School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
UCAS Code: W100 BA/VA
Start Date(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Study contemporary fine art on a course that enables you to specialise or move between any media of your choice with the teaching and guidance of experienced practitioners
- Benefit from strong international links and exchange programmes throughout Europe
- Develop your professional skills and practice in a new state of the art facility that boasts a large dedicated studio space, a printing workshop and editioning suite, a 3D workshop, a digital rapid protyping workshop and first class photography studios with the guidance and help of a dedicated team of instructor/demonstrators
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This fine art course prepares the next generation of contemporary artists and creative thinkers for their professional practice. This ideas-led, practical course will enable you to explore your ideas through a range of media including painting, sculpture, fine and digital print, installation, performance, fibre/textile, film and video, animation, community engagement and social practice, sound art, book works or any hybrid practices forged by you personally and suited to your expressive needs. This is further supported by a critical and contextual framework that is tailored to your needs as a maker and creative practitioner.
The course is further enriched by embedded and co-curricular opportunities that includes real world professional experiences to support you to develop your individual practice through public exhibitions, site specific projects, live briefs, and gallery, museum and education placements. There are also opportunities to study in Europe via our well established Erasmus Exchange scheme.
Our graduates find employment in high profile arts and cultural activities both nationally and internationally and this course has a proven and enviable record of relevance and expertise in the formation of artists and cultural practitioners.
The BA (Hons) Fine Art programme (formerly BA Hons Visual Arts) is a distinctive, contemporary, fine art course promoting an informed approach where theory integrates with practice. It is media independent, enabling you to specialise in any medium or move between and/or combine media of your choice.
You will have a unique experience of the course as you are encouraged to take responsibility and take ownership of your personal learning within a supportive environment.
Art is a philosophical and an aesthetic activity. All arts practice is strongly driven by the philosophical, cultural and social contexts. Artists engage with the world around them. Our students are informed and active citizens
Our graduates have proven their relevance and expertise in the arts; they are engaged in high profile arts activity nationally and internationally. Others populate artists' studios throughout the UK, as well as progress into teaching or arts administration.
Year one aims to establish the groundwork for your creative practice. It introduces a range of methods and materials, making strategies and models of practice. It also provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding, places individual arts practice within a broader social and cultural contexts and encourages you to explore individual paths of study.
Year Two allows you to take ownership of your learning and prepare for independent study. You are encouraged to contextualise your studio practice and gain a better understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political contexts in which you work. There are opportunities to explore Live Briefs and professional opportunities in exhibitions, site specific projects, or gallery, museum and education placements. There are also further opportunities to study in Europe via the Erasmus Exchange scheme.
Year Three aims to develop an individual, reflective and informed approach to fine art through the establishment of personal practice that enables you to take charge of the direction of your own learning.
The overriding emphasis of Year Three is on self-direction and maturing a personal practice which will be sustainable beyond graduation. It prepares students for professional life. You will be equipped with the skills to present yourself and your work face-to-face, in print portfolios and through the formation of a digital identity and online presence.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.