University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Fine Art

This programme will allow artists who have already achieved high production values in their studio work to combine this with contemporary critical theory. You will develop your artistic practice in well-equipped studios and work towards an exhibition of your own. At the same time, you will explore contemporary art, theory and criticism to inform and contextualise your work, and you will specialise in 1 area of criticism or theory when you choose from a wide range of optional modules. In a region full of cultural resources, from The Hepworth Wakefield to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Henry Moore Institute, you will learn from expert researchers and practitioners as well as a host of visiting artists and speakers. You could explore aesthetics, feminist studies, deconstruction and museum practice; and you could even undertake a work placement in a museum, gallery or other cultural institution.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject area. Professional experience will also be considered. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Course modules

Core modules: Studio practice; exhibition; fine art dissertation; essential research skills 1; essential research skills 2. Optional modules include: Reading sexual difference; capitalism-criticism-contemporary art; feminism and culture: theoretical perspectives; unfinished business (trauma, cultural memory and the holocaust); aesthetics and politics; encountering things (art and entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England); the origins of postcolonial England; technology, media and critical literacy; humanity, animality and globality; the margins of medieval art.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods you come across may vary depending on the modules you choose. However, they are likely to include your exhibition and supporting written work, your portfolio of studio work, in-course assessment, essays and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5274