The BA (Hons) Fine Art is not only an opportunity for self-development and personal expression; it also equips you with a range of transferable skills. It is all about creativity, communication and analysis. There is huge scope for demonstrating personal initiative as well as developing effective approaches to group-working.
To enhance employability, we encourage you to develop a Professional Portfolio throughout your time at the University. This includes an on-line art blog and art book documentation publication of your work, with an artist statement and a CV.
Possible destinations for Fine Art graduates include public arts, curating and other areas within the creative industries. Some of our former students are now seeing their work appear in commercial galleries. Others have gone on to work in museums, galleries and many different types of employment and self-employment. A number have chosen to progress to postgraduate courses such as our well-regarded Masters Fine Art course.
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience:
- Work placements
- Graduate internships
- Studying abroad
- Student Ambassador Scheme
- Starting your own business
- Student jobs and volunteering
- Careers advice
For more information, visit: www.sunderland.ac.uk/experience
You will have opportunities to apply for internships, placements and live projects where you will work alongside professional artists. You can also participate in visits to arts venues across the UK and internationally, including in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Dublin and Amsterdam.
Through our strong links within the arts world we are able to attract a range of visiting artists. These have included: Kate Liston, Axel Lapp, Anthony Faroux, Eleanor Morton, Catherine Bertola, Jo Coupe, Doug Fishbone, Laura Lancaster, Marta Marce, George Shaw, Joe Delappe, Paul Moss and Dan Silver. Their input broadens your learning and provides fresh perspectives.
It is possible to switch your studies to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This gives you an opportunity to get exposure to an even wider spread of influences and inspirations.
It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme. This can be studied on top of your 120 credits or in some cases, can earn credits towards your degree.
Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme:
If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.
To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:
Tel: 0191 515 3751
Our Careers & Employability Service advertises a variety of opportunities to earn money while you study.
Volunteering positions in local organisations, charities and community groups can help you to help other people while learning about your strengths and what you can offer. Past opportunities have included working with children and the elderly, conservation work and sporting activities.
CES also advertises details of paid part-time and vacation work in areas from call centre and retail work through to telesales and marketing and promotion and more.
Opportunities to work with companies on flexible, paid, part-time projects in areas such as IT, design, law, media, HR and event management, to name a few, are available too. These projects are a great chance to gain valuable work experience.
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience. For more information visit: www.sunderland.ac.uk/experience.