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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242 Visual Arts Master's degrees in United Kingdom

, 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.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.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
, Pre-Master Art & Design

A two term programme offered by the University of Huddersfield to prepare international students for progression to a number of Art & Design master's degrees.

University of Huddersfield International Study Centre
, 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. Art & Design (Fine Art)

This MA Art & Design (Fine Art) 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.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. Art & Design (Interior Design)

This Art & Design (Interior 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. Art & Design (Fashion Design)

This MA Art & Design (Fashion 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. 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. Painting

MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts offers the opportunity for students to explore a discipline that is constantly widening in scope.

Wimbledon College of Art
, M.Sc. Computer Science with Visualisation

Students completing this Computer Science with Visualisation course at Bangor University will have an understanding of the fundamentals underpinning computing and its applications with a specialisation in the area of visualisation.

School of Computer Science
, Master MFA Fine Art

MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts supports students in claiming their art practice through sustained practical experimentation and contextual research.

Wimbledon College of Art
, Postgrad.Cert. Secondary Art and Design

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of art and design, studying with a specialist to gain the knowledge and skills to use a variety of different approaches to teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies & Science
, M.A. Education in Arts & Cultural Settings

MA Education in Arts & Cultural Settings offers an exciting opportunity to study at one of the world's leading arts organistions as well as being taught by leading academics in education research and teaching at King's. The programme is jointly taught by the Learning and Participation department at Southbank Centre and the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's.

, Master Literature and Arts

This is a two-year, part-time MSt degree in interdisciplinary studies in literature and arts. The course takes place over four five-day residences and two online modules. You will select two options from each of three periods of English history. Assessment is based on four essays and a dissertation.

, M.A. Art History and English

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 English programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
, M.A. Italian & History of Art

Italy is one of Europe’s most creative and distinctive civilisations with a fascinating history and culture.The University of Edinburgh offers a flexible degree programme with opportunities to specialise in Italian or study it as part of a joint degree.You will receive a good foundation in both the language and cultural studies and will spend a year teaching, working or studying in Italy.The small class sizes and vibrant Italian Society make it easy to get to know teaching staff and other students.The mixture of exchange students and Italian and UK staff creates an interesting and vibrant learning environment.

College of Humanities & Social Science
, M.Phil. Visual Cultures (MPhil)

We welcome proposals from applicants wishing to explore visual culture within a broad framework of critical theory, philosophy and cultural studies, including issues of cultural difference, performativity, visual display, aurality, encounters with audience, and the production of subjectivities.

Department of Visual Cultures
, M.A. Fine Art (MA/Diploma/Certificate)

This Fine Arts MA degree, Bangor University builds on the successful existing undergraduate programme and will enable you to progress to an advanced level through modular part-time study. The Fine Arts MA programme enables reflective studio practice to develop over a longer period of time than conventional degrees and therefore allows students to effectively balance study and work or other commitments.

School of Lifelong Learning
, M.A. Film and Visual Studies

To develop skills in the critical analysis of film and visual culture; to apply these skills in the production of creative work in film and photography; to acquire basic or enhanced image-making skills.

School of Creative Arts
, M.A. 3D Computer Animation

Computer animation has revolutionised the world of film, special effects and computer games. This course will help you acquire the skills needed to work in a number of areas where computer animation is applied, including films, animated features, computer games, television production, commercials, illustration, scientific visualisation, flight simulation, virtual environments, architectural visualisations and interactive media.

Faculty of Media and Communication
, M.A. History & History of Art

The discipline of History involves study of the human past adopting a critical approach to evidence relevant to that enquiry. Work in History takes the form of interaction with the evidence in primary form and through sceptical reading of a wide body of historical writing.

College of Humanities & Social Science
, M.A. Fine Art

We want to attract people whose art, ideas and ambitions create diversity of thinking and purpose. The interdisciplinary opportunities we offer create an engaging professional experience covering all areas of the practice and theory of contemporary art.

, M.A. Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking (PgDip / PgCert)

MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at UWE Bristol is best known for its experimental, forward-thinking approach to printmaking today and the future of the printed artefact. With a focus on making, you can explore and experiment with a diverse mix of traditional and emerging fine art printmaking media and develop ideas through processes such as laser cutting, enamelling, electronics, wood engraving and lithography.

, M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors

This unique MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Interiors is taught by the University of Buckingham in collaboration with the Wallace Collection, home to one of the finest collections of French eighteenth-century fine and decorative arts in the world.

School of Humanities
, MRes Dance

Are you a dance practitioner, choreographer or teacher wishing to deepen your practical knowledge and critical engagement with dance? Join a vibrant research community with opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. You’ll grow in confidence as a researcher with the ability to generate new ideas, connections, approaches and critical perspectives.

, M.A. Art History and Biblical 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 Biblical Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
, M.A. Art History and Italian (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 Italian (With a year abroad) programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
, Preparation Course Art & Design UAL Extended Diploma Level 3

This two-year course provides an opportunity for those interested in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity with a qualification thats stimulating and demanding, and provides a supportive transition from Further Education (college) to Higher Education (university).

, M.A. Fine Art

MA Fine Art is a studio based programme dealing with the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art, each supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists and including discussion of artists’ practice, exhibiting and curating.

Bath School of Art and Design
, M.A. Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

MA in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at explores how arts and creative enterprises work in theory and practice, as well as the impact they can have on individuals and communities.

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
, M.A. Fine Art

The Fine Art programme at the University of Leeds will allow artists who have already achieved high production values in their studio work to combine this with contemporary critical theory.

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
, M.Sc. Computational Arts MFA

This interdisciplinary programme has been designed to enable you to develop your individual and collaborative artistic practices, computational skills, and conceptual framework so that you can participate in shaping the use and understanding of new technologies and cultural practices at the highest level.

Department of Computing
, Preparation Course Certificate for the Humanities (UPCH)

The course helps students gain entry to the best undergraduate degree courses in the Arts (including Architecture), the Humanities, Social Sciences (including Economics and Law), Business and Mathematics-related programmes.

Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE)
, MRes Art and Design

The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers a rewarding research opportunity for you to develop your art and design research ideas, methods and skills under the tutelage of expert practitioners in one of the oldest schools of its kind outside of London.

, M.Phil. Islamic Art and Archaeology

The MPhil is a two-year course combining comprehensive training in the history of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology, research, and language instruction. The course is designed for students with little or no background in Islamic art and archaeology who wish also to learn Arabic or Persian or Ottoman Turkish. It is suitable either as a stand-alone course or as the first two years of doctoral research.

, Postgrad.Cert. Artist Teacher Scheme

The Artist Teacher Scheme (ATS) from Oxford Brookes University is the national programme of continuing professional development courses for artist teachers. It is supported by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales and the Scottish Arts Council and managed by the National Society for Education in Art and Design. The scheme provides opportunities for those working within art education in any sector to review and develop their personal creative practice in relation to the highest levels of contemporary practice.

School of Education
, M.A. Contemporary Literature and Culture

Birkbeck’s MA Contemporary Literature and Culture offers you the opportunity to specialise in twenty-first-century literature and culture, as well as exposing you to the most important literary and theoretical developments of the last few decades. This MA considers the legacy of postmodernism, the effects of new technologies on narrative form, and the aesthetic, spatial and political coordinates of writing produced in an increasingly networked and globalised world.

Postgraduate courses
, M.A. The Art of Visual Effects (Integrated Masters)

The Art of Visual Effects (Integrated Masters) programme from Pearson College will give you the advanced skills and knowledge you’ll need, in both compositing and 3D. Best of all, it’s been developed in collaboration with top VFX studios, so it will help you become the kind of professional the industry is looking for.

, Pre-Master Undergraduate Pathway in Architecture, Art and Design

Highly flexible and practical, the courses allow you the freedom to explore a range of art and design practices and to find your own creative strength and inspiration. Our innovative structure means it's easy to change direction, or explore new ideas, media or ways of working.

Birmingham City University International College
, M.A. Fine Art

MA Fine Art is an exciting and ambitious programme of study and one that will accelerate your practical, technical and conceptual understanding of your practice. Founded in 1845 the University has a strong reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK. With expert tuition and outstanding facilities, workshops and studio space you will be supported to extend or challenge your existing knowledge and methodologies.

School of Art and Media
, M.Sc. Medical Art

Medical art encompasses a wide range of applications from patient communication and information to medical teaching and training. It is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to aid in explanation of their products and by television companies in the production of documentaries.

Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification
, M.A. Visual Effects Production - Compositing

The scope of this field is increasing rapidly in terms of both technology and applications, and it is increasingly difficult to develop these areas to an advanced level within the constraints of existing undergraduate courses. Our MA Visual Effects (Compositing) was established to address the industry need for specialists who approach visual effects with out-of-the box creative solutions combined with maturity.

, M.A. Graphic Arts (PgDip / PgCert)

This creative and experimental MA in Graphic Arts brings together graphic designers, illustrators, and individuals from related industries to engage with communication design practice at a deeper level. You will research, investigate and debate the nature and dynamics of communication, and explore how they can produce meaningful outcomes using conventional and unconventional forms.

, M.A. Contemporary Arts

The MA in Contemporary Arts 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. Contemporary Fine Art

The aim of the course is to develop your critical and contextual practice, contemporary and innovative methodologies, cross-disciplinary and collaborative practices, and reflective studio-based practice.

School of Arts and Design
, M.A. Children's Book Illustration

Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Have the opportunity to show your work to publishers at book fairs and exhibitions. Get dedicated support from a team of internationally-recognised artists, who’ll help you to develop your own personal visual vocabulary and make connections with the children’s publishing industry.

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
, M.A. Arts Management

This MA is suitable for a range of participants - early and mid-career arts managers, who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, will find this degree invaluable.

School of Creative Arts
, Master Illustration MA/MFA

Postgraduate Illustration reflects the diversity of this subject and the opportunities that exist in areas such as advertising, graphic and web design, publishing, theatre, television and museums.

College of Humanities & Social Science
, M.A. Artists' Film

This intensively taught MA is designed for artists using film, video and moving image who want to develop their practice and their networks to a level that enables them to work within the professional art world.

Department of Art
, M.A. Fine Art

The Masters in Fine Art will push you to develop your skills in your chosen medium, whether that is Illustration, drawing, painting, photography or printmaking. You will become more confident as a creative practitioner of contemporary art as you explore your own styles and imaginative boundaries.

School of Art
, M.Sc. Computer Vision

This Computer Vision programme from Queen Mary University of London is intended to respond to a growing skills shortage in research and industry for engineers with a high level of training in the analysis and interpretation of images and video. It covers both low-level image processing and high-level interpretation using state-of-the-art machine learning methodologies. In addition, it offers high-level training in programming languages, tools and methods that are necessary for the design and implementation of practical computer vision systems.

Masters Programmes
, M.A. Photography

Study all aspects of photography on this course that encourages you to take creative risks to get the best results. You develop a sound theoretical and technical understanding of photography using industry-standard studios and equipment. The final year focuses on the commercial and professional skills needed to pursue a career as a photographer.

, M.A. Visual Sociology

This programme is designed for students who are interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches.

Department of Sociology
, M.A. Creative Writing

Do you want to develop your own original writing whilst engaging with the best contemporary work being published? You’ll refine your craft with guidance from the award-winning writers who teach on this workshop-based MA, as well as from visiting writers. Make the most of an opportunity to produce a substantial written project in a nurturing, creative environment. The writing skills you’ll develop will help ensure that, upon graduating, your work is ready for submission to publishers and agents.

, M.A. Art History

This MA degree will build on your existing knowledge of art history to equip you with the critical skills necessary for independent research in the field. You begin your studies by exploring core concepts and current concerns of art history. You will then examine critical debates both within the academic discipline of art history and in the 'real world' contexts of heritage, curating and museums. The taught component of the degree provides you with research training which will enable you to carry out a more substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice for the final dissertation module. You need a substantial background in art history at undergraduate level to succeed in obtaining this qualification.

, M.A. Art History and Management

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 Management programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
, M.A. Ancient Visual and Material Culture

Are you interested in exploring classical material and visual culture, and its impact upon subsequent historical conceptions of antiquity? If so, this course is the ideal foundation for a career in museum work or education, and it also equips you for further PhD study in related fields.

, M.A. Arts & Cultural Management

Delivered from one of the world’s cultural capitals, the Arts & Cultural Management MA from King's College London is designed to meet the complex needs of today’s arts and cultural manager. With its distinctive mix of theoretical, practical, and arts-based knowledge and skills development, you will learn how to apply creative leadership in managing artistic excellence, cultural heritage, audience diversity and financial sustainability at local and global levels.

, M.A. Art in Science

This is a unique opportunity for artists to collaborate in the world of science with opportunities in the fields of public health, astrophysics, sports science, technology, museum practice, computing, medicine and forensics.

, M.A. Fine Art

Prepare for a career as a practicing artist. Independently develop your art practice, research skills and critical thinking, with support from experienced practitioners. Test out your ideas in a professional environment and gain invaluable experience of exhibiting, curation and collaboration.

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
, M.A. London's Theatre and Performance: Viewing, Making, Writing

Taking the wealth and diversity of London’s unique artistic culture as its prime focus, this unique programme opens up a variety of pathways to students looking to focus their interests in the broad field of theatre and performance. Shaped around a series of thematic investigations of the city’s unparalleled theatrical and cultural resources, you will be able to pursue a range of projects matched to your professional aspirations.

, M.A. Art History (2016 Entry)

Art history at Sussex is ranked in the top 10 in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 and in the top 20 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2015 and The Guardian University Guide 2015. The skills of our faculty represent a unique array across European and American art and culture, with an interest in material culture.

, M.A. Fine and Decorative Art

The MA in Fine & Decorative Art is taught from the point of view of an art expert rather than an academic art historian and prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the art world. Based on Sotheby's original curriculum, The Works of Art Course, and concentrating principally on Old Master paintings, modern art, furniture and ceramics, the MA in Fine and Decorative Art teaches connoisseurship, a skill rarely featured in other academic settings.

, M.A. Buddhist Art

This unique one-year MA is offered by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld. It combines teaching in the key tenets of Buddhism, the history of Buddhist art, and the making and conservation of Buddhist art. Taught by a wide range of specialists, it includes a field trip to conservation and management projects in Asia.

Postgraduate study
, M.A. Art Therapy

The MA in Art Therapy* aims to develop practitioners in the use of art as a therapeutic process. It has a strong practical component, in that students gain theoretical knowledge in the classroom setting and undertake experiential learning through working within a placement setting.

Faculty of Health and Social Care
, M.A. Children's Book Illustration

The MA Children’s Book Illustration course from University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is aimed at both professional practitioners wishing to pursue a sustained period of time developing new ideas or recent graduates wishing to focus their studies and refine ideas at an advanced level.

, M.A. Art History and Film 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 Film Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
, 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 Classics
, M.A. Research

Master's by Research programmes provide an opportunity for independent study within a structured academic environment.

Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies & Science
, M.Sc. Visual Analytics

We are growing our community of practice in visual analytics and this is a chance to join our team, to work alongside some of the best UK researchers and to get involved in leading edge work. The course will build your professional network, your understanding and your portfolio of experience. Visual Analytics is an interdisciplinary, creative and technical activity. That’s why we’ve built a masters course that is unique.

School of Science and Technology
, M.A. Critical Arts Management

The MA Critical Arts Management from London South Bank University is part-time and designed to fit around professional working life. The degree is project-centred, giving you the chance to carry out a creative, practice-based or academic project in Critical Arts Management.