MA Fine Art

To apply, email a completed application form, with your digital portfolio on Flickr, and ask your referee to send a completed academic reference form to Visit our Apply page for more information.

The MA Fine Art course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and have an appetite to develop their fine art practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment.


All applicants have to 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 BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art or a related subject.
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved an international qualification equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art or a related subject.
3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and experience, such as extensive work in administration; or perhaps minimal GCSE qualifications plus a number of years working in an arts context.

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 5.5 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 commitment and motivation for the subject and the course;
·           explore, articulate and develop their ideas as visual and material outcomes;
·           creatively research information and visual material to support the development of their ideas;
·           demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities appropriate to their developing art practice;
·           communicate ideas visually, verbally and in writing;;
·           self-direct and evaluate their own work.


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. To ensure fairness and to help you prepare we have agreed upon a set of key questions that all applicants for their designated course will be asked at interview and these are set out below:

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.


When applying for MA Fine Art you must provide a link to a Flickr portfolio when completing our application form.

For the digital portfolio, we recommend that you display 15-20 images. You should choose what you consider to be your strongest work undertaken within the last two years, representing the range of your interests and practice. We are not only interested in seeing finished work, so please include work in progress.



For Fine Art because places are limited and there are a high number of applications we plan interviews to take place within a number of cycles (please see below). We recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure a place, please note that the later cycle is dependent on there still being places available by that stage in  the year.

MA Fine Art

Application Cycles

Deadline Interview Period Decision By Acceptance By
Cycle 1 3 Jan 2022 17 Jan  – 28 Jan 2022 31 Jan  2022 11 Feb  2022


Cycle 2 28 Jan 2022 31 Jan – 11 Feb 2022 14 Feb  2022 28 Feb 2022


Cycle 3 1 Mar 2022 March – April 2022 End April 2022 Start May  2022


Cycle 4* 1  May   2022 May – June  2022 Mid June   2022 End June  2022

* runs if places are available at this stage


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