Fine Art


Fine art’s unique approach to self-directed learning equips our graduates with exceptional collaborative, networking and leadership skills, supporting them in pursuing a range of high-powered careers in the art market and beyond. We’re extremely proud of our graduates and their achievements. World-famous artists such as Tracey Emin and Simon Starling are among our alumni.

Our Fine Art courses at UCA Canterbury and UCA Farnham are rich in their own distinctive cultures, each benefiting from a specific regional and global creative dynamic.

Our presence at UCA Canterbury is based on close relationships with the region’s creative institutions and networks, including the Turner Contemporary in Margate. This enables us to both reach out to our local communities but also develop global networks through these internationally renowned institutions.

Students at UCA Farnham benefit from being located close to the vibrant London arts scene. Relationships with regional museums and galleries include Watts Gallery, where graduating students regularly undertake residencies. We also have a thriving visiting artists programme which has seen us linked to a variety of respected names in the art world such as Gavin Turk, Gustav Metzger, Martin Creed, and Bob and Roberta Smith. 

You’ll be able to make use of our impressive facilities and excellent resources when you study at UCA, enabling you to aim high with what you seek to achieve. Workshops, for instance, span subjects ranging from bronze casting to time-based practices, and are supported by highly-skilled technical teams.

A number of our academics are renowned artists, including Nicky Hamlyn, Andrew Kötting and Kathleen Rogers. By offering you a wide range of opportunities including studio spaces, digital, technical and material resources, and curatorial and exhibiting initiatives, we aim to give you everything you need to fully explore and develop your own creative ideas in an entrepreneurial and professional context.

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Fine Art courses

Fine Art courses are available to study at the following locations:

UCA Canterbury

    UCA Farnham

      Distance learning

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        Careers in Fine Art

        Our Fine Art courses will expose you to a world of opportunities

        You’ll have access to competitive work placements during your studies where you’ll get to make important industry connections, gain recognition and learn from top academics who have worked with world renowned artists and creators. You’ll also produce beautiful portfolios and have the chance to exhibit your work.

        Whilst many of our alumni have developed careers as established artists, others have chosen to apply their talents to other fields, such as:


        • Filmmaking
        • Project management
        • Animation
        • Curation
        • Writing
        • Photography
        • Arts administration
        • Publishing
        • Teaching
        • Technical instruction
        • Design
        • Picture/archive research
        • Gallery owners

        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
        • Henry Moore Institute
        • Folkestone Triennial
        • Dover Arts Development
        • Stour Valley Arts
        • LUX
        • Film & Video Umbrella
        • Nexus Productions
        • Prime Focus World
        • British Artists’ Film & Video
        • Study Collection
        • Nowhere Lab
        • Photoworks
        • Animate Projects
        • Cass Sculpture Foundation
        • Crate
        • Future\City
        • Whitstable Biennale
        • Canterbury Festival
        • Limbo

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