Contemporary Art Practice
You’ll be introduced to the key concepts of contemporary art practice, and its place within political, social and environmental spheres, to help you develop your own relationship with art.
The historical and theoretical ideas which inform contemporary art practice are introduced in this unit, as well as the historical practices which influence today’s artists.
The role of space within fine art is explored in this unit. You’ll learn how space is a key element of the making, presentation, consideration and critique of an artwork, and how audiences interpret the value, meaning and status of artworks.
Research and Analysis
You’ll learn how to collate, reflect, critique and disseminate concerns and interests through research folders and reflective and critical journals. Through a series of workshops and seminars, you'll be introduced to ways of supporting and enhancing your practice through your research and the ideas which come from it – and you’ll learn how to confidently present those ideas as well as your work.
Within your chosen broad areas of discipline (painting, sculpture or print media), you'll develop your understanding from initial awareness to accomplished knowledge, specifically regarding the complexities and debates surrounding your subject.
You'll explore key ideas and debates relating to art practices of the current and last century.
Contemporary Exhibition Practice
We'll ask you to conduct a personal field study of the contemporary art world. Through a process of reflection and critical analysis, and in collaboration with your fellow students, you'll pitch a joint proposal for a cultural event to a group of your peers. This will culminate in a live project external to the university, which you and your peer group will organise and curate.
Study Abroad (optional)
This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives of fine art.
In the third year, your final major project will be an opportunity to combine the practical skills you have learned throughout the course, and you’ll have the opportunity to show your final work in the Graduation Show.
You'll be encouraged to identify key issues and concerns in your work through your final major project proposal, which may provide the basis for your future development and help you to discover a distinctive identity. We'll ask you to focus primarily on the resolution of current issues and concerns in your studio practice, rather than on the formulation of new ideas.
You'll undertake a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.
Realising Professional Practice
In this unit you'll be introduced to the specifics of creative management relevant to Fine Art and how this can be applied to sustaining and realising your practice externally.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:
- UK students - £9,250
- EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
- International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
- International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)
Part-time fees are calculated for every 10 credits of study you complete and 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 2021 entry.
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 and well connected course, Fine Art at our Farnham campus has strong industry links with highly regarded names in the art world, including:
- The Institute of Contemporary Art
- Jerwood Space
- Zeitgeist Art Platform
- Henry Moore Institute
- Blythe Gallery (Imperial College)
- Resonance FM
- Leeds and Cass Sculpture Foundation.
Students have exhibited at galleries such as 242 Gallery, 10 Gales, Blyth Gallery at Imperial College London, Bargehouse in South Bank and so on. They've exhibited locally at The Lightbox in Woking, James Hockey Gallery and Alice Holt Forest in Farnham and Watts Gallery in Guildford. They've also been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Threadneedle Prize, amongst other competitions.