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

Digital Arts Digital Arts, M.Phil.
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 4,121 per year
  • International £ 15,920 per year
  • 24 months

The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation. The Digital Arts programme is offered at the University of Kent.

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Digital Creative Media Digital Creative Media, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 10,000
  • International £ 22,650
  • 12 months

This Digital Creative Media programme conducted at Loughborough University London is aimed at building your knowledge and developing expertise in a range of digital creative media topics, to be able to help understand, design and develop creative media applications which are growing in popularity including smart phone applications.

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Art & Design (Communication Design) Art & Design (Communication Design), M.A.
  • 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 Arts Management, Master
  • 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 History & Visual Culture Art History & Visual Culture, M.A.
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 7,000
  • International £ 12,000
  • 12 months

The MA in Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond, the American International University in London is an exciting, challenging and cutting-edge academic program, completed over one year in a central London location.

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Collections and Curating Practices Collections and Curating Practices, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 9,500 per year
  • International £ 20,100 per year
  • 12 months

The Collections and Curating Practices programme from The University of Edinburgh combines advanced research in and on collections (ranging from visual art, film and musical instruments through to medical artefacts and rare books) with practices, including archival work and temporary exhibition organisation. At its core are high-quality peer-group research placements delivered in partnership with national cultural institutions and a regular colloquium course debating key issues in the field.

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Visual Arts Management and Curating Visual Arts Management and Curating, M.A.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA £ 7,000 per year
  • International £ 12,000 per year
  • 12 months

Richmond, the American International University in London’s MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating equips students with the entrepreneurial knowledge and professional skills required to critically engage with global visual cultures of the twenty-first century and become innovative, creative and resilient leaders in their fields.

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Visual Brand Design Visual Brand Design, Master
  • Any time
  • EEA € 16,990
  • International € 28,600
  • 12 months

Imagine. Symbolize. Synthesize. The concept of branding has evolved far beyond company logos and colors. Today, branding incorporates several disciplines, from visual design to sound design; from storytelling to consumer psychology to marketing. The Master in Visual Brand Design course is delivered at Domus Academy.

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Artistic Research Artistic Research, Master
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 2,006 per year
  • International € 6,500 per year
  • 24 months

The Master Artistic Research (MAR) is an intensive two-year study program aimed at an international group of students working in the field of visual art, who also have an interest in research processes and critical reflection within their art practice. The MAR is a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and the Royal Conservatory, both in The Hague, who together make up the University of the Arts The Hague.

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ArtScience ArtScience, Master
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 2,006 per year
  • International € 6,500 per year
  • 24 months

The programme ArtScience programme at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, is based on the concept of the open curriculum. Because the master students are admitted on the basis of a specific research plan and because two years is too short to familiarize themselves with the Interfaculty before making choices, this research plan is translated into a study plan together with the coaches.

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Communication Design Communication Design, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • National € 2,030 per year
  • International € 4,190 per year
  • 24 months

Keeping pace with modern trends, be sure our international Master's Degree Program in Communication Design at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) is the right choice to proceed with. With the knowledge and practical skills acquired in our course, you will be a highly demanded expert. Start your career with us!

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Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies, M.A.
  • 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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