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. 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 areas 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

Fine Art M.A. Fine Art
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 9,250 per year
  • International € 9,250 per year
  • 12 months

The Master of Arts in Fine Art is a one-year, full-time masters program from HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The program consists of seminars, workshops, studios, and tutorials where artists, architects, curators, designers, and various theorists share their knowledge, creativity, and professional insights with students.

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Art & Design (Communication Design) M.A. Art & Design (Communication Design)
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 4,500 per semester
  • International £ 9,540 per semester
  • 18 months

This Art Design (Communication Design) programme from Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts is a new and contemporary MA designed for practitioners who want to work in the cultural and creative industries. Awarded by Kingston University and delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines (publishers of ELLE magazine, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar), we have worked together to design an exciting and unique Master's programme which will bring you endless opportunities as you further your studies and career in the creative arts.

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Arts Management Master Arts Management
  • Feb 2017
  • EEA € 10,000 per year
  • International € 10,000 per year
  • 12 months

The Master in Arts Management at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) offers a unique learning experience preparing students to embark on a management career in the arts and creative industry. The one-year program aims at developing skills and providing tools to deal with the new challenges of the domains of both the visual and performing arts, with an international perspective.

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Art and Visual Culture M.A. Art and Visual Culture
  • Jan 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 5,000 per year
  • International £ 11,500 per year
  • 12 months

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.

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Visual Cultural Studies M.Phil. Visual Cultural Studies
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 0 per year
  • 24 months

Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Cultural Studies, offered by UIT the Arctic University of Norway, you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory, and ethnographic film making in an international environment, culminating with the production of your very own film and written thesis.

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Visual Brand Design Master Visual Brand Design
  • Any time
  • EEA € 16,990 per year
  • International € 25,490 per year
  • 12 months

With the unique opportunity to acquire hands-on competencies and in-depth design knowledge, you will develop the ability to interpret the identity of a company by integrating graphic design skills with strategic thinking. This Visual Brand Design programme is offered by Domus Academy.

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Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies M.A. Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies
  • Any time
  • EEA € 9,900 per year
  • International € 13,250 per year
  • 24 months

The two-year Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Performing Studies from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) is the only program in Europe that unites a solid education in the field of visual arts production with a highly specialized curatorial program.

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Graphic Design M.A. Graphic Design
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 3,000 per semester
  • International € 4,200 per semester
  • Not specified

This Graphic Design program at the Budapest Metropolitan University is designed for you if you are compassionate, co-operative and creative, are characterized by a critical attitude, wish to create valuable works and to keep their quality in your future career.

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Art & Design (Craft) M.A. Art & Design (Craft)
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 4,500 per semester
  • International £ 9,540 per semester
  • 18 months

This Art & Design (Craft) programme from Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts is a new and contemporary MA designed for practitioners who want to work in the cultural and creative industries. Awarded by Kingston University and delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines (publishers of ELLE magazine, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar), we have worked together to design an exciting and unique Master's programme which will bring you endless opportunities as you further your studies and career in the creative arts.

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Liberal Studies Master Liberal Studies
  • Jan 2017
  • Jun 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 17,036 per year
  • International $ 25,700 per year
  • Not specified

The Master of Liberal Studies Program at University of Minnesota Duluth offers advanced study in literature, philosophy, sociology, art, writing, languages and linguistics, among many other aspects of diverse human cultural experience. With the help of their advisors, students assemble a degree program that suits their individual interests and career objectives.

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Luxury Brand Management Master Luxury Brand Management
  • Any time
  • EEA € 16,990 per year
  • International € 25,490 per year
  • 12 months

The new Master in Luxury Brand Management at Domus Academy has been designed based on the idea that the acquisition of an eclectic set of competencies, combining strategic marketing plans with well-rounded business management skills, gives students a leading edge in the highly competitive fields of High Fashion, Jewelry, Luxury Beverages and Spirits, Luxury Hotels and Spas, Automotive (cars and yachts), Cosmetics, Perfumes and many others.

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