Fine Art MA (Online)
Tap into Falmouth's renowned Fine Art expertise from anywhere in the world. You'll learn to build a sustainable practice as an artist, while navigating the context of global economic, political, social and ecological change.
|Course Duration||2 years|
Start dates: January / May / September
(Three intakes per year)
This course is new for September 2021 entry
For almost 120 years, Fine Art at Falmouth has challenged students to develop a practice that engages with the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow.
You'll have the opportunity to collaborate and build networks on a global scale, all while enjoying the flexibility of online study. Through peer-led learning, mentoring and guest lectures with a range of expert professionals, you'll create exhibitions, events and a curated body of work.
- Benefit from a vigorous programme of online guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses led by professionals from across the globe.
- Have the opportunity to collaborate with and develop an international network of art practitioners and peers.
- Apply critical reflection to define and articulate creative intent and purpose; analysing your practice in relation to specific themes to develop a reflective, adaptive and resilient practice.
- Build an understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts that situate your practice in relation to the art world's complex global networks and positionalities.
- Consider the social, environmental and ecological impact of your own practice and how it responds or poses solutions to global challenges.
What our students do
Studying Fine Art online means you'll be part of the prestigious Falmouth School of Art community. Check out the stories below to discover more about our amazing students, graduates and staff.
Falmouth graduates compete for a share of £27,000 at prestigious Drawing Award
Cowabunga! Illustration graduate scoops collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Illustration student to Lloyds Banking Group Design Lead: Meet Ross Breadmore
Forest & Clay: Small business flourishes in the hands of Falmouth graduates
Building a sustainable Fine Art career: in conversation with Ian Monroe
Meet Ai-Da: The world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist visits Cornwall
Fine Art students win big at the Student Medal Project
Introducing Wunderkammer: A new online illustration magazine
Lecturer launches new artist book at New York Art Book Fair
Coming soon: The Illustration Forum
Graduate lands Google doodle
Fine Art students launch community project
Grayson Perry: access all areas
Grad shortlisted for Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2020
Graduate illustrating the Telegraph
Fine Art in Outdoor Exhibition
Illustration Students in the Running for Penguin Student Design Awards
Art Graduates Curate Digital Exhibition
Falmouth University Students Takeover Source FM
Emerging Talent Celebrated at Global Awards
What our graduates do
As a graduate, you could become:
- Practicing artists
- Curators and art exhibition or festival organisers
- Arts teachers, lecturers and technicians
- Art critics, journalists and publishers
- Social entrepreneurs or campaigners
- Research/PhD students
What you'll learn
Throughout this online master's degree, you'll be challenged to experiment while developing and situating your practice within relevant fields of critical art practice. Foregrounding the importance of sustainability, ethical practice and business know-how, you'll become a resilient and entrepreneurial practitioner, able to navigate global economic, political, social and ecological change.
MA Fine Art Online is comprised of five modules, four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). The modules have been specifically designed to be studied in a non-linear order. You'll begin the course with Module 1 and end the course with your Final Major Project (MA only). The order in which you'll study modules 2-4 will depend on when you begin the course.
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details for the MA.
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details for the PGDip.
The module allows you to locate your practice within the broad contexts of professional contemporary global art practice and establish a departure point for an independent practice-based research project.
The module aims to increase your understanding of critical contexts relating to visual culture and critical art practice, positions and contexts.
The module aims to expand your awareness of, and your ability to develop, effective strategies for the production, dissemination and consumption of your practice that are innovative, creative and sustainable.
The module enables you to collaborate on creative projects and operate professionally within the creative industries. It aims to identify appropriate audiences and markets for the dissemination of your practice to sustain your career as a practitioner.
The module aims to enable you to effectively realise a substantial and unique practice-based research project that is located within defined critical and professional contexts.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
You'll learn through a blend of lectures, webinars, guest talks, tasks and discussion forums, which you'll access via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you'll find all key documentation, get course announcements and access extensive learning resources.
You'll be supported academically by Online Tutors, who will also deliver weekly webinars and facilitate the online forums. If you need assistance with anything that isn't directly related to course material, a dedicated Student Advisor team will be on hand to help. You'll also have access to Falmouth University's excellent employability service, RealWORKs.
You'll refine dynamic art practices, spending 20 hours a week working on your craft. We incorporate optional face-to-face events for all our online students. There will be up to two per year and will typically run over weekends, to fit around your other commitments.
Assessment provides the course team with a means of offering tailored guidance alongside advice on how to progress knowledge and skills in key areas that relate to the course Learning Outcomes. The course team will identify your strengths and weaknesses as an individual and discuss them with you throughout your time on the course.
Assessments are 100% coursework, submitted in an electronic format to the virtual learning environment, and designed to reflect professional practice. Assessment methods include:
- Completed projects submitted as portfolios
- Written and verbal presentations
- Illustrated proposals
- Essays and reports
The course is taught by a range of practicing artists with strong global networks. Coming from diverse backgrounds and practices, they're well placed to guide your own unique development. You'll also enhance your understanding of global contemporary practice through a programme of international guest speakers, including artists, curators, critical thinkers, producers and gallerists.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Ian Monroe was born in New York and currently lives and works in London. He received his BFA from...
Dr Inês Bento-Coelho
Inês Bento-Coelho is an artist, lecturer, and scholar. She works with dancers and non-trained...
- Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
- Study alongside students from around the world
- Accessible online audio / visual content
- Optional face-to-face events*
- Invitation to attend alumni events
- 24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
- Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
- Students' Union community
- A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
- Access to our Careers and employability service RealWORKS
*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events. You can view the latest information here.
How to apply
Talk to us
To find out more about this course, how you'll learn or what funding is available, get in touch with our Course Advisors. Click below to submit a form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
This course has three intakes per year: January, May and September.
We are currently taking applications for September 2021. The application deadline for this intake is 31 August.
|Academic start date*||Application deadline|
|20 September 2021||31 August 2021|
|24 January 2022||10 January 2022|
|1 June 2022||11 May 2022|
*Virtual Welcome Week begins the week before the academic start date. During this time, our Student Advisor team will host Welcome Webinars and be in touch with practical information on how to study online.
An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by the Early Bird discount submission deadline:
|Early Bird discount submission deadline*||Academic start date|
|2 August 2021||20 September 2021|
|29 November 2021||24 January 2022|
|6 April 2022||1 June 2022|
*If you receive an offer and within two weeks you accept the place and pay the acceptance fee, you will then qualify for a further £300 off your MA tuition fees (£150 off PGDip fees). Both these payments would be applied to your final fee instalment.
To discuss all our discount opportunities, contact an advisor.
What we're looking for
We're looking for critically engaged practitioners who are looking to refine their practice and build global cooperative networks.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Early Bird discount
An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by the relevant deadline.
For information on fees, get in touch using our online form.
Find out more about our Graduate Loyalty Discount for Falmouth alumni, which offers a reduction in course tuition fees.
Typical course costs
As part of studying MA Fine Art you will require:
You will need a laptop of computer with a webcam, for virtual learning. You'll also need a good internet connection and data allowance capable of supporting video meetings and streaming.
We would recommend you have a digital camera capable of making still and moving image to document your work (this could be a good phone camera).
Resources and materials
You will also need to sustain your practice through managing your own resources. Depending on your own artistic style, you may wish to have a dedicated space in your home, access to a studio, materials, tools or necessary hardware and software to produce digital work.
Adobe Creative Cloud
You may be eligible for discounted licenses through Adobe's education pricing, however there is currently no discount for Adobe Creative Cloud available from Falmouth University. If any discounts do become available, we will communicate this to you.
For more information please visit Adobe Creative Cloud.
Optional face-to-face events
You will be expected to cover your own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to attend these events.
You can submit our simple online form and a Course Advisor will get in touch with you. They'll be able to answer questions about how you'll study, what to expect from the course and the next step to take on your application journey.Get in touch