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Our Fine Art master’s degree provides you with a supportive, critical environment, where you'll be able to develop key professional skills. You'll progress your independent practice, while building your theoretical awareness and understanding of fine art.
You'll learn from experienced tutors who are also practicing artists, curators, and researchers. You'll also get to work with our experienced team of technical specialists.
Our dedicated studio is open 24-hours a day during semester time. You'll share this facility with fellow students and a supportive community of artists. And through our established connections, you'll have the opportunity to go on professional placement at contemporary galleries and arts institutions.
This course will aid your progress to your chosen career in the arts. It can also help you move on to further study at PhD level.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
You’ll work closely with a dedicated tutor, ensuring quality and consistent contact.
Enabling your practice
Our teaching adapts to support your art practice, and to enable you to become an independent practitioner.
Your dedicated individual studio space is open 24 hours a day during term time.
In addition to in-house lecturers, regular guest speakers provide contact with practicing artists and professionals from the creative industries.
State of the art equipment
We are always investing in new technologies and equipment. Our workshops include traditional as well as the latest digital facilities: laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR).
The 3 strands of this course – practice, theory, and professional experience – allow you to build the skills and expertise of a contemporary artist.
Choose to study full time for a year, or partner the course with other career or artistic commitments over 2 years.
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your extended essays will explore the theory behind some of today’s leading practices. And, you’ll learn how to write competently and theoretically about your own artistic pursuits.
With no house style to adopt you’ll be encouraged to develop your independent practice, and we’ll support you to develop your ideas. Specialise in video, photography, sound or one of multiple 3D artforms, sculpture, installation, or otherwise.
Workshops are run by highly skilled, creative technical specialists, able to support everything you do. With lectures given by curators, practising artists and scholars.
You’ll pick up plenty of professional skills and be able to contribute fully to local, national and international arts communities.
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods and approaches include:
- formal lectures
There are three main parts to the course. The largest of these develops your individual practice as a contemporary artist. The second develops your understanding of historical and theoretical frameworks and contexts. The third enables your development as a functioning and contributing member of broader local, national and international arts communities.
You will develop as a reflective, practising artist. And you will have a robust and critical understanding of your own work. You will apply current theoretical frameworks of contemporary art practice.
You’ll be informed by the diverse and often challenging practices of nationally and internationally recognised artists, collectives and movements. And pursue specific interests to a greater depth through a process of independent learning.
There is an optional field trip as part of the programme.
In the practice based modules, you will be assessed on:
- development production
- and public dissemination of your work.
In Semester 1 you will take part in an interim exhibition. In Semester 3 you will present a major piece or body of work in a professional context through the MFA show.
Practical work is assessed alongside research and development materials. Theory modules are assessed with written work. Teaching includes some sessions on research and writing skills. You will develop the ability to rationalise theory within contemporary arts practices. You'll take part in a reflective process of articulation to produce a written evaluation. This replicates the expectations placed on professional artists when working with external agencies and stakeholders.
The professional module will support and formalize your career aspirations. You will practice identifying, ordering, prioritising and assessing personal goals within a dynamic work environment.
Field trips are an optional feature of the course and costs are not included in the fees. Please see the Additional costs section of this page for details.
The teaching staff for the Fine Arts programme contribute to the FAR (Fine Art Research) unit which forms a focus for their research. In addition, other active arts research occurs in the Sonic Art Research Unit.
Visit the School of Arts website for more information about the research groups.
More information about individual research by the teaching staff can be found on the School of Art staff pages.
MFA Fine Art is ideal for career starters or those looking to give your employability greater currency. Add to your first degree or embed the arts deeper into your working world. This course can be a path directly into the fine arts or a way to bring its practice and theory into another field of interest.
You can expect to master plenty of skills that employers will find attractive. And you’ll gain confidence and knowledge to deliver your ideas and critique the creative output of others.
Student peers will provide valuable support during and after your studies. Student collaborations and creative collectives which began on the course often continue when studying is over.
You’ll leave this course with the confidence to comment on contemporary art, whatever the context. And feel equipped to claim your space within the art world. Alongside artist you could also consider the following roles:
- set designer
- arts therapist
- museum and gallery educator
- gallery manager
- arts journalist
- university lecturer
- art teacher.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or if you have not studied a higher education degree in English, then an English language level of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component is required
There is a fair amount of discussion on the programme - both in the feedback sessions and in the weekly seminar-meetings. It is therefore very important to be able to understand and speak English well enough to participate in a group conversation.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Exhibition costs for two professionally displayed exhibitions for public view||From £350|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
European or international field trip
|Field trips to London and other local venues.||£30|
UK field trip
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.