Our MA programmes attract a wide range of artists, designers, craft and media practitioners, educators, critics and entrepreneurs, all of whom are seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist interests and working practices.

Join our active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers. And refine your practice in a space that fosters experimentation and reflective engagement with issues that are shaping the world we hold in common.

Applications for our range of postgraduate study are open via the 'Apply Now' button on each course page.

More information on the Postgraduate Centre can be found here, and you can also attend an online or in-person Open Day to find out more.


'From Water' by Mary Trapp, MA Fine Art

The strength of your creative practice and other forms of experience will be taken into account at the interview stage. Applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above, however, we encourage you to start a conversation with us even if you have not met the standard entry requirements.

You can apply for the course you are interested in studying by clicking on the Apply Now button situated on the left-hand side of each specific course listing.

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide digital images of your work, and to submit a short Application Statement (300 words max). This statement is a chance to tell us what you want to do on your chosen MA. It might include details of the techniques or themes that you want to investigate, the creative practitioners, and reading that inspires you, and your longer-term professional and creative goals. The personal statement is important because it helps us to begin a dialogue about how we can best support your distinctive and individual creative voice.

If you meet the entrance requirements, we will get back to you within three weeks of receiving your application to invite you for an interview. You will have the opportunity to tell us more about your work at this stage and to ask more questions about the course.

All MA programmesModule descriptionCreditsMode of study (full-time / part-time)
Module 101A period of experimental making and critical reflection which results in a robust research question.

Taught delivery focuses on research methods, exploring approaches to experimentation and reflective practice in your chosen discipline
60FT: October to January.

PT: October to June year one.
Module 201Develop your research by engaging with a live project that clarifies your ethos as a creative practitioner.

Taught delivery focuses on questions to do with audience, context and research ethics in your chosen discipline.
60FT: January to June.

PT: June of year one to January of year two.
Module 301Complete an innovative research project in your chosen field.60January to September year two.

To enrol on our MFA, a recent MA or 180 level 7 credits in an art, design, crafts or media discipline is required. The Application Statement can be used to outline the work you intend to develop on the MFA.

For more information please read our Admissions Policy linked below as a PDF.

For a personal discussion or to request an alternative format please email admissions@aup.ac.uk, call +44 (0)1752 203402 or WhatsApp us on 07722744184.

MFAModule descriptionCreditsMode of study (full-time / part-time)
Module 401A period of planning and critical mapping of the project trajectory is undertaken in the first four weeks of the full-time programme (eight weeks for the part-time option).

At the end of this period the delivery will be negotiated in accordance with your aims for your project. It will involve critical supervision, technical support and formative assessment sessions at agreed points in the duration of the programme.

The programme culminates in a show, publication or other form of public dissemination.
120FT: October to July.

PT: October to July year one, October to July year two

Arts University Plymouth graduates applying for 2023/24 are offered a discount of 15% on Masters course fees, regardless of when you studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate fees are usually £8,500 (full-time study for UK/EU students) but with the 15% Alumni Progression Award discount, the cost is reduced to £7,225, saving £1,275.

Our terms and conditions for Higher Education students – which set out the basis of the agreement between us when you accept a place with us – can be downloaded here. These make reference to our Academic Regulations and our Code of Conduct for students. The Code of Conduct is specified in our HE Student Handbook which can be viewed here.

If you require copies of any of the documentation referenced within the Regulations please contact the Academic Registrar Margaret Campbell at mcampbell@aup.ac.uk.