MA Fine Art – Bath Spa University

Key facts

MA Fine Art
Bath School of Art
Campus or location
Sion Hill and Locksbrook
Course length
One year full time; two years part time.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good first degree in Fine Art or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience, and a good working knowledge of Fine Art contexts and methodologies.

Fundamentally, you’ll be selected on your ability to succeed on this course, as demonstrated by your portfolio and interview.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

Become a diverse maker in this studio-based course that intersects with a wide range of fine art mediums, from painting to video and live art performance.

  • Advance your creative potential and develop your work to professional exhibiting level.
  • Taught by practising artists of national and international standing.
  • Permanent individual studio spaces (for full-time students) and excellent technical expertise and support.

The aim of the course is to examine and critically engage with the practice of art making. It is designed to stimulate and influence you to develop independent language in Fine Art through ambitious and disciplined studio practice.

This studio based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists.

The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever-changing and challenging Fine Art environment.

Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority.

“The tuition and wealth of knowledge of the tutors and visiting lecturers has helped my work evolve and progress way beyond anything I could have imagined before I started the course."

Daniel Wood, MA Fine Art

What you'll learn


We provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and appropriate practices. You’ll develop your creative potential and critical understanding as a practising artist.

Course structure

Research Methodologies
Introduces generic principles and processes of research relevant to the practice and study of art, design and curatorial practice. It provides you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking about your practice. It will give you confidence and authority by assisting you to identify key areas of interest and to build on this towards a mastery of your subject. It will outline established models of academic enquiry – both practical and intellectual – proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate a wide range of information and ideas.

Studio One: Re-establishment of Studio Practice
Is designed to re-establish and situate your existing practice. Its aim is to support and challenge you in further developing an awareness of this using material and methods acquired in the Research Methodologies module. You’ll produce work based upon a written proposal, negotiated individually and agreed with staff. Technical staff will introduce you to a wide variety of workshops as necessary, so you can experiment and explore, bringing your outputs to a finished level for exhibition at assessment.

Studio Two: Developing Studio Practice
Develop your re-established practice. The module aims help you consider your initial studio developments you made in Studio 1: Re-establishment of Studio Practice and develop a working strategy to build on and develop these further. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the exhibition element of your practice and to test finished resolutions not only of individual works in isolation but of a group of works relating positively to each other in appropriate exhibition settings.

Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice 
Develop relevant research methods and advanced reflective research, including appropriate references to theoretical and critical resources. This will give you greater understanding of the historical context of your studio practice. You’ll analyse your previous studio work and build on agreed experimentation/exploration in order to develop your technical, contextual and conceptual understanding of your studio practice.

Studio Three: Masters Project
A double module that leads to the award of MA Fine Art. The aim is that you’ll carry out a proposal developed in Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice. The outcomes based on this proposal will have been agreed and this forms your programme of study for the module. You’ll work in the studio with increasing independence and you’ll be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity to work within your chosen idiom and have advanced your understanding of this.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Research Methods
  • Re-establishment of Studio Practice
  • Developing Studio Practice
  • Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice
  • Masters Project.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of each trimester, the modules are assessed by internal staff and moderated by an external examiner. Assessment of each stage of the studio element of the course is by exhibition and all related materials together with an advanced written reflective statement. The research modules are assessed by an oral/visual presentation made by the student of their practitioner ‘position’ at the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma stage.

How will I be taught?

An individual programme of studio work, negotiated with staff, will re-establish and then develop your work to professional, exhibiting level. Progress is guided by scheduled and optional group and individual tutorials, and by group critiques of work led by academic staff.

The context for studio work is informed and clarified by a programme of seminars and discussions which set out a wide range of practice, both in terms of individual artists’ work and contemporary museum, gallery, exhibiting and curating activity.


Field trips

From London to Venice, you’ll have opportunities to participate in field trips across the MA Fine Art modules. Please note that you may have to pay for some of these study visits.


Fine Art graduates from our BA and MA courses have worked and exhibited widely as professional artists, had work purchased by the Tate and other institutions, represented the UK in exhibitions such as the Sao Paulo Biennale and have been nominated for the Turner Prize. Graduates work as curators and gallery professionals in public and private galleries and for arts councils and organisations, and write for journals.

Among the many opportunities there are for students to develop professional skills, experience and networks, the opportunity to work as interns for the Jerwood Drawing Prize gives them a unique perspective on the origination and organisation of the longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

Employers such as Hauser and Wirth, Woodford Litho, Idea Generation Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, GX Gallery, London, Arnolfini (Bristol) and The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery have recruited graduates from the department.

Notable Alumni

Alumni from the Department of Art include Glenn Brown who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2000 and John Wood and Paul Harrison whose videos are exhibited widely in both Europe and America, and as part of a survey of British video art at Tate Britain.

Among our MA alumni who exhibit widely; Zanne Andrea; Sarah Ball; Guy Bigland; Max Cahn; Broose Dickinson; Deborah Feiler; Fiona Haines; Lydia Halcrow; Dan Hampson; Jan Johnson; Jayne Lawless; Catherine Knight, Melissa Mahon; Mike Newton; Graeme Preedy; Dermot Punnett; Sarah Rhys; Matthew Spencer; Rebecca Taber and Karen Wood.

Curators and gallery directors include Kate MacGarry at Kate MacGarry Gallery; Kay Pallister at Gagosian; Jemma Hickman at bo lee; David Risley at David Risley Gallery; Colin Ledwith with FutureCity.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our Art and Design courses are based at our Locksbrook Road (2019) and Sion Hill campuses.

You’ll benefit from access to:

Your new campus

Our new Locksbrook Campus is truly a unique and inspirational space, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to flourish. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £8,405
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

International students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £15,685
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need a good first degree in Fine Art or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience, and a good working knowledge of Fine Art contexts and methodologies.

Fundamentally, you’ll be selected on your ability to succeed on this course, as demonstrated by your portfolio and interview.

How do I apply?

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Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

With your application form you should provide a good photographic record of examples of recent work either in an attachment or through a link to an online resource and these should be clearly marked with size, date and medium.

At interview you would, where possible, bring some actual examples of this work. We'll ask you about the artists you look at and the exhibitions you have visited. We'll discuss the works you make and it is useful for us to hear how you think you might develop your ideas and what facilities you'll need to carry this out.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Andrea Medjesi-Jones
Locksbrook Campus image credits: Chris Wakefield, Crescent Photography

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