The MA in Fine Art enables you to evaluate and develop your creative practice to the highest standards. It develops theoretical awareness, critical thinking and independent arts practice to a professional level.
The course facilitates critical debate between artists working within and across media areas including painting, photography, digital imaging, printmaking, sculpture, installation and site-specific art. Alongside your studio-based enquiry, you will undertake related research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.
When you start this course, you will begin with the module ‘Extended Fine Art Practice and Research Methodologies’ to give you a grounding in different research-based methods in Fine Art.
You will have access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support. Our research-active staff provide continual mentoring to help you position your practice within professional cultural environments, arts-related employment or higher-level academic research.
You can study this course full-time or part-time, and you will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links with galleries, including the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. The course often offers international study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination. Recent visits have included France, Italy, Spain, India, Vietnam and the USA.
As well as the existing connections between this course and regional galleries and art organisations, we encourage you to engage with external activities and events, nationally and internationally. A group of MA Fine Art students also attended a printmaking residency at the world-renowned Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.
Specialist Teaching Staff
Our teaching staff have a broad range of research interests reflecting the disciplines available on the course, and all staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. Visiting speakers have included renowned artists such as Richard Long, Marcus Harvey, Simon Callery, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Lisa Milroy, David Batchelor, Richard Deacon, Svetlana Fialova, Richard Patterson, Ian McKeever, Dan Hays and Richard Wilson along with innovative arts organisations such as Artangel.
Methods of Learning
We take a range of approaches to teach this course, to help you learn in the best way for you. A combination of tutorials, group critiques, research supervision, lectures and seminars will give you theoretical and practical experience.
During the first and second trimester specific modules are usually delivered on Mondays 9:30am to 4pm.
The course is assessed in both theory and practice by assignment, examination, portfolio submission and exhibition. You will produce work throughout the course for informal feedback, which does not contribute to your final grade but will give you the chance to improve your work. The MA Fine Art has three formal assessment periods in February, May and September, and these will contribute to your final grade.
University of Northampton Highlights
Number of Staff
Number of Students
Number of International Students
Graduation Employment Rate
Student Satisfaction Rate
Academic Programs Offered
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Mode of Programs Offered
Full time, Part time and Distance
Medium of Instruction
Average Tuition Fee for International Fee
GBP 12,000 - GBP 15,000
Proficiency Test for English Language
IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE
Scholarships, Funds and Loans
University of Northampton Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses
For all the prospective candidates for the institute, an estimated cost of living in the UK is as cpmipield below.
The tuition fee varies from one course to another. Following are some of the popular courses along with the tuition cost:
BA and BSc Degrees
BSc Podiatry / BSc Occupational Therapy
Sandwich / placement Year
MA or MSc Degrees
Cost of Attendance
Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:
Type of Expenditure
Cost (in GBP, per week)
Accommodation (includes basic facilities)
130 to 300
36 to 52
4 to 14
Books and supplies
Clothing and personal care
16 to 26
University of Northampton Application Process
Basic Admission Requirements
Certified transcripts of high school/college/university
One reference required
Statement of Purpose depicting the interest of the applicant in the chosen course
MBA applicants must also have a proof of work experience
Arts and design applicant must also submit their portfolio
The Result of Language Tests for English Proficiency from all the international applicants. The exams valid are IELTS, TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE. Following are the minimum scores required in IELTS to gain admission:
6.0 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
6.5 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
7.0 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section
When an international student is accepted they are required to pay the deposit fee of GBP 5,000 and will then receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University.
Other documents for the visa application process are: