This progressive and unique student-centred fine art course enables you to develop, define and perfect your skills as a professional artist at one of the top creative universities in the UK. The course embraces all possible forms of artistic mediums and while you will be given opportunities to familiarise yourself with contemporary and historical art and their theories, you are also encouraged to find your own unique voice in art. You will work in an environment in which we will support you to nurture and cultivate your artistic potential, and grow into confident makers and thinkers who will be able to navigate through contemporary art and its related fields such as art curation, art education, and art criticism. Our dedicated studios in the School of Art, Design and Fashion are equipped to enable you to accomplish your talent through craft. You will be allocated personal studio space and have full access to a range of dedicated workshops including a sculpture workshop with metalwork, welding, woodworking and casting equipment; a print-making workshop with intaglio, dry point, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and letterpress facilities; a digital print workshop with high-quality large-scale print facilities, high-end scanners and the latest software; and photography darkrooms and studios. You’ll also have the opportunity to use our media academy facilities, which boasts Mac suites with the latest design software, as well as a media store containing high-definition cameras, video cameras and sound equipment. The course’s strong industry and community links has allowed previous students to engage in an ambitious programme of professional development alongside their own individual artistic practice by developing an online portfolio and designing and running a group exhibition at a professional gallery within the city. Students study under the guidance of a team of highly skilled industry professionals who have recent and extensive experience in exhibition and commission based work and are supported by excellent teaching and studio facilities. What does this course lead to? The course is designed to nurture your unique approach and help you grow into a professional artist, film-maker, photographer or performance artist, but also provides support in developing a wide range of exciting career paths: art critic, art journalist, writer or poet, theorist, lecturer, school teacher or art therapist. Who is this course for? The fine art programme at Solent is ideally suited to students who are interested in refining their artistic skills and familiarising themselves with theoretical frameworks in art. Applicants should demonstrate a basic level of skill set in art, and some level of contextual understanding of art practice.
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Introduction to Contemporary Art Expanded Drawing Spatial Experiments Unlearning and Unknowing Exploring Mediums Inscription and Traces YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Discursive Spaces Navigation Professional Futures Production Engagement Collaboration YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Practice and Research Practice and Exhibition Professional Practice Thinking Through Writing Making a Statement
The majority of modules in the course are assessed by your practical work, and work in exhibitions. In parallel to your development in art practice, your progression in contextual knowledge will be assessed by essays.
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
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.
For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/help-for-international-students
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
Additional entry requirements
Interview and portfolio viewing
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.|
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data. For further information, see the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries
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