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Course summary

Develop your individual practice, explore and experiment with new processes and media, and engage with contemporary practice and theory by studying for our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Cambridge School of Art. At ARU, studying Fine Art allows you to experiment with your creativity, explore materials and processes, and discover which media best communicate your ideas. We encourage creative risk-taking, and you’ll have to the chance to explore many new practices and artistic platforms, including photography, printmaking, performance art, film and video, digital media, installation and site-specific approaches. Our tutors, who are all professional artists, and expert technicians will be on hand to support you. Here at Cambridge School of Art you’ll be hands-on in your own studio space from the very start of your course. Our studios are based around our digital and traditional exhibition space, the Ruskin Gallery, and you’ll work closely with fine artists in other years and with students from across our creative community. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get time, guidance and support from our team of practicing artists, dedicated to your creative development. We’ll support you to experiment with materials and across a range of different media, processes and techniques as you develop confidence and build a substantial portfolio of work. We learn outside the studio too, with visits to local exhibitions, galleries in London and international trips to centres of contemporary art such as Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and the Venice Bienniale. Throughout the course there are opportunities to collaborate and exhibit your work and it’s a great way to develop professional skills in curating, event management, marketing and promotion. Our students have recently held exhibitions at Cambridge ArtSpace and created site-specific installations at the Institute of Astronomy, the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Technology. You’ll also showcase your work in our graduating degree show and, as a (Hons) Fine Art student, you’ll also be considered for our annual Supanee Gazeley Prize, a £3,000 award for the best Degree Show exhibition. All our students are invited to attend the lecture series run by our Fine Art Research Unit, exposing you to contemporary debates in fine art practice. You’ll also study the history and theory of fine art, giving you a solid grounding for careers in the creative and cultural sector, such as curation, arts administration, or arts publishing and journalism – as well as teaching and education. With an eye on your future career, you’ll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience. Industry-standard equipment As well as our dedicated fine art studio with your own workspace, you’ll have use of facilities including:

  • Ruskin Gallery, a professional digital art gallery
  • Life drawing studio
  • Dedicated Mac and PC suites with the latest software including Adobe Creative suite
  • Specialist printmaking workshop including etching, screen-printing, and lithography
  • 3D workshops for physical media including wood, plastic, metal, and clay
  • Photography and media facilities including darkrooms; studios; film processing; digital printing suite; video editing; and professional equipment loans
  • Dedicated fashion workshops with industrial sewing, finishing, embroidery and seam sealing machines.
As one of our students you'll also have access to all our other art, design and creative industries facilities and equipment. Careers Our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree opens the door to many different creative and professional opportunities. You’ll have opportunities to exhibit your work, and develop professional skills in curating, group work, event management, and marketing and promotion. As a graduate you might work in fine art practice, community arts projects, prop and set making, art therapy, or museum and gallery administration and education.


Year 1 core modules: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication; Information and Communication Technology; Creative Workshops 1; Composition and Style; Approach to Design; Critical and Contextual Studies; Creative Workshops 2; Specialist Project. Year 2 core modules: Approaches to Drawing; Experimental Practice; Critical Contexts - Fine Art; Fine Art Practice 1. Year 3 core modules: Fine Art Practice 2; Media, Process, Situation; Contemporary Issues and Debates; Ruskin Module. Year 4 core module: Fine Art Major Project. Year 4 optional modules: Research Project; Working in the Creative Industries. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress in a number of ways. On critical and contextual modules you’ll produce essays or shorter written assignments, while on studio modules you’ll either submit portfolios of artwork, or install exhibitions.You won’t have to take any exams on our BA (Hons) Fine Art course.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information
Fine Art [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS