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Study fine art abroad

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

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

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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

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 16,499 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Fine Art - BFA University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,811 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,695 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Fine Art (Foundation Year) - BA (Hons) Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,077 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in fine art

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    Fine Art Photography - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Fine Arts - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

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

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,426 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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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
    13,442 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,772 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,137 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,256 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 CAD

    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
    13,402 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,722 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,592 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Arts - Cert College of the Rockies, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

    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
    14,426 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,426 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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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
    15,156 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Fine art graduate programs

Master's in fine art

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    Contemporary Fine Art - MA University of Cumbria, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,798 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 25,000 USD

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,729 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Fine Art - MA Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,077 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,119 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in fine art

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    Fine Arts - DocFA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,005 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,464 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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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
    23,149 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,516 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Fine Arts - GradDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,450 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,630 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Fine Arts - PGDipFA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Fine Arts: Graphic Design - PGDipFineArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,452 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,500 NZD

    Start date
    January
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    Fine Arts Studio - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,249 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    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
    11,574 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,758 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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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