Fine Art Professional Practice - BA Hons (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: BA in Fine Art and Professional Practice
All Fine Art students have their own studio space as well as access to bespoke workshop areas to support multi disciplinary approaches to fine art practice. On this program of study you will attend workshops in the following disciplines 3d, printmaking, photography, film editing studio, sound editing, textiles. Students artwork is exhibited in our beautifully restored 1920s gallery. The gallery hosts major exhibitions including work by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. This programme offers a distinctive, sound base for your development and learning experience and establishing your personal Fine Art identity. A fine art culture linking studio-based practice, professional practice and contextual studies provides you with a degree of flexibility in achieving your personal objectives.
You will develop practical skills across a broad range of concepts and methodologies. Through professional practice and critical studies you will develop critical, analytical and interpersonal skills used for presentation, marketing and self-promotion. The industrial placement supports your future career planning.
Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative, exhibitions, competitions and public art projects. Study visits and Visiting Lecturers expand course delivery; many visits are arranged to Manchester, Liverpool, London as well as annual international study visit 2016-17 Barcelona. Unique to our Fine Art degree course are the Abingdon Street Studios- the college provides bridging Studio spaces on Abingdon in the heart of Blackpool town centre offering transitional support to students graduating from the BA Fine Art programme. Within the studios there is a project space and other professional residency artists of international reputation.
Course Entry Requirements
200 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) with at least 120 UCAS points in a discipline relating to Fine Art, Graphics, Illustration or Design and GCSEs in English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
We welcome applications from those who have relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.
All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend one of our workshops / send work electronically. For further information: http://www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 80 UCAS points (previously 200) in an appropriate discipline excluding functional skills and GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent).
Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a workshop. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. For further details, please see www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions
Career Options and Progression
Students on this course may progress to postgraduate and MA Courses in Fine Art, curatorial studies, and teaching.Other destinations include Self Employment (Fine Artist, Commercial Artist) artists residences, commercial consultancy, art therapy and public art schemes involving mural and commissioned artworks.
Modules and Assessment
Year 1 (Level 4) - 120 credits The Fine Art and Professional Practice programme focuses on experimentation and research within multi disciplinary discipline areas, including Drawing, Painting, Digital and 3D practices. These subject areas are interlinked through a series of tutor led Hands-on Technical Methods and processes workshops.These include instructional workshops in spatial articulation through drawing methodologies , Life Drawing, Sculpture, Film and digital production . You are encouraged to explore and experiment within all these areas. A broad ranging Professional Practice and Critical Studies programme, of visiting speakers, lectures and seminars offer support and establish a context for studio practice.
Year 1 (Level 4) - 120 credits
- FAPP401 Thinking & Making (20 credits )
- FAPP402 Professional Fine Art Practice (20 credits )
- FAPP403 Fine Art Painting Practice (20 credits )
- FAPP404 Fine Art Drawing Practice (20 credits )
- FAPP405 Applied Creative Drawing Practice (20 credits )
- FAPP406 Applied Painting Interdisciplinary and Digital Practice (20 credits )
Year 2 (Level 5) - 120 credits Year 2 builds upon experiences gained in Year 1. Specific in depth technical methods and processes in all multi disciplines will continue to inform your studio practice, as you gain insights into the potential of each medium, and develop your personal Fine Art Identity. The external industrial placement element of Professional Practice covers commercial, community and studio based practices. This is unique amongst Fine Art course, and we feel is of paramount importance in enabling you to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the real Creative Industries, and help determine the course of your Fine Art practice for Year 3, and more importantly your future career aspirations.
Year 2 (Level 5) - 120 credits
- FAPP501 Research into Practice (20 credits )
- FAPP502 Professional Practice Employer/ Industry Engagement (20 credits )
- FAPP503 Fine Art Digital Imaging for Industry (20 credits )
- FAPP504 Selective Fine Art Practice (site specific) (20 credits )
- FAPP505 Negotiated Fine Art Identity (20credits )
- FAPP506 Developing a Fine Art Language for Professional Practice (20 credits )
Year 3 (Level 6) - 120 credits
In Year 3 you will develop and refine a body of work based on your emerging Fine Art Identity and the exploration of Concepts and Ideas formed on previous Year`s 1 and 2. Your Professional Practice profile culminates with the consolidation of your personal aims and future career aspirations. This final year enables you to synthesise concept and studio practice. This body of work culminates in a Final Exhibition.
Year 3 (Level 6) - 120 credits
- FAPP601 Independent Research Project (20 credits )
- FAPP602 Continuing Professional Development (20 credits )
- FAPP603 Specialist Studio Practice (40 credits )
- FAPP604 Professional and Studio Practice Synthesis (40 credits )
Assessment methods will:- • Reflect and support the programme aim and learning outcomes • Support the learning and teaching strategy • Provide feedback for the student and programme • Contribute (where summarise) to the grading of course work, unit and final award. The criteria applied to the assessment of course work are related to the skills covered and the learning outcomes of the brief. Assessable items are indicated to students for each piece of course work and will vary according to the nature and demands of the subject, method and delivery and the individual student approach to the brief.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This course offers a distinctive sound base for your development and learning experience. A Fine Art culture linking Studio Based Practice, Professional Practice and Contextual Studies, enables the student a degree of flexibility in achieving personal aims. Individual tutorials, assigned personal tutors, peer groups learning, visiting speakers, a range of tutor led workshops in all media help foster a challenging, learning environment for the individual.
Students can also expect a very high level of academic and pastoral support, and one to one student tutor interaction. Due to the relatively small year groups, tutor- student one to one contact and support is very high. The academic day typically begins at 9.00am and ends at 5.00pm. The Fine Art Studios are open for Self Directed Study From 8.30am to 9.00pm weekdays (Fridays 8.30am to 4.45pm).
Year 1 34% time in lectures and seminars, 66% independent study
Year 2 30% time in lectures and seminars, 70% independent study
Year 3 28% time in lectures and seminars, 72% independent study
Work Placement and Field Trips
Students will complete the level 5 Professional Practice Employer and Industry Engagement module, where they will be provided with the opportunity to take part in a research based Industry engagement. This research-based project provides a real life experience of the placement of studio practice and research in a creative industries context.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
Equipment - Basic material costs of approximately £250. (brushes, watercolours, oils etc) Full list is sent out with joining instructions.You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
You are required to purchase basic materials including brushes, watercolours and oils.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
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