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Expand your critical understanding of Fine Art, through an emphasis on studio centred practice and theoretical debate.
We will encourage you to engage with the ever changing nature of art practice, and respond to the complex and rapidly changing world we live in. In developing your skills and ability we support you to be innovative within your chosen area.
Our Fine Art team have a wealth of professional practice and subject expertise which includes painter Lothar Goetz. Guided by these experts you will have the freedom to explore your creative interests across a broad range of Fine Art practice including painting, printmaking, digital photography, film, sound, drawing, sculpture and performance.
Whatever pathway you choose, you will find that this course expands your critical understanding of Fine Art and you will develop your intellectual, creative and technical abilities.
Please note, this course is under review. The course title and modules are subject to change.
You will have your own studio space which facilitates reflection on work and peer evaluation. Tutors will give regular feedback as your work progresses. In addition, critique sessions encourage you to analyse work created by yourself and others.
During the first year of this BA (Hons) Fine Art course, you will experience a range of working methods. You can then specialise or continue to work across several media. In your final year, you'll display your work at our annual Degree Show, attended by industry experts and potential employers.
Assessment methods vary between modules. They include studio presentations, course work, essays and exhibitions.
Part-time students study the same course as full-time students. If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the daytime, and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Take an introductory look at a range of basic fine art ideas, principles and working methods in painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media.
Learn about some of the major art movements from the end of the 19th century to the present day.
Get an introduction to a range of fundamental fine art working methods in terms of idea development, and ways of collecting, researching and processing information.
Plus a drawing module or one optional module related to Arts and Design (for example, photography) or from another area (for example, a foreign language).
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Produce your own visual work, consider your own thinking and working methods, and achieve a better understanding of a personal methodology as a basis for future creative development.
Define a critique appropriate to the development of studio work. Further examine and challenge a range of practical and theoretical issues relevant to contemporary fine art practice.
Learn about the context within which you work, and understand the variety of options available to the practicing artist.
Produce a body of studio work alongside a reflective and analytical portfolio in an “art book” form.
Pursue an individual programme of work for your final exhibition, selecting from drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture or new media.
Engage with and explain a subject derived from visual culture in a self-directed project.
Our typical offer is
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at email@example.com for further advice.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
If the above criteria is met you will be asked to attend an interview. For this interview please 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.
If you are an international applicant, please supply your portfolio on a CD.
Suitable items for a portfolio include:
Drawing: examples of observed drawing and exploratory drawing
Projects: evidence of project work 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
The annual fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £5,000 per 120 credits.
Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
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.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course is an opportunity for self-development and personal expression and 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 online art blog and art book documentation publication of your work, with an artist statement and a CV.
We aim to prepare you to become a confident professional artist, with transferable skills. 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.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Fine Art courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
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