BA (Hons) Fine Art

Study a range of art disciplines and get ready for a real-world role in the arts

Course details

UCAS Course code W100

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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 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.

Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.

From the outset you are encouraged to find your own direction and voice as an artist, with the support of our artist-lecturers, skilled technicians and visiting artists.A urinal with a face and a glamorous skull

Year one focuses on the development of your skills across all Fine Art disciplines; painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography (both wet and dry) and digital media. Our fabrication facilities include hot metal and ceramic casting. Practical work is informed by art theory, as well as critical and historic perspectives, placing your practice in a contemporary context.

The main focus of year two is the development of your making skills and the deepening of your historical and theoretical understanding of your contemporary practice. You curate and organise a public exhibition of your work, gaining essential professional experience and laying the foundation for your practical and theoretical research in year three.

As your research and practical skills mature we increasingly encourage independent thought and action. You 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 is the culmination of your deep research and developing art practice.

In 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.

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.  Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the 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. 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.

Recent graduates have; been artist in resident at Everest Base Camp, 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 institutions nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates go on to further study towards Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Masters and Doctorate awards.

Fine Art sits at the heart of University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, in our Brampton Road Campus. Our state of the art studios provide a unique learning environment, as 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) andceramic areas, an audio video suite for filmmaking and a computer suite (Macintosh) with dedicated workstations.

Brampton Road campus contains the Vallum Gallery which hosts exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers, as well as student, staff and alumni exhibitions.

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.