• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Reasons to study Fine Art MA at De Montfort University:

  • You will have access to dedicated studio space and will be part of a large and dynamic cohort of Fine Art students, from BA to PhD level
  • As well as having access to a range of visiting artists and critical input, you will be able to lead discussion groups and seminars
  • The teaching team is comprised of practicing artists. This ensures that you will learn real-world skills that are in touch with the creative arts sector, the latest technologies and current thinking
  • You will learn to be an independent, creative risk taker who embraces critical thinking and who has the ability to make decisions in complex situations
  • The new Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses - find out more

This Fine Art MA at De Montfort University will develop your artistic practice, contextual awareness and theoretical understanding within a stimulating and distinctive studio environment.

The course will introduce you to emerging trends in contemporary practice and enable you to find your voice in a fast-evolving visual culture that is increasingly collaborative, networked and dispersed. You will leave equipped with all the necessary skills to produce and exhibit your work, to deal with change, and to negotiate your individual, critical and creative position.

Graduate careers

The Fine Art MA course develops the skills, attributes and knowledge necessary for a career as an exhibiting artist. However, you will also leave with a range of transferable skills that enhance competitiveness in a range of graduate careers. These skills include the ability to:

  • Initiate research
  • Exercise your initiative and remain independent
  • Be a creative risk taker
  • Embrace critical thinking
  • Make decisions in complex situations

You will leave the course with the independent learning ability that is necessary for continuous professional development, enabling you to adapt to changing professional pressures and opportunities.

There is extensive potential for self-employment as an artist, or for employment in other closely related areas such as public and community art, education, curation and cultural journalism. Many graduates take their transferable skills into businesses that require creativity and independence, working in the wider creative sector.

For others, a Fine Art MA is the first step on an academic career. The course is excellent preparation for an MPhil or PhD that can lead to employment in higher education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Studio Practice
  • Research Methods for Creative Practice
  • Professional Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Not available to international students. 

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in Fine Art or a related subject.
  • If you have other professional qualifications or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • UK/EU: £422 per 15 credits (part-time) per year.

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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