Studio Practice (Fine Art) (top-up) at UCA
UCA'S one-year BA (Hons) Studio Practice top-up degree in Fine Art provides you with the opportunity to bring together your thinking and developing ideas with the aim of consolidating your contemporary artistic practice.
This course allows you to devise and follow your own individual work program in the guise of a Final Major Project, where you demonstrate your professional attitude and commitment, capacity for self-evaluation and effective synthesis of your ideas.
In the first half of the year, you will be asked to develop a body of research and practice in order to generate a critical piece of writing that begins to articulate key themes and directions of interest as well as a look forward to the work you want to make and how you will develop these ideas for the final major project. The second half of the year involves the production of a major project which is exhibited as a final Degree Show and Portfolio that you will take from the course to form the basis of your professional body of work as newly graduated and as an emerging Fine Artist.
Across the course you'll also have access to professional practice seminars and guidance to help you create your portfolio in preparation for graduation.
The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.
As you join the course you'll be alongside final year undergraduate students, meaning you'll get straight to the action with practical and research-based projects.
In the first half of the year, you will be asked to develop a body of research and practice in order to generate a critical piece of writing that begins to articulate key themes and directions of interest as well as a look forward to the work you want to make and how you will develop these ideas for the final major project.
The second half of the year involves the production of a major project which is exhibited as a final Degree Show and Portfolio that you will take from the course to form the basis of your professional body of work as newly graduated and as an emerging Fine Artist.
Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.
Tuition fees - 2024/25 entry
- BA (top-up) course - £9,250
- BA (top-up) course - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
- BA (top-up) course - £17,500
The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only, for details of previous years please see the full fee schedules.
There are lots of ways you can access additional financial support to help you fund your studies - both from UCA and from external sources.
Discover what support you might qualify for please see our financial support information
UCA scholarships and fee discounts
At UCA we have a number of scholarships and fee discounts available to assist you with the cost of your studies.
You'll find everything you need to know for your level of study on our scholarships page.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials.
These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make.
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.
Fine Art studios, UCA Canterbury
Print studios, UCA Canterbury
Scuplture workshop, UCA Canterbury
Studios, UCA Canterbury
Entry & portfolio
BA (Hons) course (top-up)
The standard entry requirements* for this course are:
- 240 credits from a relevant degree (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5), with a minimum of 55% overall
- Foundation Degree in a relevant subject
- Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject
And/or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
In recognition that you may already have a relevant professional qualification, or appropriate working experience in the relevant industries, APEL may be accepted for entry on to the course. This will be based on the partnership articulations and will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Other relevant and equivalent UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.
For this courses, we’ll need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. Further information will be provided once you have applied.
*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.
BA (Hons) course (top-up)
The entry requirements for these courses will depend on the country your qualifications are from, please check the equivalent qualifications for your country:
Any additional entry requirements listed in the UK requirements section, e.g., subject requirements, work experience or professional qualifications, also apply to international applicants applying with equivalent qualifications.
You will be required to submit a portfolio for review. Further information on specific portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio will be sent to you after we have reviewed your application.
English language requirements
To study at UCA, you'll need to have a certain level of English language skill. And so, to make sure you meet the requirements of your course, we ask for evidence of your English language ability, please check the level of English language required: