Fine Art | Four Year BA (Hons)

UCA Canterbury - 2020

Length of study:

Four years (Year 0 + three-year degree) full-time


UCA Canterbury

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Entry requirements:

64 UCAS tariff points

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Course overview

BA (Hons) Fine Art at our Canterbury campus aims to develop your personal passion into a sustainable artistic career.

By encouraging you to experiment, we'll help to ensure you graduate with an independent art practice informed by a theoretical and critical understanding of fine art. 

The first year of this four-year Fine Art course is designed for students who don’t yet have the portfolio required to enter Year 1 of the course. During this year you’ll begin to establish your individual art practice, be introduced to a variety of approaches to art making, develop a critical understanding of contemporary art and complete your own project. 

Using our extensive facilities and dedicated studio spaces, you’ll have the chance to explore a range of media such as painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, sound, performance, animation and printmaking.

Staff will support you in leading your own fine art practice, building your confidence and giving you entrepreneurial knowledge to continue your work after graduation.

You’ll learn important business knowledge, self-promotion techniques and have many opportunities to network, giving you a strong foundation to build your career.

Graduates from the BA (Hons) Fine Art course have set up artist-led organisations which you might work with while you study on the course, such as Crate and Limbo.

As a long-established course, we have a strong national reputation which gives you access to some of the most respected names in the creative industries, including Tate Modern, the Saatchi Gallery, LUX, Canterbury Festival, and the Dover Arts Development.

We’ll support and guide you to become ambitious about your work, providing you with self-promotion techniques, offering you opportunities to network and giving you a foundation for your career after you graduate.

Whilst many of our alumni establish careers as artists, others choose to apply their talents and transferable skills to other fields, becoming curators, writers, filmmakers, project managers, animators, photographers, arts administrators, publishers, educators, designers, technical instructors, producers, picture/archive researchers and teachers.

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Course details

  • Year 0

    Year 0 is a preparatory year which provides you with a focused introduction to your chosen area of study and upon successful completion, it'll secure your place on the three year degree without further application or interview. 

    On Year 0 of this course, we'll introduce you to a variety of approaches to art making and you’ll complete your own project.

    Studio Testing 1
    This unit begins the process of establishing your individual art practice, introducing you to a variety of approaches to the practices and processes of art making. The unit is delivered through a series of academic and technical workshops, where you'll be encouraged to experiment with a range of mediums and processes.

    You'll develop a critical understanding of contemporary art, helping you understand the context for your own developing practice. There will be a series of tutor-led workshops in which you'll explore the work and ideas of a number of modern and contemporary artists.

    Studio Testing 2
    This unit will further develop practical and conceptual aspects of your emerging practice through workshops, seminar teaching and the completion of an individual work plan.

    Materials and Processes
    This unit aims to introduce basic making methodologies across a range of mediums and processes, which will enable you to develop their understanding of how to approach material problem solving in your studio practice.

  • Year 1

    In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you.

    You’ll explore approaches to making and thinking about fine art, produce work and learn production, dissemination and reception of contemporary art.

    Studio Practice 1

    This unit introduces innovative approaches to making and thinking about fine art. It engages you in the experience of contemporary art-making in such a way that understanding is broadened and deepened, and habitual ways of thinking and making are challenged.

    Context and Display
    This unit introduces models of production, dissemination and reception in contemporary art practice and situates these within wider intellectual, cultural and global contexts.

    History and Theory
    This unit introduces historical and theoretical research as an approach to inform an understanding of art practice. In this context, the History and Theory unit introduces a range of approaches, discourses and models found in recent and contemporary art practice and explores these within wider intellectual, cultural and global contexts.

    Studio Practice 2
    Studio Practice 2 focuses on your choice of context(s) within your studio work (narratives, subject matters, materials, processes). While these may remain tentative and flexible, the focus is on the production of a substantive body of studio work showing evidence of consistency and investigation into contextual parameters, supported by developmental studies and a written statement.

  • Year 2

    You'll begin to work more independently, developing your practice to present publicly.

    You’ll collaborate with organisations like Canterbury Cathedral or the Stour Valley Creative Partnership.

    You’ll experiment with different media and collaborate with other students on your course.

    Contemporary Art Practice 1
    Contemporary Art Practice 1 develops you individual practice within a more specialised and collaborative studio and research environment. Teaching on the unit is delivered through a number of tutor-led groups, each group representing a range of skills and practices.

    Contemporary Art Practice 2
    Contemporary Art Practice 2 is a continuation of Contemporary Art Practice 1, emphasising the focusing and refining of your studio work as a specialised practice, underpinned by creative and innovative approaches in the context of contemporary art.

  • Year 3

    You'll demonstrate your ability to create work that makes a statement about yourself and your ideas, which you can exhibit as part of the Graduation Show.

    You’ll also research and produce a piece of critical writing.

    Degree Show Development
    This guides you towards your final graduation through the development of an individualised and critically informed practice. Within the unit, you'll create a body of work that stands as a position statement on your practice and your expected approach towards the degree show exhibition.

    Dissertation or Combined Dissertation/Critical Reflection
    You'll undertake a substantial period of self-directed research on a subject related to the historical, theoretical or critical concerns of your discipline. And you'll develop a range of research skills appropriate to your chosen topic. You'll be expected to articulate a clear, cogent and sustained argument in an extended piece of writing that conforms to academic conventions and demonstrates an understanding of the subject area through analysis and evaluation.

    Critical Contexts
    This unit is aimed at a summation of the critical writing and research skills you have acquired throughout the course. Operating alongside the Degree Show Development unit, it is integral to the development of a critical context for your practice as you progress towards your degree show. The unit explores academic research skills, methodologies, compositional and editing skills that will allow you to produce a concise and informed critical argument on a subject that relates to contemporary art practice. You are encouraged to be ambitious and intellectually creative in your approach. You are expected to produce a written text, supported with visual references where appropriate, that has the same degree of resolution and rigour that your degree show will have, with a particular emphasis on the structure and presentation of the text.

    Degree Show
    You'll work towards the creation and presentation of a body of self-initiated work. This is informed by current issues in contemporary art, and will be presented at the degree show exhibition.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs, these are still to be finalised for 2020 entry but as a guide please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.



Large purpose-built studios for each year of the course, used for group tutorials and personal working; 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics; workshops for plaster and rubber casting, glass casting, slumping, fusing and enamelling (kiln), ceramic bisque and gloss firing, low melt metal casting, and carving (wood, stone and polystyrene); printmaking studios for relief and block printing, plate or stone lithography and intaglio and screenprinting.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    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:

    • Tate Modern
    • Turner Contemporary
    • Saatchi Gallery
    • Folkestone Triennial
    • Dover Arts Development
    • Stour Valley Arts
    • LUX
    • Film & Video Umbrella
    • Nexus Productions.
    • Prime Focus World
    • British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection
    • Nowhere Lab
    • Photoworks
    • Animate Projects
    • Cass Sculpture Foundation
    • Crate
    • Future\City
    • Whitstable Biennale
    • Canterbury Festival
    • Limbo.
  • Careers

    Whilst many of our alumni have developed careers as established artists, others have chosen to apply their talents to other fields, becoming:

    • Artist practitioners
    • Filmmakers
    • Project managers
    • Animators
    • Curators
    • Writers photographers
    • Arts administrators
    • Publishers
    • Educators
    • Technical instructors
    • Designers
    • Producers
    • Picture/archive researchers
    • Teachers.

    Although our emphasis is on the creative and cultural economy, we ensure those who complete the course are equipped with the transferable skills and attitudes that are applicable to other industries, economies and contexts.

    In the employment market, our graduates can be distinguished by their creativity, ability to cope with change, and their hardworking, flexible attitude to work. For this reason, they can be found working in graduate level roles within and beyond the creative industries.

  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


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UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

International Foundation courses in the UK

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. However, if you want to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities.

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