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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)
Part-time fees are calculated for every 10 credits of study you complete and for 2019 entry the cost of 10 credits is £770. The amount you pay for the year depends on the intensity of your study.
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
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.
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
- Film & Video Umbrella
- Nexus Productions.
- Prime Focus World
- British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection
- Nowhere Lab
- Animate Projects
- Cass Sculpture Foundation
- Whitstable Biennale
- Canterbury Festival