12 months
14750 GBP/year
7750 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Follow a chosen visual practice discipline, from Contemporary Fine Art, Photography, Glass or Ceramics. Re-evaluate, experiment and test new ideas, while collaborating with peers to extend your contemporary practice. Grow your practice in a creatively stimulating environment and establish yourself as a creative professional with the Visual Practice programme of the University of Sunderland.


The Visual Practice programme of the University of Sunderland will enable you to develop your personal visual practice and follow your own interests and aspirations. You'll follow a chosen pathway for the duration of your MA study, with the option to be awarded with one of the following:

  • MA Visual Practice: Contemporary Fine Art
  • MA Visual Practice: Photography
  • MA Visual Practice: Glass
  • MA Visual Practice: Ceramics

We do not have a ‘house style’, instead you will be encouraged and supported to uncover your own focus through independent creativity. You’ll improve your technical ability through expert support, using our excellent facilities, and develop academic skills in research and communication.

You'll work alongside a diverse range of established artists, theorists, writers, curators and specialist technicians to develop your practice and professional career, and you'll meet, share practice and collaborate with staff and peers from a variety of disciplines as part of the MA Visual Practice community.

Career ready

On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the creative industries. The course is focused on developing your own perspective of professional practice. Key issues will include: how to develop and sustain your individual creative practice; disseminating your work; identifying, reaching and developing your audiences; ethical practice and how to foster successful partnerships and modes of collaboration in both arts and non-arts sectors. You will develop your own personal creative projects and career plans throughout.

Many recent Sunderland graduates are now working as independent self-employed artists and are successful practitioners around the world, while some have moved on to teaching in schools and lecturing positions at universities. Others have chosen to move into other areas, including jewellery, architecture, interior design, engineering, photography, painting and sculpture.

During the course we encourage you to gain creative industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability. This experience can take the form of working on live commissions, entering competitions and exhibiting work in public exhibitions. We also have the Digital Incubator Unit and the Enterprise Place who can offer assistance for you to start your own business or freelance practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Experiment and Reflect
  • Developing your Creative and Professional Practice
  • Resolve and Exhibit

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Usually requires applicants to hold an honours degree in Fine Art or related art and design disciplines. We will consider applicants from other fields, as well as those with professional experience in the creative industries, if their portfolio is suitable.
  • We ask applicants to present a portfolio of work. Your portfolio should demonstrate your skills and creativity and a desire to create Fine Art-based work. This should be presented as original pieces, photographs or in digital form.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7750 GBP per year during 12 months.

The part-time fee is £403 per 10 credits.

Living costs for Sunderland

758 - 1438 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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