team of academics and practitioners the students develop their design projects through tutorials and design reviews. They are supported to develop innovative and distinct approaches to landscape architecture, reflected in their final design project and dissertation thesis. Teaching is informed by comprehensive technical and theoretical seminars and guest lectures from international artists, designers and academics. Details of international events, open lectures and student events can be found on: thelandscape.org. ... [-]