Fine Art at UCA

UCA's MFA Fine Art degree is a critically focused postgraduate course that aims to respond to current approaches and diverse forms of Fine Art practice.

Supported by key contemporary theoretical debates and critical methodologies, you’ll establish a conceptual framework to test conventional and contingent forms of dissemination through your art practice. And with access to UCA Farnham's extensive facilities - including our wood and metal workshop, bronze foundry, film and photographic studios, print-media workshops, ceramics, glass and computer aided cutting facilities - you'll be able to pursue medium-specific investigation or devise more speculative methodologies for practice.

Throughout the course, you’ll have regular opportunities to actively curate your practice both on campus in our project spaces, and externally. And, as a unique offering, there's also the option to study this course part-time, over three years - ideal for artists, arts professionals and those who are balancing other personal and professional commitments.

Course entry options

Select from the options below to find out more about the different study options available for this course:

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What you'll study

What you'll
study

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Pre-Masters year. On this course you’ll prepare for postgraduate study with a mix of online and face-to-face learning that will give you the study skills required to complete a Master’s, and you’ll also improve your English for academic study.

Critical Perspectives
This unit provides an intensive critical framework for examining a range of theoretical positions. It gives you the opportunity to investigate and clarify key motivations surrounding your art practice and its wider critical context.

Research and Practice
You'll look at the interaction of research and its relationship to making and dissemination. This unit enables you to test, review, document and subsequently present speculative approaches to practice, framed by a critically defined set of conceptual and theoretical concerns. You’ll be introduced to and examine specialist tools, methods, concepts and processes relevant to the broad scope of Fine Art practices through a series of curatorial projects, workshops and technical sessions relating to your research and aspirations.

Professional Practice and Negotiated Study
You will plan an Independent Project and identify appropriate external spaces to situate your own practice within the art world. This will take place alongside a dynamic Professional Practice seminar series where there will be live briefs and industry engagement focusing on developing your knowledge and experience of professional practice. This provides the framework for research and practice and promotes the notion that all forms of work require a public forum. At the end of the year, you will work collaboratively with your peer group to curate and initiate an interim show in London.

Advanced Practice
You'll further refine your practice by exploring, investigating and reflecting upon existing practices from Year 1. During this time, you will also be consolidating your research by questioning, challenging, debating, curating and addressing key debates relating to your art practice within the wider context in Fine Art. Focusing your research, you will identify personal methodologies and contexts for considering your work whilst building a bespoke online profile for future sustainable art practice.

Final Major Project
This unit is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout your MFA. It is an opportunity to resolve previous projects and demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over a period of intensive self-directed study. Your professional online presence will be further developed ahead of the MFA Show where you will stage an ambitious group show as the culmination of your fine art practice in a London venue.

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.

Fees & funding

Fees & financial support

Tuition fees

  • 2024/25 entry (full-time - year one): £7,000
  • 2024/25 entry (part-time): £4,670

Tuition fees

  • 2024/25 entry - year one: £10,500 (see fee discount information)

Tuition fees

  • 2024/25 entry (MFA - year one): £11,700
  • 2024/25 entry (Integrated International Pre-Masters course - Sept & Jan): £17,500
  • 2024/25 entry (Integrated International Pre-Masters course - May): £8,750

Please note: the fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. For more detailed information about our course fees please see our fees and finance pages. The fees listed here 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.

UCA scholarships and fee discounts

At UCA we have a number of scholarships and fee discounts available to assist you with the cost of your studies.

Current UCA students and alumni may be eligible for a tuition fee discount.

Financial support

There are lots of ways you can access additional financial support to help you fund your studies - both from UCA and from external sources. Discover what support you might qualify for please see our financial support information.

Additional course costs

In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials.

These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of the Provisional Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Facilities

Fine Art facilities include extensive studio spaces and access to workshops for painting, 2D and 3D laser cutting, sculpture, wood and plaster and mould-making. There are also print studios with relief and block printing, plate or stone lithography, intaglio, letterpress, photopolymer plate printing, and screen-printing. There’s also access to film and photography studios and performance workshops. Our modern library has a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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Fine Art studios, UCA Farnham

Print studios, UCA Farnham

Foundry wax and plaster room, UCA Farnham

Library, UCA Farnham

Career opportunities

Career
opportunities

Graduates can expect to leave their studies with expert skill in the critical evaluation and analysis of both their own work and that of other professionals. They will have established a strong artistic technique and creative vision and might use these to work in a variety of different roles.

  • Professional artists
  • Curators
  • Arts administrators
  • Community artists
  • Technicians
  • Lecturers and teachers.

You may also wish to progress onto a PhD or MPhil research degree.

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Entry & portfolio requirements

Entry & portfolio
requirements

MFA course

  • A good honours degree or equivalent qualification in a related discipline

and/or

  • 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.

Portfolio requirements

For this course we will need to see your portfolio for review. You can either submit a digital portfolio or request an in-person portfolio review with the course team. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

MFA course

The entry requirements for this course will depend on the country your qualifications are from, please check the equivalent qualifications for your country:

Any additional entry requirements listed in the UK requirements section, e.g., subject requirements, work experience or professional qualifications, also apply to international applicants applying with equivalent qualifications.

Portfolio requirements

You will be required to submit a portfolio for review. Further information on specific portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio will be sent to you after we have reviewed your application.


MFA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

  • A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

Any additional entry requirements listed in the UK requirements section, e.g., subject requirements, work experience or professional qualifications, also apply to international applicants applying with equivalent qualifications.

Portfolio requirements

You will be required to submit a portfolio for review. Further information on specific portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio will be sent to you after we have reviewed your application.


English language requirements

To study at UCA, you'll need to have a certain level of English language skill. And so, to make sure you meet the requirements of your course, we ask for evidence of your English language ability, please check the level of English language required:

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

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

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