University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Fine Art (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

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Our Fine Art course is top in the UK National Student Survey 2019 (100% Student Satisfaction) Why study at University of Cumbria If you are looking for a foundation course that will enable you to unearth your artistic voice and unleash your creative flair in your own dedicated studio space, then this is the one for you. Your introductory year will give you the skills and knowledge needed to appreciate the full Fine Arts programme to go on to complete your degree and secure a future in the fine arts or creative industry. Study a range of art disciplines and get ready for a real-world role in the arts. Our interdisciplinary, studio-based Fine Art course will enable you to develop your ideas into an exciting and fulfilling creative practice, while you become an ambitious and confident maker. You will acquire and hone your skills across all the Fine Art disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography (both wet and dry) and digital media. We provide you with impressive, bespoke studios and easy access to state of the art resources so you can create your very own adaptable and readily available space for your ambitious work. You will develop an awareness of contemporary fine art practices and hone your ability to make, critique and discuss your work and that of others. Course Overview Our close-knit and supportive community will inspire your creativity and shape your individual practice. In your foundation year you will work across a range of disciplines and approaches to making, in a small and highly supportive studio environment.

  • Year 1 In Year One, you will focus on the development of your skills across all Fine Art disciplines with practical work playing an important role in informing art theory, as well as critical and historic perspectives.
  • Year 2 Year Two will see you developing these skills, as well as addressing professional fine art practice and current issues. Plus, you will curate and organise a public exhibition of your work, gaining essential professional experience.
  • Year 3 Year Three centres around a curated degree show, where you put your artistic and professional practice skills to the test.
Your Career with a Fine Art Degree Former students have stepped into roles in national and international museums and galleries, in the private sector and creative industries or are self-employed artists after graduating with us. Many of our graduates move into postgraduate education. So, start your success story with our Fine Art degree that will help you make a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Historical and Critical Studies, Exploratory Drawing, Experience, Perception and Interpretation, Strategy and Method, Introduction to Practice. Year two - Compulsory modules: Introduction to Fine Art Practice, Image and Context, Fine Art in Context. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Life Drawing, Thinking Through Drawing. Year three - Compulsory modules: Praxis: Presentation Skills for Artists, Art and Ideas, Practice and Context, Negotiated Practice. Year four - Compulsory modules: Fine Art Dissertation, Practice 1, Practice 2, Final Presentation Module.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Fine Art (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS