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Fine Arts MA,PgDip,PgCert

MA Fine Arts

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The MA Fine Arts degree programme will enable you to develop and locate your practice in relation to current bodies of knowledge and  practice in the fine arts. You will build a strong and increasingly confident practice through awareness and interaction with current contexts of professional practice and research. There will be opportunities to consider and engage with a diverse range of disciplines, methodologies and practices - including collaborative practice - both within and beyond current fine arts practice. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop your creative practice and thinking and provide you with a platform from which to disseminate your work.

MA Fine Arts is part of a vibrant suite of practice-based taught postgraduate programmes in the creative arts, also including applied theatre, applied theatre and music. Each of these Masters programmes are designed for practitioner orientated study and research, providing you with the opportunity to develop your creative practice and reflective thinking within a supportive community of artists and robust culture of enquiry. Whilst your focus will be on Fine Arts, there will also be opportunities for exciting cross-disciplinary study across these two programmes.


What qualifications do I need?

Candidates for the MA programme are considered on the combination of all elements of their application, including existing arts practice, evidence of critical and reflective engagement and academic qualifications.

For all candidates there will be an interview and consideration of a portfolio of work; this is a central element of our consideration of applications and also an opportunity for you to find out more about the programme. In interviews, all candidates will be asked to give a presentation. The criteria for this are as follows:

  • Demonstration of readiness for graduate level practice
  • Evidence of engagement with critical thinking

We are happy to arrange interviews by skype for overseas students.


Candidates for entry to the MA programme must normally possess one of the following:

  • Graduates with an honours degree at 2:1 or above in a related subject (e.g. Drama, Theatre, Live Art, Place/Space/Time Based Art) will normally register for the MA.


  • Graduates with an honours degree from another discipline and working in a professional arts environment or with extensive experience of arts practice. Academic tutors will consider such applications on an individual basis.  


Applicants not meeting the above criteria may be considered for initial registration on the Postgraduate Certificate. If successful in work at postgraduate level, the student may be permitted to enrol for the Masters’ degree. In particular applicants with a 2:2 degree may be considered according to relevant practice based or professional experience.

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or equivalent.

For certain activities within the MA Applied Theatre programme a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check may be required (for instance if working in schools or with young people). It is the responsibility of the student to obtain DBS checks as appropriate.

Applications from candidates with disabilities are always considered and assessment of their abilities and needs are undertaken sensitively. The safety of the potential student and our ability to fulfil his/her learning needs and experiences are important in the decision to offer a place on the programme.


How much does it cost?

The fees are subject to review.

Please visit our tuition fees webpage  for up-to-date information about fees

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni undertaking PG level study


How do I apply?

Use the button below to apply for our full-time and part-time programmes.  For help completing the online application, please refer to our guide.

For all candidates there will be an interview and consideration of a portfolio of work.


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MA Fine Arts Full-time



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MA Fine Arts Part-time



For further information please contact:

Dr Justin McKeown, Head of  Fine Arts, E: j.mckeown@yorksj.ac.uk