Applied Fine Art Practice FdA

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Get hands-on with your passions. Develop a broad range of applied fine art skills. Practice in painting, sculpture, drawing, digital, photography and more.

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The focus of this course is hands-on, applied art with a complementary art theory programme.

You will study late twentieth century art history and current debates within art theory.

Why us?

  • Takes two years to complete, compared to three years for BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • Foundation degrees are designed to be both academically rigorous and closely related to real-world jobs
  • Based at Tyne Metropolitan College
  • Successful completion of the course leads to an automatic place on an honours degree at Sunderland

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Course structure

The course is delivered through studio sessions with feedback and constructive critique, as well as through practical workshops, demonstrations, formal lectures, seminars, visits, and individual and group projects.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Fine Art Media Skills (40 credits)
  • Art in the Twentieth Century (20 credits)
  • Lens and Time-Based Skills (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)


Optional modules - choose one: Site Related Drawing (20 credits) Introduction to Drawing (20 credits) Introduction to Life Drawing (20 credits).

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Final year (national level 5):

  • Fine Art Contemporary Practice (40 credits)
  • Art in Context (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Art in Context (20 credits)
  • Work Related Learning Project (40 credits)

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This course is based at Tyne Metropolitan College, part of Tyne Coast College, which offers modern facilities designed to help you reach your potential.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

In addition, we require two passes at GCSE Grade C or above, including Mathematics and English Language. We will also accept equivalent qualifications such as a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Portfolio requirements

We ask applicants to prepare a portfolio of work, which should be simply mounted and accompanied by preparatory work. Sketchbooks are an important feature of your preparatory work and should be included. Where possible, 3D and large 2D, work should be photographed. Digital and screen-based work should be saved on a CD or memory stick.

Suitable items for a portfolio include:

  • Drawing: examples of observed drawing and exploratory drawing
  • Projects: evidence of project work in the area of fine art, together with your sketchbooks and development work
  • Self-initiated work: that you have done out of personal interest
  • Research: examples of various forms of investigation undertaken for projects
  • Writing: examples of reports, essays or journals

Fees and finance

The fee for 2020 entry is tbc.

Please note that this course is not available to international students.

If you need support or have any queries about applying for your finances for this partner college programme, or want to get in touch with our Partnership Liaison team, you can find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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On completion of the course, you will be ready to apply for a range of jobs including roles in arts management, community art groups, and arts departments of schools and colleges.

Alternatively you could choose to top-up your Foundation Degree to a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree.

Career options

A foundation degree in Applied Fine Art Practice can lead to the following types of jobs:

    • Working in local schools (nursery, primary and secondary) and colleges
    • Arts and event management
    • Working with community groups

The course equips you with a range of transferable skills including communication and analysis. These skills are valuable to many different types of employers who look for people with proven creativity and initiative.

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