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Fine Art

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Learn from and be inspired by major figures in British art as you push the boundaries of your creativity and imagination by studying for an MA or Professional Doctorate in Fine Art.
School of Arts and Digital Industries
  • professional tutors

    All of our tutors are professional artists, and we run an integrated studio practice programme that enables you to work with any tutor within Fine Art. We have our own dedicated on-site studios and galleries at our Docklands campus, including project spaces for experiential work.

  • well connected

    We have partnership projects and affiliations with a large number of art galleries, institutions and organisations. We’ve run projects with the National Portrait Gallery, Four Corners Gallery, Cock 'n' Bull Gallery Second Floor Studios, Trinity Buoy Wharf and Viewtube.
  • travel opportunities

    We offer field trips and annual residencies in the UK and overseas for postgraduate and research students. Our students have benefited from our annual residency at Artoll, Germany, introductions to London galleries and art fairs, residential making workshops at Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust in Dorset, exchange symposiums with the Academy of Arts, Belgrade and travel opportunities with partners in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, China, Malaysia, USA and Europe. 

Why us?

UEL’s postgraduate Fine Art courses enjoy an enviable reputation. The quality of the artists that we’re helping to shape reflects the excellence of our teaching by our distinguished practitioners and researchers.

Our exceptional courses have attracted leading international artistic talent, such as the multi-award-winning German animator, video artist and experimental filmmaker, Max Hattler, who was awarded his Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at UEL in 2014.

Our academic team includes leading figures of the British art scene. Course Leader of the MA course is Professor Grenville Davey, the Turner Prize-winning sculptor, while among our internationally acclaimed lecturers are the renowned sculptor, Richard Wilson, photography artist Faisal Abdu’Allah, painter Alexis Harding and Susan Stockwell, whose installation, Sail Away, was exhibited at the Tate Modern.

UEL Docklands Campus
Based in the vibrant artistic hub of our Docklands campus, you will work in a well-equipped, studio-based environment with access to free equipment hire and dedicated exhibition spaces.

The knowledge and experience of our academics is supplemented by a stimulating programme of guest lectures by visiting artists, as well as opportunities to undertake field trips and annual residences in the UK and abroad.

Learning By Doing


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, and also make use of what London offers – major galleries with major collections, all free.

Elizabeth Bond ,  MA Fine Art
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What we’re researching

We have maintained an international reputation for artistic innovation and research excellence due in large part to the work of our world-leading practitioners in sculpture and installation, 

Among our renowned academic team are Senior Lecturer Faisal Abdu'Allah, whose extraordinary work crosses the borders of photography, the printed image and lens-based installation. He’s exhibited at Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery.

Senior Lecturer Susan Stockwell has also enjoyed critical acclaim for her elegant drawings, sculptures and installations, which have been exhibited all over the world from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern to China’s Shenghua Art Centre.

Susan was commissioned by the National Army Museum to lead a two-year research project exploring the interconnected themes of the Army, conflict and rehabilitation.

Working in workshops with soldiers from two UK recovery centres, encouraging them to use drawing, sewing and quilting to unlock their memories, the collaboration led to the creation of a remarkable patchwork quilt, entitled Peace Makers – a symbolic flag for peace, justice, equality and humanity.

Professor Grenville Davey, the Turner Prize-winning sculptor who leads our MA course, has produced a number of high-profile public art projects, including Well, which was commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Inter Alia – a commission for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The latter was an installation reflecting human presence in the form of a series of hand prints cast in aluminium bronze.