BA (Hons) Fine Art — Overview
Our BA (Hons) Fine Art programme explores contemporary art-making in its broadest sense, encouraging ambitious, pro-active and critically engaged approaches to creative practice.
Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art is characterised by its focus on the development of individual practice-based study, within the supportive context of an independent specialist art college.
With access to dedicated studio space, you will be supported in developing your emerging practice, that includes a framework of professional practice opportunities, including a programme of artist lectures, exposure to public exhibitions in our onsite exhibition space, The Gallery, and opportunities to exhibit your practice in the public domain.
You will join a dynamic community of creative practitioners, supported by an academic team of experienced artists, all of whom are active makers and researchers in contemporary fine art practice.
Our Fine Art programme encourages diversity in thinking and making, based on the potential in material exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of new concepts and materials.
We provide a dynamic and stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory.
The programme is multidisciplinary, enabling you to engage with a range of processes including 2D, 3D, 4D and hybrid practices.
This includes workshops in drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, video, sound, printmaking and critical writing, amongst others.
We are committed to encouraging studio and post-studio practices, creating artwork that can inhabit a range of settings including galleries, artist-run spaces, and site-specific or event-based projects.
What will I achieve?
As well as gaining a high level of practical skill in your chosen field of art practice, you will learn how to work to a brief, explore creative ideas singularly and with peers, and manage independent projects to conclusion.
You will develop a professional understanding of the creative activity of external partners, including galleries, museums, creative organisations and practising artists.
You will be able to place your work within the wider context of contemporary fine art practice, helping to prepare you for your artistic career or continue your journey through postgraduate study.
Graduates from our Fine Art programme regularly go on to land residences and exhibition opportunities at some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary art spaces – including KARST, Spike Island, and Ocean Studios.
Thinking & making
Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.
We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.
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BA (Hons) Fine Art — Highlights:
- Investigate fine art practice, creatively and practically.
- Develop a critically engaged individual practice.
- Approach art production from a professional and multidisciplinary perspective in all its forms.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of the creative sector and the potential for future employment within it.
- Benefit from expert staff, national and international events throughout the year, impressive industry links, and an inspiring programme of visiting artists and guest speakers.