Fine Art MA

This course is in clearing with spaces available


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  • MA Fine Art, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 8580 per year
  • MA Fine Art, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 1430 per 30 credit module
  • MA Fine Art, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 per year


Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

We're proud that our students go on to make their names as designers, design coordinators, pattern cutters, fashion technologists, product developers and retail managers.

As one of our graduates Lucy Johnson, who now owns the streetwear label Brahboys, says of the course, "It was a fun and emotional experience that I'd recommend to anyone thinking of a career in fashion."

At Graduate Fashion Week 2016, one of our students, Antonia Nae, won the prestigious Lipsy Red Carpet Award for her sweeping black dress.

The quality of our students' work is held in such high regard that a group of our undergraduates was commissioned to create the costumes for a pivotal scene in the hit movie, Absolutely Fabulous.

UEL Fashion and Textiles area has strong links with the industry that have been developed over the past 30 years and have worked with companies such as Erdem, Polo Ralph Lauren, Jenny Packham, The Collection, Asos, Marks and Spencer, Timothy Everest to name some. UEL fashion students are in high demand in industry for placement candidates as well as graduate employees due to their high level of skills and professionalism.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

MA Arch and Urb hero
My advice to MA students would be to make use of the freedom and the general friendliness of UEL to try out lots of different things, to grab tutors and technicians in the corridors and ask them for advice.

Also make use of what London offers - art galleries with major collections, all free! Read a lot, think a lot, draw a lot, go to exhibitions a lot and put a website together.

It can be a long, difficult haul, particularly in these hard times, but I couldn’t do anything else."
Elizabeth Bond

MA Fine Art

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The entire programme will be designed around mixed delivery of seminars, workshops, residencies, industry briefs, collaborative interdisciplinary projects and visits to collections, galleries, practitioners, museums and community groups which will ensure the field of study is both global and local. 

Knowledge is developed through:

  • Practically based design projects develop the key skills (research, design, recording information, exhibiting and presenting work)
  • Lectures, seminars and practical demonstrations
  • Live client project work and visiting professionals


Thinking skills are developed through:

  • Reading and Research, both primary and secondary, quantitative and qualitative
  • Essays, reports and action plans
  • Formulations of judgements with presentations and exhibitions
  • Self-directed study 

Practical skills are developed through:

  • Working with academic, visiting and support staff
  • New technologies, CAD digital media, digital fabric printing, photography and digital imagery
  • Competitions, national and international

Skills for life and work (general skills) are developed through:

  • Presentations, individually and in groups
  • Industrial placement, working with professionals as part of a team 
  • Working in teams and group situations in project and assignment work
  • Organisational skills and time management

How you'll learn

All of the programmes in the MFA suite will follow learning and teaching methods geared towards Master’s level achievement, and in particular, the 60 credit MFA modules will have the following key outcomes regarding creative practice and professional engagement:

  1. Identifying theoretical issues, range of voices, elements, and techniques used in their chosen creative practice and how they will be transferred to professional engagement.
  2. Identify and explore those key contextual issues relevant to their practice as contemporary artists and to their professional context. 
  3. Critically develop their own work in the context of a rigorous intellectual climate and in relation to the creative industries and artistic context. 
  4. Apply an understanding of elements and theoretical issues at an advanced level, engaging in contemporary creative practice in their chosen discipline and how it relates to a professional context. 
  5. Work at the highest possible standards in their work, so that they can develop the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function as successful creative practitioners in their chosen field.
  6. Work with a high degree of confidence and more sophistication and experimentation in their artistic practice in order to prepare it for professional dissemination.
  7. Demonstrate and refine further critical thinking and knowledge of the professional development of their practice, leading to professional engagement in the creative industries. 

Assessment and examination policies, practices and procedures will provide disabled students with opportunities equal to those of their peers to demonstrate the achievement of learning outcomes. Where study or assessment is negatively affected as a direct result of a disability-related cause, reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure the academic progress of the student is not unjustifiably impeded.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is by portfolio and coursework, with formative work demonstrated in portfolio submission and critical reflection. Regular feedback is given in workshops for all practice-based programmes in the School. All assessments will be conducted in accordance with UEL's Assessment and Feedback Policy.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD