Banner artwork: Wishless Thinking by Laura Harrison (2015)

Why study with us?

Our practice based, student-centred approach to Fine Art has making at its heart and aims to transform you from student to expert practitioner, such as artist, curator, educator or arts sector professional.

Our small class sizes (around only 30 students per year) mean that you have constant tutorial support and detailed and timely feedback from our artist-lecturers. Our brand new-for-2015 dedicated studios are generous in size, enabling you to be ambitious in your studio practice.

Our state of the art resources enable you to master the full range of art disciplines, developing an ambitious portfolio of work and the entrepreneurial skills essential for real-world success. Your developing studio practice is underpinned and strengthened by modules in art history, critical theory and professional practice.

Informed by the integration of practice and theory, our course develops your confidence, making our graduates articulate and self-assured. Our aim in Fine Art is to provide you with a broad range of transferable skills and an entrepreneurial perspective applicable to a wide range of career options.

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What can this course lead to?

Contemporary artists need to be entrepreneurial. Our graduates develop and deploy transferable skills, suitable for a range of careers. Recent graduates have found employment in galleries and museums as curators, in art education, social arts, art therapy, and most of all as contemporary practitioners, with many going on to postgraduate studies.

They have worked in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, had a solo exhibition at Middlesborough Institute of Art, run numerous galleries and project spaces nationally and been visiting lecturers at the University of Kelaniya, Colombo.

Iconoclast, Adam Grieg 2015

Artwork: Iconoclast by Adam Grieg (2015)

Resources and facilities

GalleryIn 2015, Fine Art joined the Institute of the Arts at our Brampton Road Campus. Our state of the art studios provide a unique learning environment.

Our light and generous studio spaces are versatile, enabling students to design their studio spaces according to need and for lectures to take place within the practical working environment – a literal integration of theory and practice.

Fine Art facilities include a professional printmaking studio with facilities 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.

Brampton Road campus contains the Vallum Ditch Gallery, opened in September 2015. This space hosts exhibitions by contemporary artists and student exhibitions.

Teaching, assessment and learning

Year three critiqueIn Fine Art assessment is an ongoing and crucial part of your artistic development. Our feedback is detailed and timely, allowing you to quickly respond and develop your practice accordingly.

Feedback can come from the Fine Art staff team, but also from your peers and so we organize inter-year critiques, in which your fellow students offer practical and theoretical advice within a supportive studio environment. 



What our students say

‘I was blown away by the range of facilities on offer to me... The average size of each year was smaller than usual for fine art degrees and this seemed to offer a valuable and regular interaction with the lecturers.

'The course gave me an incredible platform to develop my own practice while opening my eyes to an immense range of possibilities and diverse ways of making that I had not previously considered.’

- Kit Mead, Artist in Residence, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex

Jamie Simpson, 2015     Artwork by Jamie Simpson


Home and EU students: £9,000 per academic year

International students: £10,500 per academic year

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