Master of Fine Arts - MFA
Why study this course?
This exciting one-year studio practice MFA offers a combination of experienced teacher-practitioners , dedicated studio space and diverse workshops in a great London location. You’ll enjoy two opportunities to exhibit – at the famous Cass Summer Show and through an extensive group project commissioned with an established art or design organisation.
This is new innovative and intensive MFA in a world leading capital of art and design: London is designed for graduates of art and design taking the next important step towards earning a living from the practice they love
This postgraduate MFA course is a taught degree, with lots of hands-on teaching and learning in workshop, studios and seminars, shaping your work towards practical and commercial outcomes as a professional practitioner.
You have access to great facilities throughout the year. At London Met we are famous for our specialist workshops: photography darkrooms, metalwork and woodwork workshops, ceramics room, printmaking studio, digital imaging equipment, textiles and sewing equipment, 3D printing and laser-cutting, photography resources, video and film editing facilities, a camera equipment hire shop and sound recording studios.
You‘ll learn to propose, research, develop and execute a master’s level project to the highest possible professional standards. You establish the framework of a professional practice: how to self-organise your practice in the world to achieve reputation and success.
There is a School wide, intensively marketed London PG Diploma exhibition at the University in June where you curate and showcase your work.
Finally, you test yourself in one of a series of group projects briefed by London art organisations and design companies. You work together with fellow postgraduates all summer to meet the requirements of the professional commission.
Would you like to test this course out?
This course has special ‘try-it-out’ days on Saturdays in September, November, February and April when our tutors workshop an aspect of the MFA course, as delivered. These ‘‘try-it-out’ days’ are free! See what this course is like by signing up for one of these special Saturdays!
Full-time students will be assessed at up to three points in a year. Assessment will be by coursework only, with components that are measured for: subject knowledge; analysis; problem-solving and experimentation; management of own learning and personal professional development; skills in professional practice (CV, website, social media and communications); exhibition skills, production and installation; project skills, the production of online project documentation (including an online evaluative report, online project proposal and annotated research material) and two finished projects (Major Project and Collaborative Commission). Marking criteria are published to students. The assessors provide written online feedback on each assessment component at each assessment point in a standard template.
You will be required to have:
- an upper second-class (2:1) honours degree in an art or design subject
If your application passes all requirements, the University will invite you to choose from a series of interview dates at which interviewers assess your portfolio before making an offer.
Upon receipt of invitation to choose an interview date, applicants who live too far away for interview may then notify submission of a digital portfolio.
Relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
The course structure is designed to be completed in one year (two years if taken part-time). The modules all serve to create a major project exhibited in June, before a final summer spent entirely on a collaborative professional commission, briefed by an arts organisation or design company and undertaken in working group.
Throughout the year, students gain a variety of insights into the art or design worlds via guest lecturers from a wide range of public and private sector organisations, as well as case study reviews, workshops, exhibitions, events and site visits across London and further afield.
- Professional Practice & Networking
- Major Project and Exhibition
- Groupwork to Professional Brief
You can use this MFA as a qualification in establishing yourself as a professional, self-employed artist or designer. To do so, you must go on to use the experience gained in the qualification to self-organise and network to win contracts, commissions and shows. We have a professional practice and networking module designed to help you learn exactly for this purpose.
Or you can use the MFA qualification to gain work at major employers in the art and design sector such as Artsadmin, Pentagram, the Tate, the Royal Academy, Tom Dixon, Arts Council England, Heatherwick’s, the Venice Biennale, Sotheby’s or Conrans.
Alternatively, you can use the MFA to go on to study for an art and design PhD, an entry qualification that helps you get into a Higher Education art or design career, to teach and research anywhere in the world.
How to apply
Use the apply button to begin your application.
When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
Fees and key information
News and success stories
10 - 14 November 2016
ENSEMB7E presents Hidden Layers, new exhibition by MA by Project Artists at The Strand Gallery, London.
Close up image of a web-like structure.
4 - 6 November 2016
A photographic show by Cass alumni that presents work somewhere between completely true and completely false.
Image of electric fan held in front of womans face
Exhibition: 14-17 September
Dates announced for annual postgraduate exhibition.
webcam image of woman sitting on sofa
5- 20 August 2016
Exhibition by artist and Cass alumna Nye Thompson exploring our vulnerability in cyberspace.
Vote for Denise Amanda Lewis in the prestigious Textile Design Award and you could win €500
Cass professor(s) Bob and Roberta Smith exhibits in Brussels.
Empty pew and a black and white tiled floor in a church
Monday, 23 March, 1pm
Spaces and their Objects, a lunchbox lecture by the artist Grace Adam.
Bob and Roberta Smith with test letters on Central House Roof
13 April - 2 May 2015
Immersive exhibition in run up to General election in collaboration with arts charity ARTS EMERGENCY, curated by Bob and Roberta Smith.
Image credit: Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Preparatory collage for Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows
'Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows'
'Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows', a newly commissioned sculptural installation and performance by Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Barbara and Henry- The Musical
Fine art lecturer collaborates on musical
Cass Fine art lecturer Mel Brimfield collaborates on musical about imaginary relationship between Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth
A shelving system with items on
The Cass Fine Art show at Christmas
On Thursday, 18 December, from 5.00 pm until 8.30 pm, on the 2nd floor of Central House at The Cass, art students will put together a giant 'shop' in one week for a pop-up show.
FINE ART: lunchbox lecture - Emily Pope
a lunchbox lecture by the artist Emily Pope
School of the Damned - Alternative Education in the Arts, a lunchbox lecture by the artist Emily Pope
Image for Kobberling
hold it!, a lecture by Folke Köbberling
Berlin-based artist Folke Köbberling's practice sits between sculpture, installation and architecture.
Covers: After The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street. 1972. (2014)
Guest Lecture by Artist Harold Offeh
Harold Offeh will talk on his ongoing project Coverswhich sees him re-creating album covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
A lunchbox lecture by the artist and Cass alumnus
A lunchbox lecture by the artist and Cass alumnus Lewis G Burton.
Meet the team
Gwen Andersonfemale postgraduate student
Patrick BrillPatrick Brill
Mel BrimfieldMel Brimfield
Ben CainImage of artwork: We Call This Work, Busan Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2012
Richard DuckerRichard Ducker
Oriana FoxPublic Acts at The Art Party hosted by Oriana, 2013
Dr Pil and Dr Galia KollectivDr Pil and Dr Galia Kollectiv profile image
Andy LawsonPhotograph of Andy Lawson