The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2018. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Degree and/or experience
Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Other candidates with relevant experience and demonstrable ability are also considered.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.
We do not have a set deadline to receive applications, but recommend submitting before the end of May. We normally start interviews from April onwards and all applicants who apply before the end of June are invited.
When submitting your online application, we ask that it include a research statement. This should detail your interests as an artist and outline the scope and method of your intended study. It should also include a short bibliography. It does not need to be any longer than one side of an A4 sheet and you should add any back-up sketches or photographs you feel you need on a separate sheet. As a brief guide, we suggest you write your statement under the following headings:
- Title and any sub-title of the work proposed
- Aims and objectives of the work
- A description of what the work will involve
- How you would start your research for the work
- Possible technical requirements
- Any other information you think is relevant
Online portfolio (international applicants only)
We only request an online portfolio from students who are living outside of the UK and therefore unable to attend an interview. Those applicants need to present 15‐20 still images (or other formats if working in sound and media arts) online. Please provide a URL for your portfolio in your application.
We strongly advise you to upload your images to an image-sharing website such as Flickr, where tags can be used as specific search criteria to help us locate your images quickly. If you wish to host your images on your own website, the URL must be clearly marked on your application.
Each image should be clearly marked with the following information:
a) Tags: Each image must be tagged according to the following format – surname, forename, MA application number (eg Smith James 12345678)
b) Description: Please include the title of the work and the date it was completed (time‐based work can be presented as screenshots/stills)
c) Optional information: A brief description of your work related to each still image (max 20 words per image)
Image specification and format
All images must be in JPEG format: flattened, optimised for web/screen viewing and 72ppi (pixels per inch), with maximum dimensions of 500 pixels on the longest side. Adobe Photoshop is the ideal programme to use for this.