Fine Art

Fine Art BA (Hons)

The Fine Art degree 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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Art at UCLan is 2nd in the North West and top 10 in the UK for assessment and feedback and in the UK top 20 for academic support - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Art at UCLan is nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Notable alumni include sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy and sculptor and wildlife artist Chris Jones.
  • All basic materials - paper, canvas, wood, metal, clay, plaster and mod rock are free, and you will receive a budget each year to spend on materials.
  • Fine Art students can participate in free national and international research trips throughout the course.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Fine Art Studio Practice 1 (C)
  • Ideas and Images in Modern Art (C)
  • Drawing (O)
  • Fine Art Studio Practice 2 (C)
  • Printmaking (O)
  • Video and New Media Screenings (O)

      (C) Compulsory
      (O) Optional

    • Year 2

    • Fine Art Image and Context Project Development (C)
    • Investigating Contemporary Practice (C)
    • Fine Art Studio Practice (C)
    • The Creative Practitioner (C)
    • (C) Compulsory


      Year 3

      • Fine Art Studies (C)
      • Postmodern Practice (O)
      • Dissertation (O)
      • Degree Project Public exhibition/ Presentation (C)
      • Employability Skills for the Creative Practitioner (C)

      (C) Compulsory
      (O) Optional

      More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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      Fees 2020/21

      Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

      Fees for international students

      Entry Requirements

      Our typical offer is 104 - 112 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
      BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
      Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
      International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 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

      Applicants are required to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event. Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

      International Students

      View our entry requirements for your country

      Scholarships and Bursaries

      The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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      Not got the grades?

      If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

      Foundation Entry Route

      Check your points

      Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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      Further Information

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      Fine Art and Photography Virtual Degree Show

      Welcome to UCLan's first Fine Art and Photography Virtual Degree Show, where we will be showcasing the talents of our final year students’ Degree Show projects. Please join us as we celebrate the work of the Class of 2020.

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      The BA (Hons) Fine Art degree 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.

      "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."

      Dan Smith

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      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.

      Art and Design Saturday Club

      After a successful and creative start to UCLan’s Art and Design Saturday Club (part of the National Saturday Club), we are now taking a break before we start again in September. Register your interest if you wish to take part in the next academic year.

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      "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."

      Elizabeth Challinor

      Learning Environment and Assessment

      A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

      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.

      Industry Links

      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.


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      Fine Art degree 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.


      Digital Print Studio | Photographic Darkrooms | Photography Scanning Suite | Photography Studios

      Purpose Built Studios

      The Hanover Building has three floors of managed open studios which provide the most important resource of the Fine Art course. Students are given a studio in the first year and engage in studio culture from the very start of the course. The studios are at the centre of teaching and learning as well as being the critical a social context of the course.

      Hanover Workshop

      Plaster Workshop

      Hanover Building - Open Studio

      Hanover Building - Open Studio

      Hanover Building - Open Studio

      Wood and Metal Workshop

      All first year students are inducted into the workshop areas at the beginning of the course. From this point they can access the workshop five days a week from 9am till 5pm. Two full time technicians are on hand to guide student through the various processes. Student also have access to a purpose built life drawing room and a clay and plaster room.

      Wood workshop

      Metal Workshop

      Clay and Plaster Room

      Life Drawing Room

      Mac Suite

      The Hanover Building Mac suite has fifteen macs equipped with Adobe Creative cloud software. Software inductions are available in the first year of the course and subsequently as and when students require them.

      Mac Suite

      Mac Suite

      Student Run Gallery

      The Hanover Project is an artist run gallery coordinated by staff and students on the Fine Art course. All students will take part in a public exhibition in the gallery while on the course which helps to provide them with vital transferable skills and valuable work experience.

      Each year an internship is available through the gallery for Fine Art students to apply for, the interns take a major role in the programming and curating of the exhibitions.

      Student run gallery

      Student run gallery

      Student run gallery

      Course Enquiries

      Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
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      Tom Harforth

      Tom Harforth

      BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2016

      UCLan Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate, Tom Harforth, recently undertook an independent residency in the Leighton artists’ studios at the Banff Centre in Canada, which he discovered through his research during one of his course modules at UCLan.

      “I wanted to explore my practice within a rural subject matter and to transfer my practice technique from an urban to an organic subject matter,” Tom explained.

      Ellis McKeown

      Ellis McKeown

      BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2016

      UCLan Fine Art graduate, Ellis McKeown, has landed a newly created position of Social Media Executive at Eleven Sports Media, where he heads up all things social, whilst continuing to study at UCLan on the Masters in Digital Marketing Communications.

      In his role, Ellis is responsible for planning and developing engaging, creative and branded content for daily scheduled posts, working alongside prestigious brands.

      Dan Smith

      Dan Smith

      BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2018

      BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate, Dan Smith, signed off his degree in the perfect way by winning an award in his subject area at the Lancashire Arts Festival 2018.

      Elizabeth Challinor

      Elizabeth Challinor

      BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2018

      Elizabeth Challinor, Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate, was selected to exhibit her artwork in the 2018 Liverpool Lightnight event, an annual one-night showcase of creative events and light-based art in the city.

      Important Information

      This course is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion

      Course Handbook

      For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
      For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

      Tuition Fees & Finance

      *Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
      For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

      Further Information for students

      You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

      Entry Requirements

      For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.