Our Master of Arts in Creative Practice has been devised for creative practitioners, graduates and professionals who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice within their own context. This course offers a bespoke learning experience that is tailored to each person’s practice.

The unique course encourages you to pursue an individual research proposal for the duration of the course of study which will allow you to examine and strengthen your own practice and place it at the centre of your studies. It addresses the needs of graduates in art and design who want to continue to develop their practice and develop their identities in the context of the creative and cultural industries. Students will maintain contact with other creative practitioners and develop freelance or other career paths in the context of a portfolio career. This course will prepare those who wish to develop ideas for application to a practice-based PhD.

The course is intellectually demanding, but not theory heavy. It is ideal if you have experience as a practising artist, or work as a designer or in media, and have a need to devote time and energy to your work in a real art school community and atmosphere. Learning will be dynamic and interactive, and cohorts will be encouraged to share and collaborate with one another.

We are a specialist arts institution, so there are many contacts within the University to ensure that you’ll communicate and collaborate with fellow creative people.

Specially selected staff, with postgraduate expertise in their particular fields, will be on hand to give MA in Creative Practice students individual advice and insight. Staff will encourage you to forge links within industry or practice communities, leading to the development of original work which has relevance to a specific market or audience. Tutors are involved in practice-led research which will continue to enrich the MA course. Tutors are passionate, engaged and will help you get the best out of your practice.

You will have access to the industry standard facilities in the University. We provide workshops for specialist disciplines, areas in which to take part in group critiques and well-supported networks of computers. Our library offers you access to over 35,000 books and subscriptions to over 155 national and international magazines, as well as a vast range of multimedia resources. The University’s ongoing commitment to maintaining up-to-date industry-standard resources means you’ll have the opportunity to produce high quality work, meeting the demands of modern practice in art, craft and design.

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What You'll Study

The course is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of artists and designers.

The academic year runs from September to August and the course gives you many study options. It can be taken as a full-time MA for one year or a part-time MA for two years.

Course Specification

Please click here to view the course specification.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Click here to view our entry requirements

Typical Applicants

Typical applicants for the MA in Creative Practice could be art and design graduates with a 2:1 or above, or current practitioners with relevant experience wishing to direct or redirect their work in the following ways:

  • Deepen their understanding of their practice
  • Extend existing skills
  • Work at a higher level
  • Understand or create a context for their practice
  • Understand their practice as research
  • Prepare for a practice-based PhD
  • Develop knowledge about the methodologies of creative practice
  • Meet with other like-minded practitioners in order to develop their work through discussion and critical evaluation


The course is about developing a mastery of the skills and practices that you already possess, you are helped to extend and deepen your own skills, experience and ideas, so a research proposal is a key part of the application process.

The proposal will outline what you hope to explore, and should be a project which will last throughout the course of your study, with a firm outcome at the end. Interviews will play a crucial role in selection. 

Please also see our Entry Requirements and How To Apply page for more information on the application process and to download an application form. Alternatively you can contact the Admissions Team by phone 0113 202 8000 or email admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk to request an application form. Please follow the instructions on the application form carefully, and be sure to provide all the information requested so we can deal with your application promptly.

Fees and Funding

For information on fees please click here and for information on financial support click here.

For the 2017/18 academic year onwards new postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,000 will be available. These loans will be available for all taught and research Masters programmes in all subjects for both full-time and part-time study for students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit. For further information visit Student Finance England and there is also useful background information at FindAMasters.

All alumni of Leeds Arts University BA (Hons) courses qualify for a discount.

Useful Links

Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) - to find out more, call the PCDL helpline on 0800 100 900 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/pcdl

For charities and trust fund support – to find out more visit www.family-action.org.uk or at www.turn2us.org.uk

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Financial Scholarships

We offer a number of financial postgraduate scholarships. 

For more information click here.

Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home/EU student for the period of their studies.

For more information click here

International Studio Space Scholarship

All international students will get a dedicated studio space in order to provide a creative space away from home.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this programme click here.

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

How to book

If you are interested in attending an open day for our MA Creative Practice, you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

1 Year Full Time, Two Years Part Time
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
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Leeds Arts University


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"Our MA in Creative Practice has been devised for creative practitioners; those who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice."
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