Angela Malone and guest in front of a handmade vase with decorative paintings.

European Fine Art Masters:
Art, Society, Nature

A two-year full time programme accredited by the French art school ESADHaR

Applications for 2022/2024 are now open

Art, Society, Nature is the first of its kind in the UK, aiming to provide an alternative approach to higher education. This masters programme will encourage you to think about your practice outside of yourself, by exploring how your art can be used to benefit, protect and sustain the world around you.

This course is being pioneered by TMS & ESADHaR in a unique Anglo-French collaboration, with the support of the Council of Normandy and the French Ministry of Culture. ESADHaR is a renowned French art school in Normandy, created in 1741 by the painter Jean-Baptiste Descamps, this partnership gives opportunity for students to create and study in an international context.

Teaching takes place at The Margate School two days per week, with each eight week term visiting a new practice-led module, complemented by sessions teaching History and Philosophy of Art, Object of Memory and French Language.

Alongside this, students attend a programme of weekly guest lectures, a professional practice internship and two intensive workshop weeks. Students receive one-to-one tutorials each semester with an international pool of tutors to help progress their practice.

The majority of teaching and research will take place in Margate with a chance to visit ESADHaR campuses and engage in collaborative overseas' projects and workshops throughout the year.

Male students hanging up canvas of work in an industrial looking workspace. Other drawings on paper hang on the walls next to the student.

Year 1

In Year 1, students work on their Visual arts project, methodology and production.​ 

Practice led units:

  • Maker and Object:  Sculpture

  • Making Digital:  Video Art

  • Maker and Body:  Drawing and Painting

  • Making Visible:  Photography

Peep into 1st year students studio
Students Hayley & Aude with friend haivng a discussion at their final show

Course fees

The price for the two year MA course + your own generous studio space at The Margate School is £4,000 per annum, additionally there is a €92 CVEC fee per annum.

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Discounts on selected short courses are also offered to MA students.

Get in touch with Francesca Renny, the MA Coordinator to find out more:

In our ambition to establish The Margate School we acknowledge that education is a privilege. Few can afford the time to reflect, to learn about what might be of value and what less so; to learn and apply skills in a meaningful, socially and environmentally sensitive fashion. For most of us learning takes place in intensive bursts in particular periods of our lives, institutionalised and structured. In a world of hyper-production and hyper-consumption, social inequality, human & environmental disasters, the opportunity to learn should not be removed from life but be part of it. 


As Paulo Freire (1921- 1997) pointed out “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”


At The Margate School we aim to extend that learning potential, we seek to do this in the expanded the field, through art practice, philosophical reflection, scientific exploration, technological enquiry, engagement in today’s environmental challenges and sociological investigations.

For specific questions about the Masters programme please contact Francesca Renny, TMS MA Coordinator at

Please send applications to

Year 2

In Year 2, students continue shaping their personal project and research methodology.

Practice led units

  • Making a Stand:  Visual Language & Protest Art

  • Maker of Sounds: Sound and Installation Art


Art, Society, Nature will support you to develop a unique

and personal approach in the field of contemporary creative and intellectual practice.

The transferable skills you will gain from undertaking the

Masters Programme will be suited to a variety of creative careers;

The ability to develop individual ideas and collaborate
with others


  • Strong observational, research and analytical skill

  • Creative problem solving

  • The ability to learn from criticism and be objective about your work

  • An openness to new influences and concepts

  • Entrepreneurial skills in marketing your work


  • Spacious personal studio space with evening
    and weekend access

  • Communal project space

  • Research library

  • Digital suite with full Adobe suite and Ableton music production software

  • Woodwork

  • Photography Studio

  • 3D Printing

  • Laser cutter

  • Photographic Darkroom

  • Screen Printing

  • Sewing Facilites

  • Free communal materials

Student LoLoNo preparing their work for their final show

Entry requirement

Candidates are required to hold a BA degree in an art related discipline (e.g. fine art, design, media)

Candidates will present a portfolio of their work and are required to attend an interview with TMS/ESADHaR members of staff.

Students participating in a life drawing class

The Margate School MA in Fine Art is an extraordinary journey, one which visits art history, philosophy, movement, performance and french language and culture, alongside experimenting in specific artistic disciplines. For me the journey has become a type of personal exploration, bravely forgetting all you know, to go on a creative journey and to come home to yourself.

TMS MA Fine Art Student

Student Jacob Calland making a metal sculpture

Being part of The Margate School is more than just studying, I am influencing and contributing to a radical experiment in education. Studying in a place that creates links between the UK and the continent, this is one small effort to bridge a quickly widening divide. TMS has helped to push my work to a new level of critical reflection, and has changed the way I approach creating new work.

TMS MA Fine Art Student