Study Visual Arts in United Kingdom

Study Visual Arts in United Kingdom

Studying Visual Arts

Visual arts study the arrangement of colours, shapes or other elements that influence the sense of beauty, especially the discovery of beauty in a graphic and plastic environment. Visual arts graduates can follow careers as cartoonists, illustrators, industrial designers and more.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.

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245 Visual Arts Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.Sc. Digital Creative Media

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.

Institute for Digital Technologies
M.A. Art & Design (Communication Design)

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.

M.Sc. Collections and Curating Practices

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.

Edinburgh College of Art
Master Contemporary Art Theory

The Contemporary Art Theory programme at The University of Edinburgh encourages creative, holistic and practical knowledge of this increasingly polymathic field, grounding practical schooling in criticism, art writing and curating in knowledge of key histories and theories of contemporary art.

School of Art
MA / MFA Glass - MFA

Glass is a medium that crosses a range of disciplines and is used by artists, craftspeople and designers alike. This award-winning programme explores glass as a design tool that encourages process-led risk and play, in parallel with the prototyping and resolution of designed objects. The Glass - MFA programme is offered at The University of Edinburgh.

School of Design
M.A. Art & Design (Craft)

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.

M.A. Art & Design (Graphic Design)

This MA Art & Design (Graphic 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.

M.A. Cartoons and Caricature

The School of History at the University of Kent offers a great environment in which to research and study. Situated in a beautiful cathedral city with its own dynamic history, the University is within easy reach of the main London archives and is convenient for travelling to mainland Europe. The Cartoons and Caricature programme is offered at the University of Kent.

School of History
M.A. Printmaking

With state-of-the-art facilities and expert guidance from some of the UK's leading academics and technical specialists, our course will enable you to explore both experimental and traditional approaches to Printmaking. Using innovative resources for etching, intaglio, lino, letterpress, stone lithography, screenprint, ceramic and 3D printing, you will develop your own unique approach to Printmaking through workshop enquiry, research and critical understanding of your practice.

School of Art and Design
M.Phil. Cartoons and Caricature

The School of History at the University of Kent offers a great environment in which to research and study. Situated in a beautiful cathedral city with its own dynamic history, the University is within easy reach of the main London archives and is convenient for travelling to mainland Europe. The Cartoons and Caricature programme is offered at the University of Kent.

School of History
M.A. Arts Management

Arts Management is a complex and exciting discipline. Once mastered, it provides you with skills that can be applied to many areas of the arts and reach audiences in evermore innovative ways. Explore strategic, collaborative, and pioneering approaches with this challenging MA from Middlesex University, which will equip you with the contemporary knowledge, research skills and business acumen you need to succeed worldwide.

M.Sc. Art Psychotherapy (International)

The MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International) offered at Queen Margaret University is designed for people who have at least one years experience of, or are currently, working in a caring capacity such as psychiatry, special education, social services and the voluntary sector.

School of Health Sciences
M.A. Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital

MA Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on art that engages with, uses and is impacted by the digital. This course doesn’t focus on technology but presents it as a tool to facilitate ideas, placing emphasis upon its creative and artistic use. Our MA in Fine Art Digital is offered both as a studio based course and an online course.

Camberwell College of Arts
Master Fine Arts

This postgraduate Master in Fine Arts course from London Metropolitan University is a taught degree, with lots of hands-on teaching and learning in workshop, studios and seminars, shaping your work towards practical and commercial outcomes as a professional practitioner.

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design
M.A. Curating and Collections

MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts focuses on developing the skills needed to curate a range of art and design objects within the context of public and private collections.

Chelsea College of Arts
M.A. Visual Arts: Illustration

MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts demands strong voices and entrepreneurial image-makers who can tell their own stories. This course builds on the skills our students already have, through personally ambitious projects and wider interaction with the artistic community.

Camberwell College of Arts
M.A. Printmaking

Develop your art practice through an in-depth exploration of print media. Independently research and undertake your own projects using the latest techniques and world-class facilities in a professional environment, with support from experienced print and fine art practitioners. Gain invaluable professional experience through opportunities to exhibit, curate and collaborate.

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
M.A. Ancient History and Art History

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Ancient History and Art History programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Social Sculpture (PGDip)

The MA in Social Sculpture (PGDip) is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts and Humanities at Oxford Brookes University.

School of Arts
M.A. Ancient History & Archaeology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Ancient History & Archaeology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Classics
M.A. Fine Art

Our postgraduate Fine Art course is designed to provide a structured context for the development of individual Masters projects. It does this through introducing and exploring various strategies for making art, and nurturing an understanding of the ideas that make such practices meaningful. Questioning and exploring personal strategies for making art, we offer a reflective environment in which to understand the ideas and contexts that make your practice meaningful.

Fine Art
M.A. Art History and French (With a year abroad)

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and French (With a year abroad) programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Creative Practice

Lift the boundaries between applied and fine arts, traditional and new media, artists and scholars. Create your own course of study, work independently and with the support of faculty and self-chosen studio and research advisors. Investigate work in both a cultural and studio context. On the MFA Creative Practice you're free to work in any art-related genre, in a space where you can interact with a wide range of artists, scientists, theorists, media practitioners and visionaries.

M.Phil. Digital Arts

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.

School of Engineering and Digital Arts
M.A. Ancient History

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Ancient History programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Classics
M.A. Computational Arts MA

Goldsmiths, University of London was founded in 1891, and has been part of the University of London since 1904. We’ve a rich academic history, but we’re also known for our creative approach. From the moment you enrol you’ll be part of a powerful legacy of learning.

Department of Computing
M.A. Art History and Social Anthropology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Social Anthropology programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Art History and Classical Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Classical Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Art and Visual Culture

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.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
M.A. Fine Art (PgCert / PgDip)

MA Fine Art at UWE Bristol is designed for individuals who wish to pursue their practice to a professional level and gain knowledge and insight into contemporary practice. The course provides a structure to enable you to extend your practical, critical, contextual and theoretical knowledge of Fine Art and gain skills and experience in order to operate in a professional context beyond University.

M.A. Illustration and Book Arts

Advance your visual practice and critical thinking in illustration and book arts supported by professional practitioners from both fields. You’ll design and carry out your own visual projects, informed by lectures, seminars and group discussions, on your way to a career as a flexible visual artist in a growing industry.

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
M.A. Fine Art

Master of Arts Fine Art from University of the Arts London determines and challenges the boundaries of art while locating theory at the centre of practice. In a dynamic learning culture that celebrates diverse backgrounds and ambitions, you’ll develop a critical art practice that will shape your career as an international artist. The MA Fine Art studios are located in an independent building in Archway, so the course offer allows students a self contained studio building facilitating their independent working practices and self-organisation alongside all the benefits of the King's Cross campus.

Central Saint Martins
M.Phil. Fine Art

The Fine Art MPhil offers supervision in an impressive range of practices, complimented by art history and contextual studies. Our internationally significant research profile, excellent facilities and growing number of researchers has created a stimulating environment for you to undertake your practical or theoretical research.o and installation, as well as theoretical and historical research in art history and public art.

School of Arts and Cultures
M.A. The Art of Computer Animation (Integrated Masters)

The Art of Computer Animation (Integrated Masters) degree from Pearson College will give you the professional skills and knowledge you’ll need. Best of all, it’s been developed in collaboration with top animation practitioners, so it will help you become the kind of professional the industry is looking for.

M.A. Fine Art

MA Fine Art determines and challenges the boundaries of art while locating theory at the centre of practice. In a dynamic learning culture that celebrates diverse backgrounds and ambitions, you’ll develop a critical art practice that will shape your career as an international artist.

M.A. Art History and Spanish

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Spanish programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Art Psychotherapy

This course is designed for experienced artists and professionals who have worked within a clinical setting and would like to build a rewarding career as an art psychotherapist.

M.A. Fine Art

Taught by leaders in their field, this Masters programme provides you with the opportunity to investigate all proponents of fine art and its practice in production, material intervention, media and curation.

M.A. History of Art with Photography

Photography has become the major form of image-making and visual communication since its development in the nineteenth century. Its importance has been recognised in many areas of scholarship: history of art, media and cultural studies, literature, memory and memorialisation, gender and identity, philosophy and law. Its role in all fields of the arts and sciences, including those most personal, is being expanded, renewed and questioned by the mushrooming of digital culture.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Illustration and Visual Media

MA Illustration and Visual Media explores the creation and production of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for skilled visual communicators. Specifically investigating the opportunities for image-makers to work with time-based, sequential, interactive and narrative forms, students on the course will develop an experimental illustration practice that reflects the integrated nature of the design, communication and media industries.

London College of Communication
M.Phil. Arts & Computational Technology

Arts & Computational Technology MPhil - This is the only programme in the University of London in which students can include creative work and an arts-based context of their practice within the distinctive field of arts and creative technologies.

Department of Computing
Postgrad.Cert. Creative Arts Education

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education is for staff in Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions who have either completed the Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education, or who have more than three years' full-time or equivalent teaching experience. The course is registered at our Epsom campus but sessions take place alternately at UCA Epsom and UCA Rochester.

Learning & Teaching
M.A. Art Psychotherapy

MA Art Psychotherapy provides the fundamental training to gain the skills necessary to apply to become a qualified Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Art Psychotherapist. You may be a graduate or already working in a related area and looking to qualify professionally.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Rome

This course enables you to apply the study of ancient material and visual culture to a particular historical and geographical context. You’ll undertake specialist research training in art, numismatics and epigraphy that will equip you for further PhD study in these fields, or for a career in museum work or education.

M.A. Fine Art

The Master of Arts in Fine Art from University of Southampton reflects the rich complexity of international contemporary art practice in a clear critical context. We facilitate work in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, web, temporary site-specific or time-based work, and performance art. Contemporary art practice is increasingly interdisciplinary and many artists work both independently and collaboratively at the boundaries of their disciplines.

Winchester School of Art
M.A. Art History and Greek

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Greek programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Classics

This Master’s degree in classics offers an interdisciplinary approach to the classical world for graduates with prior knowledge and study of Greek or Latin. You can focus on multiple aspects of ancient Greek and Roman archaeology, history and culture from the archaic period through the classical era to late antiquity, including literary and material evidence. A particular focus of the programme is contemporary debate about the reception and interpretation of classical history and culture, particularly the meanings that have been attached to the classical past, including archaeological objects, architectural remains and literary works.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Art History and Russian

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Russian programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Exhibition Studies

With close links to local and international arts organisations, this unique programme of study focuses on the history and practice of exhibition culture, allowing you to specialise in diverse fields of design, art, fashion and crafts.

Master Photographic Arts

The MFA Photographic Arts offers you the opportunity to continue your postgraduate practice. Develop critically reflective practice and broad theoretical understanding of photography, then plan and negotiate an extension of your MA project. The professional perspective of this programme will nurture your awareness and outlook towards making, producing, publishing and exhibiting photographic work in a public context.

Pre-Master Postgraduate Pathways in Arts

A postgraduate pathway will give you valuable insight into postgraduate-level studies in the UK. Most importantly, it will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills you need to excel in your chosen taught master's degree.

London Brunel International College
Postgrad.Cert. PGCE Art and Design (11-18)

The PGCE Art and Design (11-18) programme at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a rigorous and imaginative,innovative and intensive nine month course preparing graduates for the challenges and rewards of teaching Art and Design within the Secondary sector in the artist/teacher model.

M.A. Art History and Italian

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Italian programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Philosophy and the Arts

This is a new interdisciplinary degree that allows you to combine study of philosophy with any or all of three arts disciplines. Warwick has been a home for interdisciplinary work in philosophy and literature since the early days of the university, and this new degree is the successor to Warwick’s long-standing MA in Philosophy and Literature.

M.A. Art History and German (With a year abroad)

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and German (With a year abroad) programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Renaissance Studies

MA Renaissance Studies explores the question of what the Renaissance was and what approaches are best suited to understanding it. The programme considers different aspects of Renaissance culture, particularly the social and intellectual histories of England, France, Italy and Spain. Students will study with Birkbeck’s internationally recognised experts in Renaissance English literature and culture, history of art, French, history and Spanish, tailoring their module choices towards chosen specialisms. By the end of the course successful students will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the questions associated with the study of the Renaissance and will have had the opportunity to either specialise or work in an interdisciplinary way. From the start, you will undertake training in postgraduate research skills.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Arts Practice (Fine Art)

One of two strands of enquiry in arts practice at masters level, the MA Arts Practice (Fine Art) course offers students the opportunity to explore their own art practice or to take an outward facing approach, in partnership with others. Students of the course develop the skills to evaluate, critique and implement methodologies, gaining the ability to articulate sound arguments relevant to their practice.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Aesthetics and Art Theory

The Aesthetics and Art Theory MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country. Unlike most courses on art theory, this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Art History and Middle East Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Middle East Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.Phil. History of Art and Architecture

Since the Department of History of Art's foundation in 1970, we have established ourselves as one of the world’s leading centres for advanced research in the field. We are proud of our team of staff and students whose impressive performance is critical to sustaining and enhancing the national and international reputation created by our distinguished alumni. We are also proud but not complacent about being ranked 1st in the Guardian's 2015 University Guide for History of Art.

MRes Visual Cultures

The MRes in Visual Cultures is ideal if you have already completed an advanced course of study in art history and theory but would like to further develop your thought and research projects before studying at MPhil/PhD level.

Department of Visual Cultures
M.A. Art History and French

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and French programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.A. Contemporary Arts and Education

Developed in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, this unique postgraduate degree course, will engage you with contemporary practice and theory, whilst allowing you to develop new skills and research approaches.

School of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece

This course enables you to apply the study of ancient material and visual culture to a particular historical and geographical context. You’ll undertake specialist research training in art, numismatics and epigraphy that will equip you for further PhD study in these fields, or for a career in museum work or education.

M.A. Visual Arts and Culture

The MA in Visual Arts and Culture at Durham is a distinctive interdisciplinary programme that invites students to develop their knowledge of the visual arts and of visual culture, situating that knowledge in relation to working practices in cultural institutions, including museums, galleries and other heritage organisations. It will be of interest to students from a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines, as well as to visual arts and visual culture professionals who wish to reflect upon their practice in historical or theoretical contexts.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.A. Visual Communication

This intensive master’s degree helps students to improve their creative skills and build a solid understanding of visual communications theory. The Visual Communication programme is offered at the Southampton Solent University.

Marketing and PR
Pre-Master Postgraduate Pathway in Art and Design

The Birmingham City University MA courses support creative individuals, including art and design graduates and practitioners, who are seeking a wider knowledge to develop interdisciplinary projects towards professional practice.

Birmingham City University International College
M.A. Sequential Design and Illustration

Primarily for graphic designers and illustrators interested in sequence and narrative, this course also attracts a diverse range of practitioners interested in telling tales and making them visible through a variety of forms. These have included written and illustrated books, interactive design, graphic novels, stage and exhibition design, animation, film, book arts and narrative textiles.

Faculty of Arts and Architecture
Pre-Master Art and Design

Take your creativity to the next level with the Art and Design IIM – a programme specifically created to enhance your skills, knowledge and practice of art.

DMU Leicester International Pathway College
M.A. Photography

Develop your creative practice, knowledge and understanding with our MA Photography. You'll gain a broad theoretical understanding of the medium of photography and establish a critically reflective practice through experimentation, creativity, risk-taking, research and authorship. Self-set projects and assignments, along with the collective breadth offered by our portfolio of exit awards, means you will graduate with an individually tailored award within a field of contemporary photography.

M.A. Fine Art

MA Fine Art is a studio-based course that is aimed at those who wish to develop the critical, research, practical and professional aspects of their art practice at the highest level. This interdisciplinary programme encourages creative risk-taking and intellectual inquiry. Alongside a strong emphasis on the richness and breadth of art practices around the world, staff and students on the programme take an active role in Lincoln’s contemporary art community.

M.A. The Art of Video Games (Integrated Masters)

The Art of Video Games (Integrated Masters) programme from Pearson College will give you the high-level professional skills and knowledge you’ll need. Best of all, it’s been developed in collaboration with top games artists, so it will help you become the kind of professional the industry is looking for.