Undergraduate Fine Art Degrees

Challenge yourself and realise your creative potential with a fine art degree.

It's a degree of your own making in many ways. You can focus on anything from painting and sculpture to photography and performance. You can even a combine different art techniques.

No matter how you choose to express your ideas, we'll support you. You'll get a theoretical, imaginative and practical approach to study, delivered by professional artists. First-rate technical staff will be on hand to guide and support as you develop your skills as a Fine Artist too.

You'll find we also offer some of the best studio spaces for students to work in. From the moment you join us, you'll have the room to be ambitious and let your imagination lead the way.

Add opportunities to exhibit your work, visiting artists, and trips to major exhibitions. You'll find our approach embraces your creativity, encourages your ambition and cultivates your talent.

Courses

What our staff and students say

The Foundation Year allowed me to test out new ideas and to really find out what I was interested in. When I started my BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, I felt like I had a clear idea of how to work independently and what was expected of me.

Sikander Pervez - Art Foundation Year

The course offered challenging and often diverse projects, live 'world of work' briefs and opportunities to develop my individual voice through making work that mattered to me.

Precious Innes - Art Foundation Year

Students will discover what it means to be a contemporary artist in society. It's based on issues of enquiry and curiosity. It's about creating new knowledge. It's about feeling that you can contribute to our culture.

Ian Brown - Professor of Fine Art

Facilities

Light and spacious, our studios and workshops are a perfect venue to develop your skills.

Working alongside other fine artists, but in your own dedicated space, you'll have a wide range of facilities to work with. These include; wood, metal and plastic workshops, digital imaging and printmaking. Our outstanding collection of Fine Art journals and books will be hand to give inspiration should you ever need it!

Workspace

Study with us and you'll have your own personal workspace for the duration of the course.


Hands On

Our workshop facilities include 3D (wood, metal and plastics), digital imaging, surface decoration, and ceramics.


Studio Environment

You'll learn in a relaxed, supportive and professional workshop and studio environment, with plenty of practical, hands-on project work.


Stock up

The Staffordshire Art and Design shop sell a variety of art, media and design supplies at discount prices.


Careers

We'll equip with you with the skills needed to be both employable and entrepreneurial in the creative industries.

Notable Fine Art graduates hold positions that are indicative of this diversity. You'll find them as; Senior Pictures Editor of the Independent on Sunday magazine; Director of Goldsworthy gallery, New York; and Model Designer for Hogwarts Castle on the Harry Potter films. You'll also find our graduates in many UK museums and galleries.

You'll also find our graduates have won awards, exhibit worldwide, and have work in public and private collections. Other graduates go on to study for Masters degrees or to become teachers.

  • Fine artist
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Commercial art gallery manager
  • Museum exhibitions officer
  • Multimedia programmer

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

It's vital that you understand the skills behind presenting art works for public audiences. That's you'll focus on the professional aspects of both curating and exhibiting. You'll also develop your understanding as a working artist.

Showcasing your work is a big part of your degree experience. Our own gallery spaces will host your work and a large public exhibition that takes place each year. You may also show at a variety of regional events and exhibitions. In recent years students have exhibited at; Spode Factory, AirSpace Gallery, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and The Royal Stoke Hospital.

Work Experience Opportunities:

Our practical degrees are devoted to the professional development of your studio practice. An inspiring learning programme will enable you to specialise in a particular area. And opportunities to meet and learn from established professional artists supports your study.