Fine Art BA (Hons)

UCA Canterbury - 2020, 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time or six years part-time


UCA Canterbury

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2020

September 2021

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Course overview

Expand your creative passions and learn to develop and push your practice on our BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Canterbury.

Using a wide range of facilities, you’ll be encouraged to put your new-found skills into exciting and confidence building projects which help to establish your ideas and your artistic identity though experimentation and development.

Your studies will encourage your curiosity, speculation of ideas and themes and support you to consolidate your practice.  With the support of our staff, you’ll be encouraged to experiment with a range of traditional and contemporary media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, sound, performance, animation and printmaking.

Alongside your practice, you’ll develop a deep theoretical and critical understanding of fine art as well as important business knowledge and self-promotion techniques. There’ll also be many opportunities to meet other students, make friends and build networks, giving you a strong foundation to build your career. 

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.

Our course ensures you’ll be equipped with the transferable skills and attitudes, which are applicable to other industries, economies and contexts. 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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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
    Contemporary Art Practice 2 is a continuation of Contemporary Art Practice 1, emphasising the focussing and refining of your studio work as a specialised practice, underpinned by creative and innovative approaches in the context of contemporary art. In this unit you will be offered to consider a variety of curatorial and intellectual propositions in terms of situating art practice within wider social, cultural, intellectual or institutional terms, as a professional practice, and in relation to audience.  The unit will be organised through continued development of studio practice and development of individual or collective projects to be realised off-site.

  • 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.

    And one of the following units:

    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.


    This unit consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.


    Cominbed Dissertation / Critical Contexts
    This unit consists of two periods of sustained, individually negotiated research on subjects which are likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your chosen areas of practice, towards the provision of structured argument.  


  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    Full-time students:
    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)

    Part-time students:
    Part-time fees are calculated for every 10 credits of study you complete so the amount you pay for the year depends on the intensity of your study.

    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.




There are large purpose-built studios for each year of the course, used for group tutorials and personal working and a 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics. There are also 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). Finally, there are printmaking studios for relief and block printing, intaglio and screen-printing.

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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 developed Kent wide network 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.
  • Careers

    While 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.
  • Further study

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


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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 2020 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.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, 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. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

For this course we’ll ask you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you’ve applied.

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