Masters of Science in Visual Arts

Compare 17 MSc Programs in Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Artists who already hold a bachelor’s degree in an art discipline may consider a Master of Science in Visual Arts as the next step toward a career as a professional visual artist or as an instructor teaching about the visual arts.

What is an MSc in Visual Arts? The master’s program will generally combine art-creation and art theory to increase critical thinking and enhanced ability in any number of visual media. Popular art focuses include painting, sculpture, drawing, movement, photography or film. Students generally follow a regular coursework regimen as well as participate in study groups, studio critiques and community arts outreach.

Acquiring a Masters in Visual Arts can benefit students in a variety of ways. During the program, they likely will have many hours of studio time in which to hone their abilities, plus the benefit of critiques by their peers. Art journalists and critics may attend student art showcases, so there are often networking and exposure opportunities to be had.

The cost of earning an MSc in Visual Arts depends on a few factors such as which school students choose to attend and the duration of the program, which is usually two to three years. The format of the classes, whether it is at a physical location, mainly online or partially community-based, also will play a role in price.

Graduates of an MSc in Visual Arts program may go on to become professionals in their visual arts field of focus. They might also find employment as teachers in primary or secondary school or as professors at a college or university. Some degree-holders administer arts programming at nonprofit cultural organizations. Art assistants in fine arts galleries often hold master’s degrees in Visual Arts.

Students interested in exploring an MSc in Visual Arts should consider their career goals and desired income when researching educational options. 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 Science in Game Design and Development

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

The master of science in game design and development defines a program of study that allows students to explore the entertainment technology landscape, along with other related areas of software development. [+]

The master of science degree in game design and development allows students to explore the entertainment technology landscape, along with other related areas of software development. The program has its technical roots in the computing and information science disciplines, while simultaneously covering the breadth of the game development field through course work in topics such as computer graphics design, human-computer interaction, interactive narrative, and game design. The degree is specifically for students whom aspire to careers within the professional games industry or a related field such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization.This is a two-year, on-campus, cohort-based program in which students are admitted through a portfolio review process. Upon completion of their course work, students form development teams that construct a working game engine and software title as the program capstone experience. This requirement includes both individual and group expectations. The capstone culminates in a private defense before program faculty, as well as a public exhibition. Combined, these requirements provide a unique and comprehensive educational experience for individuals who aspire to a career in the game development industry. Admission requirementsTo be considered for admission to the MS in game design and development, candidates must:... [-]


Master of Science in Game Design

Full Sail University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Winter Park

The program’s specialized courses focus on core concepts in teamwork, project development, design and prototyping, and usability, as well as a grounding in different types of software. [+]

Game Design Graduate Degree This program’s specialized courses focus on core concepts in teamwork and leadership, project development, design and prototyping, and marketing, as well as grounding in different types of software. Course Highlights: Game Design Game Development Framework Game Usability and Testing Game Production Tools Production Management Principles The video game industry is expanding into a variety of areas, reaching a broader audience than ever before. Big-budget genres such as first-person shooters, online role-playing games, rhythm games, and sports titles provide gamers with sophisticated gameplay, graphics, and storylines that could hardly have been imagined a decade ago. At the same time, the indie game space is rich with titles exploring a variety of unique themes and mechanics, and the social, mobile, educational, and simulation markets are becoming increasingly visible and profitable. The gaming industry relies on the combined talents of producers, designers, artists, programmers, and usability and quality assurance experts to create games to meet the tastes of these diverse audiences. Full Sail’s Game Design master’s degree program is designed to prepare students with the leadership skills and knowledge needed to pursue roles in many aspects of the development process, shaping the next generation of innovation in gaming. The program’s specialized courses focus on core concepts in teamwork, project development, design and prototyping, and usability, as well as a grounding in different types of software. Through this curriculum, you’ll learn practical applications of the game development process from both the technical and managerial sides. In the final months of... [-]

MSc in Imaging Art and Science

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time 1 year United Kingdom London

The MSc in Imaging Art and Science is part of a dual pathway MA/MSc programme in Imaging Art and Science. The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a unique programme in Imaging, designed to equip students with advanced skills in areas relating to image conception, formation, capture, analysis, evaluation and visualisation from the perspectives of art, science and technology. [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. The MSc in Imaging Art and Science is part of a dual pathway MA/MSc programme in Imaging Art and Science The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a unique programme in Imaging, designed to equip students with advanced skills in areas relating to image conception, formation, capture, analysis, evaluation and visualisation from the perspectives of art, science and technology. The University of Westminster was the first institution in the UK to provide academic degrees in Photography, Imaging Science and Technology and has produced world leaders in the fields of Image Science, Imaging Technologies, Photographic Arts and Photographic Theory. The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a cross-disciplinary programme built on our experience and proficiency in these fields, run in collaboration by the Westminster School of Media Arts & Design and the Faculty of Science & Technology. It provides cutting edge education, supported by external links to creative and scientific industries. MA and MSc Pathways Students enroll for an MA or an MSc degree, but can potentially change pathway. The MA and MSc pathways share some common syllabus, whilst the majority of the content is distinctive to each degree, to allow for discipline specialisation to be developed within a multidisciplinary environment. Relevant areas include digital image representation and visualisation; digital imaging systems and their performance evaluation; cultural, theoretical, and historical aspects of the production and consumption of images; colour vision, measurement and management; image quality, content and aesthetics; programming for imaging. The course encourages... [-]

MSc in Games

IT University of Copenhagen
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Copenhagen

The two-year MSc programme in Games provides you with technical and social science knowledge on how computer games work, how they are designed and how they have a social impact on us. [+]

MSc in Games

The two-year MSc programme in Games provides you with technical and social science knowledge on how computer games work, how they are designed and how they have a social impact on us. You will work with some of the world’s leading games researchers, and you will have the opportunity to become a computer games expert yourself.

The ProgrammeComputer games can be a form of communication, a learning tool, a means of social interaction and a rehabilitation aid. The Games programme will give you insight into the medium and you will have the opportunity to create the computer games of the future yourself.The MSc in Games deals with computer games both on a theoretical and a practical level. You will study the cultural significance of computer games, how to contribute to the development of a computer game and how to adapt the commercial potential of games to other communication and media domains.The programme has an international perspective and is therefore taught in English.... [-]


MS Surface Imaging

Philadelphia University
Campus Full time 3 semesters August 2017 USA Southwest Center City

The Surface Imaging program at PhilaU offers a unique graduate design education by viewing anything and everything as the canvas through the utilization of a variety of printing technologies. [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. M.S. in Surface Imaging About the program The Surface Imaging program at PhilaU offers a unique graduate design education by viewing anything and everything as the canvas through the utilization of a variety of printing technologies. By applying painting, drawing, photography and printmaking to advanced design studios and printing practices, you will produce complex and unique surface image projects. You will be able to bring your creativity to life through fabrication printing, including additive material deposition and subtraction printing technologies (enhanced 3D surface and laser printing)—allowing you to produce anything you can imagine. Product development and management skills are enhanced with thorough knowledge and experience in advanced printing technology, applied engineering and an understanding of innovative business systems. You will gain professional experience while in the program, through research based real-world projects with industry partners that stress critical thinking and problem solving skills through teamwork and collaboration. You will learn from expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, like the Center for Excellence of Surface Imaging, which has been supported by international imaging industries, including printer manufactures, ink formulators and software developers. As part of your coursework, you will have extensive experience working on interdisciplinary projects using advanced technology and design solutions. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to be a leader in the growing imaging industry which includes graphic, architectural, interior, textile, fashion apparel and home industries, as well as all facets in the global imaging industry. [-]

Master of Science in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Game Design and Production

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Hands on with minds on – create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet brilliant people with whom to build the future. [+]

Do you dream of being a game-changer in one of today's hottest industries? Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Hands on with minds on – create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet brilliant people with whom to build the future. At the School of Science, Game Design and Production is one of the eight majors offered in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS). Studies in the programme are based on both the latest scientific research and industrial state-of-the-art. Learning outcomes The Game Design and Production major is organized in collaboration with Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). Apply through the CCIS path if you want to graduate as a M.Sc. and throught ARTS if you want a M.A. degree. The M.Sc. degree has more technical courses on topics such as computer graphics and artificial intelligence. Multidisciplinarity is emphasized by the highly diverse backgrounds of students – one can apply with any Bachelor’s degree, and the students include programmers, 3d artists, animators, creative writers, architects, and even psychologists. The major is also flexible in terms of elective studies. You can include courses ranging from core computer science to animation and interactive storytelling. In addition to a deep understanding of games, graduates will have a portfolio of completed projects, which helps in getting into the games industry. Career opportunities The profiles of the graduates include e.g. Game programmer, Game designer... [-]

MSc in Web and Mobile Systems

Frederick University
Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Limassol + 2 more

In the past decade, the developments experienced by the advancements of the Internet and the World Wide Web have been monumental for the Information Technology domain, as well as the society in general. [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. In the past decade, the developments experienced by the advancements of the Internet and the World Wide Web have been monumental for the Information Technology domain, as well as the society in general. Additionally, in recent years we have experienced an explosion of computational capabilities, not only from traditional computing machines (i.e. computers) but also from a wide variety of other devices such as mobile smart phones, tablets and several other “internet-enabled” devices. All these developments call for the existence of scientists and engineers that are adequately trained in the relevant technologies and have a deep knowledge of their interrelationships and the challenges that lie ahead. The above realization constitutes the core motivation and forms the rationale behind the design and the development of the proposed program. General Objectives The aim of the proposed MSc program is to develop graduates that exhibit in-depth knowledge and advanced skills of the technologies relevant to web applications and mobile computing. By the end of this program, graduates will master the knowledge required to design and implement efficient and effective solutions utilizing existing and emerging web and/or mobile systems. An equally important aim is that, through the program, the University will be able to strengthen its research activity in this fast evolving field and become a leading research institution in the area. Specific Objectives The specific objectives of the program are to provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to: Master the methodologies, tools and technologies involved... [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies, M.Sc.

University of Tampere
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

Creating a playful future [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships This master programme provides an in-depth view to the fundamental character and development of games and Internet. Games have grown into an important form of culture and human interaction, expanding from entertainment to other areas of life. Internet and social media form an increasingly vital part of communication, social life and distribution of media and services. The programme is particularly targeted at the questions of analysis, design and application of online services and digital games from user- and culturally focused perspectives. The programme directs you to develop academic skills like critical thinking, scientific writing and carrying out research projects while encouraging active and comprehensive involvement with the practical processes and phenomena related to games and Internet. UTA has high profile research groups that are focused on Internet and game studies. There has also been a long history of education in hypermedia and in Information Studies and Interactive Media that forms the basis of this programme. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies you will: be able to identify, define and analyse interactive media in its different forms understand and be capable of critically using the concepts and theories that relate to the fundamental character of games and internet have in-depth understanding about the forms, contents, practices in... [-]

MSc in 3D Computer Games Design

Staffordshire University
Campus Full time 12 - 32 months August 2017 United Kingdom Stoke

This 1 year course will help you develop excellent skills in 3D modelling and sculpting or computer games design theory and application... [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. MSc in 3D Computer Games Design This 1 year course will help you develop excellent skills in 3D modelling and sculpting or computer games design theory and application. Course outline The award has been designed along with our industry partners and delivers up-to-date content using industry standard software that meets current and future 3D games industry demands. It will allow you to develop and further your ability, building on knowledge and skills acquired in your first degree and expanding into areas related to computer games design. It will enhance your abilities in research, problem-solving and management and you will apply knowledge and skills to solving complex design and 3D problems during your dissertation project. The award integrates current industry paradigms into both the assessment and research opportunities which aim to help you get into either the games industry or academia. Graduate destinations Our MSc graduates work in professional roles at top studios like Microsoft, Rare, Rockstar, Codemasters and Travellers Tales. Our students also go on to form their own companies. We have students working on all sorts of games from indie kickstarter games like War for the Overworld to the latest Xbox One titles and massive hits like Grand Theft Auto 5. Career Prospects: Character artist, Environment modeller, Vehicle artist, Game Designer, Producer, User Interface Artist. Entry requirements A 2:2 or above undergraduate qualification (or equivalent) is required to join the masters programme. Entry Requirements IELTS score of a minimum of 6.5. For students opting... [-]

Master in Computer Science: Computer Graphics and Game Development

Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The study branch consists of two closely related specializations, Computer Graphics and Computer Game Development. The Computer Graphics specialization offers training in a wide range of visual sciences, including geometric modeling, rendering (image synthesis) as well as the basics of image analysis and computer vision. [+]

The study branch consists of two closely related specializations, Computer Graphics and Computer Game Development. The Computer Graphics specialization offers training in a wide range of visual sciences, including geometric modeling, rendering (image synthesis) as well as the basics of image analysis and computer vision. The Computer Game Development specialization focuses - apart from computer graphics techniques - mainly on artificial intelligence and intelligent agent systems, as well as on software engineering skills necessary for the development of large-scale gaming projects. Both specializations place emphasis on general programming skills, both at the system level closer to the hardware, as well as on the higher level of modern programming languages. Entrance examination – Master's programme Applicants who will not sufficiently demonstrate the necessary background listed above by 9 May 2016, or with their application, will be invited to take the entrance examination in Prague. The entrance examination for a Master's programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University consists of four problems, each worth 25 points. In case of an incomplete solution a proportional number of points will be given. The maximum total score is 100. The minimum score for admission is 40 points out of 100. Depending on the study programme and study branch, the examination has the following structure: Master of Computer Science. All study branches: Computer Science (4 problems, e.g., logic, automata theory, programming, theoretical computer Master’s Entry Requirements The goal of the admissions review process is to select from the pool of applicants those... [-]

MSc, MPhil, PhD Digital Arts

University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation. [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation. [-]

MSc Mobile Application Design

University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This advanced Masters programme prepares students to develop applications for these devices equipping them to become highly skilled professionals for the Mobile Industry with the latest skill set in this rapidly expanding and evolving field. [+]

This advanced Masters programme prepares students to develop applications for these devices equipping them to become highly skilled professionals for the Mobile Industry with the latest skill set in this rapidly expanding and evolving field. Our new programme combines technology, interface design and application development for mobile platforms. Student profiles Bassem Shaker Bassem ShakerI have recently finished the Masters in Mobile Application Design, run by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. The programme was a great way for me to learn about developing and designing mobile applications. The programme maintained a fine balance between the practical and the theoretical and it gave me hands on experience in making mobile apps. The course covered all areas of mobile development from human computer interaction, mobile development, web development and even finishing a project for a client as part of the curriculum. Mobile is currently at the center of innovation in computing as more people carry mobile devices from phones, tablets, and smart watches. More and more ubiquitous devices pop up every day around us and I think that having this Masters qualification has equipped me extremely well to participate in this wave of computing. Right now I'm working at a startup in London called Happiness Works, making web and mobile software with the aim of helping companies measure happiness in the work place. Having a Masters Degree under my belt has definitely helped with my prospects in getting the job. [-]

MSc Digital Visual Effects

University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This programme develops at an advanced level the skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of high definition digital effects, equipping you to become a highly skilled technical director (TD) in the visual effects industry. [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. This programme develops at an advanced level the skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of high definition digital effects, equipping you to become a highly skilled technical director (TD) in the visual effects industry. It covers 3D model building, texturing, lighting, rendering, procedural animation (cloth, hair, fur, dynamics), advanced compositing and high-definition digital effects. Each module is delivered by means of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. [-]

MSc, PDip Computer Animation

University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Our programme is oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice; it aims to be a direct route into this high-profile modern, creative industry, and has been developed jointly by the School and Framestore CFC, our industrial partner. [+]

Our programme is oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice; it aims to be a direct route into this high-profile modern, creative industry, and has been developed jointly by the School and Framestore CFC, our industrial partner. Each module is delivered by means of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Student Profiles Yiannis Philiastides Yiannis PhiliastidesI completed a BA Illustration with Animation course in 2011. The illustration course helped me develop my artistic and storytelling skills, while the animation course allowed me to bring them to life. I studied traditional and 2D digital animation but wanted to learn CGI animation as well, to add to my skill set and be better prepared for industry. The MSc Computer Animation course is providing me with the necessary technical expertise and mirrors professional life in the industry as closely as possible. It is fast paced, with multiple projects running simultaneously, including group projects in collaboration with students from the MSc DVE and Architectural visualisation courses. After just six months I feel confident using software such as Autodesk Maya and Mudbox , which I had never used before, to industry level, as well as motion capture equipment. The course also allows the flexibility to concentrate on particular areas such as character animation, creature animation, 3d modelling etc. and I’m looking forward to the final project. Further insights of the industry are provided through the various guest lecturers that visit from a number of prestigious and well-established UK studios. I would recommend the programme to anyone... [-]

Master of Science in Administrative Studies

Missouri State University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Springfield + 1 more

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies is a cross-disciplinary program which features enhancement of administrative abilities with areas of emphasis in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Management, Project Management, and Sports Management. [+]

MSc Degrees in Visual Arts. Master of Science in Administrative Studies The Master of Science in Administrative Studies is a cross-disciplinary program which features enhancement of administrative abilities with areas of emphasis in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Management, Project Management, and Sports Management. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are established in careers and are seeking professional growth and advancement within their vocations. The 33-hour program builds upon past work experience, and allows participants to expand their knowledge base, abilities, and skills which can lead to enhanced administrative roles within organizations. The Master of Science in Administrative Studies may be taken via the Internet. All of the required 24 hours of core courses and the Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Project Management and Sports Management options are available over the Internet. Currently, the 12-hour Environmental Management option is available only on campus. The Individualized option would depend on the selection of courses chosen. The basic premise of the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) program is that for individuals to be effective in their career paths, they need to build from a core of courses designed to impart various skills common to effective administration and successful goal achievement. Hence, all students will take course work that builds competencies in Organizational Communication, Information Systems, Personnel Issues, Legal/Political Issues, Budgeting, and Research Design/Methods. For an additional 12 hours of the program, students will select, with advisement, a discipline-option area that focuses on... [-]