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MFA Fine Art

Course length
2 years (extended full time)

Course suspended

MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon will not be taking applications.

If you are interested in Fine Art take a look at the other UAL postgraduate Fine Art courses.

MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts supports you as an emerging artist.

Through practical experimentation and contextual research you will identify your practice's unique qualities and how they align with the contemporary art world.

Course Leader Edwina Fitzpatrick talks about MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon.

Student work

MFA Fine Art Stories

Course overview

What you can expect

  • Teaching to take place over 2/3 days per week, depending on the stage in the course. You will have access to the MFA Fine Art studios and Wimbledon's shared workshops on these days. View the Wimbledon facilities
  • To conduct research and gain practical experience in the rest of your week
  • Time to explore and claim your art practice. You will do this by acquiring a high level of awareness about the contemporary art world. You will also gain an understanding of how your work operates within it
  • A course curriculum based on the Arts Council England’s recommendations for skills-sets required for both artists and arts organisations to thrive
  • Your skills to improve via our Professional Toolkit
  • To create an online portfolio instead of an academic written paper. This contextualises and showcases your artwork
  • To learn how to set up websites and use your online presence to profile your work
  • Access to all University of the Arts London’s libraries

Course units

Extended Full-Time Study Mode

The MFA is delivered over 2 years for 30 weeks each year. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.

By teaching in this mode we aim to give you the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and other commitments. These might be part-time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.

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

The course includes:

  • Studio teaching that explores links between practice based experimentation and outcome
  • A cross-disciplinary lecture and seminar programme. This supports the contextualisation of your practice. It will also give you an understanding of the different discourses within the contemporary art world
  • Developing both on and off site creative collaborations. Through these you will test and develop negotiation skills and personal interaction abilities
  • A professional practice programme. This will include discussion groups, seminars, lectures run by artists and curators


Visiting Staff

  • Jordan Baseman
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
  • David Cross
  • Jeffrey Dennis
  • James Ireland
  • George Henry Longly
  • Kirsty Ogg
  • Lucy Orta
  • Deanna Petherbridge
  • Katie Pratt
  • Paul Tarrago
  • Jennet Thomas
  • David Toop
  • James Faure Walker

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
  • A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
  • Critical reflection
  • A sense of direction for future work and study
  • An interest in fine art and other visual art forms

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
  • Work that shows potential for further development
  • Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
  • Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
  • An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
  • Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
  • Able to demonstrate written skills

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

Making your application

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£5,000 per year (2018/19 fees).

International fee

£12,430 per year (2018/19 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

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.

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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