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17 Master of Art Programs in Fine Arts Studies

After finishing college, students can opt to seek yet higher education in the form of a Master of Arts degree. An MA degree can qualify graduates for a number of high-level career opportunities, as well as providing them with a strong foundation of expertise in their area of study. What is an MA in Fine Arts Studies? This academic field specializes in the various ways of assessing and discussing f… Read more

After finishing college, students can opt to seek yet higher education in the form of a Master of Arts degree. An MA degree can qualify graduates for a number of high-level career opportunities, as well as providing them with a strong foundation of expertise in their area of study.

What is an MA in Fine Arts Studies? This academic field specializes in the various ways of assessing and discussing fine art. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to contribute their opinions to this field, and so coursework tends to emphasize discussion groups. Some programs incorporate a study of music into the degree, while others focus exclusively on visual arts. In either case, students generally take courses in art theory, art criticism and history of art. 

One important personal benefit of this path of study is that it can allow graduates a better appreciation for the fine arts. With the tools needed to discuss and critique art, graduates can begin to form a better sense of their own taste and preferences.

Each MA in Fine Arts Studies will involve different costs, including tuition and enrollment fees. Get in contact with each school directly for more specific information about these costs.

An MA in Fine Arts Studies can open the door to a number of careers. An eye for art can be a particularly marketable talent when it comes to art museums and galleries, at which graduates can find work as art critics, art museum curators, collectors and gallery directors. Another option for those students who would rather remain within the realm of the academic study of fine arts is to obtain teaching credentials and become teachers or professors.

If you wish to apply to an MA in Fine Arts Studies program, the first step is narrowing down your list of options to those schools that best match your interests and needs. Our searchable database can help you do so.  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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Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth , United Kingdom

Investing time in the rich relationship between practice and theory, our MA Fine Art offers you an intensive personal programme of creative study within a supportive critical ... +

Investing time in the rich relationship between practice and theory, our MA Fine Art offers you an intensive personal programme of creative study within a supportive critical and practical framework. We encourage diversity in thinking and practice, and acknowledge the potential in material exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of new concepts. Our programme encourages new models of practice, while investing in core principles and providing space for you to develop making skills. Critical enquiry and practice-based exploration are central to the programme, helping you to make dynamic and challenging artwork that fits within a national and international context. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford , USA

Offered by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that prepares graduate students for a ... +

Offered by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that prepares graduate students for a career as a professional artist grounded in artistic innovation and creativity. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester , United Kingdom

MA Fine Art provides a stimulating environment in which you will be guided to develop your creative aspirations, reach a critical maturity, and gain the self-confidence and sk ... +

MA Fine Art provides a stimulating environment in which you will be guided to develop your creative aspirations, reach a critical maturity, and gain the self-confidence and skills that will enable you to work as a successful artist. The course is studio practice-driven and relies on experimentation and critical reflection supported by individualised mentoring, lectures, seminars and group critiques. It emphasises the articulation of ideas, development of working methods and the realisation of independent work. Seminars are structured to investigate a broad range of themes relevant to the practising artist and provide a rich diet of inspiration. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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University of Westminster
London , United Kingdom

This interdisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working play significan ... +

This interdisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working play significant roles in our society. On the course, we interrogate visual perception and representation in high and popular culture, explore how these produce meanings, and how such meanings shape societies and individuals. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London , United Kingdom

A distinctive route through fine art

A distinctive route through fine art -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University for the Creative Arts
Canterbury , United Kingdom +1 More

In a reflective and challenging environment, our postgraduate Fine Art course has a cross-disciplinary structure which encourages you to engage with what it means to practise ... +

In a reflective and challenging environment, our postgraduate Fine Art course has a cross-disciplinary structure which encourages you to engage with what it means to practise as an artist today. Our course is open to artists, designers, illustrators, architects and theorists – including graduates in the humanities – and is designed to inspire new and innovative approaches to fine art study at an advanced level. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff , United Kingdom

The Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme caters for students who wish to develop their professional practice or knowledge within the discipline of Fine Art. Typically this might ... +

The Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme caters for students who wish to develop their professional practice or knowledge within the discipline of Fine Art. Typically this might include teachers, practising artists, community workers, arts administrators, or recent graduates in Fine Art who wish to further their professional practice. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Temple University Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Philadelphia , USA

Tyler’s Fibers & Material Studies program embraces a bold, interdisciplinary approach to one of the world’s oldest and most accessible traditions: working with fibers. Stu ... +

Tyler’s Fibers & Material Studies program embraces a bold, interdisciplinary approach to one of the world’s oldest and most accessible traditions: working with fibers. Students are pushed to refine their aesthetic, collaborate, embrace a broad definition of material exploration and contribute to vital discussions on history, identity, current social issues and more. Through dynamic events and projects such as the annual Wearable Art Show and the Natural Dye Garden (the source of the marigolds above), Tyler Fibers & Material Studies students create exciting conversations with artists and students throughout the school, Temple University and Philadelphia, home to a vibrant fibers community and DIY scene. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
 
Southwest University of Visual Arts
Tucson , USA

UVA’s unique 2-year Master of Fine Arts program allows students to customize their course of study, linked to their individual career goals. Students are encouraged to experim ... +

UVA’s unique 2-year Master of Fine Arts program allows students to customize their course of study, linked to their individual career goals. Students are encouraged to experiment both inside and outside of their discipline, and engage in rigorous conceptual research in order to make the most well-informed and impactful artwork. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
 
University of Southern California USC Roski School of Art and Design
South Los Angeles , USA

The Master of Fine Arts in Art program is a two-year, full-time, studio-based program located in the center of Los Angeles. The expansive city is home to a vital local art com ... +

The Master of Fine Arts in Art program is a two-year, full-time, studio-based program located in the center of Los Angeles. The expansive city is home to a vital local art community and international gallery and museum scene with five arts districts: Downtown, Culver City, Mid-Wilshire, Hollywood, and Chinatown. With a select cohort enrolled each year, the program provides a unique experience that focuses on interdisciplinary and wide-ranging experimental, creative, and intellectual exploration. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee , USA

The specialization in Studio Art is interdisciplinary, students can focus on one specific area of focus or expand into other areas of research. Students choosing a specific fo ... +

The specialization in Studio Art is interdisciplinary, students can focus on one specific area of focus or expand into other areas of research. Students choosing a specific focus area may still take courses across studio disciplines, but “InterMedia” is intended to be an integrated focus that combines two or more broad disciplines, including: Art & Social Engagement Ceramics Digital Fabrication and Design Digital Studio Practice Fibers InterMedia (integrated/mixed media and installation) Jewelry & Metalsmithing Painting & Drawing Photography Print & Narrative Forms Sculpture The program is structured to ensure a broad and balanced integration of media, processes, and concerns allowing a rich combination of tradition and innovation. Engagement with disciplines outside of Art & Design and within the local, national, and international community is also encouraged, expected, and supported. The hallmark of the department is its commitment to diverse ideas and approaches to art that foster an experimental attitude in keeping with contemporary art practice. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Laguna College of Art and Design LCAD
Laguna Beach , USA

The core of Laguna College of Art + Design’s MFA program in Painting is built on the values of time-honored skills informed by contemporary theory and designed to help you rea ... +

The core of Laguna College of Art + Design’s MFA program in Painting is built on the values of time-honored skills informed by contemporary theory and designed to help you realize the ideas possible through representational modes of painting and drawing. Our curriculum recognizes that there are particularly technical, ideational, and formal issues related to representation that require you to undergo specialized study at the graduate level, and we strive to meet these demands with a faculty and a curriculum tailored to your needs. The primary goal of the MFA program in Painting is to support you in building on the traditional skills you acquired in your undergraduate studies so that you may realize ideas possible in the discipline of representational art. You will achieve this goal through the creation of a coherent body of work, a written thesis, and a thesis exhibition. Additionally, you will gain insights into the presentation and marketing of your work and will be educated in the logistics of teaching art at the college level. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of California Los Angeles UCLA
Los Angeles , USA

The MFA program offers six areas of specialization: Ceramics, Interdisciplinary Studio, New Genres, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture. These studio areas are su ... +

The MFA program offers six areas of specialization: Ceramics, Interdisciplinary Studio, New Genres, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture. These studio areas are supplemented by seminars and lectures in contemporary critical theory. The program emphasizes the development of a sustained artistic practice through exploration, experimentation, and intensive studio work and study. Opportunities to investigate areas beyond one's concentration are made available. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
 
New Saint Andrews College
Moscow , USA

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a limited-enrollment, academically rigorous, low residency two-year course of graduate studies for those aspiring to recover a f ... +

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a limited-enrollment, academically rigorous, low residency two-year course of graduate studies for those aspiring to recover a faithful, theologically rich approach to the creative arts, particularly writing. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Southern California USC Roski School of Art and Design
South Los Angeles , USA

The MFA Design Program is a five-term 56-unit studio-based program that is designed to support the development of a personal contemporary practice that is both unique and sust ... +

The MFA Design Program is a five-term 56-unit studio-based program that is designed to support the development of a personal contemporary practice that is both unique and sustainable. Students work closely with USC Roski's internationally acclaimed design faculty, as well as an expanded community of leading professional designers, artists, historians, critics, curators, and culture makers who participate in regular Visiting Designer/Designer-in-Residence Forums. The scope of the program will provide graduate design students with a critical examination of the issues, theories, and ideas that are relevant to contemporary design and studio practice in design, with a focus on the following objectives: Increase your ability to analyze graphic design (along with architecture, fashion, art, and other cultural production) including describing them with appropriate vocabulary, examining their formal elements, and engaging in research to understand their contexts (both contemporary and historical); -
MA
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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