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Fine Art

BA (Hons)

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Artist’s retreat in first year

Plus educational visits to cultural venues & events throughout degree

Excellent facilities

Including a dedicated work space within a studio environment

UCAS code:
W100
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Fine Art degree lets you realise your creative potential and combine practical training with discussion. Encourage your ambition and cultivate your talent.

Our Fine Art degree will allow you to realise your creative potential through exciting and challenging opportunities. The course provides experience of a wide range of arts media relevant to contemporary arts practice, this includes but is not limited to: painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, digital applications and performance.

You will be supported to establish your own practice as an artist; working in our spacious studios, galleries and workshops, exploring your ideas through site specific contexts, professional external projects, and a yearly public exhibition.

Our teaching team are all professional artists, and are able to support you with a structured technical, theoretical, imaginative and practical approach to arts practice.

Key features

  • 95% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
  • 3 educational visits to cultural venues and events plus a residential trip for first year students, organised as an artist’s retreat.

  • Annual overseas trip organised for all levels, to the Venice Biennial or to another cultural city (Previous destinations include Rotterdam, Krakow, New York).

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Fine Art

Course content

The course offers a dynamic curriculum that embraces your creativity, encourages your ambition and cultivates your talent and skill. You will combine practical training with stimulating intellectual discussions of key debates in the visual arts. There is an excellent programme of visiting artists talks and a yearly optional educational trip to major national and international art venues as far afield as Berlin, Venice and Barcelona.

Developing your individuality as an artist is key to your learning on this course. When you leave us, you will be prepared to take on a broad range of professional opportunities across a wide variety of exciting careers in the arts and creative industries.

To broaden your knowledge of career opportunities, you will benefit from working with practising professionals and will be supported to take on a work placement. We have strong links to the local and regional art scene, which enables our students and graduates to take part in exciting professional projects and exhibitions each year.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Fine Art Studio Practice Introduction
Fine Art Independent Studio Practice and Context
Understanding and Researching Contemporary Art
Exhibiting and Curating in Fine Art
Year 2 compulsory modules
Studio Practice and Context 1
Studio Practice and Context 2
Professional Practice & Placement
Year 3 compulsory modules
Personal Project Development & Professional Practice
Fine Art Project Resolution
Writing & Curating Contemporary Art

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit if taken

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

Facilities

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to become successful practising visual artists, winning important prizes and receiving industry recognition. The course provides the transferable skills to take up positions in a wide range of cultural and creative employment destinations; recent graduates are now working as photographic production managers, gallery directors, and set designers.

Specific recent examples include:

  • Photographic Production Manager – Oasis and Warehouse
  • Gallery Director – Matt Roberts Arts, London
  • Documentary Director – Minnow Films, London
  • Set Designer – Emma Roach Studio

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Assessment

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Anna-Marie Francis
Anna-Marie FrancisCourse Leader

Anna's arts practice examines private histories, public space and civic languages; using forms of intervention, mapping, performance, consultation and photography to investigate the impact of art and culture on the regeneration of cities. View profile

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018

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