Studio Practice (Fine Art) (top-up) BA (Hons)
Canterbury | 1 year full-time | Undergraduate
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.
Please note - this course is subject to validation.
Equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree, this course enables you to build upon an existing qualification such as a foundation degree or an HND.
UCAS Code for 1 year/standard: W408
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.
2023 course fees will be available here in due course. For guidance please see below for details of fees for 2022 entry:
- UK students - £9,250
- EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
- International students - £16,950
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. Details for will be available here shortly.
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.
The fees listed here 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.
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.
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.
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
Other relevant and equivalent 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.
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 5.5 in each individual component.
For this course, we may 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. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.
UCAS Code for 3 year/standard
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