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 industry standard facilities and equipment including a large dedicated studio space, printing workshop and editioning suite, 3D workshop and photography studio with the guidance and help of a dedicated team of instructor/demonstrators
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.
All arts practice is driven strongly by the philosophical, cultural and social environments that surround us. Throughout this course, you will be encouraged to respond to, and interact with, the complexity of these contexts through your work.
The course is further enriched by a co-curriculum activity that includes opportunities 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.
Find out more about a new exhibition curated by five of our BA (Hons) Visual Arts students.
BA (Hons) Visual Arts student Holly talks about her final project and the unconventional methods she used to create it.
This 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.
All arts practice is strongly driven by the philosophical, cultural and social environments that surround us. These enable the visual artist to respond to, and interact with, the complexity of these contexts through their work.
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 practice within a broader context 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 through exhibiting work, 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 visual arts 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. With preparing for professional life high on the agenda, 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.
The year culminates in a major exhibition opportunity held at MediaCityUK.
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.
|Foundation Diploma in Art and Design||Pass = 165 (plus other additional qualifications to a total of 280pts)|
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||96 - 112 points, including an art and design subject|
|GCE A level||Grade C or above in an Art & Design subject|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants may be considered for entry into year 2|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into year 3|
|Scottish Highers||96 -112 points in a practice based Art & Design subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||96 -112 points in a practice based Art & Design subject|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points including a practice based Art & Design subject|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Applicants must display a high level of commitment to art and design. You need good academic drawing and observational skills, plus the ability to think creatively. Applications are welcomed from those studying at AS level and AVCE. We encourage applications from mature students with relevant experience who may not satisfy the normal entry requirements. All applicants are offered an interview.
To give you a very simple list, the skills we look for are:
There is a variety of methods and approaches involved in the delivery of this course.
Modules are designed to facilitate personal development and continuity. They promote a broad understanding of fine art practice by introducing a diverse range of issues, concepts and approaches. Some modules involve a project, which provides the framework to investigate ideas and issues, utilising an appropriate selection of materials, media and working methods.
External projects involve art practice in relation to a designated context which is external to the studio. The concept of the external project is introduced in year 2. Most modules involve self-directed/student-driven study.
Lectures are used to disseminate a specific body of knowledge. In most cases ideas and issues generated by lectures will be elaborated through supporting seminars and/or through studio practice.
Seminars are a forum for the discussion and debate of ideas. It may be initiated and led by staff or may be focused around a student presentation.
Teaching workshops are used as a means of teaching the specific skills associated with a particular technique or working method, allowing subjects such as stretcher-making and printmaking to be taught within a broadly-based, thematic module.
Critique (crit) sessions are to encourage the examination of work in relation to your peers.
Regular individual tutorials allow for a more detailed discussion of work-related issues. They can be either one-to-one or delivered in the form of a group tutorial.
A wide variety of assessment methods are used. For example, studio-based project modules may require the assessment of visual, verbal and written work and on independent artwork whereas theoretical modules will require a written submission.
The weighting between practical and written work assessment across the course is:
Graduates have gone on to pursue careers as artists, lecturers, teachers, arts officers, curators, gallery education officers, art therapists, university/college instructors and demonstrators, and gallerists. Our students are self-motivated self-starters and many have gone on to forge their own businesses and enterprises in a variety of fields. Not all our graduates go on to pursue a career as an artist, though many will pursue careers in the arts.
The Visual Arts course encourages an approach to learning that emphasises resourcefulness, initiative and creativity – transferable skills that enable our graduates to thrive in whatever career path they choose. An art school offers an educative experience like no other and an artist requires self-discipline, project management skills and an ability to work with others. All these skills are developed here at Salford during the course of study. An art education also offers a culturally enriching experience and a portal which can lead to a myriad of other interests.
In recent years our graduates have achieved notable successes in major galleries and museums regionally, nationally and internationally including: The National Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa), Institut d'Art Contemporain (Lyons, France), Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (Dublin), The British Art Show, Liverpool Biennial, Curwen Gallery (London), Cornerhouse (Manchester), the Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool) and many more.
Sarah Hardacre graduated in 2008 and has recently exhibited her latest work ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London. Her first solo exhibition at the contemporary gallery, ‘Heaven with the Gates Off’ opened in May 2012. Sarah has exhibited nationally and internationally in the USA, Germany, Norway and Ireland. Her work is included in the collections of The British Museum, the British Council, the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Damien Hirst and private collections worldwide.
Since completing her studies in 2008, Laura Robertson has worked as an artist curator at The Royal Standard, an artist led space in Liverpool. She was instrumental in the growing reputation of The Royal Standard which led to it becoming a partner of the Liverpool Biennial in 2012. She has curated major exhibitions and participated in an event with Tate Modern and has also since founded an online arts magazine, The Double Negative, which has a growing reputation and has been featured on BBC Radio and The Guardian.
This course thrives on inviting artists and arts professionals to deliver presentations to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Most recently this has included: Paul Harrison (Wood & Harrison), Gordon Cheung, Danny Rolph, Su Blackwell, Sarah Hardacre, Andrew Bracey, Professor Deng Yao Ming, Professor Li Quan Min, and Professor Paul Sermon.
We also take advantage of the artists in residency scheme AA2A (Artists Access to Art College). The scheme allows artists to share our resources and make work on/off site. Importantly for students, the asset of the scheme means that we have practising artists on-site, integrating with our students. They are selected with diversity in mind thus offering a range of activities that support our student development. The artists also provide talks and studio workshops.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
Students should expect to spend approximately £150 on materials for live projects and up to £350 for optional visits and field trips should they wish to participate. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
The course has access to a number of industry standard facilities on site, allowing you to expand on your artistic skills whilst studying here at Salford. All students will receive full inductions by trained workshop technicians, including how to use the machinery safely.