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Master of Fine Arts - MFA

Why study this course?

A postgraduate qualification will establish your career. Our MFA has tight focus, wide scope and great ambition. Taught in London, a world-leading city in art and design, our tutor-practitioners focus only on professionalism. Chances to exhibit and showcase. Your own studio space at no extra cost. Higher public profile via website and social media.

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Our MFA is designed for graduates of art and design taking the next important step towards earning a living from the practice they love.

The MFA has a simple structure, designed around and focused upon the development of your studio practice. Projects are delivered within selected studios that set the theme over the academic year. Modules that develop professional practice, collaborative work and the public profile of your practice support those studio modules and culminate in your major project module and exhibition.

You will learn to propose, research, develop and execute a master’s level project to the highest possible professional standards. You will establish the framework of a professional practice: how to self-organise and sustain an art or design practice in the world to achieve reputation and success.  You will create a website and establish a social media legacy for your practice.

Teaching and learning takes place in workshops, studios, tutorials and seminars, shaping work towards practical and commercial outcomes as a professional practitioner – artist, photographer or designer.

Unlike many other postgraduate art and design courses in the British capital city, ours includes your own special studio space in the heart of London at no extra cost.

There is access to outstanding facilities throughout the year. At London Metropolitan University we are famous for our specialist workshops: photography darkrooms, metalwork and woodwork workshops, 2D and 3D art spaces, printmaking studios, digital imaging equipment, textiles workshops, 3D printing and laser-cutting, video and film editing facilities and sound recording studios.

There are opportunities to exhibit your work at different points in the year including the Cass summer show.


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.

Modules include:

  • 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.

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When to apply

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