Master of Art Programs 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 Digital Experience Design

Hyper Island - UK
Campus Full time 24 weeks January 2018 United Kingdom Manchester London Singapore Sweden Stockholm USA East New York + 6 more

Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world. The role of a designer is shifting. A product today is rarely just physical and consumers expectations are higher than ever. The challenge for designers is to design and deliver meaningful experiences, both online and offline. The MA in Digital Experience Design will develop your technical, creative and strategic skills as an experience designer to lead the change within this evolving industry. You will explore experience design and related fields such as service design and interaction design, understanding human behaviour, rigorous research, digital technologies and prototyping, project management, business acumen and how to build and lead an effective team. You will leave us primed for roles across human-centred design such as Experience Designer, Information Architect, Interaction Designer and Service Designer. Within these roles, graduates will be able to design and develop high quality experiences, products and services. You will be able to work across disciplinary, cultural, and geographical boundaries to design innovative solutions to meet user and business needs. Above all, you will be able to operate strategically as an agent of change and have the knowledge, skills, and competence to work at the forefront of this fast paced industry. “You might call this type of work service design, experience design, design thinking,... [-]

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 [-]

M.A. Communication Design

HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years Open Enrollment Germany Cologne Berlin + 2 more

This consecutive master’s program is taught in English at HMKW in Berlin and in German at HMKW's Cologne campus. [+]

MA in Communication DesignName 

Communication Design

Start

starting October, Berlin and Cologne

Features

Integration of theory and practice of design, oriented towards real-life agency work• latest developments in research and analysis of design and creativity• practical work and art direction projects

Language 

English (Berlin) or German (Cologne)

Learning Outcomes

The ability to carry out the roles and responsibilities held by creative talents, within the framework of the ever increasing convergence of print, online, broadcast and mobile media.

 

Applicants

graduates of creative study programs, esp. those who majored in design or fine arts... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Glass

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

This two-year program in Glass is structured on the basis of individual needs, interests, and professional preparation, as may be determined through individual/group discussions. [+]

Master of Fine Arts in Glass

 

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 requirementsApplicants 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.... [-]


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... [-]

Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Basel

The combination of iconic practice, iconic theory, and iconic research forms the profile of the MA in Visual Communication and Iconic Research. [+]

The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany. While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research At the center of our MA program Visual Communication and Iconic Research stands the interrelationship of practice-oriented design with Image/Media Research. The program... [-]

Master of Arts in Design (specialization in Product Design)

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Italy Milan

The MA in Product Design developed out of the MA in Design, first as a specialization and now as its own complete degree program. You will learn a contemporary approach to design founded on the Italian design culture. You will explore the ideas and strategies of professional designers in order to develop your own personal design identity. You will analyze new reference scenarios on innovative topics and design or re-design objects through fostering an experiential and physical relationship with them. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. 5 SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION PRODUCT DESIGN. Deadline: 12 May The world of material goods design and production undergoes constant changes, constantly reflecting the changing needs, forms of communication and renewed lifestyles. This evolution raises important ethical questions and stimulates a broad conversation about what kind of society and environment we want to co-create. Within this debate, you as designer will play a key role if you are able to hold a wide vision about the relationships between products, sustainability, and urban life. The MA in Product Design developed out of the MA in Design, first as a specialization and now as its own complete degree program. You will learn a contemporary approach to design founded on the Italian design culture. You will explore the ideas and strategies of professional designers in order to develop your own personal design identity. You will analyze new reference scenarios on innovative topics and design or re-design objects through fostering an experiential and physical relationship with them. Thanks to continuous interaction with faculty mentors and industry professionals, you will become a well-rounded designer who is able to direct all stages of product development, including brainstorming, design strategy, materials research, and actual production. The MA in Product Design is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs). First year Project Methodology, Rendering 3D, New Materials Technology, Integrated New Media, History of Design, Product Design I, Project Culture, Light... [-]

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.... [-]


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 Contemporary Crafts

Hereford College of Arts
Campus Full time Part time 15 months August 2017 United Kingdom Hereford + 1 more

This Masters Level course in Contemporary Craft focuses on developing and extending individual creative practice and underpinning and empowering it with critical thinking. The course is project-led and studio-based supported by close tutorial guidance, lectures, seminars and open access to a wide range of craft workshops. The course supports the practical and theoretical engagement with craft both as a profession and as a personal expression. [+]

A quick summary of this course This Masters Level course in Contemporary Craft focuses on developing and extending individual creative practice and underpinning and empowering it with critical thinking. The course is project-led and studio-based supported by close tutorial guidance, lectures, seminars and open access to a wide range of craft workshops. The course supports the practical and theoretical engagement with craft both as a profession and as a personal expression. It aims to support the student as a practitioner to identify their own working methodology and identify where they sit within the wider context of craft. Practice at all times is informed by in depth rigorous research, experimentation and exploration, fostering innovative thinking and approaches. The engagement in continuous reflective analysis allows students to assess their practice and move it forward. Workshop access and the development and refinement of technical making skills are also important in order to achieve exemplary and well finished creative objects. Communicating and presenting ideas and research through professional presentations and the exhibition of work encourages students to examine the context, reception, audience and end user. Features What you will experience The programme is, at its heart centred on the development of individual creative practice which is formalised through the writing of a research proposal. The course attracts ambitious students from a wide range of craft disciplines including textiles, small metals, jewellery, artist blacksmithing, ceramics, printmaking and multi-disciplinary approaches. The engagement with new and traditional craft practices to extend professional and technical expertise is realised... [-]

Master of Arts in Painting

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

MFA Painting has a two-year curriculum. The first year you will focus on exploring your possibilities in your chosen field. You will carry out your own research and studio work in our Hybrid Arts Lab. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. Fine Arts – Painting: www.hanzegroningen.eu/mp Do you want to grow as an artist of fine arts? Would you like to expand your skills and extend your knowledge and insight into the art of painting? Do you want to know how to grow as an artist of an art that has been reinvented all over the world? Today it is important for artists to conduct experiments, to understand how perception psychology, cognition and imagination work. To learn how to convert ideas into images and to get your message across to the public. Oder our brochure here​. That is why you will spend a lot of time during this programme on viewpoints of past, present and future and on the relations between perception and cognition, image and language, stable and unstable media, old and new technology, art and science. You will also learn about local and global forms of society. Together with the other students you will explore charted and uncharted territories, sharing views and ideas and learning from each other. You will find yourself in the company of students who come from different countries and cultures and various backgrounds. What you all share is a fascination for painting. You wish to bring your artistic work to a higher level. Together you will develop a critical view of the world and of your influence as an artist. This will help you to foster your artistic vision as well as your understanding of the impact of your work on... [-]

MA in Garden and Landscape History

University of London, School of Advanced Study
Campus Full time Part time 12 months October 2017 United Kingdom City of London + 1 more

The MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will develop their academic research and writing skills, and gain a profound understanding of gardens and landscapes spanning the globe and the centuries. [+]

The MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research will provide an academically rigorous environment in which students will develop their academic research and writing skills, and gain a profound understanding of gardens and landscapes spanning the globe and the centuries. This course will be particularly useful for graduates who have completed a first degree in a related subject, as well as for architects and landscape gardeners looking to deepen their subject knowledge or add an edge to their curriculum vitae. Teaching will occur at the Institute of Historical Research, with a strong emphasis on tutor-student interaction in class. There will also be an emphasis on practical training, with sessions at museums and libraries, and visits to gardens in London. The course includes an optional field trip to Rome and Tivoli in the spring, with visits to the Vatican, Villa Borghese and Villa Adriana, amongst a number of other magnificent historic cultural sites. Course structure The course will be run on a full-time basis over one year. Teaching will take place on Thursdays from 10:00 to 17:00 and will be divided between two terms. The third term will be dedicated to dissertation preparation and writing. Students must complete core module 1, core module 2 (selecting three options from the seven provided), and core module 3 – a 15,000 word dissertation in order to be awarded the full MA. However, there are a range of options available for flexible study: Those wishing to pursue this course on... [-]

MA in Art History

The Open University
Online Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 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 Degrees in Arts. 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... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Fine Art

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

The Master of Fine Art is committed to empowering artists. Through a deepening of their artistic practice and the exploration of self-organisation and alternative models, students gain agency in the context of contemporary art and today’s society. [+]

The Master of Fine Art is a two-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious artists the opportunity to deepen their practice and position themselves firmly within the historical and contemporary discourse. Artistic agency The artist’s role in society is changing. At AKV|St.Joost, you will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities, but also how to shape this new reality. The programme is deeply involved with new models of self-organization, alternative networks and artist-initiated activities. All tutors have practices engaged with these modes of working, and together with them you will explore your own position within the contemporary landscape. The curriculum At the heart of the programme is the student’s independent research and studio practice, which are strongly integrated. You will continually connect your developing critical vocabulary to others inside and outside the academy. This occurs in the form of self-organized symposia, wherein students invite artists, curators and critics to reflect with them on the themes relevant to their work. 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. Where you will study The Master of Fine Art is housed in the former Remington factory in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Critiques and weekly studio visits take place in an open and spacious shared studio, as well as outside of the academy. AKV|St.Joost has well-equipped... [-]

Master in Textile Management (Value Chain Management) 2 years

University of Borås
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Borås

This program will prepare you for employment in management or qualified research functions in all areas at a textile related company, for example product development, manufacturing, trade and logistics. [+]

MA Degrees in Arts. Master programme in textile management with specialization textile value chain management This programme in Textile Management focuses on the textile value chain, from the conceptual stage and the design process to the consumer, and where product development and innovation, logistics and demand management, business abilities and customer insight are extremely important for the outcome. It will qualify you for employment in managerial and developmental roles within the textile industry and trade. There is a vivid exchange with current research in the field, strong professional links and the capacity to stimulate students to develop their skills for different roles within the textile and fashion sector, which may include a scientific career or developing their own business. Your capacity for innovation will be encouraged and together with deep subject knowledge you become well placed help new businesses in the industry. The programme will provide environmental, ecological, ethical and globalization-related awareness. Building a personal network is important and is supported in the School of Textiles environment through interaction with a range of people in design, technology and management professions. Aim Upon graduation, you will have skills in and be prepared for employment in management or qualified research functions in all areas at a textile related company, for example product development, manufacturing, trade and logistics. You will be prepared for qualified tasks at the advanced level within the textile business world, in product development as well as in manufacturing, trade and logistics. You will have attained a comprehensive understanding of... [-]