Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Course summary

Explore what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century, considering the role of contemporary art in modern society. Develop your artistic work across the full range of contemporary fine art media, including drawing, installation, painting, sculpture, performance, photography, film, video, sound, and print. Nottingham is internationally recognised as a vibrant hub for new and emerging artists and artist-led initiatives, boasting a diverse and thriving network of galleries, art spaces and artist collectives. Benefit from our links with such organisations locally, nationally and internationally by working on collaborative projects and enhancing your professional practice. You’ll have the opportunity to enter competitions and exhibit your work globally. Our Fine Art graduates have played a big role in the development of the artistic network in Nottingham – there is direct correlation with the amount of art projects going on in the city and our alumni – a reciprocal ecosystem that future students can benefit from. Key features

  • Experiment with different media before focusing on what is right for your own practice.
  • Work in our dedicated Fine Art studios and workshops, alongside students from all years.
  • Attend our Live Lecture Series, featuring national and international artists, creative practitioners and theorists.
  • Be inspired by Nottingham’s artistic community and creative places to visit, including Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Lakeside Arts.
  • Create connections with Nottingham’s wider art community through our alumni and staff network.
  • Benefit from our extensive links with festivals, art organisations and artists’ groups, nationally and internationally.
  • Take part in local and international exhibitions and events, such as the Tilburg project in the Netherlands and Kunstpodium T programme.
  • Go on optional study trips to destinations such as Berlin, New York, and Copenhagen.
  • Apply to study part of your degree abroad through our European or international exchange programmes.
  • Have the support of academic and technical staff who are practising artists in their own right.
  • Exhibit your work as part of our Showcase, with the opportunity to exhibit externally in local, national or international spaces.
  • We're ranked 12th best University for Art and Design in the UK. (The Complete University Guide 2021).
Assessment Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade. Employability A high proportion of graduates stay in Nottingham to pursue artistic activities. Many go on to become artists or work in roles such as curators, teachers, gallerists, animators, musicians, community artists, photographers and filmmakers. Some go on to use the skills and experience they’ve gained to enter careers in journalism, media, photography, web design, interiors, landscape design, and education. Successful and notable graduates from this course include: Film director, Simon Ellis Painter, Nigel Cooke Artist and Illustrator, Jon Burgerman Curators, Hannah Conroy and Ashley Gallant Artists, Tim Noble and Sue Webster Award-winning Landscape Designer, Sarah Price Video Artist, Marianna Simnett Artist, Yoko Hayashi Sculptor, David Batchelor. Your space to create at NTU We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at to find out more. Our students’ work – ‘We Are Creatives’ Explore our online showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students’ work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at


[Year One]

  • Curiosity: Introducing Fine Art Practice (100 credit points, full year)
  • Writing Contemporary Art: Review (20 credit points, full year)
[Year Two]
  • Speculation: Staging Fine Art Practice (60 credit points, full year)
  • Writing Contemporary Art: Analysis (20 credit points, full year)
  • Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking (20 credit points, second half of the year)
  • Optional module - You will also personalise your course by choosing from a suite of 20-credit modules. Depending on this choice, these modules will either develop your critical, theoretical and contextual understanding, or will broaden your technical and creative skill. Indicative modules include:
Publishing: Experimental Formats Experimental Animation 3D Materials and Exploration Model Making: Object and Narrative Responding to the Visual World Critical Histories Encountering Objects [Final year]
  • Resolution: Final Practice and Reflection (100 credit points, full year)
- Writing Contemporary Art: Research (20 credit points, full year)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Tuition fees for 2025 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2024 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS