Contemporary Arts China, M.A. | Birmingham City University | Birmingham, United Kingdom
12 months
16870 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The course is aimed at ambitious researchers and practitioners who want to pursue an international career in the arts, and want to become research-led practitioners and professionals. Its focus on professional development makes it ideal for recent graduates, curators, artists, designers, art historians, writers and others. Contemporary Arts China - MA is provided by Birmingham City University.


What's covered in the course?

This award has been developed with our industry partners, galleries and museums in UK and China, who are also engaged in course delivery.

It has been designed to support individuals who want to gain specialist knowledge, while working in an interdisciplinary research environment. 

The course offers you the opportunity to conduct original research in an exciting and expanding field, cutting across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

You will learn about the complex issues and challenges within Chinese contemporary arts in in its local, regional and global context, while developing your own practice/research and gaining professional experience through an extended work placement, live research project or residency.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts at Birmingham City University, as well as our prestigious partner organisations in China, UK and EU.

You will also be introduced to broader issues of transcultural communication and the global arts ecology, and you will be encouraged to respond creatively to a wide variety of cultural contexts and stimuli.

You will be located at Birmingham School of Art in Margaret Street, where you will have access to a wide range of workshops and facilities and be welcomed as part of a diverse, exciting postgraduate community.

Why Choose Us?

The course has been developed with our industry partner organisations who include:

  • Academy for International Visual Arts AIVA (Shanghai)
  • Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester)
  • Chronus Arts Center (Shanghai)
  • Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou)
  • Ikon Gallery (Birmingham)
  • New Art Exchange (Nottingham)
  • OCAT (Xi’an), OCAT (Shanghai)
  • Primary (Nottingham)
  • Swarovski (Wattens in Austria)
  • Tate Liverpool (Liverpool)
  • Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (Beijing)
  • White Rabbit Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art (Sydney)


MA Contemporary Arts China has been created as a response to market demand and increasing interest in this area. The course has been developed and delivered with our cultural and creative industry partners in the UK, EU and China.

The course has a strong emphasis on employability and provides you with the opportunity of gaining professional experience and transferable skills within a global context, enabling you to gain a unique insight into and invaluable first-hand experience of working within the sector.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Contemporary Arts in China
  • Art and Transcultural communication
  • Professional Development
  • Global China
  • Research in Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second-class degree (or higher) in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16870 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16870 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 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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