Fine Art at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS

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Course summary

The purpose of this qualification is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the fine art sector as well as feel confident in their own abilities, adapting to a constantly changing world, to assert themselves as a freelance arts practitioner. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education, as well as the potential of a career in the creative industries. The course is about finding who you are creatively. This course is for curious minds, passionate about the arts. There is a strong emphasis on ideas and making. The course, spread over 2 years of full-time study, encouraging independent development and intrigue into all manners of creative output – installation, painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, performance and writing. Year 1 is a journey of discovery. Year 2 is developing that discovery. You will be taught by expert tutors in the field of arts from an academic level as well as a practical level. All tutors exhibit their work and have experience within the freelance and funded art world. North Star Campus is part of a rich history of the School of Art founded over 100 years ago. The Campus has a professional standard print room, ceramics room and darkroom as well as high-standard subject specific library catalogue. The objectives within this qualification are to:

  • Give students the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to achieve high performance in the national/international fine art environment
  • Develop students with enquiring minds, who have the abilities and confidence to work, adapt and succeed in tackling a range of complex, fine art situations.
  • Provide the core skills required for a range of careers in the creative sector.
  • Offer a balance between employability skills – including technical proficiency – and the knowledge essential for developing students' creativity and application to the wider context of fine art employability and careers.
  • Develop students’ understanding of the major impact that new digital technologies have on the fine art environment as well as emphasising the importance of sustainability, the drive towards change, and an acknowledgement of traditional, endangered crafts such as marbling, lithography and letterpress.
  • Equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values, and to allow flexible study to meet local and specialist needs.
Trips, guest speakers and engagement with organisations within the sector are important facets of understanding the wider context of the art sector. It is encouraged to attend any trips, guest speakers and engage with networking opportunities in the area with local art organisations as part of the acknowledgement of the community of arts and the engendering of the social responsibility of artists. The course itself provides the skills that will not only develop students work practically through lessons in (but not exclusive to) printmaking, painting, drawing, collaboration. It will also provide the opportunity to learn important employability skills inherent in HE studies;
  • problem-solving (the use of critical thinking through discussion/critiques)
  • independent skills (self-management and reflection)
  • interpersonal skills (presentation) and
  • general sector skills (awareness of sector and funding/networking opportunities).
The course is reactive in design; the students decide their future whatever that may be, especially as part of Module B: Professional Creative Practice. As tutors, working in the art sector itself, it is our job to provide the necessary tools and information for those students to succeed in progression onwards whether that be:
  • Writing Heritage Craft bursary forms
  • Entering the RA Summer Exhibition
  • Designing a website and portfolio ready for BA Top Up interviews.


Year 1 Module A: Process & Practice Unit A1: Concept & Development (85 credits) Unit A2: Creative Project (35 credits) Year 2 Module B: Professional Creative Practice Unit B1: Personal Professional Development (75 credits) Unit B2: Professional Project (45 credits) Note: The range of units available and the content of any individual module may change.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We require evidence of international qualifications at point of application. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to consider applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature Applicants Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

We require evidence of international qualifications at point of application. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to consider applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The Principal’s Higher Education Scholarship The Principal’s Higher Education Scholarship is open to students who are starting the first year of a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) at New College Swindon. There is one scholarship awarded per academic year. The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees for either an HNC/HND programme. There are no restrictions on the duration of study (part-time or full-time) To be eligible for consideration, a student: Must achieve the requisite entry requirements for your chosen part-time or full-time HNC or HND Must have submitted the course application no later than 31st August 2024 And Must meet at least one of the widening participation criteria listed below… You are not eligible to apply if you are continuing an existing HNC or HND course New College Swindon is committed to widening participation in Higher Education from those groups who are under-represented and who face potential barriers to access. You are eligible to apply under the widening participation element of the HE Scholarship if you meet any of the following criteria: You are the first member of your immediate family to enter Higher Education You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 You have a disability or you are a carer of an ill or disabled family member You have applied for the full Maintenance Loan available You are from a black and minority ethnic group You are estranged from your family and have no other source of income You meet one of the following two postcode criteria: You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the Governments IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. You can check this by inputting your postcode and downloading the report, your result is displayed in column F. If your result in column F is 1, 2, 3, or 4; you meet this criteria. Please note this information only covers addresses in England. Follow the IMD website for more information. You come from an area where it is unusual for people to progress to Higher Education or go to University. This is defined by the Governments classification called POLAR4. To meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2. Follow the Tableau website for more information. Note: to check your eligibility for the above two postcode criteria’s, please use the postcode lookup tool using the home address where you lived during your last year of School or College. Further Details To be eligible to apply for the HE Scholarship, you must have enrolled and be able to provide proof of enrolment onto HNC or HND by the end of October 2024 at New College in Swindon. Closing Date The closing date to apply is Thursday 31st August 2024, 6pm Allocation The 2024/25 scholarship award includes the tuition fees for either a HNC or HND programme. There are no restrictions on the duration of study (part time or full time). Please note, if you intend on studying for two years but have only enrolled on to a HNC for a year, the scholarship will only fund the programme that you have enrolled on to. In this case, it would be for a HNC for a single year. Every reasonable attempt will be made to communicate with the selected student from the details provided within the application. If we are unable to confirm communications by the provided deadline, we reserve the right to withdraw the scholarship and award to another student. The successful student must provide proof of enrolment on to a HNC or HND course at New College. If you are unable to provide proof you will become ineligible to win and another student will be selected to replace you. Applicants’ personal data will be used in accordance with GDPR legislation. Due to the vast amount of expected applications received, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.

Fine Art at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS