MA Arts Practice (Fine Art)

In a world dominated by visual imagery, artists need the appropriate skills, reflexive approaches and attitudes of critical enquiry to work as effective professionals within their field.

Socially engaged practice and themes surrounding the human condition are central to Arts Practice Fine Art Masters.

You will have the opportunity to explore your own specialism within fine art practice and develop your work across a broader range of interdisciplinary activity.

You will study over a number of designated weekend sessions, held at approximately monthly intervals at our Cardiff campus, allowing you to study alongside other personal and work commitments you may have.

This blended approach to teaching will enable you to develop as an independent, enterprising artist.


Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 18 Months September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 18 Months September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will develop new ways of looking at your own practice within the field of fine art. You will explore distinct areas of practice and research while reviewing your own and fellow students’ work-in-progress. Through negotiation, you will develop a proposal for new work that will form the framework for further development. The course is structured to enable you to fully realise your ambitions for your practice.

The MA Arts Practice Fine Art course begins in October each year and runs over 18 months.

Part One: October – March

  • Artist Practitioner 1 
  • Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries

Part Two: April – September 

  • Artist Practitioner 2
  • Professional Practice in the Arts

Part Three: October – March

• Artist Practitioner 3 Major Project


The MA Arts Practice Fine Art course makes use of a blended learning approach to delivery, which combines face-to-face teaching with on -line support for study.

Teaching, which consists of lectures, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, field trips and visits, takes place during a series of weekends held at approximately monthly intervals.

Weekends will include lectures, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials, field trips and visits; your study will be further supported via on-line tutorials.

You will be expected to develop your area of practice independently.



Modules are largely assessed via practical outcomes, project proposals and research folios. Some modules make use of presentations and discussion of working methods and final outcomes. We will give you regular verbal feedback to help you develop your understanding during each module.


The MA Arts Practice course acknowledges the value of experience and partnerships to enable employability. A key element of the course involves establishing partnerships, internships, residencies and placements with arts organisations and galleries, NHS Trusts, social services, charitable trusts, schools, colleges, care homes and commercial companies to develop these. The course also develops your professional skills and positions your practice within critical and contextual frameworks.

In addition to developing your personal area of art practice, you will benefit from the chance to gain practical exhibiting and curatorial experience and to explore other avenues of professional practice.

Field Trips

Additional costs may apply to field trips and visits.

There may be additional costs associated with this course


Facilities at our Cardiff campus range from photographic darkrooms and professional – level printers to video and audio production studios.

You will be able to borrow a full range of equipment including cameras, microphones and lighting.

Our specialist library offers a comprehensive range of textbooks, research journals and other physical and on-line resources, as well as an inter-library loan service.



Our MA Arts Practice staff are actively engaged in research, they embody a high level of knowledge, expertise and professional experience across a range of arts practices.

Students will benefit from interdisciplinary teaching delivered by a teaching team with extensive experience in exhibiting, project management, project realisation and practice within the public realm, NHS and community contexts.

A good undergraduate degree in a related discipline such as art or design or a significant body of practical work and/or written work in the field of the arts, that demonstrates competencies equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants with appropriate qualifications in related fields such as teaching, art training, arts administration, occupational therapy, arts therapies, health sector management, arts and disability, social services, community work, youth work, or a period of professional employment in the field, will also be considered.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

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Admissions statement 

Graduates of MA Arts Practice (Fine Art), can progress to careers in academia, a Fine Artist, Teacher, Artist in residence, Public Artist, Community Artist, Ceramicist, Exhibitions Organiser, Socially Engaged Practitioner, Prop maker, Technician, Technical Demonstrator, Craft Designer, Gallery Owner, Art Dealer, Art Conservator, Curator, Art Gallery Technician, Art Transporter, Arts Journalist, Critical Commentator, Web Designer, Arts Administrator, Set Designer, Model Maker, Illustrator, Mural Designer, Creative Director, Art Director, Arts Business Manager or Arts Publicist.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.