"This course is an extraordinary journey of artistic discovery, self-analysis and professional development that will push you to the limits of your imagination and ability."Roddy Hunter, Director of Programmes, Fine Art
The MA Fine Art at Middlesex offers artists time and resources to explore and evolve their artistic practice within a flexible research-led course featuring some of the best art facilities in London and expert guidance from a range of leading artists, academics and curators attached to the course.
The MA Fine Art at Middlesex is a practice-led, research-based programme that encourages students to explore the creative, cultural, political and social questions of art practice. It offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills by undertaking a systematic and comprehensive major body of work. The course welcomes students whose enquiry takes place across a range of disciplines that include painting, sculpture, photography and film, installation, performance, 'event' making and other relational practices. Drawing upon local, national and international contexts, students are asked to consider the current role of fine art practice, forging external links and exploring how artworks relate to audience. The course offers the chance for a sustained and serious re-evaluation of existing practices within a critical and supportive environment.
At Middlesex we take a highly practical and critical approach to fine art that ensures that you spend the majority of your postgraduate study researching and making. This combination of in-depth analysis and hands-on experience will enable you to draw on a diverse range of expertise and resources while questioning and developing your practice in a contemporary context for a stimulating and successful career. Based in our University's £80 million Art and Design School, our course features state-of-the-art facilities with dedicated studio space for each of our MA students (including part-time students) to ensure that we cater for a diverse range of interests and ambitions. With opportunities to collaborate with students from across the School, you'll be part of a supportive and interdisciplinary environment of artists who are shaping the future of creative industries worldwide with their award-winning, innovative work.
Taught by some of the UK's leading artists, curators and practitioners in fine art, this course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own interests to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current artistic practice through experimentation, research, analysis, and creative exploration.
Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits) Through a combination of studio, practice and text-based methods you will explore a chosen area of Fine Art in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. By the end of this module you'll be able to employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.
Critical Debates – Term 1 (30 credits) Through a series of lectures, seminars and reading groups you'll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of Fine Art. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you'll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.
Studio and Exhibition – Term 2 (30 credits)
This module draws on the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the reflective stages of Term 1 and enables you to apply them to an off-site exhibition of your work. As part of the process for this module you'll be required to explore different strategies for making the exhibition happen, whether as part of a group showcase or at an individually chosen location, with a critical report on how the exhibition was executed and received. The findings and learnings from this module will heavily inform your final Major Project in Term 3.
Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 credits)
Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and individual tutorials you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to Fine Art research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module is designed to prepare you for your final Major Project by enabling you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in your chosen area of Fine Art and the contemporary research problems that they face. By the end of this module you will have produced an illustrated Research Survey demonstrating your investigations and findings.
Major Project – Term 3 (60 credits) The final module is an opportunity for you to bring together the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during the course and apply them to a significant project of Fine Art. Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. By the end of this final module you will have produced a portfolio or public exhibition of a substantial body of practice work supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.
This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in fine art.
As part of your learning, you'll be required to actively participate in activities and engage with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively, working and learning as part of a small group at times. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country with access to specialist workshops in a vast range of disciplines, such as ceramics, woodwork and textiles.
As well as your immediate peers on the programme, there is much going on across the campus and university that you can access, collaborate with and benefit from, such as the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI) which provides a useful network for postgraduate students as well as seminar and ideas in progress sessions.
Studio modules are assessed by viva voce (oral presentations). Theory and research modules are assessed by essays or presentations. The final module has an exhibition with a viva voce examination.
Full-time students attend up to five days a week; part-time students attend the 'core days' of Tuesday and Wednesday.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:
Sketchbooks are extremely important. They should be a 'diary' of your thinking and include observational and speculative drawings/sketches communicating a visual sensitivity. We also look for evidence of how you develop and work through your ideas. Include photographs and collected images and importantly your reaction to them, but avoid letting your sketchbooks being merely scrapbooks
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This course will prepare you for a diverse range of careers within the art and creative industries, both in the UK and internationally. Our MA Fine Art graduates are recognised worldwide for their exceptional skills and achievements with many going on to exhibit, participate in residency programmes, practise as artists in the community, and pursue careers as teachers and curators or progress into further study.
"Middlesex has superb facilities for art and design. I viewed a number of university Fine Art departments before applying and it seemed to me that Middlesex had amongst, in some respects absolutely, the best technical facilities in London. I was also impressed with the time and trouble that teaching staff took with me. When I was trying to find out whether it was the best place for me to apply, they gave me considered and friendly responses.
"Our tutors are also good at getting us out to art-world events, private views and so on. One of the strengths of the course is our relationship with the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), where we participate in a variety of research-related events. All this means that I feel less daunted than I did at the start, at the prospect of getting out there as an artist."
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The tuition fee for MA Fine Art is as follows. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time students: TBC
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time students: TBC
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) offers funding for some subjects. Find out more.