Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W100
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


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.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fine Art Studio Practice Introduction Compulsory
Understanding and Researching Contemporary Art Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fine Art Independent Studio Practice and Context Compulsory
Exhibiting and Curating in Fine Art Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Studio Practice and Context 1 Compulsory
Professional Practice & Placement Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Studio Practice and Context 2 Compulsory
Professional Practice & Placement Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Personal Project Development & Professional Practice Compulsory
Catalogue Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fine Art Project Resolution Compulsory
Catalogue Project Compulsory

Teaching 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.