Our MA Creative Practice has been devised for creative practitioners, graduates and professionals who wish to examine, strengthen and deepen their practice. It addresses the needs of graduates who want to continue to develop their practice and identities in the context of the creative and cultural industries.

This unique course will encourage you to pursue a practice-based research project for the duration of the course, offering an individualised learning experience. It is ideal if you have experience as a creative professional but have a need to devote additional time and energy to your work in a specialist arts environment. The course is intellectually demanding, but not theory heavy:  learning will be dynamic and interactive, and you will be encouraged to share and collaborate with your peers.

You will have opportunities to use workshops that are pertinent to your disciplines and our extensive library resources.

Expert staff will be on hand to give you individual advice and insight. You will be encouraged to forge links within industry or practice communities, leading to the development of original work which has relevance to a specific market or audience. 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.


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Course Specification

Entry Requirements

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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
  • 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
  • Prepare for a practice-based PhD


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. Your proposal must outline the project you will embark on and must indicate how it will be sustained throughout the course with a firm outcome at the end. Interviews will play a crucial role in selection.

Please complete our application form, which you can find at: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/postgraduate-application-form

If you have questions about applying please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk or 0113 202 8000.

Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Our current fees are available on our website: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/fees

All alumni of Leeds Arts University undergraduate degree courses qualify for a discount.

Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,609 are available. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for both full-time and part-time students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.

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Other Costs

Other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the student’s project. A MA Creative Practice student must consider the costs of materials, space, processing services and equipment that are required to fulfil their pro posed objectives.

The course leader asked previous students about their spend ing on their resources and they suggested a sum of £250-300. However, some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project. Financial plan ning is an important aspect of being a creative practitioner.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home/EU Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home/EU student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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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.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Two £3,000 scholarships are available for one year.

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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
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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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