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Coventry University

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W100

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

to include an Art or Design subject.

The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in an Art or Design subject.

UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Fine art

Innovation and imagination are the hallmarks of our fine art teaching; this practice-based course will challenge and inspire you, developing the creative, technical, critical, reflective and enterprising skills to forge a successful and sustainable career in contemporary art.
With access to a range of workshops, industry-standard software, photographic and media resources, you will have the opportunity to explore individual and collaborative 2D, 3D and 4D practices in our spacious studios, experimenting with digital, intermedia and traditional art forms.

For over 150 years, our creative community has played a major role in shaping cultural, political and social lives all over the world. Our graduates have won animation Oscars, Academy Award nominations, Penguin book cover prizes, D&AD and Sky Arts awards. Fine Art graduates have been recipients of the Independent Vision Award for Curatorial Achievement, awarded by Independent Curators International in New York, nominated for the prestigious VG Foundation award at the Annely Juda Gallery, London and runner up in the national Gilchrist-Fisher Painting Award.

You will be taught by practising artists, art historians, and writers who have exhibited at the Prague Biennale, the Royal Academy of Arts, Kwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Conflux Festival in New York. Their work can be found in collections such as the Arts Council of Great Britain, Tate Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum Beelden aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Key Course Benefits;

- Workshop facilities for print, wood, metalwork, photo-studio, ceramic, laser cutting and computer labs.

- Access to specialist photographic and media resources, including digital audio recorders and manual/digital still/video cameras via our dedicated Media Loan Shop.

- A thriving studio culture with dedicated workspaces for all students in purpose-built studios with permanent exhibition displays, supported by wide-ranging technical facilities in both traditional and new technologies.

- Research expertise in a broad range of areas pertinent to contemporary Fine Art including the changing relationship between art and society, hybrid practices, trans-local/transnational dialogues and the relevance of the image in painting.

- Guest lecture programme.

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Exploring Art**
We will give you an understanding of the principles of developing a fine art studio practice. You can explore a number of disciplines within 2D, 3D and 4D fine art studio practice, experimenting with drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, spatial approaches, fine art performance, video, photography and intermedia. You will learn to appreciate the importance of context and precedence in the evaluation of your own work, that of your peers and of nationally and internationally known practitioners. As the course progresses, you will focus in one or more areas of art practice, developing your ideas and approaches, building up to a body of work and professional experience that reflects a resolved and focused application of ideas.

**Art in context**
We consider the theoretical, professional and historical frameworks that underpin the visual arts. You will begin by examining the history of art from the Renaissance to the early 20th century, including Romanticism, the Baroque, Impressionism, Surrealism and Constructivism. Lectures introduce you to the work of numerous historical artists from Valesquez to Vermeer and from Picasso to the Pop Artists, for example. You will analyse the relationship of art to audiences and critics, building your own confidence in critiquing visual arts and expressing your opinions. We will introduce you to professional contexts for showing work and the many roles that exist to support the making, critiquing, exhibiting and disseminating of work. You will have opportunities to test out and explore your conceptual understanding and practical skills relating to writing, curatorial and educational roles, putting theory into practice with a ‘live’ end-of-year exhibition. From the second year of the course, we switch a more in-depth study of contemporary fine art, examining a broad range of work by contemporary practitioners, such as Marcus Coates, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jane and Louise Wilson, Ian Kaier, Jessica Stockholder, Kerry James Marshall; key movements and ideas such as Postmodernism, Feminism, Globalisation, Queer Theory and the Anthropocene; and key writers/critics and theorists including Nicolas Bourriaud and Slavoj Zizek. Students will be expected to develop their research ability and engage with relevant debates.

**Art Consolidations**
During the final year of your degree, having already outlined your creative intentions, you should be strongly engaged in studio practice, honing your creative identity, revising and developing your ideas in preparation for the final degree show. We aim to generate an energetic approach to studio practice and will provide you with the experience of how to maximise your productivity in the studio. For example, using any techniques, media or combination of media of your choice, you will be tasked with undertaking a series of swiftly generated, highly experimental and thematically-related works within the first 6 weeks. This is followed by a period of critique, reflection and then an extensive period of further research, development and production.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Fine art

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Art

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


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Art

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Other elementary services occupations
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Quite a few students of fine art have already retired and are taking the degree for the excellent reason that they love art, and they're willing to pay to study it. You should bear this in mind if the stats you see feature particularly low employment rates. If you need to earn a living once you've finished your fine art degree, be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common - about one in six fine arts graduates were working for themselves. Also common are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - and many courses actually help you prepare for freelancing. One in ten of last year’s fine arts graduates had more than one job six months after graduation — over twice the average for graduates from 2015. Graduates from these subjects are often found in arts jobs, as artists, designers, photographers and similar jobs, or as arts and entertainment officers or teachers — although it's perfectly possible to get jobs outside the arts if you wish, with jobs in events management, marketing and community work amongst the most popular options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Fine art

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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