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Preston (Campus code: U)
Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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.
Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
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 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.
Year 1 (Year 2 if you take the Foundation Entry Route)
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.
Year 2 (Year 3 if you take the Foundation Entry Route)
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.
Year 3 (Year 4 if you take the Foundation Entry Route)
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' residencies, 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.
The Quarter is a dedicated team located in the School of Art, Design and Fashion, representing the School's industry based activities. The team works with businesses who require creative support, to provide opportunities for students to work on live industry projects and long-term industrial placements as part of their degree.
My advice to potential Fine Art students would be to speak to all tutors on the course, as their knowledge is priceless and all have connections in different areas of art. Use all of the facilities that are available to you and most of all to enjoy it.
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.
The Fine Art course has definitely shaped who I am as a person and as an artist. The tutors have been so supportive with everything that I've managed to achieve so far both in and outside of the degree, and it's definitely made me more excited to continue pursuing an artistic career once I've graduated.
Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
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The course is developing links with independent galleries in Berlin to provide students with the chance to gain international experience.
Initiatives such as the Global Echo Exhibition have also gives our students the opportunity to exhibit their work internationally.
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 Fine Art 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.