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Fine Art MA Canterbury

Fine Art MA

Course overview

What does it mean to be an artist today? On our MA Fine Art course at UCA Canterbury, you'll reflect and act upon this question in order to re-evaluate your work and improve your own practice.

Our cross-disciplinary course is open to artists, designers, illustrators, architects and theorists – including graduates in the humanities – and is designed to inspire new and innovative approaches to fine art study at an advanced level.

You’ll work closely with local and national galleries and public arts organisations, including Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, Strange Cargo and the Folkestone Triennial – and be actively supported to develop and show work outside the context of the University, expanding your audiences.

Guest lectures, artist masterclasses and professional practice seminars will help you develop your personal network and enhance the criticality and articulation of your practice.

By the end of the course, you’ll be working autonomously as you identify, develop and manage your own Master's project across different social, cultural, artistic and intellectual contexts. You may wish to take your degree into a career exhibiting your own art, or the art of others, turn to filmmaking and video editing, move into education or work in the world of print or photography.

Our course is led by a team of tutors who each continue to enjoy great success in their respective fields. Guiding you on your studies will be Steffi Klenz, an internationally-recognised photographic artist, Edward Chell, a mixed media artist who specialises in painting and Professor Andrew Kotting, an award-winning short film and documentary maker.

We take great pride in ensuring you have a fulfilling, engaging and inspirational experience, and we’re especially proud of the fact our student satisfaction rates consistently reflect this, with a near 100 per cent score.

Length of study 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Campus Canterbury
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2022
Course details

Course details

Context and Method
In this unit, you’ll be asked to consider specific texts to address key themes and ideas, which have influenced thinking and practice in contemporary art. In seminars and lectures you’ll discuss texts drawn from artistic, literary and philosophical contexts. This will help you consider your own ideas, and you’ll also learn about what research methods are available to you for your studies.

Exploring Practice
Running in parallel with Context and Method, you’ll explore your own creative practice - and how it fits into the wider context of contemporary art - through practical enquiry, group discussion of ongoing work and one-to-one tutorials. This will help you refine what areas of art interest you most, and help you put together your MA project proposal, a written document, which is assessed at the end of the unit alongside a presentation of your practical work.


Project Development
You’ll begin developing your MA project proposal, evaluating and testing out methods and theories as you go. You’ll be guided and questioned through one-to-one tutorials and group critiques and you’ll be encouraged to continue questioning and exploring your ideas throughout. Additionally, you’ll produce a critical research paper, and you’ll be actively encouraged to show and distribute your work outside the university context.


Final Project
The culmination of what you’ll have learned through the course, your final project is the focus of your final term. You’ll generate an idea for a piece which can be either disseminated, displayed or published, either for the public or to other professionals. You’ll be encouraged to produce something ambitious but to a professional level of resolution. As well as your final body of work you’ll produce a critical evaluation paper and a professional practice folio.

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students full-time - £10,400
  • UK students part-time - £5,200

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


You'll enjoy being able to create in our large purpose-build studios and flexible project spaces. Our facilities include workshops for plaster and rubber casting, glass casting, slumping, fusing and enamelling (kiln), ceramic bisque and gloss firing, low melt metal casting, and carving (wood, stone and polystyrene). You'll also have access to machinery to create artwork in wood, metal and plastics. A printmaking studio includes relief and block painting, plate or stone lithography and intaglio and screen-printing.


Fine Art studios, UCA Canterbury


Sculpture workshop, UCA Canterbury


Fine Art studios, UCA Canterbury


3D workshop, UCA Canterbury

Course connections

Course connections

Working internationally with other universities, local and national galleries and museums, and specialist partners within industry, our course draws on a number of industrial links and expertise from a range of creative fields.

You'll be actively encouraged to show and distribute your work outside of the university context. And guest lectures and professional practice seminars will enable you to develop your personal networks and awareness of professional practice.

Connections include local arts organisations such as:

  • Stour Valley Arts
  • Strange Cargo
  • The Creative Foundation
  • The Whitstable Biennale
  • Turner Contemporary.


Lots of our graduates go on to develop careers in fields such as:

  • Arts administration
  • Creative media management
  • Curatorial practices
  • Education
  • Filmmaking
  • Fine art
  • Freelance photography
  • Pre and post production work
  • Printmaking and reprographics
  • Producing
  • Public art
  • Publishing
  • Sound production
  • Video editing.

You may like to explore an MPhil or PhD to deepen your knowledge even further.

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Ian Palmer
Ian Palmer

"I speak as a mature student and can recommend this course without question. Without realising it, the structure of the course, the external speakers, masterclasses and administrative and library support creates an environment that encourages discussion, experimentation and enquiry that drives developments in your artistic practice. I benefited greatly from this environment in ways I had not anticipated at the start. If this was not enough, it was fun, a true collegiate experience."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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