MA Fine Art
Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
As a postgraduate student at NUA you’ll accelerate your artistic practice, exploring the role of the artist in society and testing your ideas against contemporary issues and critical debates.
Master your skills in a stimulating environment
You may choose to specialise in – or combine – areas including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, spatial and time based practice. You’ll master skills relevant to your artistic interests and you’ll be supported in the development of wider expertise, from exhibition and presentation to ethics and audience awareness.
Working alongside students from other postgraduate degree courses at NUA, you’ll be part of a community of artists, makers and visiting artists that forms a stimulating and active research environment.
Unrivalled fine art heritage
NUA has a long and well-established reputation as one of the leading providers of fine art education in the UK. Our students and graduates have been selected for countless prominent exhibitions and prizes, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries, MOSTYN Open, Aesthetica Art Prize, Signature Art Prize, Jerwood Drawing Prize, and the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise.
Our strong links with local, regional and national galleries, museums and festivals mean you’ll have the chance to contribute to debates around contemporary practice. You’ll hear from visiting artists as part of the Fine Art Lecture Series. Our very own East GalleryNUA provides a showcase for high-quality public exhibitions that augment the MA Fine Art experience.
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including
- Practising Artist
- Exhibition Organisation
- Arts Administration
- Research/PhD Study
- Research/PhD Study
Discover the work of some of our our postgraduate students in their MA Showcase at Norwich University of the Arts.
All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.
Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.
2022/23 University fees for new entrants
NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs
Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements. They will usually be eligible for a postgraduate loan from the UK government.
Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government postgraduate loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.
|Home||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£9,000|
|Home||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£5,625|
|Home||MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)||£9,250 per year. £18,500 in total.|
|Home||MArch Architecture (part-time, over 3 years)||£6,167 per year. £18,500 in total.|
|Home||MA in Education (part-time)||£5,625|
|Home||Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Arts, Design, Architecture and Media (part-time)||£3,000|
|Overseas||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£18,000|
|Overseas||MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)||£18,000 per year.
£36,000 in total
In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2022/23, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X. The exception to this is the fee for UK postgraduate degree (part-time), which will remain at £5,625 in 2023/24.
Financial support for UK students in 2022
Postgraduate Masters Loan
For 2022, UK nationals and EU nationals who have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status may be eligible for a government loan towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degree students can apply for the Masters loan.
NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount
All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. For the purposes of this discount, alumni are those who have completed a course with us at undergraduate or postgraduate level, but excluding short courses.
All NUA staff and art teachers at high schools or sixth form colleges are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. As long as this status applies at the time that they start the course, we will honour the discount for the duration of the course, even if the person subsequently leaves their employment.
How to apply
Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and conditions
- NUA Terms and Conditions (11/12/20)
- NUA Student Regulations and Procedures (21/10/21)
- Student Protection Plan (05/09/18) (60k)
If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MA course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.
Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.
When should I apply for an MA course?
There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.
"The really interesting thing about the MA is that it’s practice-led. Practice is absolutely your main focus and this exciting process is about shaping and reshaping what you do."
MA Fine Art
Marjolijn Dijkman (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Rehana Zaman (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Cécile B Evans (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Adam Burton (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Alec Cumming (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Steve Baker (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
John Wallbank (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Milika Muritu (Visiting Lecturer)Artists and Co-director of Cell project space
Rosa Tyhurst (Visiting Lecturer)Artist and Assistant Director Limencello Gallery
Ruth Claxton (Visiting Lecturer)Artist
Susan Sluglett and Anthony Faroux (Visiting Lecturer)Artists and Jerwood Painting Fellows 2013
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