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Study a graduate program in art and design

What will I study in a graduate art and design program?

The word ‘art’ refers to works created by creative skill and imagination. On a graduate art and design program be among the people with the highest understanding of how art is made.
Postgraduate art and design courses usually combining traditional taught with practical course work, and off students the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the subject (or specialist area) and develop the skills to become a professional artist.
Generally you can study for either a taught course, which is an in-depth look at the subject with coursework, examinations and a dissertation, or a research degree which will see students undertake one piece of extended research.

Length of program

The length of a graduate art and design program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

As graduate art and design programs require very specific skills it is usually expected that you will have a good undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject. It is often requested that you will have design work experience and be able to demonstrate your work to show your ability to study at postgraduate level.

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

Jobs in the art industry are highly competitive, but someone with a postgraduate art and design degree has a higher than average of securing a position. The skills and knowledge gained at postgraduate level will help you stand out from the crowd.

Those with a postgraduate art and design degree will be able to show more experience and therefore demand higher salaries and charge more for work.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate art and design programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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