Fine Art Professional Practice - BA Hons Degree (Subject to Validation)

Course Code: VA1HE14

UCAS Code: W100


 Students starting in September 2021 will be supported
in their success
through blended on campus and online tutor-led
learning experiences.

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to provide an honours level ‘fine art’ culture, with the focus on the public, commercial, collaborative and studio aspects of professional practice.

We will empower you to manage your own creative aspirations and careers, in the professional practice of fine art and in the associated creative industries. We will support you to develop and apply skills to a professional level in drawing, painting, digital and mixed media of practice, while developing your understanding of a range of concepts, theories and approaches to fine art and professional practice.

You will also develop a unique set of interpersonal, transferable and employability skills, working collaboratively to develop and produce industry-standard work. All students have access to their own studio space as well as access to bespoke workshop areas to support multi-disciplinary approaches to fine art practice. Students’ artwork is often exhibited in our beautifully restored 1930s gallery, which has hosted work by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

This programme offers a distinctive, broad, foundation for your creative development and learning experience, allowing you to establish your personal fine art identity. Our fine art culture - linking studio based practice, professional practice and contextual studies - provides you with a degree of flexibility in achieving your personal objectives.

Throughout the course, we will encourage you to participate in exhibitions, competitions, public art projects and study visits as far afield as New York. Visiting lecturers enrich the programme further and provide valuable insight into various areas of professional practice.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline excluding Functional Skills and GCSE English Language at grade C/4 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

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Fine Art and Professional Practice

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Professional Fine Art PracticeVA4MD02220Mandatory
Fine Art Painting PracticeVA4MD02320Mandatory
Fine Art Drawing PracticeVA4MD02420Mandatory
Applied Creative Drawing PracticeVA4MD02520Mandatory
Applied Creative Painting Interdisciplinary PracticeVA4MD02620Mandatory
Engaging the ArchiveVA4MD03520Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Professional Practice Employer Industry EngageVA5MD02420Mandatory
Fine Art Digital Imaging for IndustryVA5MD02520Mandatory
Selective Fine Art Practice Site SpecificVA5MD02620Mandatory
Negotiated Fine Art IdentityVA5MD02720Mandatory
Develop a Fine Art Language Professional PracticeVA5MD02820Mandatory
Critical PerspectivesVA5MD03720Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Continuing Professional DevelopmentVA6MD02320Mandatory
Specialist Studio PracticeVA6MD02440Mandatory
Professional and Studio Practice SynthesisVA6MD02540Mandatory
Independent Research ProjectVA6MD03320Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification