Art and Design postgraduate courses

Broaden your artistic horizons and challenge conventions on these progressive and inspirational postgraduate courses.

You will gain high-level professional experience in your field of creative practice, learning alongside likeminded individuals and engaging in interdisciplinary debate.

Our postgraduate students become part of a vibrant research community, supported by an academic team made up of practising artists, creative professionals and influential critical theorists.

Based in our well-resourced studios and workshops, you will enjoy a learning experience enriched by our flourishing cultural and community links, thoughtprovoking programme of guest lectures and strong employer engagement.

100%overall satisfaction for MA Fine ArtPostgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2018
Top10for postgraduate student experienceAdvanced HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018

Format Festival

FORMAT is the UK’s leading international biennial festival of contemporary photography and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. It is organised and delivered in Derby as a collaboration between QUAD and the University of Derby’s Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC).

The festival is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

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What our students say

See what some of our most recent graduates had to say ahead of their final degree show.

2018 Degree show video.

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Where you will learn

Our Art and Design courses are taught at our Markeaton Street site and Britannia Mill.

Masters Degree Show

Our Art and Design Masters courses culminate in a degree show based at our Markeaton Street site.

Explore postgraduate student work from exhibitions such as Here & Now and The MA Degree Show.

A collection of abstract images featuring people and hands with writing on top of the photograph
Sofia Rodrigues
A photo of a young male wearing sportswear turning his head to the side whilst standing in front of colourful graffiti

Why established artist Adam chose our masters

Adam Neal is making challenging and exciting work thanks to the freedom and support he receives as a postgraduate student.

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A student developing photographs in the photography lab.

Photography Lab

The Photography lab at Markeaton Street has outstanding facilities that are the envy of many experienced professional photographers.

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Postgraduate prospectus

Explore your digital postgraduate prospectus and find out what you need to know about studying with us. When you sign up, tell us what you're interested in and we'll send you a link to information put together just for you.

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Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

Postgraduate Open Events

Join us at an upcoming on-campus Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

Next Open Event: Wednesday 10 July, 3pm - 6pm

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