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The course considers fine art in its widest sense, this means you can test out many different approaches or choose to specialise in one. At AUB you have full creative control. This course considers fine art in its widest sense, which means you can test out many different approaches or choose to specialise in one. Experimental workshops in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital media and sonic arts provide you with a solid foundation in testing the physical and conceptual potential of materials that you can then develop further. What you will learn Our course fosters a flexible and entrepreneurial attitude by encouraging the consideration of the broader cultural environment to help you find and understand your place within it; you will leave as an independent thinker with confidence in your own practice. BA (Hons) Fine Art provides a framework in which developing artists can question existing forms and methodologies; use, adapt them and invent new strategies in order to express their individual ideas and concepts. The course is committed to promoting dialogue and practice across discipline boundaries by nurturing communities of practice within a diverse and pluralistic studio environment and by collaborating with other specialists, agencies and organisations on a local or international level. The course celebrates and engages with the important role that Fine Art plays in a world of growing political fluidity, acknowledging that the cultural arena is one of rapidly accelerating change. The course is outward-looking and believes in the permeable nature of the fine art studio. An entrepreneurial attitude is fostered within the course in order to encourage you to engage with the wider cultural environment in an ambitious, provocative and professional manner. Our philosophy is to integrate theory and practice. You will be encouraged to learn, discover and make creative decisions through making, in whatever medium is most appropriate to your ideas. Alongside the practical development of your practice, you will be asked to investigate and research artists and critical thinking which are relevant to your own work. There will be organised lectures and seminars throughout your course and these are designed to give you a good understanding of historical and contemporary contexts which shape current debates and discourse in Fine Art. Approximately 60% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based. You can choose to complete your degree in one of the following named awards:
- Fine Art (Interactive Arts)
- Fine Art (Urban and Public Art)
- Fine Art (Drawing)
- Fine Art (Curatorial Practice)
- Challenge the boundaries of existing subject knowledge in defining your own practice. Understand the values of risk-taking, the unknown and ambiguity in the strategic development of your practice.
- Resolve ideas through making. Structure creative approaches and utilise technical skills with confidence and authority towards fulfilling intentions.
- Relate your practice to an understanding of the nature of fine art and its role in reflecting and shaping contemporary consciousness.
- Articulate coherent ideas and arguments in visual, spoken and written forms informed by appropriate research methodologies.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key developments in current and emerging practices and media in Fine Art.
- Apply analytical, interpretative and creative thinking skills in observation, practical investigation and speculative enquiry.
- Employ resourcefulness, entrepreneurial imagination and personal responsibility in managing your own career development, future learning and professional relationship with the world.
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
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|Campus name||Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
AUB welcomes applications for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of our degree courses, providing your previous studies can be assessed to be equivalent to the work completed at AUB. We require that the institution be accredited or recognized by the relevant national authority. . To enter year 2/year 3 you will need to have passed 120/240 ECTS credits in your first and second years of study and that the units you have studied on the course are broadly equivalent to what the students in our first year/first two years will have learned. Please note that having completed the required number of credits is not by itself sufficient to guarantee placement on the subsequent year. AUB assesses applicants on the whole of the application and the course team will recommend the offer admission on the year that is suited to the applicant’s entire profile.
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 120 points|
|A level||BBC - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Scottish Higher||CCCCCD||Scottish Highers – five passes at Grade C or above|
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
We invite as many applicants to attend an interview as possible and will hold the majority of interviews January – March. If you have been selected for interview we will email you and details will be sent via AUB’s application portal, MyApplication. Admissions will send you full details of the date and time of the interview, plus what to bring and how to get to AUB. For most courses, unless specified, you will be required to bring a portfolio of work as part of your interview and you will need to follow the portfolio guidance for the course. AUB is flexible, so if you cannot attend your allocated interview date you can request it is rescheduled. We invite a small group to each interview slot and you will be taken to the relevant course area. Normally this will begin with a brief talk about the course and then the academic staff will look at your portfolio. This might be a group session where you are all asked to contribute and talk about your work. Or you may be seen on a one-to-one basis to discuss your work. Interviews are your opportunity to demonstrate to us your self-motivation and commitment to your area of study. Be ready to talk about your influences, who inspires you and why (think about your cultural interests such as gallery visits, exhibitions, cinema, theatre or literature). It’s important that you contextualise your work. We also expect you to have an awareness of contemporary practice in your chosen subject area. Interviews are also your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the course.
As a specialist art and design institution, the portfolio forms a big part of our admissions process. Each course has different guidelines for what the course team expects to see in your portfolio and you can find these on our website. It is important to read the portfolio guidelines and select pieces for your portfolio accordingly so you bring with you a good range of work which meets the course team’s expectations. Portfolios should contain a variety of different work, showcasing your creative ability and capacity to work in different media. Include sketchbooks and idea journals as well as examples of ‘work in progress’ to show the development and journey of a project. We recognise that everyone has different skills, portfolios and experiences, so what we look for is potential through a broad range of work that expresses the scope of your creative experiences and shows evidence of enquiry and experimentation. If you are outside the UK or can’t attend an interview Admissions will ask you to submit a link to an electronic portfolio and full details of how to submit this will be sent to you by Admissions.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54||A minimum of 51 in each component|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
English language requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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