Master's Degrees in Visual Arts in United Kingdom

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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 moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.

292 Visual Arts Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.Litt. Art History

This programme embraces a rich and diverse field of enquiry that explores the relationship between visual culture and wider social practices. Through engagement with a broad range of methodological and chronological perspectives, the flexible structure of this Masters facilitates a bespoke portfolio of courses based on your individual interests.

College of Arts
M.B.A. Contemporary Art - Sales, Display and Collecting

This graduate degree in Master of Business Administration - Contemporary Art - Sales, Display and Collecting from IESA - School of Arts and Culture  prepares students for a career in the modern art market. They gain insight into the evolving demands of the international art market in a global context: the economics and structure of the markets, expertise of art objects, and arts management. 

Graduate Programmes
M.A. Art Therapy

The Art Therapy course at University of Derby reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy. It will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice under supervision, as well as experience of group work, studio practice and a critical understanding of current theoretical ideas.

University of Derby Health and Social Care College
M.A. Fine Art

The MA in Fine Art offered by the University of Kent proposes a an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice.

School of Music and Fine Art
M.Sc. Health Humanities and Arts

This full-time and part-time campus-based programme in Health Humanities and Arts from The University of Edinburgh is designed for professionals and recent graduates in humanities, medical, health, social care and policy fields as well as staff in the voluntary sector and creative practitioners. 

School of Health in Social Science
MA / MFA Illustration

Postgraduate study in Illustration at The University of Edinburgh reflects the diversity of the subject and the opportunities that exist in areas such as publishing, advertising, graphic and web design, theatre, television, art galleries and museums. We welcome applicants with a variety of approaches to Illustration, from both academic and professional perspectives.

School of Design
MFA Performance Costume

From Game of Thrones to Downtown Abbey and The Royal Opera House to popular music videos, our graduates are making an impact on all aspects of the industry. Choose the Masters in Performance Costume at the University of Edinburgh and you’ll become immersed in an exciting journey of discovery.

School of Design
M.A. Curatorial Practice

The Curatorial Practice program offered by Bath Spa University embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators.

Bath School of Art and Design
M.A. Fine Arts

The aim of the course is to examine and critically engage with the practice of art-making. It is designed to stimulate and influence you to develop independent language in Fine Art through ambitious and disciplined studio practice. We provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and appropriate practices.

Bath School of Art and Design
M.Phil. Art History

Art History at The University of Exeter gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of topics: from the old masters to contemporary practitioners, from the traditional arts to new media and technologies and from elite production to popular culture. 

College of Humanities
M.A. Arts Management

This flexible Arts Management program offered by Bath Spa University adapts to the ever changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning.

Bath Business School
M.A. Film Production

The students’ practical and theoretical understanding of filmmaking will be advanced by lecturers who work as professional filmmakers.  Students will have access to industry-standard equipment, a professional on-campus film studio, personal edit suites with professional postproduction software, and sessions with external industry professionals. 

School of Media
M.A. Art History

The MA in Art History at The Open University UK draws upon the exciting research and outstanding teaching expertise of the department. Studying art history at postgraduate level will deepen your understanding of art, architecture and visual culture, build your analytical and critical skills, and develop the skills needed for independent study and research. 

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.

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. Master in  Printmaking is offered at Middlesex University.

School of Art and Design
M.A. Fine Art

Our course encourages you to develop your ambitious and innovative work within the supportive atmosphere of studio-based practice and under the close supervision of some of Britain’s leading artists.

University of East London - Arts and Digital Industries
M.Sc. Visual Analytics

Visual analytics is a key requirement of the early 21st century. As our human activity generates rapidly increasing amounts of new data every day, there is an urgent need to make sense of it and a huge potential to elicit new knowledge and insights from it. The Visual Analytics programme is offered at Middlesex University.

School of Science and Technology
M.Phil. Art PhD

The University of Lincoln offers research programmes at MPhil and PhD level across a wide range of art and design disciplines. Research students can benefit from a range of training opportunities to develop their research skills.

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.A. Art and Design (Animation)

This MA Art and Design (Animation) 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. This programme is awarded by Falmouth University and delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

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. Contemporary Arts and Music (PGDip)

The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music (PGDip) from Oxford Brookes University offers a comprehensive introduction to creative strategies and practice-based research methodologies for developing innovative contemporary arts and music and enabling an in depth development of your concerns and interests. It provides an excellent basis for both doctoral research and ongoing independent practice.

School of Arts
M.A. Visual Effects Production (3D Route)

The past decade has seen a rapid expansion in the use of computer-based imagery in the generation of film, television, interactive entertainment and computer games. The need for well-qualified professionals to take a lead in developing and exploiting existing and new computer graphics technologies will continue to grow with this widespread use.

M.A. Art and Science

This pioneering course investigates the creative relationships between art and science and how to communicate them. With access to important collections in London you’ll explore the making and presentation of your work and pursue innovative outcomes in practice and research, towards professional engagement in art and science authorship and creative practice.

Central Saint Martins
M.A. Arts and Learning

This MA in Arts & Learning gives artists, practitioners, teachers and educators, in informal and formal learning environments, the opportunity to extend, enrich and consolidate the overlapping practices and theories of contemporary art and learning and teaching through individual and collaborative research.

Department of Educational Studies
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. Sound Arts

The MA Sound Arts is an intensive, focused and specialised programme in sound art. Its main aim is to enable each student to develop a personal and distinctive approach to sound art practice.

London College of Communication
M.A. Art and Design (Fashion Design)

This MA Art and 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. This programme is awarded by Falmouth University and delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

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
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
M.A. Moving Image

This course develops conceptual thinkers and professionals who can deliver ideas across moving image industries.

M.A. Art & Space

Choose Kingston's Art & Space MA - If you have a fine art, architecture or design background and would like to develop your professional practice within the public realm, this dynamic, production-based course is ideal.

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
M.A. Fine and Decorative Art

The Master’s in Fine and Decorative Art and Design derives from the oldest program at the Institute, the 'Works of Art' course, which started in 1969. It offers an integrated study of fine and decorative art and design based on case studies drawn from the late Renaissance through to the late Twentieth Century. 

M.A. Art History and Comparative Literature

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.

School of Art History
M.Litt. Art and Business

The MLitt will appeal to you if you wish to embark on a career in the art and heritage business. The programme is designed for you if you have a background in either history of art or business. You are not expected to have studied both disciplines prior to entry but a general knowledge of galleries and museums is necessary.

College of Arts and 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. Fine Art

Prepare for a career as a professional artist. Independently develop your practical work, research skills and critical thinking, with support from our experienced staff and visiting artists. 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. Art in Science

Art and Science are often seen as two different entities with very separate ideas of what constitutes research. The MA Art in Science at Liverpool School of Art and Design aims to bring together artists and scientists to explore collaborative approaches in Art and Science research and practice.

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.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities
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. Contemporary Fine Art

We provide a creative and intensive programme that encourages breaking down the conventional barriers between arts disciplines. You'll locate your position within contemporary practice through self-directed study and modern, well-equipped facilities with abundant studio and exhibition space. 

Master Professional Practice in Art and Design

Push the boundaries of creative expression by developing your existing practice in areas such as art, graphics, sculpture, filmmaking, animation, sound and curating. In workshops, seminars and guest lectures, you will work alongside practising artists, and you will also have access to our outstanding studio facilities where you will hone your expertise and drive your creativity and career forward.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
M.Phil. Art Psychotherapy, PhD

For MPhil and PhD study, you usually register for research by written thesis (although there are also possibilities for research based on a written element and studio practice).

Department of Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies
M.A. Art History

The MA (Hons) in Art History will teach you to critically and perceptively assess images of all kinds, allowing you to become visually and verbally articulate. The main focus of the course is on the major arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, but it also encompasses the applied arts, graphic arts and photography.

School of Art History
M.Litt. Film and Visual Culture

The MLitt Film and Visual Culture develops critical skills and theoretical understanding of visual culture in its social and historical contexts, through discussion and analysis of film, photography and theoretical writing.

M.A. Fine Arts

The MA Fine Arts degree programme will enable you to develop and locate your practice in relation to current bodies of knowledge and practice in the fine arts.

M.A. Screenwriting

Explore the creative potential of your narrative constructions, observations of character and the aesthetics of dialogue within the tradition and potentiality of Screenwriting as designed for the next generation of industry writers.

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.

M.A. Fine Art

The course is designed to enable you to strengthen your position as an artist as you progress from undergraduate study or re-entry at postgraduate level.

Department of Fine Art
M.A. Fine Art

The course is taught by a group of experienced and well-connected artists and curators. You follow a highly personalised programme of study and contribute to the overall group experience in a weekly series of lectures, seminars and crits.

Faculty of Arts and Architecture
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.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.Phil. Arts Research Degree - PdD

Reasons to undertake Arts research at De Montfort University: DMU Art and Design was ranked joint first in the UK in terms of the percentage of research environment graded 4* (world-leading) or 3*(internationally excellent). REF2014; DMU Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was ranked joint first in the UK for research impact graded 4* (world-leading) or 3*(internationally excellent). REF2014

Art and Design
M.A. Arts Management

Our aim is to provide MA Arts Management students from Queen's University Belfast with: advanced understanding of the subject of Arts Management; advanced knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date theories and discourses in Arts Management and how these are influencing practice.

School of Creative Arts
M.A. Sculpture

Led by Reader in Time-based Media Jordan Baseman, the Sculpture programme establishes a framework that encompasses the material, historical and theoretical conditions of sculpture where students are supported to develop their own practice.

School of Fine Art
M.A. Contemporary Art Practice

With the enrichment and advancement of your studio practice at its core, the MA Contemporary Art Practice at Plymouth University welcomes highly motivated and independent thinkers. You will have the opportunity to advance your critical thinking, and will be encouraged to experiment and take risks. 

M.A. Children's Book Illustration

Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Work with a dedicated support team of internationally-recognised illustrators to develop your own personal visual vocabulary and make connections in the children’s publishing industry.

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

This Art and 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. This programme is awarded by Falmouth University and delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines (publishers of ELLE magazine, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar).

M.A. Visual Effects

This course produces Skillset qualified professionals who are well prepared to enter the VFX industry at creative or managerial level.

Pre-Master Arts and Humanities

Starting May 2016, the new Pre-Master’s for Arts and Humanities at Glasgow International College offers progression to a postgraduate degree in a related subject at the University of Glasgow.

Glasgow International College (GIC)
M.A. Critical Methodologies

Critical Methodologies is a unique interdisciplinary taught programme focused on the study and applications of critical theory. Wide range of optional modules across humanities and social science disciplines. For students with humanities degrees to further knowledge and/or prepare for PhD study or careers in teaching, journalism, the media, arts.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities
M.A. Art History and Hebrew

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 Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities

If you have a passion for the arts and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this certificate course provides you with an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications. This Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities is offered by The Open University UK.