Transform and refine your practice and professional approach as an artist. Extend your practical, contextual and research skills in a constructive, discursive and critical environment.
Our studio-based MA Fine Art course provides an opportunity for you to further explore, test and challenge your creative ideas in a supportive, professional environment.
The programme reflects the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice/s, facilitating the exploration of a range of approaches, including, but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, moving image, digital media, installation, sound, performance, social and collaborative practice.
By engaging with contemporary critical issues and with how artistic practices are understood in the 21st century and across different contexts, you will be encouraged to experiment, take risks, shift expectations and to strengthen the motivation, direction and ambition of your practice.
Full-time students are normally offered a dedicated studio space, while part-timers can access the studios as a shared work-base. Other facilities include printmaking, 3D/sculpture workshops, photography darkrooms and computer suites for video production and digital imaging.
With our Masters degree in Fine Art, teaching is primarily through one-to-one and group tutorials, seminars, workshops and studio critiques, in which you will learn about recent theories, contexts and practices.
You are also encouraged and expected to develop your work and research independently. You will be supported by teaching staff who are themselves experienced artists, working across different disciplines.
Our Fine Art Research Unit series of talks – and other specialist talks across ARU – let you hear invited artists, PhD students and staff talk about their work and engage in debates about contemporary art practice.
You will also benefit from links we have with external arts organisations, galleries and exhibition spaces, both in Cambridge and further afield. As London is only a short train journey away, we encourage you to visit relevant exhibitions and events in this important artistic centre. In addition, we promote student participation in open and prestigious competitions and prizes.
This postgraduate degree in Fine Art will further prepare you for life as a practising artist and develop important transferable skills in writing proposals, exhibition practice, curating, research and critical writing. These will be invaluable skills for alternative arts careers in curating, museum and gallery education or management, or teaching.
Sarah Strachan (2022 graduate) was selected for the 2023 Aesthetica Art Prize, showing alongside greats including Larry Achiampong and Hope Strickland.
Deborah Lander (2021 graduate) received a funding grant from Colchester Cultural and Creative Events Fund for In Memoria - an exhibition of love, of loss and of birds. She will curate the exhibition on ethical taxidermy in July 2023 at the Minories, Colchester.
Anna Dermitzaki (2021 graduate) now works as Assistant Curator at the Eden Project, Cornwall, curating their Super Natural project, among others.
Joe Dean (2022 graduate) was selected from among more than 4000 submissions to show his work at the Trinity Wharf Buoy 2020 exhibition while studying on the course.
You will be expected to attend for the full day (10am-5pm) in order to use other resources such as the studios, library, and workshops, and attend extra-curricular events such as talks and inductions.
"As Fine Art Technical Officer I teach students how to use machinery and equipment including the potters’ wheel, laser cutter and hand tools. Don’t be scared to try things. Experiment. Step outside your comfort zone, work with materials and processes you have never used before."Hear more from our Fine Art Technical Officer
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As well as our dedicated fine art studio with your own workspace, you’ll have use of facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
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Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, MA Fine Art and MA Printmaking
Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies
This MA Fine Art will prepare you for work as a practising artist, and you will also gain skills and knowledge that will equip you for related roles.
As well as continuing their artistic practices, through which they have taken up artist residencies, research and fellowship opportunities and public art projects in the UK and abroad, our MA Fine Art graduates also pursue careers in further and higher education, museum and gallery management.
ARU's links with organisations including Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge Artworks, Commission Projects and Motion Sickness will give you opportunities to take part in professional exhibitions, workshops, portfolio review and other live projects.
While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Fine Art. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
“By opting to study part-time it has given me the most incredible opportunity to take my time. I can soak in the experiences that ARU offers me and finely tune and hone my skills.”DEBORAH
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