The BA (Hons) Fine Art top-up degree programme has been designed for students who have successfully completed a HND or FdA Foundation degree in a relevant subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full BA (Hons) qualification in the heart of London. The BA (Hons) Fine Art programme will develop your art practice alongside building your professional skills which encourages an ambitious, critically engaged practice. This broad and contemporary programme allows for a multidisciplinary approach across 2D, 3D and 4D practice and supports you to select your own path and create an individual practice. Through ongoing critical reflection on a range of social and cultural issues, you will be able to challenge your own work, and the work of others, to build a contextualised understanding of contemporary art practices. Through modules in Contemporary Practice, Fine Art Practice, Critical Thinking and Exhibition, you will be given space to explore, challenge and redefine your methods of working; allowing you to interrogate, reflect upon and refine your practice to arrive at a professional standard of work ready for exhibition at the end of the summer term. The course is based in our Chelsea Centre for Creative Industries which is situated between the Kings Road and the Fulham Road in London SW10, in the heart of Chelsea. We are fortunate to be situated close to major galleries and museums including the Saatchi Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science and Natural History Museums in Exhibition Road, and the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park. These and other galleries are used for art and design research by our student, perfect for finding your inspiration before coming to use our Fine Art studios, with flexible working spaces, and fantastic natural light, where you will be able to create work that fits your ambitions in a supportive environment. In addition, our successful Art Cast podcast series has enabled our students to connect with a wide range of artists to discuss their current practice and what it’s like to work in the industry. Recent guests include: Jeremy Dellar, David Shrigley, Peter Kennard among others. The series is led by the Subject Leader for Fine Art, so you will have direct access and input into the series, which not only helps develop your awareness of contemporary practice, but can also be an opportunity to build your professional working skills. Listen to previous episodes here: https://morleyradio.co.uk/series/art-cast/ At the Chelsea Centre for Creative Industries you will join part of a dynamic and well established community of like-minded people and artists working in varied fields and media. On successful completion of this course you will achieve a Fine Art BA (Hons) Fine Art, validated by Ravensbourne University.
Contemporary Practice 40 credits Fine Art Practice 40 credits Critical Thinking 20 credits Exhibition 20 credits
Learning and Teaching methods used include, but are not limited to: Tutorials (Individual & Group) Group Critiques Seminars Lectures Practical Workshops Study Visits The top-up programme has an emphasis on professionalisation of practice, steered towards a final exhibition of work. Studio based activities are a significant feature of the programme, providing a location for both individual and group tutorials. Projects are open and allow for broad, multi-disciplinary approaches which allow students to create personal responses. Summative Assessment takes two forms, either written, or practical ‘portfolio’ based submissions. Written submissions will cover a range of contexts applicable to professional working, including academic writing, reviews and self-reflection. The practical submissions are not limited to specific types of work, to allow for the broadest practice ambitions, and again encourage the thought of presenting to a range of contexts. Prior to Summative Assessment, students receive weekly tutorials and will have 6 weekly ‘Progress Reviews’ which will offer direct formative feedback on both module and course progress. Formative assessment through tutorials and group crit sessions is intended to provide a supportive environment that encourages and directs the development of students’ practice. Group sessions support students to engage critically with one another’s work, whilst encouraging the awareness of how their own work presents to a broader audience.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Mature students: if you do not meet the entry requirements as outlined above, we may still consider your application based on previous employment or previous study. We appreciate that mature students may have extensive relevant experience gained through paid or unpaid work, or through other types of professional training or sector-related opportunities and this experience may be used to support an application. Please contact the Programme Lead on [email protected] to discuss.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||Students and prospective students require a minimum level of 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) with no score lower than a 5 in listening and speaking and no score lower than a 5.5 in reading and writing.|
|PTE Academic||42||Pearson Test of English Academic|
Students undertaking higher level education need to have a commensurate level of understanding of the English language so as to be able to achieve their qualification. In the case of applicants for whom English is a second language, the interviewer and Central Admissions Team must assure themselves of the applicant’s ability to function at IELTS English Level 5.5 (or equivalent). This is in line with the requirements of the awarding and validating bodies. Where applicants do not hold an IELTS qualification at 5.5 or equivalent, the Central Admissions will ask the applicant to sit an online test (BKSB) to check the suitability of the applicant’s English level prior to interview. Photographic identification will be required. Applicants who have recently completed (i.e. in the last 2 years) a formal programme of study in English at an appropriate level (such as a level 3 BTEC or ‘A’ level) prior to starting their Higher National are considered to be at a suitable level of English without requiring additional evidence..
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6165||Year 1|
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