Fine Art | Four Year BA (Hons)

UCA Canterbury - 2020

Length of study:

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

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020

Entry requirements:

64 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS code:

W102

Course overview

If you’re looking to study Fine Art as a degree subject, but your portfolio isn’t quite ready or want to gain a better range of art skills, then the four-year BA (Hons) Fine Art course at UCA Canterbury is for you.

The first year of this course provides you with the building blocks you’ll need to develop a range of skills and begin identifying your own styles, preferences and practice. You’ll be introduced to ways of making and thinking, that will enable you to put your new-found skills into exciting projects to help to establish your ideas and your artistic identity. You’ll explore disciplines such as painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, sound, performance, animation and printmaking, to suit your interests.

Upon successful completion of year 0, your place on the three-year degree programme will be secured without further application or interview.

Alongside your practice, our course ensures you’ll be equipped with the transferable skills and attitudes to support your development. This includes theoretical and critical understanding of fine art as well as important business knowledge, networking opportunities and self-promotion techniques, to give you a strong foundation to build your career. There’ll also be many opportunities to meet other students and develop friendships.

Thanks to the course’s strong industry links, you’ll also have access to respected names in the creative industries, including Margate-based arts organisations Crate and Limbo, Turner Contemporary, the Beany Institute Canterbury, and the Dover Arts Development.

You’ll be distinguished by your creativity, ability to cope with change, and a hardworking, flexible attitude to work. For this reason, our graduates can be found working in graduate level roles within and beyond the creative industries.

 

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Course details

  • Year 0

    Year 0 introduces you to the making and thinking skills around being an artist. There are four units to this programme – some running concurrently - that help you to explore and test out a wide range of ideas, materials and processes, as well as how to develop practice from research. There is also a program of international visiting artists and supported writing tasks to support you with your studio work. Within a tutor led and energetic fine art community, you will be encouraged to explore a critical approach to your thinking. This is done through lectures and seminars, one to one teaching and group work.

    Studio Testing 1
    This unit begins the process of establishing an individual art practice, introducing students to a variety of approaches to the practices and processes of art making. The unit will be delivered through weekly tasks, seminars and studio discussions where students will be encouraged to experiment with a range of mediums and processes.

    Studio Testing 2
    Students will be encouraged to explore how art can be understood through discussion of concepts and testing in relation to their individual and developing studio practice. This allows for a more sustained and longer period of time to develop ideas.

    Materials and Processes
    This unit aims to introduce basic making methodologies across a range of mediums and processes, which will enable students to develop their understanding of how to approach material problem solving in their studio practice. This unit is supported by a series of workshops to develop your technical skills in a wide range of disciplines for example, printmaking, 3D material exploration and photography and film making.

    Contexts
    This unit will enable you to develop skills and approaches to support your understanding of contemporary art, and to recognise possible contexts for their developing practice. There will be a series of tutor-led seminars in which students investigate and discuss the work and ideas of a number of modern and contemporary artists.  This is in supportive environment with other group members.  

     

  • Year 1

    The first year of the course encourages your curiosity, and through four units – some running concurrently - you’ll explore how you think about fine art and how you make it, produce work and learn production, dissemination and reception of contemporary art. You will be encouraged to develop an increasing independence in how you take your work and ideas forward.

    Studio Practice 1
    Through innovative approaches to making and thinking about fine art, you’ll be challenged about how you think about it as a subject, broadening and deepening your understanding so you can free yourself of habitual assumptions and practices and generating an experimental body of work in the process. This project encourages you to make a body of work from ideas that have sparked your interest, complimented by a series of practical workshops.

    Context and Display
    This unit will look at the different ways contemporary art is made, analysed, consumed and received, in intellectual and wider cultural spheres. This process allows you to test your understanding and develop your practice by displaying and installing your work in public places.

    History and Theory
    This unit introduces historical and theoretical research as a way to better understand art practice. You’ll be shown a range of approaches, discourses and models found in recent and contemporary art practice, and you’ll explore these within wider intellectual, cultural and global contexts.  You will have a series of lectures and seminars that support you to learn about and discuss contemporary art and write about it.

    Studio Practice 2
    This unit builds on what you have learnt in Studio Practice 1, and allows more of a focus on your choice of context(s) within your studio work – its narratives, subject matters, materials, processes.  This project allows you to develop an increasing independence to explore ideas and themes.

     

  • Year 2

    This year encourages you to speculate with ideas and questions about your work, and we’ll be asking you to think about your own practice in terms of context and supporting you to work more independently. You will get an opportunity to exhibit your work in a public-facing arena. You will also be encouraged to participate collaboratively with other students and also to consider opportunities with the wider network organisations such as Canterbury Cathedral or the Stour Valley Creative Partnership. 

    Contemporary Art Practice 1
    You’ll develop your individual practice within a more specialised and collaborative studio and research environment, and you’ll explore how your art should be displayed with test installations on campus. Teaching on the unit is delivered through a number of tutor-led groups each group representing a range of skills and practices. You will also participate in a seminar programme where a range of contextual positions are presented and discussed. 

    Contemporary Art Practice 2
    Following on from Contemporary Art Practice 1, you’ll branch out and see how your art fits in an off-campus location. You’ll focus and refine your studio work as a specialised practice, underpinned by creative and innovative approaches in the context of contemporary art.

  • Year 3

    In your final year, you’ll create work which makes a statement about yourself and your ideas for exhibition at the Degree Show, this is supported by your research and critical writing.

    Degree Show Development
    This unit guides you towards your final degree show exhibition through the development of your individual and critically informed practice. Within the unit, you’ll create a body of work which represents your practice and your expected approach towards the degree show exhibition.

    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.

    Critical Contexts
    Running alongside the Degree Show Development unit, you’ll explore academic research skills, methodologies, compositional and editing skills, allowing 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.

  • 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 for 2020 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.

     

Facilities

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:

    • Turner Contemporary Margate
    • Folkestone Triennial
    • Dover Arts Development
    • Stour Valley Creative Partnership
    • Crate
    • Whitstable Biennale
    • Canterbury Cathedral
    • 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.
  • 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: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk 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 admissions@uca.ac.uk

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

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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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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