Fine Art Professional Practice - BA Hons Degree
Course Code: VA1HE14
UCAS Code: W100
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.
You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills), to be obtained from A-levels (including English Language or Literature at minimum grade C) OR the Access to HE Humanities pathway (full pass to include English) OR an appropriate equivalent qualification.
You will also need GCSE English Language at minimum grade C/4.
Applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/voluntary experience in lieu of the above qualifications will also be considered.
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 Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Thinking and Making||VA4MD021||20||Mandatory|
|Professional Fine Art Practice||VA4MD022||20||Mandatory|
|Fine Art Painting Practice||VA4MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Fine Art Drawing Practice||VA4MD024||20||Mandatory|
|Applied Creative Drawing Practice||VA4MD025||20||Mandatory|
|Applied Creative Painting Interdisciplinary Practice||VA4MD026||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Research into Practice||VA5MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Professional Practice Employer Industry Engage||VA5MD024||20||Mandatory|
|Fine Art Digital Imaging for Industry||VA5MD025||20||Mandatory|
|Selective Fine Art Practice Site Specific||VA5MD026||20||Mandatory|
|Negotiated Fine Art Identity||VA5MD027||20||Mandatory|
|Develop a Fine Art Language Professional Practice||VA5MD028||20||Mandatory|
Level 6 Modules
|Independent Research Project||VA6MD022||20||Mandatory|
|Continuing Professional Development||VA6MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Specialist Studio Practice||VA6MD024||40||Mandatory|
|Professional and Studio Practice Synthesis||VA6MD025||40||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
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.
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 Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
Read our tuition fees guide.