BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: Minimum of 64 UCAS points (160 old system) from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma / A Levels / Foundation Diploma / Access Diploma in a related subject; if English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6 in writing; proof of qualifications; a satisfactory reference.

What will I learn?

Our Fine Art Practice course will develop your knowledge and understanding of what makes contemporary art and provide you with the skills and inspiration to create it.

Studying full-time or part-time, you will enhance your research, theoretical precepts and work related learning opportunities over the next three or six years, while engaging in exploration and articulation of Fine Art texts and artefacts, helping to prepare you for various roles in the industry. You will develop your technical and practical skills in painting, printmaking, sculpting and installation, while exploring a range or mixed media, film and photography.

Industry experts, specialist practitioners, and recent graduates, will provide you with interesting and engaging lectures to give you inspiration for your studies and future career.

During your first (or first and second) year we will introduce you to essential Fine Art knowledge, skills and visual language. We will encourage you to challenge your preconceptions and experiment with traditional and non-traditional ideas, materials and processes. You will explore the disciplines of painting, printmaking, sculpting, photography, and moving image, as well as build a contextual understanding of historical methodologies and interpretations of Fine Art.

Core modules

  • FAP101 Workshop 1 Painting and Print
  • FAP102 Workshop 2 Photography and Moving Image
  • FAP103 Workshop 3 Sculpture and Installation
  • FAP104 Introduction to Art history/critical studies
  • FAP105 Personal Project

The second (or third and fourth) year will require you to build on your theoretical and contextual understanding of Fine Art by researching contemporary artists and movements, helping you to gain a better understanding of the individual specialisms in this fascinating subject. You will also be introduced to the practice of curating your own work and that of others, challenging the idea of the traditional gallery space, and taking into account the promotion of exhibitions through print and digital media.

Core modules

  • FAP201 Contemporary Critical studies/theory
  • FAP202 Curation and Communication
  • FAP203 Professional Development/work placement
  • FAP204 Extended Practice
  • FAP205 Exhibition/Personal Project

In your final year (or final two years) you will draw on your experience from the previous years to help prepare you for your exhibition project, demonstrating personal vision and artistic maturity. You will undertake your dissertation project providing a cultural, social, and historical context to Fine Art, and prepare yourself for a long and successful career in the industry.

Core modules

  • FAP301 Studio Practice
  • FAP302 Dissertation
  • FAP303 Professional Development/progression
  • FAP304 Exhibition Project

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

What could I progress on to?

Once you have graduated, you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to start your career in this exciting industry. You will be fully-equipped to seek out roles and apply your knowledge as an artist, curator or critic. Other options could include further study onto MA programmes or complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

Additional Course Details for 18/19

  • Course code 18293Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice Y1
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Full-Time
    Start date 25/09/18
    Duration 30 week (s)
  • Course code 18299Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice PT Y1
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Part-Time
    Days Tbc
    Start date 02/10/18
    Duration 30 week (s)

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