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Study fine art abroad

An in-depth guide to studying fine art as an international student.

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Fine art degrees abroad

Studying for a fine art degree can have a focus on a category of art such as visual arts, decorative arts or graphic arts. Your degree could be in one subject area specifically such as photography, painting, sculpture, or film-making, or may include a number of practices.

Completing a fine art degree abroad can give you artistic inspiration from your new surroundings, and a new culture from which to view art. By understanding a different part of the world you will experience new techniques, artists and trends which may not be commonplace in your home country.

You may also find that studying abroad gives you a wider option of universities to choose from with improved facilities and equipment for producing your art.

Fine art program structure

Fine art degrees can be studied all over the world. In some countries you can study for a fine art degree at bachelor’s (BFA), master’s (MFA) and doctorate levels. In other countries you may study fine art as a major of your undergraduate degree by dedicating a certain amount of credits to its study.

You may need a foundation degree in art to apply to some fine art programs.

As part of any level of fine art degree a large proportion of how you are assessed will involve a portfolio of work, or multiple projects where you showcase your creative art. You may also have essays alongside any practical work to explain your creative process, as well as separate essays on specific themes, styles or artists.

Fine arts degrees don’t only require solo work however, and you can often be involved in group work, either to discuss theory or collaborate on projects. You will also find opportunities to work cross-collaboratively with students who are studying for different degrees or subjects.

It’s common for international students to study fine art in Europe and the UK due to their reputation for educational excellence as well as state of the art facilities. However, across the world you will find many fine art degrees that cover the following subjects in modules:

  • New media
  • Studio practice
  • Technique
  • Aesthetics
  • Materials
  • Art theory
  • Research
  • Portfolio work
Fine art program structure

Fine art degrees can be studied all over the world. In some countries you can study for a fine art degree at bachelor’s (BFA), master’s (MFA) and doctorate levels. In other countries you may study fine art as a major of your undergraduate degree by dedicating a certain amount of credits to its study.

You may need a foundation degree in art to apply to some fine art programs.

As part of any level of fine art degree a large proportion of how you are assessed will involve a portfolio of work, or multiple projects where you showcase your creative art. You may also have essays alongside any practical work to explain your creative process, as well as separate essays on specific themes, styles or artists.

Fine arts degrees don’t only require solo work however, and you can often be involved in group work, either to discuss theory or collaborate on projects. You will also find opportunities to work cross-collaboratively with students who are studying for different degrees or subjects.

It’s common for international students to study fine art in Europe and the UK due to their reputation for educational excellence as well as state of the art facilities. However, across the world you will find many fine art degrees that cover the following subjects in modules:

  • New media
  • Studio practice
  • Technique
  • Aesthetics
  • Materials
  • Art theory
  • Research
  • Portfolio work

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Fine art study abroad programs

Fine art undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in fine art

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    Art - Fine Arts - Graphic Design - BFA University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Art-Studio/Fine Arts - BFA Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Art: Fine Arts Practice - BFA California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,499 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Fine Art - BA (Hons) University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Art - BA (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Associate in fine art

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    Fine Arts - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, January
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    Performing and Fine Arts - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Diploma in fine art

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    Fine Art - OCADip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,772 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Arts - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,383 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May, January, September
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    Fine Arts - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,045 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in fine art

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    Fine Art Foundation - OCCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,722 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Arts - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,720 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Indigenous Fine Arts - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Performing and Fine Arts - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Pathway in fine art

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    Fine Art (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,900 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Fine art graduate programs

Master's in fine art

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    Digital Art & Design: Fine Arts & Technology - MFA New York Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,000 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Fine Art - MA University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,600 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Art - MA York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,750 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Art - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,300 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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    Fine Art - MA University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,750 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in fine art

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    Fine Art and Design - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,516 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Fine Arts Studio - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,531 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in fine art

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    Fine Art and Design - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,758 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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Future fine art careers

With a degree that requires you to produce a large amount of coursework, fine art students are self-motivated and good with time management. These are both highly sought after skills by employers.

Fine arts graduates enjoy a range of roles asides from being an artist. In various sectors you may find roles such as:

  • Teacher
  • Creative
  • Journalist
  • Curator
  • Designer