W101; Short form: BA/FA
Preston (Campus code: U)
The Fine Art course will introduce you to the dynamic and exciting world of contemporary art practice, developing your ideas and exploring media as the course progresses.
You can work in traditional or new media - from painting to performance art - with access to our extensive facilities including wood, metal and plaster workshops, digital media suite, installation spaces, drawing studio and gallery.
You can choose to specialise or work in a broad-based way - there is no preferred ‘house style’ - and we encourage you to work independently and develop as an artist to a professional level.
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route:
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Foundation Entry)
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The BA (Hons) Fine Art course provides a broad introduction to the dynamic and exciting area of contemporary Fine Art practice. The course places an emphasis on an approach to making art that is experimental and innovative.
The 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) results show 92% of students were satisfied with the way staff explained things and made the subject interesting. The Fine Art course at UCLan was voted one of the top two courses nationally for student satisfaction in the new universities in the 2011 NSS results.
The course trains students to work as creative practitioners, and graduates of the department pursue careers as artists and in business across the UK and abroad. Career paths include artists’ residencies, community arts, graphic design, museums and galleries, web design, arts education, research fellowships, professional arts organisations, publishing, TV and radio, journalism, theatre set design, illustration, conference and events management, and curatorship.
The programme covers all areas of contemporary fine art practice including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, animation, video, sound, performance, drawing, site based projects, illustration and artists' books.
First year projects are designed to introduce you to research methods, creative practice and experimental work in use of materials and drawing. This is taught through workshop inductions, projects, technical demonstrations and studio practice. Coursework can be made in any medium and you do not need to have prior experience of these before joining the course. All students are provided with individual workspaces. First year students take an optional module and an introductory course in the History and Theory of Art.
The emphasis in Year 2 is on the development of your own practice. You are allocated an individual tutor and work as part of a group for seminar sessions and studio tutorials. You can opt to do a placement in schools and community projects, and work on exhibition projects. Contextual Studies is closely related to your studio work and include a series of talks from contemporary artists on aspects of art practice. You can also choose the Creative Practitioner module, which helps with future employability. Students are able to study abroad in Year 2, with many students spending a semester in Connecticut. There are also annual research visits to Germany.
Final year students develop their own practice as they work towards the end-of-year public and professional degree exhibition. The studio course is organised through a variety of presentations, tutorials and group critiques. Work in the studios runs alongside a series of professional practice workshops, looking at areas that artists work in after graduation, which include: artists' residences, how to apply for an exhibition, arts funding and project management. Students can take either a taught module or dissertation in the History of Theory of Art.
UCLan is an amazing university and you get a lot of support. I have enjoyed it and had a good experience.
Graduates from the BA Fine Art and BA Drawing and Image Making courses have exhibited work internationally in major exhibitions, and at commercial, independent and public galleries in London, Germany, Japan and the United States. Former students include the award-winning and internationally renowned land artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Fine Art Film Maker Paul Bratt graduated in 2008. His highly individualistic films and animations, which feature handmade puppets and marionettes, continue to attract critical acclaim. Paul’s work was selected from 1400 entrants to feature in the prestigious 2008 New Contemporaries exhibition at Rochelle School in London.
Sarah Watson graduated from BA Drawing and Image Making course in 2010. Her second-year project ‘Invisible Car’ featured a used Skoda that disappeared against the backdrop of the Fine Art studios. Sarah’s car generated huge interest and was featured in the international news networks, BBC online, The Sunday Mirror and Hello magazine.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.
All students are allocated an individual workspace. Work in the studios is supported by tutorial groups, a series of lectures from visiting artists and a professional practice programme to prepare for life after graduation.
Work in the studios is supported by individual and group tutorials, group projects, lectures from visiting artists and a professional practice programme to prepare for life after graduation.
Assessment includes exhibitions, presentations, seminars and written work. Assessment of the final module is based on the degree exhibition, for which you will prepare an illustrated presentation portfolio based on your work over the final year.
Fine Art graduates work in areas of the creative industries which include illustration, contemporary music production, film and media, theatre and exhibition design, museums, independent and public art galleries, exhibition organisation and curatorship. They also teach in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas. Many of our graduates - which include world famous sculptor Andy Goldsworthy - continue to work successfully as artists exhibiting in galleries nationally and internationally.
The climax of the course is the Art and Design degree show. This is a public exhibition of work held in the Fine Art studios in June. It attracts visitors and talent scouts from the creative industries, arts organisations and galleries in London and the North West. Each year it generates a tremendous response from the press across the region.
The workshops and technical assistance at UCLan are really good. My knowledge of contemporary art and art in general has really developed. Not only are you inspired by the people that work here, you are also inspired by the other students. A creative environment makes you more creative yourself.
The large and well-lit Fine Art studios are located across three floors of the Hanover Building. The facilities include dedicated wood, metal and plaster workshops, specialist screen and relief print workshops, and video, photographic and digital media work stations and facilities. You will have access to a dedicated exhibition space, the mac suites, editing facilities and film studios in the Media Factory.