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Being a Postgraduate Student

As a postgraduate student, you will be based in the heart of Manchester School of Art, which has seen significant investments over the past five years.

Our postgraduate community work in studios, design laboratories and seminar spaces and this cross-disciplinary learning experience is central to postgraduate study at Manchester School of Art. You will be encouraged to collaborate and explore projects with other postgraduate students from across our network of courses.

The School

Manchester School of Art is one of the oldest and largest providers of art and design education in the UK and home to around 400 postgraduate students from across the globe. We place a strong emphasis on practice-based research, which directly contributes to the study options embedded within the postgraduate programme. Our postgraduate students contribute their own ideas and talents to the School’s creative community environment, taking inspiration from specialist staff, the dynamic urban culture of Manchester and most importantly, each other.


In addition to studio space, there are also an extensive range of impressive art, design and media workshops, onsite material and equipment stores and a range of other resources available for postgraduate students to use.

Over the past five years, beginning with a £34m investment in 2013, we have invested a significant amount in equipment, providing facilities and an environment for you to realise even your most ambitious artistic visions. Equipment purchased included a third laser cutter, two glass kilns, state of the art medium format camera, a colour transfer printer for ceramics, specialist software for seamless knitting and much more.

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As a student in one of the largest creative and digital hubs in the UK, there are a wealth of opportunities at your fingertips.

The School has numerous links with the city and our connections with a wide range of external organisations, professional bodies, arts associations and galleries provide you with lots of chances to build your networks, get industry experience and connect with Manchester’s creative communities.

In addition, staff of the School are research active and experts in their fields. While every member of staff has their own unique specialist area of expertise, they also enjoy well-established links with the wider creative industries in Manchester, and international networks of arts professionals and organisations.