MFA Fine Art

MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support you as an emerging artist. Through practical enquiry and contextual research you will identify your practice's unique qualities and how they align within the contemporary art world.


Course Leader

Edwina Fitzpatrick

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road


Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years (Extended Full Time)
Home/EU Fee

£8,750 (2016/17 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£22,140 (2016/17 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateOctober 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 2 October - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April - Friday 22 June 2018
Application DeadlineHome / EU - Monday 31 July 2017. International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To be taught over 2-3 days per week, depending on the stage in the course, with access to the MFA Fine Art studios and Wimbledon's shared workshops on these days. View the Wimbledon facilities section
  • To conduct research and gain practical experience in the remainder of their week
  • Time to explore and claim their art practice through acquiring a high level of awareness about the contemporary art world and understanding how their work operates within this territory
  • Their skills to be honed through our Professional Toolkit, with a course curriculum based on the recent Arts Council England’s recommendations for skills-sets required for both artists and arts organisations to flourish
  • Access to all University of the Arts London’s libraries 
  • To create a web folio instead of a formal academic written paper, which contextualises and showcases their artwork
  • Learn how to set up websites and use their online presence to profile their work


  • Unit 1: Re-evaluating your art practice
  • Unit 2: Mapping your art practice
  • Unit 3: Claiming your art practice

The course is delivered over 2 years for 30 weeks each year and includes:

  • Studio teaching which actively explores links between practice based experimentation and outcome
  • A cross-disciplinary lecture and seminar programme supporting the contextualisation of student practice and an understanding of different discourses of the contemporary art world
  • Developing both on and off site creative collaborations to test and develop negotiation skills, personal interaction abilities and develop student self-awareness
  • A professional practice programme of discussion groups, seminars, lectures run by artists and curators

Find out more about MFA Fine Art on the course website -



Edwina Fitzpatrick - Course Leader

Edwina Fitzpatrick is a London-based artist, whose work explores the environment. Her artwork involves mutability and change.

Fitzpatrick’s art projects explore what happens when 'grey' and 'green' environments intersect, and how human interactions have and are affecting the nature, culture and ecology of a place. They also reflect upon how climate change may affect this delicate balance. 

Read Edwina Fitzpatrick's full biography


Visiting Staff

  • Louise Ashcroft
  • Domo Baal
  • Julia Bardsley
  • Jordan Baseman
  • Kate Briggs
  • James Brooks
  • Simon Callery
  • Veronique Chance
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
  • Armin Chodonski
  • David Cross
  • Tom Dale
  • Lucy Day
  • Richard DeDominici
  • Jeffrey Dennis
  • Arnaund Desjardin
  • Kimathi Donkor
  • Peter Fillingham
  • Francesco Finizio
  • David Gryn
  • Ceri Hand
  • Marcus Harvey
  • Dan Hays
  • James Ireland
  • Sharon Kivland
  • George Henry Longly
  • Richard Layzell
  • Fiona MacDonald
  • Kirsty Ogg
  • Lucy Orta
  • Colin Perry
  • Deanna Petherbridge
  • Katie Pratt
  • Paul Ryan
  • Sarah Sparkes
  • Paul Tarrago
  • Jennett Thomas
  • Nick Thurston
  • David Toop
  • James Faure Walker



The course is designed to enhance our graduates’ employability. We’re committed to creating meaningful links with professional bodies, which means that students don’t just rehearse projects but actively create them.

Placements and offsite projects offer our students first hand experience of teamwork, project research, writing applications, project management, curating, fundraising and promotion.

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Details of two referees
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)


Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

How to apply

Online application for 2017 entry will open in November 2016.

Home / EU deadline is Monday 31 July 2017.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

 You can apply for this course using our online application form. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Wimbledon College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions.

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each of the following sections should be approximately 250 words.


  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level


Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.


  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.


Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?


Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

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