Fine Art MA - 2021 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

The MA Fine Art is a unique opportunity to study contemporary art practice at postgraduate level while benefiting from the relevance and visibility that comes from working with the North West’s world-class cultural networks.

The course is built around three core elements: studio practice, a research residency and contemporary theory in the arts. You will be supported to re-evaluate and develop your existing practice through individual tutorials and 24/7 access to dedicated studio facilities, with one-to-one tutorials, technical support, visiting artist talks, and weekly seminar and reading group sessions. Your work will be supervised by practicing artists from Lancaster’s fine art team, covering a wide range of disciplines including specialisms in drawing, painting, new media, installation, site-specific, socially-engaged, performance, and art writing.

Based on your area of interest you will spend a specialised period of residency and dialogue with a festival, gallery, archive or site. Suitable placements will be arranged by students in negotiation with tutors building on our wide network of relationships in the region eg The Ruskin Museum, Eden Project North, Liverpool Biennial, Keswick Museum, Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Centre for Mobilities Research. You will develop a body of experimental or preliminary art works in relation to the residency which will inform the final Fine Art Major Project module. The residency is supported through weekly group crits and tutorials in the studio.

The course also includes bespoke opportunities to develop interdisciplinary work, through residencies and elective modules in other departments eg media and communications, sociology, mobilities research, creative writing, biomedicine, physics and others.


Your career

The MA Fine Art aims to make students ready for a career in art practice at a professional level. Through the combination of practice, theory and research methods students will also acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for study at PhD level. The level and nature of skills, knowledge and practice at this level are highly transferrable, and students may go on to have other careers within the arts such as curating, arts education, public arts administration and management, general careers in art and design or the creative industries more broadly.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £9,440 £4,720
International £19,940 £9,970

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK or international student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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