The UK's fine art culture is world-class, and more and more British artists, arts organisations and museums are exporting their work internationally. Thanks to a dynamic arts and crafts market and world-renowned institutions such as the Tate galleries, arts and culture make a contribution of over £2.44 billion to the economy and represent 347,000 jobs in the UK (statista.com).
Our Fine Art courses equip you with the practical skills and entrepreneurial knowledge to succeed in the arts sector. Throughout the courses, we’ll help you to build your confidence and give you opportunities to network, exhibit your work publicly and discover what your art practice means to you.
You’ll experiment and engage with different fine art disciplines and media, establishing your own unique style and making use of our impressive facilities when you study here. We enjoy close connections with both local arts communities and London venues, enabling you to aim high with what you seek to achieve.
Alumni from our fine art courses have progressed into a variety of roles in a range of creative sectors. They have gone on to set up their own businesses, curate at the Dallas Museum of Art, teach at the Royal Academy of Arts, write for one of the most prestigious arts publications in the world, Arts Forum, screen print merchandise for the Libertines, and much more.
High-profile alumni include world-renowned artist and Turner Prize nominee, Tracy Emin, and Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, Emma-Leone Palmer.
Fine Art courses are available to study at the following locations:
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:
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:
Find out what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"I really enjoy the way the tutors encourage us to engage in different workshops and activities that challenge our ideas and ways of working to push us outside of our comfort zones. For me, this aspect has allowed me to grow as an artist and take more risks. "
"I enjoyed the freedom of the Fine Art course at UCA; you’re not constrained to one particular practice and although I generally do paintings it was nice to know that I wasn’t limited to that. I enjoyed how you’re really encouraged to experiment, especially in the first year."