Hear from current students Lauren Fairbrother and Calum Andrews on what it’s like to be part of our BA (Hons) Fine Art course here at HCA.
‘It was a surprise to win the Sidney Nolan Trust residency. It gives me a fantastic opportunity to focus on my practical work. It will be an invaluable and inspirational experience’. – Rae Stevens, BA (Hons) Fine art Graduate
‘It’s important to me that students get high quality opportunities to exhibit externally throughout the course as well as in our own exciting Project Space. Each year our HCA Art Camp is a highlight, a moment of real community building over food and a fire, but it’s just one of many off campus trips to help stretch the boundaries of your work. We will also work with you to help you secure individually tailored work placements to support your onward journey; recently we’d helped students gain experience in schools, art therapy and in curating, to give them a good grounding for work in these areas after their degrees.’
Dr Dan Pryde-Jarman BA (Hons) & MA Fine Art Course Leader
The world needs fine art thinkers more than ever before. The ability to see the world through a unique filter, and then express and communicate this to others is vital in this time of change. It can potentially influence our culture, our mental well-being, politics, and even the economy.
From day one at HCA, you will be an artist, exploring our world and developing your own voice. You will then get to express this through a wide range of media including paint, print, drawing, ceramics, textiles, photography, video, digital, sound, performance, sculpture, and installation. You set your own artistic course and develop a unique body of work by exploring the subjects that excite you most.
Fine Art students at HCA have the creative freedom to explore diverse subjects such as identity, memory, storytelling, place, mark making, or form; or engage with a wide range of social, cultural, or political issues. You’ll also get involved with exciting collaborative events such as exhibitions, residencies, and site-specific responses.
The course has been designed to provide students with the support, technical skills, and confidence to develop their work and 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.
Career opportunities for fine art graduates are ample where you can choose to be an an art teacher, fine artist, art therapist, art director, gallery/museum curator and a lot more.
What we provide:
- Personalised individual tuition from experienced practicing artists and curators as well as expert technical assistance.
- 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.
- Transformative Art Camp
- Fine Artist
- Arts Management
- Art Therapist
- Art Teacher/Lecturer
- Gallery / Museum Curator
- Community Arts worker
- Public/Private Commissions
Many of our graduates continue to postgraduate study, such as our MA Fine Art programme, or a PGCE for school, college, or university teaching.
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.
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.
- 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.
This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at HCA.
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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
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“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.