Fine Art - BA (Hons) Degree (full-time course)
Why this course?
This course provides a stimulating creative environment where you can develop your own studio practice as professional artists.
- 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
The work of Fine Art student Kat Swan has been chosen to be featured in this year's online blog version of the annual Kellie Miller Arts Awards.
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
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Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
- a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course. Please bring a portfolio to interview, which should include examples of your work, together with any relevant certificates/diplomas. 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.
Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).
During the first term of the course, you will explore the range of specialist areas through practical workshops and inductions. For the rest of the course, you 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 your own research, you'll develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of fine art and the ability to critically evaluate your work and that of your contemporaries.
Throughout the course, you will develop your professional practice as artists and have exhibitions both in college and in public spaces, as well as taking part in other external projects.
Contact time and study hours
A full-time student can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.
Teaching and assessment methods
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- practical and creative studio-based workshops
- small group study
- self-directed study
- study trips
Assessment methods vary between units but could include:
- presentations (of practical work)
- research proposal
- written assignments
Video tour of our campus
- 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.