- MA Fine Art
- Bath School of Art, Film and Media
- Campus or location
- Locksbrook Campus
- Course length
- One year full-time.
Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.
Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.
Please contact our admissions team for more information: email@example.com.
Realise your creative potential and learn alongside fellow students across all MA Fine Art and MA Design pathways.
- Experiment and take risks to develop your practice to a professional level – with expert academic support.
- Learn from practising artists of national and international standing and benefit from exceptional technical support.
- Work in permanent studio spaces and excellent workshop facilities, in a purpose-built, interdisciplinary environment.
This studio-based MA Fine Art course allows you to develop your creative potential in a cross-disciplinary environment, using specialist equipment and drawing on the expertise of practising artists and skilled technicians at our Locksbrook campus.
Working with students from across the Bath School of Art, Film and Media and School of Design, you’ll study a range of approaches including painting, sculpture, live art and photography, to further your skills and knowledge in your specialist area. You’ll identify your individual position as an artist, develop the appropriate technical skills and learn how to promote and exhibit your work professionally.
Key to the Fine Art Master’s at Bath Spa is the chance to specialise in your chosen discipline while learning alongside fellow students across all MA Fine Art and MA Design pathways. You’ll also engage with industry leaders, galleries, museums, curators, artists and businesses, ready for the next step in your professional or academic career.
What you'll learn
Learn to adopt an interdisciplinary and material-led approach, based on experimentation, risk-taking and personal innovation.
MA Fine Art at Bath Spa will challenge your assumptions about art production and encourage you to explore ways to progress within and transform the field. It will also encourage you to build collaborative relationships with other artists and develop transferable skills.
You’ll identify your individual position as an artist and learn to promote and exhibit your work professionally. You’ll take a holistic approach, embedding theory, research, and historical and contemporary practice into your work.
MA Fine Art at Bath Spa runs over one year and is divided into three trimesters.
Begin to take chances and challenge your creative processes. You’ll interrogate your existing knowledge and develop skills in an environment that encourages playfulness and artistic risk-taking. You can experiment freely in our wide variety of specialist facilities, open studio spaces, and technical workshops – where expert support is on-hand.
Building on the work in the first trimester, you’ll maintain an experimental approach, but start to narrow your focus. We’ll help you evaluate your initial studio developments and refine your working strategy. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the presentation of your practice and to test how finished works relate to each other in, as well as to the spaces of, exhibition sites.
You’ll work in the studio with increasing independence as you establish a professional practice. You’ll devise and complete your Master’s Project, working to a proposal which contextualises your work within your specialist discipline and leads to your final Degree Show.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.
- Practice 1 (Fine Art)
- Research Methods
- Theory and Professional Context
- Practice 2 (Fine Art)
- Research Practice
- Theory and Professional Practices
- Masters Project.
Your progress is evaluated throughout the course and at the end of each trimester through a mixture of exhibitions, verbal/visual presentations, research folders/blogs and written assignments.
You’ll learn through lectures, talks, taught sessions, individual and group tutorials, and studio critiques and seminars.
Visiting lecturers, and seminars with external professionals and internationally renowned designers and artists, will help you determine where your current practice sits within the industry.
Our collaborative structure also means that you’ll learn from each other – for instance, Curatorial Practice and Textiles students might engage in debates with Fine Art students.
Technical Demonstrators, who manage our workshop facilities, provide teaching and support across a wide range of subject specialisms. Your learning is also supported by specialist librarians.
To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.
See what we're making on Instagram: @mafabathspa
Online gallery of student work
Check out some of our student work from both the MA Fine Art and MA Design programmes at Bath Spa.
When permitted, Bath School of Art, Film and Media offers fieldwork opportunities throughout the academic year.
There are several awards and competitions at Bath Spa that MA Fine Art students can enter:
Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.
Facilities and resources
As a postgraduate Fine Art student you’ll benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities, including:
- Our student service point at Locksbrook where you can purchase subsidised art and design materials, hire out equipment for free and collect Library resources
- Access to our well-stocked Library at Newton Park
- Specialist technical facilities across all of art and design
- Access to studio space where you can work on projects and refine your practice and your research.
Locksbrook Campus is a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. It has now been transformed into an innovative, open plan space, redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, with technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.
Locksbrook has received both a RIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, recognising and celebrating what an amazingly inspirational space it is to come together to design, make, do, create and learn in.
|Student||Annual tuition fee|
|UK full time||£9,520|
|International full time||£17,760|
Interested in applying?
We're looking for energetic and self-motivated individuals who can work on their own but see the value in collaboration with others. You should enjoy asking questions and solving creative problems.
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. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) web page to learn more.
Fundamentally, you’ll be selected on your potential to thrive on the programme, as demonstrated by your portfolio and interview.
Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.
With your application form you should provide images of recent work, either in an attachment or through a link to an online resource. These should be clearly marked with size, date and medium. You should also write a short statement outlining why you want to study for an MA at Bath School of Art, Film and Media and what attracts you to the course. Find out more about submitting a portfolio.
We encourage you to come to Locksbrook, if possible, so that we can meet in person and show you the campus. At interview, you'd usually bring some examples of your work. We'll ask you about the artists you look at and exhibitions you've visited.
We'll discuss your work, how you hope to develop your ideas and the facilities you'll need. If it's not possible for you to attend in person, we offer online interviews, supported by a digital portfolio.
When to apply
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.