MA Fine Art
Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
A supportive environment that encourages artistic innovation, exploration and debate awaits you on our MA Fine Art Masters degree course.
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
MA Degree Show
Discover the work of some of our our postgraduate students in their MA Degree Show at Norwich University of the Arts.
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.
Show us your best stuff. Tell us what you still want to achieve. Your portfolio is your chance to paint a picture of where an MA at NUA could take you.
You should aim to bring about six pieces of work that demonstrate your learning, progress and creativity. The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks, notebooks, publications, catalogues, blogs or websites that relate to your practice.
We know that for some people an MA application is a change in direction and some work may only be in a developmental stage. We also know that for those in the final year of undergraduate study completed Major Projects may be unavailable or unfinished, in which case we welcome representative images of work in progress.
You can choose to bring original work with you or show a digital portfolio using your own device and on a USB drive, DVD, social media platform or through website platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi, Behance, Dropbox, personal websites or blogs. If you choose to present your portfolio digitally please notify us in advance of your interview. If you wish to submit a digital portfolio ahead of your interview we can only accept PDF documents or website links by email.
Tips on preparing your portfolio:
- Your portfolio should be presented in a logical and ordered manner
- It’s important to include a range of creative work that demonstrates your compatibility with the MA course you have applied for
- The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks and notebooks as well as finished work
- Physical examples of practice (printed matter, objects, painting, sculpture etc.) are acceptable at interview, but larger pieces of work should be shown as photographs or digital submission
- Film, video and animation work should be 2-5 minutes long
- Include any links to relevant websites or blogs that contain your work
- Your application includes a 500 word written statement, but you might wish to include other examples of your written work (for example an undergraduate essay or a research report) that relates to your chosen subject
- International applicants interviewing by Skype should submit a digital portfolio (see above) in advance and/or supply weblinks to digital portfolios or online blogs that showcase your practice.
2018/19 Tuition Fees For New Entrants
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£7,000|
|UK/EU nationality||Postgraduate degree (part-time)||£4,500|
|International (non-EU)||Postgraduate degree (full-time)||£13,700|
Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,609
For 2018, UK nationals and those who have been resident in England for three years may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £10,609 towards course fees or living costs. Part time and EU students may also be eligible.
How to apply
Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form.
Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and conditions
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
MA Fine Art student selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019
Liam Ashley Clark will show work in the prestigious annual exhibition.
Marie Brennan appointed to the British Council
NUA's Head of Postgraduate Taught Awards is appointed to Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Board.
MA Fine Art graduate shortlisted for First Plinth: Public Art Award
Melissa Pierce Murray was one of five finalists for the Royal Society of Sculptors award.
Bishop’s Art Prize 2019
Tuesday 4 June - Thursday 13 June 2019
Explore the theme of Streams in the Desert in this exhibition at Norwich Cathedral.
Anthony Caro: Iron in the Soul
Wednesday 8 May - Saturday 20 July 2019
Explore internationally renowned sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro OM CBE in East Gallery.
Perspective Masterclass for teachers with Will Teather
Wednesday 29 May 2019
A teachers CPD session introducing techniques for depicting depth and space within a drawing.
We are Makers and Creators: MA Curation Subject Leader Caroline Fisher
Curator, artist and ceramicist. Meet Caroline Fisher in her gallery.
We are Makers and Creators: Fine Art Lecturer Desmond Brett
Explore Desmond's abstract sculptures in his dedicated artist studio space.
Making it as a contemporary artist
NUA alumni and sculptor Paul Digby shares what it takes to make it as a contemporary artist.
How I curated my own exhibition, ‘U2Opia’.
Read a blog by Fine Art student, Bethany who recently curated the exhibition, 'U2Opia'.