Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Fine Art - full-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 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
  • Staff are practising artists
  • Good progression to employment
  • Excellent studios and facilities such as printmaking, life room, 3D crafts workshop, ceramics studio and darkrooms
  • On-site and public exhibiting opportunities

We also offer a part-time version of this course - click here to go to part-time course page >

See list of all our creative arts degrees >

Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Fine Art is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

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.

Portfolio advice:

Please bring with you a selection of your artwork which demonstrates creative, technical, written and visual abilities. This could include work produced from both current and previous courses or any individual work produced from a range of specialist areas such as graphics, illustration, textiles and 3D design. If possible please also bring an example of written work that you can leave with us. This could be an essay or written assignment that demonstrates your use of English Language to show your ability to structure, present, research and interpret your work. It would be good if you could also bring a copy of a tutor's written assessment of this work. We always prefer to see actual artwork but photographs are acceptable in the case of large scale work and sculpture. We are also interested to see sketchbooks/ideas books and any other evidence of your interest in Fine Art.

Cross-college entry guide

(including English requirements for international students) -

Click here for cross-college entry guide for higher education courses.

Course content

During the first term of the course, students explore the range of specialist areas through practical workshops and inductions. For the rest of the course, students may specialise in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, or use a range of approaches to fine art without specialising in one area. 

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

Video tour of our campus

See students from different courses using the facilities at our creative arts specialist campus
(5-minute video)

Potential careers

  • Practising fine artist
  • Gallery or museum curator or arts administrator
  • Teacher training
  • Community artist
  • MA fine art student
  • Photographer, video or website producer


Some of our recent alumni successes

Fine Art alumna Claire Phillips has made her name as a portrait artist with reviews in the national press. Claire achieved acclaim for her portraits of American death-row inmates who were claiming miscarriage of justice, and she later travelled to India to capture the faces of child labour.

Alumna Genevieve Reed-Allen won first prize in the Oxmarket Stride Open Art competition.

Graduate Traci Moss created the Worthing Council sculpture commission entitled ‘Bluebells’ opposite Goring-by-Sea Station.

Graduate Lauren McGregor won first prize in the Kellie Miller Arts Awards and exhibited at the Kellie Miller Arts gallery.

Student Ben Wade’s work was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition (Jerwood Gallery, London and UK tour) in 2017 and 2018 and the Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne 2017.


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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