Our BA (Hons) Fine Art programme promotes contemporary art practice in its broadest sense, we encourage an ambitious, self-directed and critically engaged approach to creative practice.
This is a dynamic programme where you will gain skills to critically question and actively create. You will explore interdisciplinary modes of practice and gain valuable experience of the creative sector creating lasting professional networks for your creative future.
The course will accelerate your creative ideas, working in a multidisciplinary environment with access to a range of processes (including 2D, 3D, 4D and hybrid practices) and workshops in sound drawing, performance painting, scale sculpture, performance, video, projection mapping, sound, traditional printmaking, welding, mould making, casting, critical and reflective writing.
You’ll develop your individual artistic practice within the supportive environment of an independent specialist art college, with a focus on the intersection of creativity and social justice. As well as gaining a high level of practical skill in your chosen field, you will learn how to work to a brief, how to deconstruct the brief, explore creative ideas singularly and with peers, and collaboratively manage projects to creative conclusion.
Our Fine Art course encourages an ambitious diversity of approaches in thinking and making based on supporting your personal creative development through exposure to a wide variety of material methods and modes of art practice. With opportunities for working collaboratively, deepening cultural understanding through cross-fertilisation of ideas and exploring new processes in workshops, you’ll be working in a dynamic and rigorous learning environment that provides a meaningful link between your studio practice and contemporary art theory.
Led and supported by a stimulating community of creative practitioners, the core academic team are experienced, practising artists who are active makers, writers and researchers in contemporary fine art practice.
You will develop an unrivalled understanding of the professional art world through our ongoing partnerships which include emerging and established galleries, museums, creative organisations and practising artists. Every year, Fine Art students and staff participate in Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, as part of the college’s commitment to socially-engaged forms of art and cultural practice. The college’s on-site public exhibition space, The Gallery, also draws a range of national and international artists and exhibitions, allowing you the opportunity to engage with artists through related workshops, talks and screenings.
Graduates from our Fine Art course regularly go on to land residences and exhibition opportunities at some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary art spaces – including KARST, Tate Exchange and Ocean Studios.
100% of students on our BA (Hons) Fine Art agreed that “Staff are good at explaining things”, “feedback on my work has been timely” and “I have been able to contact staff when I needed to”. There were high rates of satisfaction with assessment and feedback at 92%, and the same percentage of students agreeing “marking and assessment has been fair”, “I have received helpful comments on my work” and “I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course”.
91% of our BA (Hons) Fine Art students agreed that “my university or college has taken sufficient steps to protect my physical safety from the virus during the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g. providing protective equipment such as masks, social distancing on campus, offering distance learning opportunities)”.
Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.
We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.