Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Fine Art - full-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0018-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 3 Years

BA Fine Art course Overview tab

This course provides a stimulating creative environment where students can develop their own studio practice as professional artists.

Key features

  • Supportive, challenging, creative environment
  • Small group sizes enabling more contact with tutors
  • Staff are practising artists
  • Final year exhibition at the Free Range graduate shows in London
  • Good rate of progression to employment
  • Excellent studios and facilities such as printmaking, life room, 3D crafts workshop, ceramics studio and darkrooms

Named awards

(These are not separate courses but they represent the approach to studio practice that students may choose to focus on. Students can move between these during the course. Please apply for the area that most suits your current work.)

  • BA Fine Art (UCAS code W102)
  • BA Fine Art Painting (UCAS code W100)
  • BA Fine Art Sculpture UCAS code W101)
  • BA Fine Art Printmaking (UCAS code W150)
  • BA Fine Art Drawing (UCAS code W110)
  • BA Fine Art Installation (UCAS code W190)
  • BA Fine Art Photography (UCAS code W643)

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Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma. 

Individual grade requirements will be specified after interview.

Course content

During the first term of the course, students explore the range of specialist areas through practical workshops and inductions. After this, and for the rest of the course, students may specialise in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography or make work using a range of approaches to fine art without specialising in one area. There is no restriction on students moving between any of the specialisms at any point during the course.

The course includes workshops, crits and seminars, where students of all specialist areas meet to discuss their work and exchange ideas.

Through talks, discussions, gallery visits and their own research, students develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of fine art and the ability to critically evaluate their work and that of their contemporaries.

Throughout the course, students develop their professional practice as artists and have exhibitions both in college and in public spaces as well as taking part in other external projects.

Course content

Potential careers

  • Practising fine artist
  • Gallery or museum curator or arts administrator
  • University or college art lecturer
  • Secondary school or adult education art teacher
  • Art therapist or art psychotherapist
  • Community artist
  • MA fine art student
  • Photographer, video or website producer
Potential careers

Fees, student loans and bursaries

Additional costs for this course

Students need to supply their own sketchbooks, cartridge paper, drawing and painting materials and other basic items.

The college provides all 3D workshop materials (such as timber, MDF, canvas, steel, extra-large paper, plaster and clay) and printmaking inks. The college also makes a contribution towards printing and photocopying to each student.

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    “Thank you for creating an environment where we can ‘grow’ with the support and inspiration of the tutors”

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