Set your own artistic course at HCA and develop a unique body of work by exploring your passions and the subjects that excite you most.
On the Fine Art degree at HCA you will be encouraged to develop a personal approach to contemporary Fine Art practice, free from the constraints of a ‘house style’. We will support you to experiment across a wide-range of media including: paint, print, drawing, ceramics, textiles, photography, video, sound, performance, sculpture, and installation.
HCA students have the creative freedom to explore diverse subjects such as identity, memory, storytelling, place, mark making, or form; you may delve into deeply personal or autobiographical topics, or much broader social, cultural, or political issues. You’ll also get involved with exciting collaborative events such as exhibitions, residencies, and site-specific responses.
We offer small group teaching in a thriving studio environment. Studying in our specialist arts college will make it easy for you to transgress boundaries and produce interdisciplinary work.
This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at HCA.
Our smaller group sizes allow us to recognise each student as an individual, developing a unique practice. You will be supported in finding your own creative voice through your art practice.
You will have excellent access to tutorial support from experienced practicing artists and curators as well as expert technical assistance. Visiting professional artists will further enrich your learning experience.
Through Critical Studies, you can gain fascinating insights into the subject you love. You will explore your specialism and the work of those you admire. We will help you to see your own practice in context with your peers and predecessors; leading to, not only a deeper understanding of the work of others, but who you are as an artist. The things you discover in Critical Studies will help you answer the question: where do I want to take my arts practice?
We will support you to develop the skills and confidence you need to meet the challenges of being a practicing artist today. Through group activity, you will develop a strong foundation in communication and collaboration that will help you have impact in the wider arts world.
- Personalised individual tuition from a team of lecturers.
- Lively studio culture with individual space for every student.
- Weekly collaborative student projects and events in the course’s Project Space.
- Lectures and workshops with professional visiting artists.
- Workshops including 3D, video, photography, textiles, ceramics and print.
- Exciting collaborative events, exhibitions, residencies, work placements, and site-specific projects working with our network of external partners.
HCA have excellent links with local, regional, and national visual arts organisations, including New Art West Midlands, Meadow Arts and the Sidney Nolan Trust. You will be supported in a work placement tailored to your own goals and future career ambitions within the creative arts sector, such as: working as a professional artist, teaching, community art, art therapy, curating or other roles within arts institutions.
Our graduates are equipped to pursue a broad range of careers within contemporary Fine Art and the wider creative arts sector; working as professional artists, lecturers, art therapists, curators and other roles within arts institutions. Many of our graduates continue to postgraduate study, such as our MA Fine Art programme, or a PGCE for school, college, or university teaching.
- Minimum age 18.
- Successful portfolio interview.
- Academic achievement – we would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but, whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
- 80 UCAS Points on the New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 equates to 200 UCAS points on the previous points system – for more details please see tariff explanation and advice on the UCAS website.
- 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) is required.
- Applications from mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can offer further advice on HCA and the UWTSD awarding body requirements.
NB for Top-Up students different entry requirements apply – please see our Top-Ups application page for more information.
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“At HCA, we are granted so many opportunities to progress with help from local exhibitions, artist talks, and live briefs which allow students to make contacts for when they graduate and further their careers.Read Rachel's story3
“My favourite thing about my course is the freedom that you’re given to explore different ideas and materials to determine your practice.
"Also, the tutors are amazing at helping you to overcome any creative blocks that come your way and will help you to expand your knowledge of artists, contexts and theory."3
“With Fine Art you have so much freedom with whatever direction you want to take and all the different creative paths you can follow.” Alice Perrin
E4 'Tattoo Fixer' and HCA BA(Hons) Fine Art Graduate.
“On this course every idea is of equal merit and you are given the input to explore your ideas.” Angela Holden
HCA BA(Hons) Fine Art Graduate.