M.A. Fine Art: Painting

University for the Creative Arts | Canterbury , United Kingdom
The MA Fine Art course at UCA Canterbury provides a distinctive approach to studying fine art at this level. Offering a series of specialisms within a wider set of related and experimental practices, you have the opportunity to undertake discipline-led activity within a broader fine art laboratory with theoretical and practical opportunities for interdisciplinary research, actively encouraged. You choose to specialise in one of four areas: Artists' Film, Video & Photography, Painting, Illustration & Printmaking and Sculpture & Performance to develop projects that question and explore contemporary fine art practice.



The Painting specialism offers you the opportunity to develop individual research and builds upon a strong tradition and history of painting at our UCA Canterbury campus. In the wake of new media such as installation, video, performance and digital art, the traditional medium of painting has enjoyed a renaissance among recent artists, who have explored new means to broaden the traditional field of painting.

Contextualising practice in direct relationship with the practical and conceptual concerns that exist within contemporary fine art, you draw on the richness, eclecticism, dynamism and contemporaneity of the practice of painting today. You develop projects that demonstrate a keen understanding of current debates within the field of painting and in the broader interdisciplinary context of fine art production.

With a well-established and strong history, the Master in Fine Art course is open to artists, designers, illustrators, architects and theorists (including graduates in the humanities) and is designed to foster new and innovative approaches to fine art study at an advanced level. Building upon the practical and conceptual concerns of contemporary art practice, you develop an advanced ability to conceptualise and research in relation to your own practice.

How this course is taught

This course is supported by seminars, tutorials, workshops, work in progress sessions, study visits and critiques. The progressive move from staff-directed to autonomous learning is an integral part of the structure of this course, as you identify, develop and manage your own MA project.

How this course is assessed

A range of assessment methods are used, including reviews of coursework, presentations and written submissions. Peer and self-assessment are also used at appropriate points to enable more self-critical perspectives in thinking about your work and practice.

Key study topics include:
  • The first phase of the course emphasises experimentation, reflection and an open questioning of your practice and research aims.
  • Through practical studies and theoretical reflection you work to develop a project proposal, considering issues in studio methodology and the relationships between theory and practice.
  • In the second phase of the course you develop and investigate your proposed research project, testing ideas and establishing coherent modes for critically engaging with your studio practice.
  • Throughout this phase you are supported through interdisciplinary workshops, tutorials, forums and study visits to London and Europe.
  • In the final phase you realise your project through focused independent study, establishing an appropriate form for the dissemination and/or publication of your work.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You can apply throughout the year
Tuition fee
  • GBP 11760 Year (International)

Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Syllabus (11/12*)

You have the opportunity to develop individual research in the specialist field of painting, within fine art practice. You are required to produce a body of work which shows an understanding of current debates in the field of painting and in the broader interdisciplinary context of fine art production.

Stage 1

  • Research Methodologies- designed to enable the use of advanced study skills in support of the development of your MA project
  • Issues in Contemporary Practice- through a series of lectures and seminars the unit provides an overview of a range of current debates that provide a cultural and intellectual context for the consideration of ideas in fine art and encourages your active engagement with them.
  • Creative Practice - development of a project proposal that outlines your intended research aims and objectives for your MA.At this stage experimentation will be emphasised over resolved outcomes. Throughout this unit you will be expected to keep a reflective sketchbook in order to maintain a rigorous and critical outlook on your own and others' work.

Stage 2

  • Project Development - begin developing your project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Stage 3

  • Project Realisation- you will apply knowledge and experience gained in previous units to the realisation of your final MA project.
  • Project Publication & Dissemination - communication of research outcomes to a wider audience, making a contribution to the profession, an academic discipline or to a wider general public.

For further information please view the full programme specification

* Please note the syllabus content is for the academic year indicated and is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

English Language Requirements


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Entry requirements

  • A good Honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline, and/or;
  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English a certificate.


Your portfolio should reflect a strong commitment to the area for which you are applying and demonstrate a clear capacity to work at postgraduate level. Your portfolio should reflect your individual identity and creative thinking that denotes a clear ability to develop your practice towards a more refined MA project proposal.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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