Master of Art Degrees in Fine Arts

Compare 36 MAs in Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Individuals who want to pursue art education at the master’s level can obtain their MA in Fine Arts through programs around the world. With this advanced degree, graduates can use their creative talents to expand their employment opportunities.

Are you an artistically-inclined individual who has considered getting an advanced degree? Perhaps you’ve wondered, “What is an MA in Fine Arts?” This is a graduate-level degree in the arts, with specific focuses in areas such as creative writing, filmmaking, performing arts, photography, and visual arts. Some concentrations are broken down even further. For example, creative writing students may concentrate on fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and visual artists may work specifically in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, or collage. Students practice their techniques as well as gain academic knowledge in theory, art movements, and history.

In addition to refining one’s craft through advanced education, a master’s degree opens doors in terms of career opportunities. For example, graduates with MAs can teach classes at community colleges or art schools. Having this certification also allows individuals to be respected in their art communities as graduate-level degrees demonstrate expertise.

The fees to cover tuition and registration fees for an MA in Fine Arts varies, depending on whether a student studies abroad in a foreign country, stays closer to home, takes courses online, or enrolls in an in-person program. It’s wise to contact the desired school to find out about fee structures for the current school year.

The type of career one can expect with an MA in Fine Arts will vary depending on the student’s focus. For example, creative writers can find work as community college instructors, private college instructors, freelance writers, and editors. Those who focus on one of the other genres may become artists-in-residence, curators of museums, cinematographers, photographers, or instructors. These are just a few of the options available to individuals who hold a prestigious master’s degree in one of the arts.

If you want to take your artistic talent and passion to the next step, obtaining a graduate degree can help you do just that. 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 Arts and Culture (Research)

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature. [+]

The Arts and Culture research master at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.

An international focus

The master of Arts and Culture (Research) stands out by its global character, focus on applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture. You will benefit from the programme's intense collaboration with the Media Studies and Literary Studies masters.

A flexible curriculum

You can choose to focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern or Modern and Contemporary). The programme's flexibility will encourage you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. During your studies, you will acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts

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

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

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

Graduate School Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

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

MA in Fine Art

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

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

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

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

Taught by practicing artists of national and international standing.

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

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


Master of Fine Arts in Film & Animation

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

The MFA in Animation program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in which students can create in imaging arts computer animation is unique in that it is the only such program housed in a School of Film and Animation with full production facilities, as well as the additional support of highly specialized faculty in photography, imaging science, computer science and information technology, and printing. [+]

Master of Fine Arts in AnimationThe MFA program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in which students can create in imaging arts computer animation is unique in that it is the only such program housed in a School of Film and Animation with full production facilities, as well as the additional support of highly specialized faculty in photography, imaging science, computer science and information technology, and printing.

Program goals

The program’s goals provide students with the opportunity to use animation, filmmaking, and other imaging arts as a means to:

pursue a career and earn a livelihood. enrich their personal lives and society as a whole. encourage a sense of community, creativity, scholarship, and purpose. ... [-]

Painting

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

You are keen to gain more insight into the innovative potential of painting in a rapidly changing world. You are aware of the forces of physicality and materiality in artwork, and you take a painterly approach to conducting your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting both reveals how ideas are imagined and shows how a material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means harnessing materiality to create new links and associations. By combining ideation and materiality, transforming your ideas into unexpected, meaningful and powerful images, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in contemporary society. [+]

Study a Master's in Painting in the Netherlands

You are keen to gain more insight into the innovative potential of painting in a rapidly changing world. You are aware of the forces of physicality and materiality in artwork, and you take a painterly approach to conducting your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting both reveals how ideas are imagined and shows how a material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means harnessing materiality to create new links and associations. By combining ideation and materiality, transforming your ideas into unexpected, meaningful and powerful images, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in contemporary society.... [-]


MFA in Creative Writing

Emerson College
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2018 USA Boston + 1 more

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Emerson College fosters a community of poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers, editors, publishers and teachers. We are based in the heart of downtown Boston, historically a center of intellectual inquiry, creative endeavor, and innovation in education. MFA students at Emerson College engage with one another not only in the classroom but also in the greater cultural environment of Boston itself. [+]

Why Emerson College?

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Emerson College fosters a community of poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers, editors, publishers and teachers. We are based in the heart of downtown Boston, historically a center of intellectual inquiry, creative endeavor, and innovation in education. MFA students at Emerson College engage with one another not only in the classroom but also in the greater cultural environment of Boston itself.

Learn more about Program Requirements and Curriculum »

The MFA at a Glance

As one of the longest-running creative writing MFA programs in the country, Emerson’s Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing has attracted a faculty that is diverse in their capacities and adept in their fields. Nonfiction faculty members practice and teach the literary essay, memoir, biography, long-form narrative journalism, and opinion and arts commentary, making Emerson one of the most varied and challenging nonfiction programs nationwide. The fiction faculty is distinguished in all forms—the novel, novella, short story, and the short-short story. Our poetry faculty includes formalists as well as free-verse poets, with courses in the forms of poetry, translation, and the poetic sequence. A distinguishing feature of our MFA is the opportunity for students to have a translation/global engagement focus on their degree. MFA students can count on the mentoring of our faculty members during and after completing the program.... [-]


Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Drawing

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 France Paris

Designed for students whose creative practice is predominately rooted in drawing. Candidates for the program will be seeking new contexts and experiences for developing established/existing practices. Drawing is understood as more than a support or preparation for other disciplines: it is considered the work. [+]

Designed for students whose creative practice is predominately rooted in drawing. Candidates for the program will be seeking new contexts and experiences for developing established/existing practices. Drawing is understood as more than a support or preparation for other disciplines: it is considered the work. Each core workshop draws upon the individual investigations and questions arising and evolving in the studio as a starting point and provides the students with new contexts to rethink their work – to test out methods, materials, and ideas.The aim is to explore contemporary and emerging approaches to drawing alongside the continued acquisition and practice of academic skills. There is an expectation that students will explore a convergence rather than the opposition of the two. At PCA Students may choose either the 1-year MA Degree Track or the 2-year MFA (Terminal) Degree Track. The first year is common to both degree tracks with the exception of a spring semester Degree Project for MA candidates. MA students who choose to continue into the MFA would be required to complete the 3rd and 4th semesters and the MFA Thesis Project.The program is designed with an emphasis on professional practice and research, and, for the MFA program, with a focus on the teaching of drawing, providing students with possibilities to further their work outside the context of the school. Students are taught how to apply ‘drawing’ in its many forms to unfamiliar and diverse situations and are encouraged to invent projects that will continue beyond the scope of the... [-]


MA Fine Art

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

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

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


MA in Art and Visual Culture

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This multidisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working now play significant roles in society. The course introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary debates that inform the theories and practice of visual culture and enables you to develop a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual arts, and other forms of visual production, in contemporary society and culture. [+]

This multidisciplinary, visual theory-based course is established around the belief that visual literacy and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working now play significant roles in society. The course introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary debates that inform the theories and practice of visual culture and enables you to develop a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual arts, and other forms of visual production, in contemporary society and culture.

You will acquire creative and professional research skills, such as the ability to work from exhibitions, artworks and institutional archives, to be able to operate within different artistic and conceptual frameworks.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Medford

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. [+]

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. The studio curriculum integrates practical and critical skills across diverse mediums and disciplines. The MFA program emphasizes intense and advanced individual studio practice, creative collaborations, informal mentorships, and rigorous academic discourse.

Academic Approach

Master’s level graduate students attending SMFA at Tufts develop advanced professional competencies in the visual arts, including the understanding of issues both current and historical; the relationship of those ideas and broader world ideas; the development of a body of work in relationship to ideas and theory; and the realization of that work in a final thesis exhibition. There is also an emphasis on professional practice, meaning the skills necessary to develop and sustain a career.... [-]


MA Animation

University for the Creative Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline. [+]

MA Animation

Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline.

This course attracts students from around the world and has a rich cultural mix. You'll approach animation as a broad discipline and be encouraged to engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making through a range of projects, which will culminate in the production of a high quality animated film.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Painting

University of Arts in Poznań
Campus Full time October 2018 Poland Poznań

The student can select the most suitable of the several painting and art fabric classes. The syllabuses differ from class to class, varying from ones teaching conventional painting techniques [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Painting

The student can select the most suitable of the several painting and art fabric classes. The syllabuses differ from class to class, varying from ones teaching conventional painting techniques to experimental studies encompassing the most modern painting concepts. Likewise, the students select the drawing classes which they consider themselves most eligible for. The range of drawing class syllabuses includes regular nature studies as well as the experimental perception of drawing as an autonomous artistic language. Drawing is a compulsory course for all our students.

Studio of Textile Arts 1

Head: professor Anna Goebel

This studio combines conventional techniques with experimentation to provide a platform for experiential exchange and encouraging genuine diversity for each and every student to be able to develop their interests. The curriculum encompasses workshops, tutorials, lectures, presentations and tailored projects. The students receive practical knowledge and get to know the theories behind mainstream weaving techniques, handmade paper, batik, felt and appliqués. We encourage the students to conduct their own evolving search for innovation by referring to traditional techniques from a novel perspective. We invite experimentation that leads to the creation of unique textiles and the development of personalised expression. The subjects covered are developed together with the students by in-depth discussions. The level of the student’s abilities and their independent approach to work determine the type of tasks. The aim of the studies is to form artistic awareness and develop the skills for creative questing by emphasizing the importance of the... [-]


MFA/MA in Studio Art

Burren College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Ireland Galway

The MFA provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an artist. As an MFA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. [+]

The Aims of the MFA/MA in Studio Art

The MFA provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an artist. As an MFA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice.

The MA provides a masters-level education in art appropriate to a diverse range of applications. As an MA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters-level in artistic practice. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice.... [-]


MA in Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

This practice and the 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 practicing 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 silkscreen, litho, monoprint, wood and lino cutting, etching and drypoint 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.... [-]


Master of Arts - Master of Animation

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Animation is made for emerging professionals committed to broadening their palette and responding to the demands of an expanding field. The program relies upon and thereby cultivates, an innovative attitude. [+]

The Master of Animation is a one-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious animators the opportunity to broaden their expertise and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the creative sector.

A field brimming with possibility

Animation professionals work within an increasingly wide range of contexts. The program helps students navigate animation’s expanding field, which includes the essential role it has long played in the cinema, but also exciting new applications in design, games and interactive media. Students are challenged to find novel ways to enter these areas and to establish their own position within them.

Curriculum

The student’s self-directed research and studio practice are at the center of the program. We work with you to create substantial professional growth, based on your background, research path and ambitions. The program is geared towards animators and designers who have experience with the moving image.... [-]