Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Nottingham Trent University

Fine Art Practice

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Course summary

This course embraces a full range of disciplines, allowing you to work in the materials and methods of your choice, including: drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, photography, installation, photography, installation, intervention, performance and digital technologies. This Foundation Degree is awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University. About the course You will develop your creativity through projects that stimulate and challenge, while allowing the time and space to develop your work. Alongside practical workshops and personal studio work, you will develop your own creative practices with an academic understanding of both historical and contemporary ideas and issues. On this multidisciplinary course, we'll teach you some of the skills and knowledge required to carve out a career as a practising artist or gain employment in a variety of arts-related jobs. During the course, there will be opportunities to explore professional practice through gallery visits and contacts with artists. You'll also take part in an exciting live external group project, gaining a real world perspective on working with clients and on exhibiting. The course culminates in a final exhibition showcasing studio practice. Our dedicated tutors are highly-experienced educators and practicing fine artists with national reputations for excellence in their field. We'll encourage you to work in the materials and methods of your choice including: -drawing -painting -printmaking -illustration -photography -installation -intervention -performance -sculpture -ceramics -photography Business and entrepreneurial studies will include: -self-promotion strategies -presenting your work to others -exploring how to exhibit and be shown as an artist in traditional and non-traditional art spaces -how to organise exhibitions -the scope for applying for potential funding/grants -looking at how the law can affect visual artists -professional practice - looking at how others exist in the fine art field Assessment Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Work is organised into practical and written projects. These are then graded and fed back to students with written and verbal feedback. The course culminates in a final exhibition. There are no exams. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2022-23 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information. Your career and progression After the Foundation Degree, you could progress onto our BA (Hons) Art and Design or BA (Hons Digital Media Design top-up degrees. Alternatively, you could progress to the second or third year of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Nottingham Trent University (our validating institution) or another university of your choice. This degree can open up a wide range of careers within the creative arts' industries such as freelance illustrator/artist or community artist. There is also scope for finding work in various creative institutions and other public agencies.

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 course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) are advised to contact our International Office for advice and information before submitting their UCAS application. Please call +44 (0) 115 838 0527 or email: [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview.


Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio of their recent work.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are advised to contact their own national student finance service for up-to-date information concerning potential financial support. Applicants who are permanently resident outside the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Republic of Ireland are advised to contact the College's International Office before submitting an application at: [email protected] Any additional costs or fees are shown on the UCAS page for each individual course.
Fine Art Practice at Nottingham College - UCAS