The Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, programme Fine Art offers a two-year, English language programme. Besides traditional Fine Art forms such as painting, sculpture and photography, the programme focuses on transmedial forms of visual expression and research.


The starting point for the MA programme Fine Art is your individual project proposal (part of the application procedure). Various components of the programme such as critical studies, research studies, studio practice, spatial practice, media theory, and curatorial studies, will incite you to further realize and contextualize your own project. The year is concluded by a curated exhibition and a research report.

Study profiles:

• Studio Practice

• Spatial Practice

• Curatorial Practice

• Exhibition Practice

The MA Programme Fine Art was previously known as MaHKU and as such has a rich, ten-year history. As of 1 September 2017 it continued in a new guise as a programme of the new HKU Master of Fine Art and Design.

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Application and admission

The programme is open to candidates who have a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline. Since its start in 2004, students from 42 different countries have studied in the programme.

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AER regulations

The AER states all imortant rules and regulations about your course. An archive can be found here.

On graduation

After graduation you will be able to situate your artistic practice in the international field of contemporary art. MA programme Fine Art graduates go on to destinations such as artistic, curatorial and spatial practice, PhD-research, teaching or a combination of these activities.

MA programme Fine Art degrees are internationally acknowledged and accredited by the NVAO. On successful graduation you will be awarded the title Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design.


• Degree: Master of Arts

(CROHO code 49114)

• 120 ECTS

• Location: Pastoe Factory Rotsoord 3, 3523 CL Utrecht.

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More information and contact

Contact: Jessica de Schipper, course coordinator (

Course Structure

Fine Art Course Structure

The two-year MA programme in Fine Art at HKU consists of three parallel courses that create an optimal mix of fine art practice, contextualization and modes of presentation. They are:

1. MAKING: Experimentation, Critical Spatial Practice
2. THINKING: Contextual Studies, Artistic Research
3. SHARING: Curatorial Collaborations, Performative Presentations

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