Fine Art

BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2019

Our BA (Hons) Fine Art course in Farnham reflects the attitude of contemporary art practice, promoting critical engagement with society, culture and politics whether through painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, film or performance, and the combining of these.

Whilst on the course, you'll explore how art is disseminated through live projects, exhibitions, curatorial exercises, work experience gaining valuable insight and transferable skills in leadership, project management and collaboration.

Within dedicated studios and workshops focusing on material craft skills, digital and advanced specialist methods of working, you’ll discover how artists sustain a profile, become employable and promote themselves in the wider world.

With access to leading artists, academics and facilities, our BA (Hons) Fine Art course in Farnham offers you an eclectic environment where you can explore diverse creative avenues.

From traditional crafts to technological artworks, you’ll have the freedom to develop your own artistic voice, informed by a dynamic programme of study.

The course has many links within the art world including galleries, artist-run studios and project spaces in addition to major UK museums.

We passionately believe in developing ambitious and resilient artists – we’ll help you to secure rewarding work placements, as well as promote your work to give you real world experience.

From the start you’ll have the opportunity to create live project exhibitions in London and the South East in order to locate new networks and audiences for your work.

You’ll receive regular tutorials and lectures from internationally recognised artists and curators – recent visitors have included Gavin Turk, Phyllida Barlow, Gustav Metzger, Richard Wentworth and Turner Prize winner Martin Creed. 

There are also live curatorial projects where students have previously collaborated with diverse communities, refugees, writers and experimental sound artists across the UK and Europe.

As a long-established and well-connected course, Fine Art at our Farnham campus has strong industry links including The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Jerwood Space, The Henry Moore Institute, Watts Gallery, Cobham, TATE Galleries, and Blyth Gallery Imperial College.

Our alumni have won and participated in prestigious art prizes such as BT New Contemporaries, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, John Moores Painting Prize, TATE Young Artists, The Discerning Eye, The Woon Art Foundation Prize and the Neo Art Print Prize.

The adaptability instilled in our students has translated into exciting and diverse opportunities for many of our graduates, from creating concert projections for Madonna to collaborating with Sadler’s Wells, others have gone on to become practicing artists, curators, creative project managers, teachers, writers, production assistants, technicians, arts administrators, gallery owners, illustrators and art historians.

The course is approximately 75% practical and 25% theoretical.

Length of study:

Three years full-time or six years part-time


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20 Feb 2019

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Course details

  • Year 1

    In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

    Contemporary Art Practice
    This unit introduces you to the key concepts of contemporary art practice. Throughout you'll develop both practical and intellectual skills relevant to establishing a meaningful relationship with art. This will be informed by the conditions of current political, social, environmental experience.

    Critical Dialogues
    This unit is a study of both historical and theoretical ideas that inform Contemporary Art. You'll be introduced to the genealogy of art history that influences contemporary art practice.

    Spatial Practices
    This unit introduces the role of space within Fine Art practice. Space is a key element of the making, presentation, consideration and critique of an artwork. It is also fundamental to how audiences interpret the value, meaning and status of artworks.

    Research and Analysis
    This unit increases your understanding of ways of viewing, commenting and deciphering art works and media. You'll learn how to collate, reflect, critique and disseminate concerns and interests in written form through research folders, reflective and critical journals. Through a series of workshops and seminars, you'll be introduced to ways of supporting and enhancing practice through ideas and commentary, and will learn how to confidently present your ideas and work.

  • Year 2

    The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad. 

    Studio Practices
    Within your chosen broad areas of discipline (painting, sculpture or print media), you'll develop your understanding and development from an initial awareness of your subject focus and intent, to an accomplished knowledge of the complexities and debates surrounding your subject.

    Critical Theory
    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 then be asked to 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.

  • Year 3

    The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation. 

    Practice Resolution
    This work will form the basis of your practical work in Year 3. You'll be encouraged to identify key issues and concerns in your work through your 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 a practice externally.

  • Study abroad

    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

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:


Extensive studio spaces and access to work shop for painting, sculpture, wood and plaster and mould making; campus print studios with relief and block printing, plate or stone lithography, intaglio, letterpress, photopolymer plate printing and screen-printing; metals workshop with blacksmithing area and forge for large scale projects and also lathes, mills and bandsaw; modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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

  • Industry links

    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.

  • Careers

    Our alumni have won the Jerwood Drawing Prize, John Walker Painting Prize and Neo Art Print Prize, and recent graduates have gone on to become practising:

    • Artists
    • Curators
    • Creative project managers
    • Teachers
    • Writers
    • Production assistants
    • Technicians
    • Arts administrators
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Gallery owners
    • Illustrators
    • Art historians.

    The adaptability instilled in our students has translated into exciting and diverse opportunities for many of our graduates, such as creating concert projections for Madonna, collaborations with Sadler’s Wells and the highly specialist casting of human organs for medical research.

  • Further study

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


How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

If applying via UCAS the application deadline is the 15 January. 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.

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Your portfolio should contain a selection of current work, including recent project work, sketchbooks, and research or reflective journals or notebooks. 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 apply.

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