• CollegeWimbledon
  • Start dateOctober 2018
  • Course length2 years (extended full time)

MFA Fine Art

Applications for October 2018
This course is now only open for home / EU students.

MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support you as an emerging artist. Through practical experimentation and contextual research you will identify your practice's unique qualities and how they align with the contemporary art world.

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Course Leader Edwina Fitzpatrick talks about MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon.

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Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To be taught over two / three days per week, depending on the stage in the course, with access to the MFA Fine Art studios and Wimbledon's shared workshops on these days. View the Wimbledon facilities section
  • To conduct research and gain practical experience in the remainder of your week
  • Time to explore and claim your art practice through acquiring a high level of awareness about the contemporary art world and understanding how your work operates within this territory
  • Your skills to be honed through our Professional Toolkit, with a course curriculum based on the recent Arts Council England’s recommendations for skills-sets required for both artists and arts organisations to flourish
  • Access to all University of the Arts London’s libraries 
  • To create a web folio instead of a formal academic written paper, which contextualises and showcases your artwork
  • Learn how to set up websites and use your online presence to profile your work


Extended Full-Time Study Mode

The MFA is delivered over 2 years for 30 weeks each year. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.

By teaching in this mode we aim to give our students the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and sustaining other commitments such as part-time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.

  • Unit 1: Re-evaluating your art practice
  • Unit 2: Mapping your art practice
  • Unit 3: Claiming your art practice

The course includes:

  • Studio teaching which actively explores links between practice based experimentation and outcome
  • A cross-disciplinary lecture and seminar programme supporting the contextualisation of student practice and an understanding of different discourses of the contemporary art world
  • Developing both on and off site creative collaborations to test and develop negotiation skills, personal interaction abilities and develop student self-awareness
  • A professional practice programme of discussion groups, seminars, lectures run by artists and curators

Find out more about MFA Fine Art on the course website - www.mfawimbledon.com

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative projects
  • Group and individual tutorials 
  • Group crits
  • Lectures and talks
  • Live projects and events
  • Offsite and study visits
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Research folio, paper and proposal
  • Studio work



Visiting Staff

How to apply

2018/19 entry


Application deadline

The home / EU deadline is midday, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

There is no deadline for international applications. Students should apply as early as possible.

Further information about the application process

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Personal statement
  • CV (curriculum vitae)

Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio.

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.


Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
  • A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
  • Critical reflection
  • A sense of direction for future work and study
  • An interest in fine art and other visual art forms

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
  • Work that shows potential for further development
  • Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
  • Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
  • An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
  • Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
  • Able to demonstrate written skills 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£5,000 per year (2018/19 fees).

International fee

£12,430 per year (2018/19 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

The course is designed to enhance our graduates’ employability. We’re committed to creating meaningful links with professional bodies, which means that students don’t just rehearse projects but actively create them.

Placements and offsite projects offer our students first hand experience of teamwork, project research, writing applications, project management, curating, fundraising and promotion.