Masters of Arts in Fine Arts

Compare 46 Masters of Arts 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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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.

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MA in Fine Art

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

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

A studio based course taught by practicing artists and supported by excellent facilities. Advance your creative potential and develop your work to professional exhibiting level. Taught by practicing artists of national and international standing. Permanent individual studio spaces (for full-time students) and excellent technical expertise and support. This studio based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists. The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever changing and challenging Fine Art environment. Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority. Overview We provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and appropriate practices. You’ll develop your creative potential and critical understanding as a practising artist. Modules Research Methodologies Introduces generic principles and processes of research relevant to the practice and study of art, design and curatorial practice. It provides you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking about your practice. It will give you confidence and authority by assisting you to identify key areas of interest and to build on this towards a mastery of your subject. It will outline established models of academic enquiry – both practical and intellectual – proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate... [-]

Master of Fine Arts

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

Perhaps you would like to pursue a Master's degree with a more professional focus. A 60-credit hour degree program, the MFA is a terminal degree, preparing you to teach at the collegiate level [+]

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

Graduate School Requirements   1. Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the MFA program   2. Complete the degree requirements within 6 years         1. Degree Requirements               1. 34 semester credit hours, studio major (to include terminal thesis project of 16 credit hours).   2. 16 semester credit hours of Art History and Concepts—at least two “in-house” art history courses must be taken. A maximum of seven (7) hours of Readings in Art History is all that is allowed.   3. 10 semester credit hours in studio art other than the major area.... [-]


Master of Arts - Master of Animation

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 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 programme relies upon, and thereby cultivates, an innovative attitude. [+]

The Master of Animation is a one-year, full-time programme. 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 programme helps students navigate animation’s expanding field, which includes the essential role it has long played in 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 centre of the programme. We work with you to create substantial professional growth, based on your background, research path and ambitions. The programme is geared towards animators and designers who have experience with the moving image. You will be supported by a core faculty of active professionals, as well as guest tutors and speakers. In this critical and intimate environment, you will build technical skills, widen your conceptual scope and experiment with narrative strategies. Collaboration with other disciplines, both inside and outside the academy, is encouraged and facilitated. What to expect One day a week is devoted to theoretical instruction in media and animation theory and academic studies. Two days a week are dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback sessions. An equal amount of time (2-3 days) is required for self-study. Where you will study The Animation... [-]

MA Fine Art

City & Guilds of London Art School
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Fine Arts. 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. This one-year full time or two-year part time course is validated by Birmingham City University’s School of Art; regular checks by the Quality Assurance Agency and our external examiners guarantee our consistently high standards and results. Content and Structure The Course runs from September to September, twelve months for full time students and over 2 years for part time students. Full-time students are based in large well lit studio spaces in the Art School, opposite Kennington tube station, while part-time students are expected to have their own studio base with access to our workshops and other facilities. Part-time students are allocated summer studio spaces in their final year leading up to the MA shows when the final module is taken at a full-time pace. They may also be able to work... [-]

MA in Art and Visual Culture

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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, art works and institutional archives, to be able to operate within different artistic and conceptual frameworks. Course content This Masters balances historical and theoretical debates in the field of visual culture studies with a rigorous interrogation of cultural practices across a range of topics, including: activism and popular politics; contemporary visual arts, capitalism and culture; globalisation and new media technologies; institutions and their archives; and the material culture of the city. The course also draws upon the cultural institutions and intellectual resources of central London, and has established contacts with other galleries and organisations for work placements. Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Core modules Dissertation This extended piece of research work is an opportunity for you to pursue a topic of individual interest, and is conducted through individual study and directed supervision. The module is designed to support and develop your independent research skills. Visual Culture:... [-]

Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Drawing

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Fine Arts. 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 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... [-]

MA Animation

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

The Animation programme is a world leader in practice and research, with a commitment to broadening the understanding of our complex discipline. Established over 30 years ago, the programme has an international reputation that places it at the forefront of the discipline. Within the programme there are three distinct pathways: Documentary Animation, Experimental Animation and Narrative Animation, one of which students select as part of their application. [+]

About the Programme The Animation programme is a world leader in practice and research, with a commitment to broadening the understanding of our complex discipline. Established over 30 years ago, the programme has an international reputation that places it at the forefront of the discipline. Within the programme there are three distinct pathways: Documentary Animation, Experimental Animation and Narrative Animation, one of which students select as part of their application. The programme’s location within a visually sophisticated, multidisciplinary art and design school, rather than a film school, is crucial in the development of creative and critical thinking, research skills and expanded discipline expertise that’s applied to ideas, styles, genres and technological approaches. Both the MA and research degrees attract artists and makers from a broad background of disciplines: science, maths, architecture, literature, art history, computing and fine art, as well as communication. We offer a unique learning and teaching environment, developing the creativity and skills required in an age of rapid cultural and technological change. Our students contribute to this expanding and maturing field of moving image, with core skills centred around directing, narrative and production. We offer an exceptionally stimulating multidisciplinary environment, complemented by the College’s award-winning programmes in art and design. The curriculum allows students to explore the creative slip between diverse forms of moving image: animation, documentary, fiction, process and interactivity. Through innovative, practical research and an understanding of different contexts, traditions and histories, students learn through a potent combination of workshops, lectures and tutorials, while developing... [-]

Master in Fine Art (MA)

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

The MA Fine Art at Middlesex offers artists time and resources to explore and evolve their artistic practice within a flexible research-led course featuring some of the best art facilities in London and expert guidance from a range of leading artists, academics and curators attached to the course. [+]

MA Degrees in Fine Arts. Why study MA Fine Art at Middlesex University? The MA Fine Art at Middlesex is a practice-led, research-based programme that encourages students to explore the creative, cultural, political and social questions of art practice. It offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills by undertaking a systematic and comprehensive major body of work. The course welcomes students whose enquiry takes place across a range of disciplines that include painting, sculpture, photography and film, installation, performance, 'event' making and other relational practices. Drawing upon local, national and international contexts, students are asked to consider the current role of fine art practice, forging external links and exploring how artworks relate to audience. The course offers the chance for a sustained and serious re-evaluation of existing practices within a critical and supportive environment. At Middlesex we take a highly practical and critical approach to fine art that ensures that you spend the majority of your postgraduate study researching and making. This combination of in-depth analysis and hands-on experience will enable you to draw on a diverse range of expertise and resources while questioning and developing your practice in a contemporary context for a stimulating and successful career. Based in our University's £80 million Art and Design School, our course features state-of-the-art facilities with dedicated studio space for each of our MA students (including part-time students) to ensure that we cater for a diverse range of interests and ambitions. With opportunities to collaborate with students from across... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Painting

University of Arts in Poznań
Campus Full time October 2017 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 experimental perception of drawing as an autonomous artistic language. Drawing is a compulsory course for all our students.

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Master of Fine Arts in Photography

International Center of Photography
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Hell's Kitchen

The ICP-Bard MFA Program offers a rigorous exploration of all aspects of photography through an integrated curriculum of professional and studio practice, critical study, and Resident Artist Projects. [+]

MA Degrees in Fine Arts. Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 The ICP-Bard MFA Program offers a rigorous exploration of all aspects of photography through an integrated curriculum of professional and studio practice, critical study, and Resident Artist Projects. About the Program The ICP-Bard MFA program offers an exploration into the ways in which the photograph operates in society. The 60 credits required for the master of fine arts degree cover the production of a final solo exhibition of original artwork, participation in a final group exhibition, a cumulative publication, as well as the completion of class assignments and internships. The ICP-Bard approach emphasizes creative vision and openness to examining the many iterations of the image, from photography to digital imaging, installation, and video. By considering how photographs are created, presented, discussed, used, and documented, students gain an intimate knowledge of the ways in which images increasingly structure modern society and consciousness. The graduate seminars, which are led by ICP-Bard core faculty members, blend in-depth study, intensive discussions, and individual work. Students also gain an understanding of the role of art historians by working with ICP’s curatorial team and the Museum's extensive archives. In doing so, students learn how exhibitions are curated, archives are maintained, and research is conducted. In the Resident Artist projects and internships, students learn firsthand from contemporary artists about the practical conditions of making art and innovative approaches to photographic practice. With its strong emphasis on writing and publication, the program encourages students to articulate the relationship... [-]

MFA in Visual Arts

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

The Master’s Programme in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy is a two-year graduate programme in Fine Arts at Lund University, Sweden. The Academy offers excellent facilities and each student has access to their own studio from their first year of study. [+]

Programme overview

The Master’s Programme in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy is a two-year graduate programme in Fine Arts at Lund University. The Master’s programme includes indepth research in art through individual studio practice and courses in art and various related disciplines. In the first year a school trip is included. In the second year, students focus on their degree projects, which include writing an essay and presenting a solo exhibition at the Academy’s gallery.

Malmö Art Academy is situated in central Malmö and offers excellent facilities. Each student has access to their own studio from their first year of study. The Academy has workshops for all relevant artistic techniques. Malmö Art Academy has no separate departments. Students organise their own curriculum, choosing from a wide range of technical and theoretical courses, many of which are taught by internationally renowned artists.... [-]


MFA / MPhil Art & Design - Fine Art

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 5 years August 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff + 1 more

Each programme focuses on particular aspects of contemporary art practice. [+]

MA Degrees in Fine Arts. Fine Art Masters at CSAD The Fine Art department at Cardiff School of Art & Design now offers three programmes in Fine Art at Masters level: MFA, MA and MPhil. Each programme focuses on particular aspects of contemporary art practice. Master of Fine Art (MFA) Available full-time and part-time. Entry requirements: a good BA (hons) or BSc (hons) in an appropriate subject. International applicants, whose first language is not English, will need to provide an evidence of an IELTS score that is in excess of 6.00 MPhil Through its research, CSAD aims to generate new knowledge and understanding of art and design, and to contribute to the creative industries, the cultural sector, manufacturing, the professions and the community. Furthermore, the School is a co-founding institution (with Newport School of Art, Media and Design), of Wales Institute of Research in Art and Design (WIRAD), allowing the research experience of its students and supervisors to be enhanced through cross-School collaboration and exchange. CSAD provides opportunities to undertake supervised research that lead to the awards of Master of Philosophy (MPhil; 1-2 years full-time, 2-5 years part-time) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD; 3-4 years full time, 4-7 years part time). The awards of MPhil and PhD are achieved through a sustained piece of original investigative research leading to a thesis that can be theoretical or practice-based. [-]

MA in Visual Anthropology

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Visual Anthropology offers a unique combination of anthropological theory and visual practice. It provides you with a strong foundation for producing visual work informed by anthropology. [+]

The MA in Visual Anthropology offers a unique combination of anthropological theory and visual practice. It provides you with a strong foundation for producing visual work informed by anthropology. This programme takes an inclusive approach to the definition of visual anthropology – it approaches the sub-field through the study of the politics and aesthetics of representation, documentary and ethnographic film, and anthropological perspectives on art. As a practice-oriented MA, there is a clear emphasis on applying anthropological knowledge to the actual making of visual artefacts, and not just their analysis. The MA is open to students with a range of backgrounds in anthropology and related fields. As a graduate, you will be well-placed to pursue a career in visual anthropology (be it research- or practice-oriented) as well as to bring an anthropological sensibility to the visual to other disciplines. You will be taught through lectures, seminars and hands-on training in the use of digital camcorders, sound recording equipment and video editing. Assessment includes written essays for the theory modules, practical assignments, and a final visual project in the form of a 20-minute film. Careers The unique combination of theory, research and practice that structures the MA in Visual Anthropology will prepare you for a diverse range of employment opportunities. Past graduates have gone on to work in: Video production, both commercial and independent Film editing and videography Production and programming of film festivals Ethnographic and visual research in both academic and commercial settings Teaching In addition, you can use this... [-]

Master in Fine Arts (MFA)

New York Studio School (NYSS)
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA New York + 1 more

The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, continue the ethos of the teaching methods defined by the School's history within a recognized degree program. The MFA is based on maintaining a full-time, rigorous studio practice. [+]

MA Degrees in Fine Arts. The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, continue the ethos of the teaching methods defined by the School's history within a recognized degree program. The MFA is based on maintaining a full-time, rigorous studio practice. Students are engaged in their work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of their two years at the School. In their first year, students choose a core faculty member with whom they will work closely during each semester. Faculty are present in the atelier two days each week. Students are expected to continue working on the objectives set by faculty throughout the week. In the second year, faculty contact hours are reduced as students work in semi-private or private studios towards the completion of their individual thesis project. Studio practice is balanced with Critical Studies courses, in addition to peer and instructed critiques. Lectures and seminars are held throughout the semester, as well as small group discussion with current and visiting faculty. The Critical Studies courses provide the groundwork for students to compose the statements that support their final thesis project. Degree candidates will be assessed on a continual basis throughout their time at the School. Courses are graded by faculty in accordance with School policy. Students must complete 60 credits to successfully achieve the title of Master of Fine Arts, and credits must include all required courses. A residency of at least two academic years is necessary to complete the degree.... [-]