MA Art & Material Histories

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The MA Art & Material Histories course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements and can demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course.


All applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, including the English Language Requirements (If you do not speak English as a first language) though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved a relevant UK Honours degree at 1st or upper second level (or International equivalent).
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved an international qualification equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree at 1st or upper second level.
3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior professional experience will be considered through a process called Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L), which involves a judgement of various work-life and formal educational experiences against the selection criteria.

Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.


All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 6.5 on the standard English language tests (SELT), which can be taken with one of the recognised providers, with a minimum of 6.0 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Student visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score must be in the range of 176–184 or higher.


To distinguish between all the applicants that meet our entry requirements we select those that we believe have the current ability and potential to:

·           Demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course;
·           Instigate relevant research and synthesise information to support your intentions;
·           Critically evaluate your own and others’ achievements and identify areas for development;
·           Evidence knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical contexts;
·           Pro-actively plan and prioritise your own time and set achievable goals;
·           Evidence of critical thinking and research abilities, particularly in written work.


If you study full time on our MA Art & Material Histories course, you will study mainly from your home country and you will spend 6 weeks studying in the UK. These 6 weeks comprise 1 week in September, 1 week in February and then 4 weeks in August/September. Due to the amount of study time in the UK, you will need a Standard Visitor visa rather than a Student visa. You can find out more about the studying with us with a Standard Visitor visa on our International Students page and more information is also available  here.

Please note that there is an extensive list of countries whose nationals won’t be required to apply for a Standard Visitor visa, eg EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA. To find out if you require a visa, please take this quick test on the website.


We interview all applicants who reach our minimum entrance requirements. For further details on the interview process please consult the Course page that you are interested in. All tutors involved are trained in the fair and equitable conduct of interviews and are fully conversant in the Art School’s Admissions Policy.

We encourage you to inform us in advance if the arrangements for your interview require adjustment due to an existing condition or disability. For example if you might require more time or specific access arrangements or other support. Our aim is to ensure that all eligible applicants are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate their potential to study on the course.

The interview will be relatively informal and we want you to feel comfortable and confident.

Please remember that the purpose of the interview is to enable you to demonstrate, and help us to see, your potential to study on the course. You should also use your interview visit as an opportunity to get a good idea about the Art School: our values and ethos, the course, and what studying here would be like and we encourage you to ask questions and see the interview as a two-way process.


If you are applying for our MA Art & Material Histories course you have the option to include a digital portfolio but this is not a requirement.

For the digital portfolio, we recommend that you display 5-15 images. You should select a range of examples that represent your current interests or practice.


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