BA (Hons) Fine Art

Study a range of art disciplines

Course details

UCAS Course code W100

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If you've always had a passion for artistic techniques, and want to hone your skills to produce future masterpieces, then our course will help you find your voice as an artist. We offer a practice-led, student-centred approach to fine art will transform you from student to professional practitioner, whether you wish to create art pieces yourself or display your knowledge as an educator or gallery curator.

Our small class sizes (around only 30 students per year) provide constant tutorial support and detailed and timely feedback from our artist-lecturers. We help you master the full range of art disciplines and develop the entrepreneurial skills necessary for real-world success in displaying your artistic talents. You're sure to love our brand new dedicated studios, which give you the space to be ambitious in your studio practice. By taking this course, you will build up your portfolio and develop a broad range of transferable skills to make you a success in the art world.

We will encourage you from the start to find your own direction as an artist, supported by our artist-lecturers, skilled technicians and visiting artists. So if you want to progress your love for fine art to a practical level and get into the industry, our course will provide the focus you need to get started.

Your first year will include inductions into all the main resource areas; painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, IT and video. Practical work is informed by art theory, as well as critical and historic perspectives, placing it in a contemporary context.

Your second year will consist of your personally negotiated programme, gaining practical experience by curating and organising a public exhibition of your own.  You will attend a series of lectures, talks and projects addressing professional fine art practice and current issues. To reinforce our international focus, we visit cultural centres in major UK and European cities.

The final year focuses on the curated degree show. This major public event, attended by artists and curators, gives you the opportunity to put your artistic and professional practice skills to the test. This will be the first exhibition of your professional career and the culmination of your deep research and developing art practice.

Year one

  • Historical and Critical Studies
  • Exploratory Drawing
  • Experience, Perception and Interpretation
  • Strategy and Method
  • Introduction to Practice
  • Introduction to Fine Art Practice
  • Image and Context
  • Fine Art in Context
  • Life Drawing*
  • Thinking Through Drawing*

*optional modules

Year two

  • Praxis: Presentation Skills for Artists
  • Art and Ideas
  • Practice and Context
  • Negotiated Practice

Year three

  • Fine Art Dissertation
  • Practice 1
  • Practice 2
  • Final Presentation Module

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

96-112 UCAS tariff points.

The UCAS tariff has changed for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

112 UCAS tariff points.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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Contemporary artists need to be entrepreneurial. After completing the course, you will be enterprising, ambitious and an excellent self-manager, able to proceed with your career in a way that best suits you. Whether you decide to continue to postgraduate study or not, we will ensure you finish your degree with a proper understanding of what it takes to be an artist in today's world.

Recent graduates have gone on to work as curators in galleries and museums, in art education, social arts, art therapy and predominatnyl as contemporary practitioners.

We provide generous studio spaces that are enabled to be re-designed by students according to their needs, as well as for lectures to take place within the practical working environment. Our facilities include a professional printmaking studio (which allows for etching, relief and screen-printing), a wet darkroom, a 3D sculpture workshop with dedicated woodwork, metalwork (including hot metal casting) and ceramic areas, an audio video suite for filmmaking and a computer suite (Mac) with dedicated workstations.

Our degree show, where final year students display their work, is a major public event attended by both artists and curators, and is widely regard as one of the best in the UK.