BA (Hons) Fine Art (with integrated foundation year)

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Course code W108

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Course code W108

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Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2020
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If you’re looking for a fine art foundation course that’ll enable you to unearth your artistic voice and unleash your creative flair in your own dedicated studio space, then this is the one for you.

Your introductory year will give you the skills and knowledge needed to appreciate the full Fine Arts programme to go on to complete your degree and secure a future in the fine arts industry.

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Your Career with a Fine Art Degree

Our graduates have stepped into senior roles in national and international art agencies, galleries and museums. Some have become self-employed artists or have joined artist networks who perform all over Europe. And others have progressed on to postgraduate study or teaching.

So, start your success story with our Fine Art degree to learn all you need to make it as an artist in today’s world.

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll acquire and hone your skills across all the Fine Art disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography (both wet and dry) and digital media.

And, forget having to book our own art space – we have a larger than average studio, so you can create your very own adaptable and readily available space for your ambitious work, accessible to you throughout your degree.

You’ll be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you’ll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies.

  • Automatically progress to BA (Hons) Fine Art course
  • 75% of your studies will be in practical, hands-on sessions
  • Easy access to fabrication facilities in metal, wood, ceramic, as well as print studios, dark rooms and audio/visual labs.
  • All tutors are practising artists – many are world-renowned
  • Opportunity to create an ambitious portfolio of work to impress future employers
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills – including self-employment and marketing
  • Small class sizes, so we get to know you as an individual and help you to flourish
  • Encouraged to exhibit locally and nationally thanks to our industry links
  • Run your own space in Carlisle, visit galleries of note nationally and internationally
  • You get every chance to master a full range of art disciplines to develop your own unique style

But don't take our word for it. Meet Poppy Cookson, BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate and winner of Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2019.

Course Study Options

We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year.

Standard Degree

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Posted: 6 May 2020

Terry Abraham, a self-taught filmmaker celebrated for his glorious ‘Life of a Mountain’ TV trilogy is joining the ranks of academia as a professor of practice at the University of Cumbria.

Disability arts pioneer inspires students

Posted: 16 Dec 2019

Renowned sculptor Tony Heaton OBE is challenging art students to explore societal barriers faced by people with disabilities. Tony presented the issues as he delivered a guest lecture, part of a series of talks organised by the Arts Research Initiative, for University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts staff and students. A selection of his art, material and documents is also on display at the university's creative Carlisle campus.

Life as an International Student in Cumbria, UK

Posted: 9 Apr 2020

We spoke to current student Nicole, who moved to the UK from South Africa to study BA (Hons) Fine Art at our Brampton Road campus, on how she is finding life at Cumbria and why she chose to come to the UK. Nicole even shares her advice if you are an international student needing information on visas.

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Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 15 Aug 2020

Experience living and learning on a super-friendly campus with talented creatives - An awesome place to find your calling and kick-start your creative career. Tackle a design brief, have a go at a life drawing or enjoy a live performance.