If you want to become an expert practitioner in fine art - whether as an artist, curator, educator or arts sector professional - our practice-based course has making at its heart to enable you to fulfil your ambitions.
You'll develop your skills in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography (both wet and dry) and digital media, while being encouraged to find your own direction and voice as an artist, with the support of our artist-lecturers, skilled technicians and visiting artists.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
As a contemporary artist, you'll need to have entrepreneurial skills too in order to succeed, and so, you'll also learn about setting up a business and marketing to give your career an additional edge.
Forget having to book space to create your ambitious work, you can design your own studio space according to your needs thanks to our large, airy art studios.
- Lectures take place in our studios giving you a unique learning environment, so theory literally is blended with 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 (Macintosh) with dedicated workstations
- Our Vallum Gallery hosts exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers, as well as student, staff and alumni
- 75% of your studies will be in practical, hands-on sessions
- Opportunity to create an ambitious portfolio of work to impress a wide range of future employers
- Run your own artist space in Carlisle, such as our student-run space The Pharmacy, and visit galleries of note nationally and internationally
- Our close links with the local art scene give you the opportunity to exhibit and participate in the cultural life of Carlisle, collaborating with arts venue The Old Firestation, museum and gallery Tullie House and community practitioners such as Prism Arts
- Opportunity to exhibit locally and nationally thanks to our industry links
- Tutors are practicing artists – many are world-renowned
- Develop entrepreneurial skills – including self-employment and marketing - essential for real-world success
- Small class sizes mean you get great tutorial support and feedback from our artist-lecturers
You’ll be within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – 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 inspiration or something to do outside of your studies.
Our course will see you deepen your historical, theoretical and critical understanding of fine art, while developing practice, based on themes that you’re passionate about, so you can graduate as an artist ready to make a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape.
Recent graduates have secured jobs in galleries and museums as curators, in art education, social arts, art therapy, and as contemporary practitioners, with many going on to postgraduate studies.