Noelle Genevier, MA Fine Art, UCA Farnham

MFA Fine Art - UCA Farnham

Fine Art MFA

Farnham 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time

Course overview

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.

A two-year high-level and practice-based postgraduate degree, for those students wishing to further their creative practice or move into academia or research.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s, developing your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s in the UK, developing your English speaking and writing together with your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

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Course details

Course details

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

Get ready for your chosen postgraduate course with this preparatory year of specialist study. With a mix of online and face-to-face learning, UCA’s Integrated Pre-Masters is designed to give you insight into the study skills required to complete a Master’s, within the context of your creative subject. You’ll build skills in autonomous learning, forming your own targets and goals, honing your research skills, time management and professional practice.

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.

Tuition fees - 2023 entry

UK students (full-time):

  • Integrated Pre-Masters course - £10,500
  • MFA course - year 1 - £7,000

UK students (part-time):

  • MA course - £4,670

EU students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course - £10,500 (see fee discount information)
  • MFA course - year 1 - £7,000 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course (30 weeks) - £17,500
  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course (15 weeks) - £8,750
  • MFA course - year 1 - £11,700

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.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to 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.

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.


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.

Fine Art studios, UCA Farnham

Print studios, UCA Farnham

Foundry wax and plaster room, UCA Farnham

Library, UCA Farnham

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

MFA course

  • 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.

MFA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course

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

Check the equivalent qualifications for your country and the English language requirements:

  • Non-UK equivalent qualifications
  • English language requirements
  • MFA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course
    A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

    Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?
    You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

    MFA course
    MFA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course
    MFA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

    For these courses, we may need to see your visual or written portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to upload your portfolio online via your Applicant Portal – further information will be provided once you have applied. If you would prefer to meet the Academic Team in person for a review of your work on campus, this can also be arranged for you.

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