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BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice

This degree is awarded by Teesside University

This programme aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for students to develop innovative creative practice. Students are encouraged to embrace the breadth of fine art practice today and have the opportunity to work across a range of media including film, sound and installation, as well as the traditional media of painting, print and sculpture. Students on the programme have a close working relationship with a core teaching team of practising artists.

Creative work is underpinned throughout with the integration of theory and context, and this is supported by a lively programme of visiting speakers. The ethos of this programme is to prepare students to become practitioners in fine art, and professional development opportunities through collaborations with galleries and external projects.

Specialist tutors and well-equipped studios support the student to achieve a high level of education in fine art practice increasingly tailored to the needs and desires of the student.

The BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice degree programme is designed to offer a practical student-centred approach to fine art practice. The programme of study focuses on the student's ability to develop self-initiated work through an informed context. Individual development will be based on an informed understanding of the relationship between current critical theory and practice across the spectrum of materials and media available. The programme will therefore be workshop and studio - based encouraging hands-on exploration and manipulation. Specialist tutors and the well-equipped studios support the student to achieve a high level of education in fine art practice increasingly tailored to the needs and desires of the student.

Students will have access to excellent facilities at the Westward Ho site, including specialist workshops, studios, gallery and a specialist art and design library.
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Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

All applicants irrespective of the entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed. All interviewees will be required to present a portfolio of practical art work.

You will need a minimum of 200 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications.

International Students also require an score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4
Critical Studies
Contemporary Technology
Visual Language 1
Media and Materials 1
Visual Language 2
Media and Materials 2

Level 5
Professional Practice
Context and Research
Studio Practice 1
Studio Practice 2

Level 6
Studio Practice 3
Final Major Practice

At level 4 students will work both in tutor led sessions and workshops for and independently in their individual studio spaces. Through Critical Studies students will gain a broad understanding of 20th Century fine art practice and develop confidence in discussing the work of others and expressing ideas about their own work.

At level 5 teaching will take place in the fine art studios in which students will develop their own directions and methodology through weekly tutorial sessions with members of the teaching team. In Professional Practice students are introduced to a range of postgraduate opportunities either as an exhibiting artist, undertaking further study or in related employment. Students undertake a practical activity which might take the form of a work placement, exhibition or participation in other opportunities offered within the School. In Context and Research students will be introduced to the theory and literature relating to key themes in contemporary art practice.

At level 6 students will work towards producing a coherent series of outcomes and this level of study culminates in the Degree Show. Students' practical research is supported and informed by a related field of study for their dissertation.

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: essays, reflective journals/notebooks/sketchbooks, individual and group presentations, practical work, visual analysis evidenced in developmental studies and creative outcomes together with a final project/dissertation. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and creative skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in fine art practice. Graduates of this fine art degree will be equipped with skills of self motivation, intellectual curiosity and imagination. Therefore whilst many graduates will pursue a career or develop their personal interests as a professional practising artist (exhibiting work in galleries), this degree will also facilitate possible careers into teaching, community arts work, arts management or other creative and design related roles.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 5/11/2013