This studio-centred course offers you the opportunity to explore the disciplines of painting, sculpture, performance, installation, printmaking, and lens-based and digital media.
The Fine Art course is characterised by a profound synergy between academic and technical teaching and learning. You´ll work towards an independent, critical and reflective practice, supported through tutorials, workshops, lectures, study trips and, in the first year, weekly contact with your personal tutor.
Our lecturers are engaged in their own practice as artists, bringing a contagious energy to the dialogue and exchange with students. In this community, students, tutors and dedicated technicians work together to understand and develop what contemporary art can or should be today. You’ll develop the skills you need for a successful career - as an artist or in a related profession.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design. However if applying with A-Levels only, a total of 260 points (with a grade B in an Art and Design related subject) is expected, supported by a high quality portfolio.
Applicants applying with a BTEC Extended Diploma are expected to achieve an overall Merit grade (Merit, Merit, Merit).
The course is aimed at the development of studio practice in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, photography, performance and sound. The structure of the course leaves room for not knowing, experimentation, discovery, risk and innovation.
Experimentation with materials, techniques and processes are foregrounded. You´ll establish a way of working that is playful and analytical. Through this process you´ll begin to recognise the themes that are emerging in your work. The year is filled with a range of inductions and workshops to support your practice.
This is a pivotal period of development in which we will support you to progress your ideas, conceptual strategies and processes. Experimentation remains key, alongside a greater emphasis on individual research, reflection and analysis. We will encourage you to develop a more focused awareness of the debates that surround your practice and continually test its boundaries and possibilities. Off-site exhibitions, projects and other initiatives support you to consider your work beyond the studio.
You´ll build on and extend the ideas you explored in the previous year. As a final year student, greater emphasis is placed not only on a body of resolved, considered and well executed work, but also on work that is ambitious and takes risks. At the end of the year, you´ll present work in a degree show that is open to the public.
Our graduates go on to become, among other things, professional practicing self-employed artists, they become curators in established galleries or set up their own artist run spaces. We have alumni who are teachers or work in gallery education; others have gone onto work in conservation, TV, or Art Therapy.
Many of our alumni go onto further study at some of the UK’s top postgraduate courses including the Slade School of Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art and Design, The Royal College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools, Glasgow School of Art and the Courtauld Institute.
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