Masters Programs in Fine Arts

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Fine Arts

Generally, Fine Arts are understood as the most ancient forms of art. They include such fields as painting, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry. Being the first forms of art and having a great history that goes back thousands of years, they are considered to be the most developed.

The main difference between a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) is that although Master of Fine Arts programs are academic programs, they concentrate on one particular field only. Programs that lead to the Master of Arts degree, on the other hand, usually center more on the scholarly and academic part of the field or concentrate on a critical study of the field. The degree Master in Fine Arts is usually given to graduates from such fascinating fields as visual arts, video and filmmaking, dance, theatre, performing arts, creative writing and many more.  With a Master in Fine Arts, you can also choose to study printmaking, photography, conceptual arts, textile arts, as well as illustration, comics and calligraphy.

To find out more about the variety of interesting sectors that the field of Fine Arts has to offer, scroll down and read through the information about various Master in Fine Arts programs that are available. Find the Master in Fine Arts program that interests you most and contact the relevant person at the school in one click!

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Master in Animation Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan
Campus Full time 1 year November 2017 Italy Milan

The spread of the Internet and digital media led to an increase of international production and distribution of content made in animation, advertising, TV series and specials, feature films, but also short films and docu-fiction. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. The spread of the Internet and digital media led to an increase of international production and distribution of content made in animation, advertising, TV series and specials, feature films, but also short films and docu-fiction. Significant is also the growing demand in the fields of games, animation productions cross and transmedia, special effects for movies and television productions. The Master in Animation Design offers the possibility to fit into one of these professional sectors: in independent production companies, research and design consultancies, service agencies, internal structures of broadcasters, specialized departments of publishing houses. Career opportunities - The Animation Designer can fit into the professional field of animation production, cross and transmedia. The Master guarantees a highly qualifying expertise for profiles such as Concept Artist, Character Designer, Ambient Designer, Storyboard Artist; Character Animator 2D; Character Animator 3D; Production Assistant; Compositor. Target - The Master in Animation Design welcomes students with an Honours degree or diploma of I level or equivalent in Illustration, CG Animation and academic disciplines or a diploma awarded by schools of specialization within comics and animation design. It also welcomes professionals, with at least two-year experience, interested in gaining a greater degree of specialization. Methodology and Structure - The Master in Animation Design aims to consolidate and upgrade skills in animation concept design with a focus on the topics, contents and styles that characterize the current production. It identifies some points related to the evolution of the production work flow, presented by larger studies... [-]

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. [+]

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA) Welcome to the MFA Programs at CIIS! As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. In our two year, 48-unit intensives you will complete one or more of the following: a book-length manuscript or chapbook an evening-length dance, theatrical, or musical performance a visual arts exhibition in our street level main gallery a social justice/community arts project We offer: Intimate class sizes Mentoring with outstanding, committed faculty A weekend intensive format that is ideal for working adults Diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to art-making Direct and constant access to the rich Bay Area art scene Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes-and sometimes revolutionizes-culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice. Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artistic, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. Students must complete their bachelor's degree before beginning the programs; there is no requirement as to the field of study of the undergraduate degree. Students can demonstrate appropriate levels of accomplishment and commitment to their art by means of work samples and personal statements. We welcome students from all backgrounds; however,... [-]

Master in Animation & Visual Effects

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them. MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing technical and artistic ability. Technical Skills Demonstrate facility with animation technology and software. Presentation Skills Clearly discuss work and workflow process with a review committee, using industry terminology. Effectively pitch ideas to the review committee Create visually compelling, professional quality presentation materials Preproduction Skills (Project Development) Execute projects that demonstrate attention to: research, analytical thinking, detail, flexibility in problem solving, and revision. Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Professional Readiness Present a comprehensive demo reel / portfolio demonstrating... [-]

Master of Fine Arts

Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 New Zealand Auckland

Whitecliffe Master of Fine Arts students are enrolled in Auckland's only low residency postgraduate visual arts programme. They experience intelligent debate, rigorous critique, and high quality encounters with exceptional artists from New Zealand and overseas, graduating with the skills to become leaders in their chosen field. [+]

Master of Fine Arts Whitecliffe Master of Fine Arts students are enrolled in Auckland's only low residency postgraduate visual arts programme. They experience intelligent debate, rigorous critique, and high quality encounters with exceptional artists from New Zealand and overseas, graduating with the skills to become leaders in their chosen field.

The Master of Fine Arts degree programme at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design is a full time, two-year low-residency programme, structured around four week-long seminars per year. Studio-based supervisors support individual students to engage critically with their practice and to successfully negotiate the requirements of the MFA research degree. Philosophy The Master of Fine Arts programme prepares artists for a professional career working within a diverse field of contemporary art practices across both local and international contexts. The MFA is interdisciplinary and assists students to develop their individual approach to practice and research through the provision of regular critique, supervisory guidance, seminar participation and a focus on exhibition and publication practice. The MFA programme's interdisciplinary structure and philosophy supports artists to form a greater understanding of how art and artworks operate in the world and assists students to deepen their knowledge of the contexts that shape the breadth and specificities of contemporary art practice. Low-residency structure The low-residency structure of the MFA programme facilitates the ability of artists enrolled in the programme to live and work anywhere within New Zealand. Each MFA student selects and/or is assigned two supervisors who directly support individuals to develop both the studio... [-]

MFA in Fine Arts

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Washington DC

The MFA program at GW comprises a two-year commitment for emerging artists who wish to expand the material and intellectual dimensions of their work. The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates an environment where cross-pollination among fields flourishes. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. The MFA program at GW comprises a two-year commitment for emerging artists who wish to expand the material and intellectual dimensions of their work. The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates an environment where cross-pollination among fields flourishes. Simultaneously, graduate students enter into vibrant communities of peers, faculty, and visiting artists: intensive studio visits and critiques facilitate re-imagining the boundaries of art practice. All students receive their own studio space in which to experiment and further develop their skills and body of work. Contemporary art seminars with art history faculty and contact with visiting scholars, curators, and critics from local arts institutions broaden students’ conceptual foundations and historical and imaginative horizons. At GW, the resources of both an internationally renowned urban research institution and an international arts hub are at students’ fingertips. All media facilities including digital labs, photography and video facilities, and sculpture shops are available for realizing projects. Special arrangements can often be made to access facilities and resources in other departments within the University. Degree Requirements Sixty credit hours of course work in Fine Arts, per the standard recommended for a terminal degree by the College Art Association. A thesis consisting of the execution of creative work along with a critical statement about this work must be completed under the supervision of a thesis committee consisting of two full-time departmental faculty members. Gallery 102 The approximately 600-square-foot Gallery 102 provides a venue for ambitious and experimental curatorial and creative projects. A committee of... [-]

Expertise In Digital Animation

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Campus Full time 1 year July 2018 Mexico Guadalajara

Prepare professionals in digital animation, capable of giving based and innovative problems graphic communication through planning solution, production and marketing of products and services competitive animation at national and international level with high ethical and humanist sense. [+]

Studying the Masters in Digital Animation UAG Program Objective Prepare professionals in digital animation, capable of giving based and innovative problems graphic communication through planning solution, production and marketing of products and services competitive animation at national and international level with high ethical and humanist sense. Competitive advantages It is the first graduate program in animation, in addition to developing the skills of generating three-dimensional models digitally, includes the dimensions of planning and marketing. It is an inclusive program, considering your profile entrance to Graphic Design related professions, such as Architecture, Industrial Design, Engineering, Interior Design and Communication, among others. This strategy aims to make animation, an integrated tool profile. Our teachers with academic degrees of Master and PhD, as well as being trained in teaching animation, practice their profession, so that guide students in their training and integration with the professional environment. The design of the curriculum can choose to study the level of specialty or completing studies until the Masters, achieving obtain title and professional certificate in both cases. The link with the CIPAE (Intelligence Center to Support Entrepreneurs) of the UAG, adviser in the incubation and development of animation companies according to the professional profile. Applicant Profile They are considered as potential candidates graduates of the Degree in related Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design and Landscaping, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering and careers that are in the field of digital animation an opportunity to increase professional strengths they are already theirs, for undergraduate training that supports... [-]

Masters In 3D Animation

Escola de Cinema de Barcelona
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Spain Barcelona

With the entry of the XXI century the use of three-dimensional images of synthesis in the field of audiovisual animation has become a phenomenon not to be habitual longer exciting. Much of the most outstanding animated films that have been made with 3D animation have become film history as rotundas masterpieces. Movies like Wall-E, UP, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. With the entry of the XXI century the use of three-dimensional images of synthesis in the field of audiovisual animation has become a phenomenon not to be habitual longer exciting. Much of the most outstanding animated films that have been made with 3D animation have become film history as rotundas masterpieces. Movies like Wall-E, UP, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, overturn or the complete saga of Toy Story, would not have had the same impact if they had done with two-dimensional animation techniques. The content and form symbolizing the personality of 3D animation are the very reason for their success. But the use of 3D beyond their mere application in animated feature films. It is surprising the huge number of objects and animated 3D characters that integrate with absolute naturalness and verisimilitude as part of a feature film, TV series or advertisement. ECIB, using the formative experience of 9zeros school, has designed a master that enhances both the technical and artistic qualities of students and their integration into a team similar to that developed in a professional animation work. GOALS The Master aims to train students in learning the techniques needed to create and animate 3D characters as part of an audiovisual production, whether in the field of cinema, television, or video games Free Newsletters. During the first year of the Master it is mainly aimed at the general 3D animation, learning the entire process of creating characters that includes modeling, textures, UVS, rigging, materials, photography, rendering... [-]

Master of Animation and Visualisation

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 Australia Sydney

The UTS Master of Animation and Visualisation has been developed in partnership with Animal Logic and is offered through the UTS Animal Logic Academy. The course develops collaborative problem-solving skills and expertise through creative and technical collaborative work in a custom-built studio with real-world production work structures and creative and technical projects, under the guidance and mentorship of practitioners and creative leaders from the industry, including Animal Logic. [+]

The course provides challenges and opportunities that encourage exploration and skills-building across the spectrum of roles in digital production, animation, visual effects and emerging visualisation disciplines. Collaborative work practices guide the development of strong competencies in critical thinking, problem solving, design thinking and effective communication in a production environment. Graduates are able to work productively and effectively in a professional workplace environment.

Graduates gain skills that can be applied across a range of roles, from animation and software development to data visualisation, data science and across emerging technologies. They are also able to innovate in traditional professions as well as drive the development of new industry sectors.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Wayne

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is designed as the professional degree for the fine artist, designer, and media artist. It is the mission of the program to provide the MFA candidate with a rigorous environment in which to focus on professional goals and artistic excellence. An important aspect of this environment is the creation of a community of peers and mentors all pursuing the enhancement of imagination through the creation and interpretation of meaningful work. Faculty members have substantial professional and educational backgrounds and are dedicated to the highest standards of artistic endeavor. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is designed as the professional degree for the fine artist, designer, and media artist. It is the mission of the program to provide the MFA candidate with a rigorous environment in which to focus on professional goals and artistic excellence. An important aspect of this environment is the creation of a community of peers and mentors all pursuing the enhancement of imagination through the creation and interpretation of meaningful work. Faculty members have substantial professional and educational backgrounds and are dedicated to the highest standards of artistic endeavor. The MFA is offered as a three-year, full-time program, or as a five-year, part-time degree program for the working professional. Students choose from offerings that include computer art and animation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and digital sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic media, and furniture design. Fully equipped studios in all areas provide the resources necessary for the actualization of a wide range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based work. Admission Requirements: In addition to the University’s admission requirements: Minimum of 60 credits in studio arts, 12 credits in art history or art criticism, including at least 3 credits in contemporary or twentieth-century art. Those applicants who do not have such experience may be required to take undergraduate courses in these areas before formally beginning the graduate degree. In certain cases where an applicant has a number of years of professional art activity, the committee, based on the qualitative evaluation of the work and the... [-]

MTech in Fine Art

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

Having obtained this qualification, students will be able to conduct advanced independent research in a particular area of visual arts, demonstrating complex analytical and practical skills and knowledge in writing a dissertation and, where applicable, an exhibition of original work or artefacts appropriate to the research mode. [+]

Having obtained this qualification, students will be able to conduct advanced independent research in a particular area of visual arts, demonstrating complex analytical and practical skills and knowledge in writing a dissertation and, where applicable, an exhibition of original work or artefacts appropriate to the research mode. Admission requirements A Baccalaureus Technologiae: Fine Art, with an average mark of at least 65% or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard, as recommended by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board. Selection criteria Selection is based on academic merit and a preliminary research proposal, as approved by the Departmental Committee. Curriculum MODULE Research and Dissertation : Fine Art Programme structure Nature of programme: One year research programme. Minimum duration: 12 months. Maximum duration: 24 months full-time, 36 months part-time. [-]

Master in Animation

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Estonia Tallinn

Estonian Academy of Arts is offering a 2-year Master of Animation programme to postgraduate students interested in animation directing and filmmaking. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. The Department of Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006 and since 2007 it has offered a two-year MA in Animation (taught in English). The Animation MA programme is taught by Professor Priit Pärn and Associate Professor Olga Pärn. The main goal of the programme is to successfully educate creators of animated films, providing them with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The further aim is to contribute to the global development of animation as an art form. Animation is a thriving medium and developing at a greater pace than ever before. It has become part of mass culture, as well as one of its principal forms. Animation can be seen in digital screen graphics, computer games, music videos, films, etc. The basis for any film – including animated film – is the story. The greatest problem in the film world is the lack of good stories. In most of the world’s animation schools, students are not taught the art of good story writing. This is something that sets our programme apart. We place an emphasis on the story and teach Professor Pärn’s unique methodology for creating film scripts. Upon completion of the MA in Animation programme, students have acquired in-depth theoretical and practical animation skills. The students can specialise in specific animation techniques and create individual projects in the appropriate technique. After graduation, the students are qualified to realise themselves as animated film creators, professionals in creative industries or teachers in their... [-]

MA in Art Research Collaboration

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology [IADT]
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Ireland Dublin

The ARC MA programme is open to artists, writers and curators or those whose research focus identifies art thinking and practices as a significant component. [+]

MA in Art Research Collaboration (previously titled Visual Arts Practice) IADT is currently developing this two year taught Master of Arts Programme, titled MA Art Research Collaboration (ARC), for commencement in September 2014. This programme replaces the MA in Visual Arts Practices (2004-2014). Led by Dr. Maeve Connolly and Dr. Sinead Hogan, the new ARC MA is a research-focused taught masters programme delivered over two years, running from September to June, with a planned intake of approximately 10-12 students per year. The programme will incorporate research groups developed in collaboration with project partners such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Irish Film Institute (IFI). The ARC MA programme is open to artists, writers and curators or those whose research focus identifies art thinking and practices as a significant component. The course intends to support a strongly interdisciplinary enquiry into areas that through research might be related and/or be applied to art, such as philosophy, psychology, media production, film, education, history, literature, archaeology, geography, publishing, design and architecture. Modules will be taught primarily off-campus but students will also have access to art production workshops and the extended facilities on the main IADT campus. Aims and Learning Objectives What modules will I study? In year one, students complete a series of taught modules, participating in tutorials and critiques designed to support the development of their chosen research projects, and also work in small groups toward the realization of public-oriented projects. In year two, they can either work independently,... [-]

MA Fine Art

Iceland Academy of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Iceland Reykjavik

The Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a platform for students to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills in the field of fine arts, strengthen their personal vision and relate their artistic practice to the discipline’s theoretical criteria. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. Profile and objectives of the study programme The Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a platform for students to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills in the field of fine arts, strengthen their personal vision and relate their artistic practice to the discipline’s theoretical criteria. The course makes great demands for independent working methods. There is an emphasis on the art practice and research involving a systematic building up of knowledge, that the students develop good command of both academic and practical parameters of fine art in preparation for work as independent artists in the contemporary art field. One of the unique features of the Iceland Academy of the Arts Master Programme is the students’ proximity to other disciplines in the arts at the Academy. Collaboration is offered in the field of fine arts, music, design and theatre through students´ independent work and development of their works. Master level programmes entail participation in the professional field of the arts. The Department of Fine Arts collaborates with all the main art institutions in this country, in addition to various collaborations with domestic and foreign academies, artists and curators and theorists in the international field of fine arts. Students are thereby exposed to countless opportunities for specialisation in connection with various areas of specific interests as well as projects related to nature and the country’s local characteristics. The main emphasis of the course is the promotion of the student’s independent... [-]

Master’s Degree in 3D Character Animation

U-Tad Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital
Campus Full time 600 hours September 2018 Spain Madrid

The Master's Degree in 3D Character Animation specializes students in the art of Acting, learning to transform animations into real character actors. The program also provides all the artistic and technical knowledge needed for being part of an animation studio's team... [+]

Master’s Degree in 3D Character Animation The Master's Degree in 3D Character Animation specializes students in the art of Acting, learning to transform animations into real character actors. The program also provides all the artistic and technical knowledge needed for being part of an animation studio's team. This Graduate program is focused on training animators from a multidisciplinary perspective, preparing them to join all kinds of productions: feature-length films, publicity, TV series, and a long et-cetera. Ilion Animation Talent Scholarships Students on the program will carry out 150 hours practical work at Ilion Animation Studios, working directly on a new international Hollywood production that will premiere in 2016. Plus, they’ll be able to compete for 8 scholarships of between 50% and 40% for the Master’s Degree. Course Content Animation Introduces the student to the basic tools and technologies needed for carrying out their job, such as the appropriate language, tools and skills in the art of animation. During this module, students will be able to make the leap and turn into professional animators, applying Body Language and Non Verbal Communication as fundamental resources to obtain a good performance from their characters. Cinematography Animation is part of a specific creative and expressive process that requires its own codes and language. In this module we’ll understand different concepts of cinematography, such as Cinematographic Language, Audiovisual Narrative or Script in order to be able to apply them to animation. Production This module teaches the students the relationship between the animation department and the... [-]

MASTER IN FINE ART - THEATRE DIRECTING

The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2018 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. [+]

Masters in Fine Arts. This programme is tailored to provide talented individuals with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. In addition to the core classes and workshops, individual and group tuition from The Lir’s Head of Directing will be a key feature of the training. In addition, master classes by visiting practitioners will supplement the student experience. Professional placements are a key feature of the programme and all students will showcase their work in public performances at the culmination of the course. Students can opt to take this course either part-time (24 months) or full-time (12 months). Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two terms. The final module (Module 5) will be taught in the third term and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students) and will culminate with a professional production staged in one of The Lir’s performance studios. Term Three will be supplemented by an ongoing series of master classes from professional directors and theatre makers. On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin Application Details THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ENTRY IN 2017 HAS NOW OPENED. In addition to the information required on the online form, you are also required to upload a copy of each of the following: a) a letter that outlines the applicant’s theatre education and highlights the applicant’s theatre... [-]