Our Fine Art courses at UCA Canterbury and UCA Farnham are rich in their own distinctive cultures, each benefiting from a specific regional creative dynamic. Our presence in Canterbury is based on close relationships with the region’s creative institutions and networks, including work placements and/or internships at Turner Contemporary in Margate. We hold links with a variety of respected names in the art world, and students at UCA Farnham benefit from being located close to the vibrant London arts scene. Our relationships with regional museums and galleries include Watts Gallery, where graduating students regularly undertake residencies.
If you choose to join us, you’ll receive the opportunity to experiment and engage with different fine art disciplines and media, establishing your own unique visual language. You’ll be able to make use of our impressive facilities when you study here, too, as we enjoy high-quality resources, enabling students to aim high with what they seek to achieve. Our workshops span subjects ranging from bronze casting to time-based practices, and are supported by highly-skilled technical teams.
We want you to study in an inspiring learning environment and some of our academics are renowned artists, including Nicky Hamlyn, Andrew Kötting, Kathleen Rogers and Judith Rugg. The work of our staff is regularly exhibited at prestigious venues such as the Royal Academy, Hayward Gallery and Guildhall Art Gallery. As a student with us, we’ll encourage you to develop the entrepreneurial skills required to pursue your own creative vision and commercial application. We want you to receive a wide range of technical and material opportunities through your degree at UCA, so that you can really explore and develop your creative ideas.
With alumni such as Tracey Emin making waves in the arts industry, we’re really proud of our graduates and their achievements. Jack Lavender, who graduated in 2009, is one of several successful alumni to be given solo shows in major London galleries.
Fine Art courses are available to study at the following locations:
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You’ll have access to competitive work placements during your studies where you’ll get to make important industry connections, gain recognition and learn from top academics who have worked with world renowned artists and creators. You’ll also produce beautiful portfolios and have the chance to exhibit your work.
Whilst many of our alumni have developed careers as established artists, others have chosen to apply their talents to other fields, such as:
As a long-established course, we have a national reputation which gives our students access to some of the most respected names in the creative industries, including:
Find out what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"I really enjoy the way the tutors encourage us to engage in different workshops and activities that challenge our ideas and ways of working to push us outside of our comfort zones. For me, this aspect has allowed me to grow as an artist and take more risks. "
"The British Council organised a University Fair in my hometown in Romania and my school partnered with UCA to deliver a series of talks. After that meeting, I got the chance to visit Farnham and familiarise myself with the facilities and the tutors. Meeting and speaking with UCA staff on both occasions consolidated my decision to apply. "