Master of Letters Fine Art Practice

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MLitt Fine Art Practice. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Peer and staff review, formative and summative assessment, with continuous feedback from tutorials. Lecture courses are assessed by essay, coursework and formal written examinations. Applicant's project proposal at point of application forms the basis for the student's final project of practice and research.

Dedicated studio space. Workshop and technical facilities including range of presses, purpose-designed acid room, photo-etch and photo-polymer facilities, multi-unit colour and b&w darkrooms, enlargers - printing any format from 35mm to 5 x 4" and one of the largest colour printing facilities in any Scottish art institution, photographic studios, Media Studio which offers facilities in computers, digital sound, video and editing.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Programme Leader
Michael McGraw

Programme Overview

The M.Litt in Fine Art practice is a one year taught programme, with the following six specialist pathways:

  • Photography and the Moving Image
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Print Media
  • Sculpture
  • Performance

Students applying to the programme identify in advance which pathway they would like to study. Students wil be based within, and supported by staff from, the appropriate department of the School of Fine Art. The programme is studio-based and centred on practice, and is intended to provide opportunities for students to pursue in-depth subject-specific study in fine art practice at postgraduate level.

Throughout the year on the programme, each student passes through three stages of studio practice: Origination (in which first forays into the project's content and themes are made); Investigation (in which testing, sampling and experimentation are key); and Consolidation (the bringing to fruition of the year's work in a cohesive portfolio of output).

Students on the M.Litt in Fine Art Practice oscillate between operating within their pathways (in the studio, in tutorials and crits, and specifically focused lectures and seminars), and across them - especially in lectures and talks that deal with more generic conceptual and philosophical issues. Efforts are made to ensure that students on the programme are enabled to fully devote themselves to their chosen field of practice, whilst facilitating their learning through the provision of a range of interdisciplinary opportunities for critical reflection and personal development.