The aim of the programme is to provide a challenging and stimulating education through contemporary fine art practice. The practical nature of this course enables you to establish an artistic identity and to situate your artistic practice within fine art and wider contexts and communities. We aim to equip you with a range of practical making skills underpinned by a theoretical awareness of visual culture, so you can analyse, and critically reflect upon, your visual outcomes. You’ll have designated studio space and access to a variety of well-equipped workshop facilities. The programme encourages the exploration of a wide range of contemporary fine art practices such as performance, collaboration and film as well as traditional skills including wet photography, printmaking and ceramics facilities that are now rare in modern institutions. Projects will include exciting, directed briefs and self-initiated schemes of work, as well as collaboration with peers, galleries and other organisations. Understanding and engaging with professional fine art practice is central to this course. Therefore, visiting lecturers, visits to museums or residential opportunities in the UK and abroad may form part of the wider education. Exhibiting your own work is also a priority. In addition to your End of Year Degree Show, you will have several opportunities to exhibit work throughout the course at our in-house gallery and at external venues. Students may also have the opportunity to fundraise to take their degree show on tour to industry at events such as Free Range in London, or in galleries in our regional creative hub of Bristol. Beyond graduation, we continue to invest in our graduates by including them in events, exhibition opportunities and offer residency placements. The modules studied may include: • Drawing • Materiality • Temporality • Context • Studio Practice • Community, Identity, Environment • Professional Practice Progression Opportunities Employment opportunities for Fine Art graduates are many and varied, including creative arts practice, curating, arts administration, arts therapy and roles in museums, galleries, community engagement and education. Many of our students establish their own studios as artists or craftspeople, while others progress to postgraduate study in a related discipline including MA and PGCE programmes. Fine Art graduates are also excellent creative problem-solvers who would benefit any employer.
The modules studied may include: • Drawing • Materiality • Temporality • Context • Studio Practice • Community, Identity, Environment • Professional Practice
Assessment is by 100% coursework, and we undertake continuous modular assessment. Studio and site-specific projects are a major part of the course, complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are also assessed by means of a live project or work placement, as well as on curating an exhibition
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
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
International applicants are required to apply through UCAS. For further details please contact the HE Admissions Team
students are also required to have 4 GCSEs 4 - 9 including English (or recognised equivalent Level 2) Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply
Additional entry requirements
You will be advised of the requirements of your portfolio when you are invited for interview
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Fees and funding
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