MA Fine Art

MA Fine Art is an opportunity to look at the familiar with a fresh, perhaps oblique perspective in order to explore how “detour” permits “access” (Jullien 2004) to more subtle yet more complex interpretations. What constitutes a meaningful and useful research methodology in one culture may be considered unknown, unnecessary or redundant in another.

These differences are at the very fabric of the Fine Art course; establishing deliberate cross-cultural dialogues with students from International and UK backgrounds and providing a vehicle for highlighting differences in working practices and methodologies.

Course info

Course duration

1 year full-time (45 weeks)
2 years part-time (90 weeks)

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Simón Granell – Course Leader

MA (painting), BA (hons) 1st Class (painting)

Simón Granell studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art and The Slade School of Art, London. He is currently MA Fine Art Course Leader at the Arts University Bournemouth. Curatorial projects include Underground (2007) with Roger Ackling and Eric Butcher; a site-specific collaboration in the labyrinth of basement rooms at Shoreditch Town Hall, London, A Machine Aesthetic (2013-2014) at Gallery North...

Course philosophy

Recognising the individual and their aspirations, and celebrating ideas and risk-taking, our approach and experience of encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative activity lies with the provision of a meaningful journey for our students beyond the obvious.

They meet the fresh, often unpredictable and certainly challenging possibilities that are offered as they test, develop, progress, interrogate, ‘make’ and confidently reflect on their practice.

Our guiding principle is to offer distinctive and exciting opportunities for students to engage in their respective subject discipline in order to redefine their particular individual approach to their practice and position it within their chosen external creative economic and cultural environment.

Crucial to the course is that each student demonstrates a passion for their practice within their chosen medium and subject discipline.

MA Fine Art gives you the chance to explore how “detour” permits “access”, as Françios Jullien said in 2004. What constitutes a meaningful and useful research methodology in one culture may be considered unknown, unnecessary or redundant in another. These differences are the very fabric of the Fine Art course, which establishes deliberate cross-cultural dialogues with students from international and UK backgrounds, and provides a vehicle for highlighting differences in working practices and methodologies.

As an international student, you are not here simply to gain a UK education at Master’s level but to lend your voice, practice and ideas to an environment that celebrates the cross-pollination of countries and cultures in the discourse and creation of work. You’ll work alongside fellow international and UK students in a way that is essential to the course’s delivery and structure.

As a UK student, this is an opportunity to test your practice within a broader European or non-Western context, that is dependent on the composition of the cluster of students selected. You’ll reflect upon the determinants that inform your practice amongst the broadest student voice available. You’ll explore what it means to adopt particular working strategies and methods, and the contexts that inform these. These might be self-imposed, institutional, or cultural.

By taking advantage of the diversity of the course’s cohort, you’ll be able to explore the cultural and educational differences delivered through practice, discourse, workshops, faculty and collaborations with a range of MA courses across the University and Architecture. Our course not only acknowledges the contribution of international students but also puts centre stage the dialogue that is created with UK students on the course.

Course outline

MA Fine Art represents an exciting opportunity for students to challenge and build on their previous achievements and to study at an advanced level. Students deepen their knowledge and their ability to focus on their chosen field in relation to the key aspects that inform it.

Set within a community and culture of makers, students engage in dialogue and debate with their peers, both within and across MA pathways.

This experience provides dynamic and interactive sessions, which are vital to the enhancement and testing of new thinking and ideas generation as well as offering the broadest available critical arena for discussion of student work.

You can also download the programme specification.

You can find out more about any course costs.

Part-time pathway
The part-time pathway is carried out over a period of 90 weeks – rather than 45 weeks as in the full-time pathway.


The first unit, Strategies of Practice seeks to identify and critically review the attitudes and understanding underlying your Fine Art practice. It does this by encouraging you to return, through practice, to an engagement with fundamental components of your Fine Art activity, exploring the contextual issues that motivate and shape your practice, including audiences, sites of display, technological advances.

You’ll be encouraged to reflect ‘in-action’ as you question the nature of visual communication. You’ll be encouraged to scope out new areas for deeper enquiry.

Innovation, collaboration and communication are key skills taught by professionals and academics in the units Masters Project 1 and Masters Project 2. These units promote the processes necessary for students to engage in new technological advances, develop critical and theoretical frameworks, and raise their level of business awareness and self-direction along with an understanding of the trans-disciplinary nature of contemporary creative practice.

In Masters Project 2 you will work towards and produce your final outcomes/conclusions following the rationale established in your Study Plan. In this phase of study, you will apply the research methods identified in Masters Project 1 and determine how to present and disseminate the outcomes of the project.

If you’re interested in applying for MA Fine Art Course you should be able to demonstrate your passion and ambition for your practice within your discipline area. We’d recommend that you make note of the Course Overview which puts centre stage the dialogue created between international and UK students when writing your statement. We’re very interested to hear what you will add to the community and culture of the MA Fine Art course.

What are students doing

Looking to be inspired? Browse our gallery of student work to find out more about the kinds of projects that our students get involved in.


Your interview and portfolio

As part of your application, we require a portfolio of your work. You can find out more about what to include in your portfolio by downloading our Portfolio Guidelines.


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