Fine Art | Full-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0090-1C UCAS code: W102 Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2023 Duration: 3 Years

Why this course?

This course provides a stimulating creative environment where you can develop your 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


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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Course requirements

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

Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).

Course content

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.

Course content

Year One

  • Introducing Fine Art (20 credits)

    An introduction to the creative and technical use of a wide range of fine art processes within the disciplines of: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and broad based fine art practices.

    You will be provided with practical inductions to techniques associated with these disciplines and will be encouraged to explore the potential inherent in a range of methods and materials enabling you to make choices about how to proceed independently in the creative production of your own studio based work.

  • Developing Visual Research (20 credits)

    This unit introduces you to the basic principles and skills of your chosen specialist or non-specialist area and enable you to develop observational, analytical and expressive skills within Fine Art. The development of ideas and concepts through drawing and visual research will be central to this unit and you will be encouraged to explore the relationship between the themes explored in your work and the processes undertaken.

  • Thematic Project (40 credits)

    A self-directed exploratory study that will enable you to further develop observational, analytical and expressive practical skills within a wide range of possible areas of Fine Art.

    Exploring the relationship between the themes and processes, your work will be developed through a studio based project exploring formal and abstract issues within a contemporary artistic context.


  • Theory & Practice (20 credits)

    This unit aims to integrate theory into practice through a series of themed lectures, seminars, study skills sessions, workshops and study visits. It addresses key theories relevant to your studio practice programme and supports the development of contextual knowledge of both Contemporary and Historical Art.

  • Fine Art Opportunities (20 credits)

    This unit is designed to help you to start to develop the knowledge and skills to promote yourself and your work in a professional context including the use of digital platforms and social media with regard to netiquette and the principles of General Data Protection Regulations.

    You'll focus on acquiring knowledge and developing awareness of a range of specialised opportunities available to practicing fine artists by visiting local/national galleries and researching opportunities for future employment.

Year Two

  • Exploratory & Interdisciplinary Practice (40 credits)

    This unit will encourage speculative enquiry, creative experimentation and the exploratory potential of two distinct areas of fine art practice based on a self-written research proposal.

    You'll develop creative and technical skills in two chosen fine art processes, demonstrating a questioning attitude to your own preconceptions and the existing conventions within your studio practice.

  • Confirmatory Project (40 credits)

    This unit allows for progression from the Exploratory Practice unit by encouraging you to focus on your chosen pathway within fine art. The Confirmatory Project allows for a greater certainty in the direction of your work for the final level of the course.

    The translating of perceptual experience into visual constructs will continue along with research into the wider environment and resulting in the production of a body of work using the fine art processes you have selected.

  • Critical Perspectives (20 credits)

    You'll be introduced to a number of key theoretical approaches and critical perspectives, focusing on contemporary art and directly relating to your own developing studio practice.You will look at, think about, discuss, question, argue over, write about and share a developing understanding of a range of perspectives on contemporary art practice.

  • Potential Prospects (20 credits)

    This unit is designed to encourage you to promote yourself and your work in a professional context online and using social media. You'll focus on acquiring knowledge of a range of specialised opportunities available to practicing fine artists and the development of digital skills crucial to self-promotion.

    By taking part in and researching current exhibitions you will build on level 4 gallery research and consider opportunities for your own future employment.

Year Three

  • Minor Project (20 credits)

    The primary focus of this unit is for you to develop an expansive body of experimental and exploratory work together with extensive visual and contextual research which will inform, support and underpin the Major Project & Degree Show.

    You will write a proposal which reviews and further extends your area of concern, refines your approach to research and outlines realistic objectives to be achieved chosen from a range of approaches to Fine Art, relevant to your ambitions for the final degree show exhibition.

  • Major Project & Degree Show (60 credits)

    The focus of this unit is to produce a coherent body of work that is informed and underpinned by the Minor Project. You will primarily focus on the resolution of existing aims and objectives rather than investigate new areas of concern.

    You will write both a research proposal, clarifying your intentions for the unit and a statement about your work for public display.

    You will make use of appropriate resources culminating in a coherent presentation of your work, selected from a wide range of possible approaches to Fine Art, for the final degree show exhibition.

  • Analytical Investigation (20 credits)

    A creative research project which provides an opportunity for you to develop a sustained critical and analytical investigation of an agreed subject area. It should demonstrate an awareness of issues and debates relevant to your studio practice and may develop ideas already raised in the Creative Research modules at Level 4 and Level 5.

  • Self Promotion (20 credits)

    This unit is designed to assist you in the promotion of yourself, your work and your degree show in a professional context online using various appropriate digital platforms and through the creation of promotional material.

    You'll focus on the development of your online presence and the practical experience of a focused choice of specialised opportunities available to your particular practice as a fine artist by taking part in exhibitions, as well as consolidating opportunities for your own future employment.

    It will also address the curatorial process, and reference it as a growing sector for fine artists to be involved in. There will be analysis and project planning workshops that will allow you to understand how your work will be subject to the curator and how the role of the curator is becoming a central consideration for the fine artist.


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
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Assessment methods vary between units but could include:

  • presentations (of practical work)
  • journals
  • research proposal
  • sketchbooks/drawings
  • written assignments

Video tour of our campus

See students from different courses using the facilities at our creative arts specialist campus
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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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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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