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Fine Art BA (Hons)

This course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to fine art across a range of disciplines, making use of our excellent resources for printmaking, painting, photography, digital arts, video and sculpture. You will build confidence with various media, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage you to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course.

You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates, encouraging the development of your creative and critical intelligence and showing you how to integrate innovative thinking with practical ability. You will be able to explore and question the nature of any given medium and/or hybrid practices and you will have the opportunity to explore art as an instrument for social change and a way of improving our society and culture. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery.

All of our teaching staff are practising artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. We have regular visits from innovative arts organisations such as Artangel and internationally renowned artists including Richard Long, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Jenny Saville, Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Michael Landy, Richard Deacon, Ian McKeever and Richard Wilson.

Throughout this course, your ideas will be nurtured and developed by a close relationship with our team of specialists, visiting artists and other students. You will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills, thanks to the opportunities you will be given to move between media disciplines. You will also have the opportunity to go on trips, which in the past have included France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA.

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W100 (W101 with Foundation Framework)
BA/FA or BA/FAFY with Foundation Framework
Walgrave building, St George's Avenue
Three years full-time, or four years full-time with Foundation Framework. Part-time available.

Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is around 112 UCAS points, grades BCC at A Level, or DMM at BTEC. In addition, we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requesteded to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. If you have a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement, you may be admitted onto year two or three of this course.

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an international student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply - international students page.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements:Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications, or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

English Language requirements:All international and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level. For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.