Fine Art is the creation and the study of visual art. It educates and inspires students to pursue a career as an artist or to follow a wide range of other creative practices and career pathways associated with art and creativity. Our course gives you the flexibility to experiment across a range of specialist disciplines which include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, digital media and installation art. When you join us, you will study options in painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and photography, while also studying drawing and contextual and professional studies. As you progress into year two you’ll develop your individual studio practice in one or more of these areas. You’ll then have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to fine art via projects, workshops and self-directed study. In the final year you’ll develop your individual creative practice, culminating in an exciting exhibition that is part of DMU’s Festival of Creativity. Key features
- We’ve been teaching art for over 120 years and today’s course continues our ethos of encouraging students to develop their creativity within a collaborative and experimental environment.
- We embed employability and professional practice throughout the three years of study and cover a wide range of topics that include an introduction to studio practice, contextual and professional studies, and art practice and presentation.
- In our award-winning Vijay Patel Building you will have access to a dedicated Fine Art studio space and can experiment with a range of facilities across our 25 industry standard workshops including ceramics, glass making, fine art printmaking, metalworking, sculpture, photography and AV to name a few.
- Join the list of Fine Art students who have exhibited at the Handmade Festival, the Two Queens gallery, the Attenborough Arts Centre and a host of other prestigious venues across both the UK and internationally.
- Leicester is a city buzzing with creativity, from colourful street art by GraffWerk and the annual Leicester Art Week festival, to the augmented reality art trail and DMU's own Leicester Gallery. Our partnerships in the city create exciting opportunities to showcase your work, including at Leicester's creative hub LCB Depot.
- Our students can enhance their studies with a trip abroad through DMU Global. So far we’ve visited destinations including New York, Cyprus and Venice.
- We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.
First year: Block 1: Investigation and Exploration 1 Block 2: Investigation and Exploration 2 Block 3: Development and Consolidation 1 Block 4: Development and Consolidation 2 Second year: Block 1: Studio Practice Development 1 Block 2: Art History and Theory 1 Block 3: Studio Practice Development 2 Block 4: Professional Practice 1 Third year: Block 1: Art Practice 1 Block 2: Art History and Theory 2 Block 3: Art Practice 2 Block 4: Professional Practice 2
We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life. Individual studio practice, group projects, workshops, group criticisms, lectures, seminars, study trips and one-to-one tutorials form the basis of this studio-based taught course. The first year is designed to develop the key skills that every artist needs as the foundation of their practice. In the second semester the emphasis of teaching in the Drawing module changes to enable you to synthesise your learning into a self-directed creative project of your own devising. You will be supported by regular tutorials and studio crits, as well as art history tuition. In the first semester of the second year you will be able to choose a specialist area. From semester two of the second year until the end of the course, you will work on your own individual creative interests and develop your potential as an artist. The course culminates with an exhibition of your work – your first engagement as a professional artist. Our teaching staff are research-active artists, who bring cutting-edge insights drawn from experience of their own practice and professional life into the studio, workshops and lecture theatres. They are supported by a wide range of visiting artists.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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