MA Fine Art

The School of Fine & Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

The Course

MA Fine Art is a studio-based course that is aimed at those who wish to develop the critical, research, practical and professional aspects of their art practice at the highest level.

This interdisciplinary programme encourages creative risk-taking and intellectual inquiry. Alongside a strong emphasis on the richness and breadth of art from around the world, staff and students on the programme are encouraged to take an active role in Lincoln’s contemporary art community.

You will have access to individual studio space while benefiting from opportunities to collaborate with national and international artists, curators and designers working in a variety of media. There is an active visiting artist programme of talks and tutorials, which has previously included George Shaw, Jamie Shovlin, Yu Chen Wang, Fiona Curran and Joy Sleeman. Medium-specific specialist themes are available, recognising the increased material focus of advanced practice in fine art.

MA Fine Art is based in a dedicated studio and the production of work through studio practice is central to the programme.

The structure of the course is designed to be supportive, but geared towards independent research and practice. Teaching occurs through tutorials, critiques, seminars, lectures, visiting artists and curators, study visits and, importantly, through sharing of research and ideas among the peer group.

Full-time students will be taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (full day), as well as occasionally on other days. We expect all of our full-time students to work independently in addition to taught hours, to make up the full 5 days.

Part-time students will be taught on Tuesdays (full days) and some Wednesdays. Part-time students will be given a timetable upon enrolment in September for the whole academic year which will confirm which Wednesdays they will be in attendance. As a part-time student, there is an expectation of 2.5 days committed to studies which includes the teaching time.

Critical Studio Practice (Core)
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Critical Studio Practice (Core)

This module of study is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between students' studio work and its wider external contexts. Students who wish to specialise are encouraged to liaise with specialist tutors and engage with the undergraduate media networks and staff research groups.

Students will have the opportunity to be engaged in and extend the analysis of their personal research topic through the production of studio work. The work produced should be evidenced through use of appropriate media and focused enquiry and investigation pursued with a critical rigour.

The studio work produced should be informed and supported by a presentation of research and a written critical report.

Critical Studio Research (Core)
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Critical Studio Research (Core)

The module is designed to explore the function and applications of research as a mechanism through which to develop both fine art thinking and studio work. Students will have the chance to be introduced to effective methodologies for researching, with the aim of enabling the development of knowledge to inform the development, and application of both studio and theoretical work.

Students will be expected to identify personal research topics for the production of a range of studio work that indicates investigation and enquiry as distinct from work that may be specifically for exhibition.

The studio work should be supported by a written report that clearly identifies the research topic, its contexts and reflects critically on the studio work.

MA Fine Art Exhibition (Core)
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MA Fine Art Exhibition (Core)

This intensive period of study aims to enable students to develop a major, and substantial, body of work that clearly evidences an understanding of and, critical engagement with, the identified research topic. Students who wish to specialise are encouraged to liaise with specialist tutors and engage with the undergraduate media networks and staff research groups.

It is expected that the body work and exhibition be produced to a high professional standard of presentation. Students are expected to manage all aspects of the exhibition, including curation, marketing and fundraising if applicable.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, through spoken presentations, written submission and importantly the presentation of critically grounded art work.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

All applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to present a portfolio of their recent Fine Art work.
 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans  for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,609 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs


For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. There will be additional material costs associated with this programme. These will be dependent on the scope and ambition of the research and practice carried out by each individual student.

Study Visits

This course also provide opportunities for you to undertake optional study visits, these are usually single day visits to nearby cities. Please note that there are usually additional costs associated with these trips and students will be required to pay for travel and general expenses incurred as part of the trip. Where any trips may be compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee.

This course may also provide opportunities for study visits abroad. Where students have the opportunity to participate, they will be required to their pay travel, accommodation and general living expenses.

Text Books

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Andrew Bracey

Andrew Bracey

Senior Lecturer

Andrew teaches on the MA and BA Fine Art courses, organises the ART TALKS lectures as well as being the College of Arts postgraduate taught programme lead. His practice-based research focuses on the slippage and overlap between the artist and the curator and his current PhD research is an exploration of parasitical tendencies of the contemporary artist using existing paintings as a host for new artworks.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

The MA Fine Art is designed to enhance your practical, theoretical and creative understanding of your chosen artistic discipline. Graduates have gone on to exhibit their work and undertake commissions.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

All students are supported in the development of their practice and its documentation. Students have access to photography, video and audio facilities; acrylic resist etching, digital imagery and screen printing equipment, as well as facilities enabling wood, metal, plaster, plastics and resin work.

Each Fine Art student has access to studio space in our £11 million purpose-built Art, Architecture and Design Building, which comprises studios, workshops and a public gallery.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.