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Our course encourages you to develop your ambitious and innovative work within the supportive atmosphere of studio-based practice and under the close supervision of some of Britain's leading artists.

We've been providing opportunities for ground-breaking talent since the Chapman brothers started making their dramatic impression back in the 1980s. Now, the course leader believes it just keeps getting better. 

The core elements of the course are designed to be challenging and enjoyable, to offer a rich, vibrant and varied experience in the fine arts.

There is a strong professional practice element so you will be encouraged to get involved in ‘real world’ projects – usually exhibitions, commissions, or residencies.

The course culminates in the degree show, which is a significant showcase for your work, attracting large numbers of visitors from the art world as well as the general public.

What makes this course different

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Industry experts

You will be learning from the best.

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Course reputation

This course has an impressive reputation for producing fine artists of considerable originality and quality.

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You will have excellent opportunities to exhibit your work and take advantage of our close relationships with many galleries and of our regular engagement with professional venues and practices.


The entire programme will be designed around mixed delivery of seminars, workshops, residencies, industry briefs and 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 developing 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



  • Core Modules

    Developing Independent Practice

    You will develop your personal studio practice with the support of tutorials and seminars. A wide range of appropriate media workshops staffed by technical demonstrators are available for you to develop your individual process, including wood, metal, print, film, video, digital media. The module element underpins and provides context for personal creative studio practice.


    Research and Practice Methods

    The critical concepts module underpins and provides context for your personal creative studio practice.

    The critical concepts element of the module introduces you to the central concepts and ideas of the theoretical debate taking place around contemporary art practice, nationally and internationally.

    Examples will be taken from the practices of painting, printmaking, sculpture, film installation, video and photography in order to explore the critical backdrop to those practices. Lectures and seminars will include topics such as: postmodernism and the expanded field of art, drawing, the photographic image, exhibition politics, participatory and socially-engaged art through the elaboration of theories about gender, ethnicity, authorship, politics and psychoanalysis.


    Interim exhibition

    You will continue to develop advanced independent work, realised in an interim exhibition.

    You will explore models of artistic practice and debate current professional practice procedures.


    Realisation of Practice and MA Exhibition

    You will develop a body of independent, personal work for the MA exhibition. You will develop a mature level of analytical understanding and verbal articulation of your own work.

    You will engage critically in the process of exhibition, including curation, installation, presentation, documentation and promotion of the exhibition in response to the needs of your work.

    You will contribute to the creation of group online presence in the form of a year group website to promote your work.


All of the programmes in the MFA suite will follow learning and teaching methods geared towards Master’s level achievement, and in particular in 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.


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 assessment will be conducted in accordance with the UEL's Assessment and Feedback Policy.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Debra Benita Shaw

Debra teaches history and theory on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Visual Arts and Architecture and supervises PhDs in Fine Art.

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Karen J Raney

Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Fine Art.

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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 — major 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


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 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 were commissioned to create the costumes for a pivotal scene in the hit movie, Absolutely Fabulous.

UEL Fashion and Textiles area has strong links with 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.