The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)

Fine Art The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth


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TEF Gold

The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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This exciting degree is truly equipped to facilitate and develop interdisciplinary and specialist approaches to Fine Art. We are able to provide you with a landscape of outstanding natural and industrial spectacle, and offer a learning environment that teaches and encourages high levels of technical skill, conceptual rigour and contextual awareness.

Our Fine Art degree will introduce you to a wide range of disciplines and material processes that represent the multi-media, inter-disciplinary nature of much contemporary Fine Art. Our tailored learning experience means that we are then able to technically and contextually support your art-making across a number of disciplines or enable you to specialise around a single discipline such as Painting or Drawing.

We will help you to develop a subject matter and creative language that is personal to you and nurture an ongoing understanding and appreciation of contemporary and historic fine art practice and theory. Within the context of the North East’s thriving arts scene, we will also have a professional studies programme that adapts to supports your academic and career ambitions.

Course details


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: • 2D Practices including Painting, Drawing and Printmaking • 3D Practices including Assemblage, Casting, Installation and Site Specific Art • Digital Practices including Photography, Scanning, Editing and Video Production • The content, form and context of your work in relation to the work of other Fine Art practitioners through debate and analysis In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: • Your individual personal practice • Confidence in directing your own work and understanding its context • Your Professional practice through live assignments, work experience and collaboration In your third year (Level Six) you will produce: • A honed exhibition of personal practice • Work for competitions and commissions • Dissertation which will enrich and inform your practice • A plan for life beyond your degree

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W101
Institution code C71
Campus name The Northern School of Art
Campus code H

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile.
If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview.
Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate.
It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the College offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact

Provider information

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The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)
University Level Campus
Church Square
TS24 7EX

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