Course Overview

Fine Artists explore ideas and make them visible. We use photography, ceramics, print, video, knitting, sewing, sound. We use paint, charcoal, wood, metal, clay, plaster, light. The work may be in three dimensions, or in two. It can be a film, a drawing, a photograph, a performance, a walk, a print, a painting, an installation. We can explore the marks we make when we move, the marks objects make when they are moved, the sounds things make. We can explore memory, feelings, folds, layers, stories, maps, colour, and journeys.   As fine artists we explore the ideas that excite us, whatever they are and we use the materials we think will work best, whatever they may be.
We believe that professional practice, the whole business of being an artist, is really important and we make sure that our students develop the essential skills necessary to sustain their practice including presentation of work, organisation of exhibitions, sale of work, promotion, commissions etc.  You will  have  the  opportunity  to  organise  and   take  part   in exhibitions  and  residencies and  to  develop  the  transferable skills that you  will need  to  work as an independent practitioner  or  to find employment in a range of  occupations both within art and design and outside.

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This course will help you to discover what you are passionate about and to learn how to use the materials and processes you find exciting.  By the end of the course you should have the skills you need to continue to work as a fine artist and to earn your living in the area you want to work in.

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Critical Studies

These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • 80 UCAS Points New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 (equates to 200 UCAS points previous tariff) For more details on the new tariff system please visit
  • Successful portfolio interview
  • Mature Students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements


Graduates are equipped to pursue a broad range of careers within contemporary Fine Art and the wider creative arts sector. Many of our graduates continue to postgraduate study – such as our MA programme, or a PGCE for school, college, or university teaching.

What you will study:

The first year is very much about asking questions. What isn’t drawing? What can’t be landscape? We’re interested in the thinking behind the answers, not in having everybody answering in the same way. 

You’ll have an induction into all the college workshops, including ceramics, print, 3D, textiles and photography and specialist workshops throughout the year will help you to explore the materials and processes that you find exciting.  You also learn the ICT and research skills you need to tackle assignments in this and subsequent years and begin to understand something of the theory and context of fine art.  By the end of the year you will have begun to understand the ideas and materials that you find exciting and will be able to make choices about the path  you want to take through the second year.

Tutorials, seminars and group crits will help you develop your reflective and analytical abilities and the ‘Only Connect’ lecture series brings a wide range of visiting practitioners to the course to help you to expand your understanding of fine art practice and to contextualise your own work.
The  second year is still about asking questions but as you begin to develop your own practice, you will begin to understand what questions you want to ask. You will be experimental, exploratory and take risks as you begin to develop into informed, skilled, independent practitioners. You will  begin to  consider  more  clearly  your professional  ambitions  after  graduation and, in the second semester, you will take part in a group exhibition of your work in a commercial gallery.  Second year students organise, advertise and curate, the exhibition  gaining valuable professional experience.

You will continue to develop your reflective and analytical abilities through tutorials, seminars, the ‘Only Connect’  lecture series and group crits.
The year begins with an opportunity to re think, reopen and  re explore your ideas and practice and then to create a substantial body of practical work that confirms and clarifies your ideas and thinking. You will also research and present a focused and extended critical enquiry in an area relevant to your own practice. .  This reseach  will help you to understand and develop your practice-based work. You will also create a highly specialist and professional portfolio of work and relevant promotional material and website. 

The course culminates in an End of Course exhibition which gives you the opportunity to present your work to a wider audience. There are a number of prizes, exhibition opportunities and residencies offered to graduating students and you will also have the opportunity to meet gallery owners, and other representatives of the creative industries. You will graduate with the knowledge and ability  to begin  your  life as a professional contemporary artist.

Tutorials, seminars, the ‘Only Connect’  lecture series and group crits will continue to help you to more clearly understand the context of your work and to  critically reflect on and  analyse your own work and that of others.