Masters in Visual Arts

Visual arts are forms of art that focus on creating pieces of work that mainly make use of the visual environment, while trying to convey messages of emotion, ideas or information. The field of visual arts covers three main sub-fields: fine art (painting, drawing, graphics, sculpture, architecture), decorative art (tapestry, ceramics, mosaic art, glass art, jewellery art) and contemporary art (artistic photography, art print, video art, animation, graffiti art). This discipline relates to similar disciplines such as art and art history, graphic design and cultural studies.

Students of visual arts usually have the chance to learn about visual expression culture, post-modernism, animation, art history, film, graphic design, photography, print media, and more.

Graduates will gain general competencies to explore the artistic message expressed in visual language, as well as conduct functional or aesthetic creations using various basic materials and techniques. They will gain knowledge of design techniques, master the use of colour and understand theories of composition.

Career opportunities for visual arts graduates include: desktop publisher, photographer, make-up artist, drafter, craft artist, exhibition designer, glass blower, graphic designer, illustrator.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Media Art Histories - Advanced Media Art Histories - Advanced
  • Aug 2016
  • EEA € 12,850 per year
  • Non-EEA € 12,850 per year
  • 30 months

The MediaArtHistories masters program conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists and curators.

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Cartoons and Caricature Cartoons and Caricature
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,052 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,890 per year
  • 24 months

The British Cartoon Archive was established in 1973 at the University of Kent, to collect and preserve British cartoons of social and political comment, and make them freely available for study. It is a library, archive, gallery and registered museum, dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last 200 years. We accept candidates for the degree of MA, MPhil or PhD by research and thesis. Staff supervision comes from the appropriate departments.

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Visual Effects Production (3D Route) Visual Effects Production (3D Route)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 11 months

The past decade has seen a rapid expansion in the use of computer-based imagery in the generation of film, television, interactive entertainment and computer games. Hardly any piece of visual media is produced today that has not at some time been manipulated by a computer. The need for well-qualified professionals to take a lead in developing and exploiting existing and new computer graphics technologies will continue to grow with this widespread use.

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Visual Arts Visual Arts
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • 24 months

The University of Chicago offers a Master of Fine Arts degree through the Department of Visual Arts, located at Midway Studios. Our MFA student body is comprised of artists working in sculpture, photography, painting, installation, performance, video and new media.

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Art, Culture & Luxury in English Art, Culture & Luxury in English
  • Oct 2015
    Not specified
  • 12 months

Art, Culture & Luxury in English - The EAC has opened its doors to the world through international mobility programmes, ERASMUS programmes, courses taught in English, exchanges, placements abroad and a partnership agreement signed with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Historical and Cultural Visualization Historical and Cultural Visualization
  • Aug 2016
  • International $ 22,880 per semester
  • 18 months

The Master’s Degree in Historical and Cultural Visualization is offered through the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. The program integrates historical disciplines and the study of cultural artifacts with digital visualization techniques for the analysis and presentation of research. Students affiliate with an existing faculty research initiative, from which they will develop their own independent research project for the M.A. thesis.

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Contemporary Art Theory Contemporary Art Theory
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,610 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,710 per year
  • 12 months

The MA in Contemporary Art Theory is for those with a special interest in contemporary art, and an aptitude for theoretical work in the subject.

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Media, Art, Design & Technology Media, Art, Design & Technology
  • Dec 2015
  • EEA € 1,951 per year
  • Non-EEA € 7,500 per year
  • 24 months

Artists doing strange things with technology. This sums up our MADtech Programme. To imagine, interpret and change human interaction with a transforming world you will use and artistically explore different technologies. You will do so with a tinker mentality: play and experimentation are important aspects in your development and will carry a special emphasis on the research you do. This mentality, combined with a critical reflective attitude and conceptual skills, will lead to unexpected perspectives, resulting in multimedia artistic work.

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Arts and Culture Studies Arts and Culture Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,906 per year
  • Non-EEA € 10,600 per year
  • 12 months

Arts and culture in all their forms arouse your curiosity. Talent and expertise is needed to introduce societies to art.

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Arts and Cultural Management Arts and Cultural Management
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA € 18,000 per year
  • Non-EEA € 18,000 per year
  • 12 months

The aim of this intensive 12 month programme is to train future managers of arts and cultural institutions and future entrepreneurs in the cultural industries.

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Painting, Master in Fine Arts Painting, Master in Fine Arts
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,906 per year
  • Non-EEA € 7,500 per year
  • 24 months

You wish to gain more insight into the innovative quality of painting in a rapidly changing world. Aware of the force of physicality and materiality of art works, you take a painterly approach as you conduct your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting shows you the imagination of ideas as well as how the material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means that you create new relationships and associations through the use of materiality. In this way, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in today's society by combining ideation and materiality; transforming your ideas in unexpected, meaningful and powerful images.

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Media Studies - Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts Media Studies - Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,906 per year
  • Non-EEA € 10,600 per year
  • 24 months

Immerse yourself. Get in-depth, internationally focused, social-scientific training. Study key issues in media, arts and society, and go on to a PhD or a career in research, policy, or consultancy.

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