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Middlesex University

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W101

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (45 merit or higher)

UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Fine art

Overview
Our four BA Fine Art degree pathways embrace fine art as an open discipline constructed from many different studio practices and a critical involvement with ideas, culture and society. You will explore a range of artistic practices (including installation, performance, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital arts, film and video) through making, research and critique. Our suite of BA degrees opens the door to a wide range of creative and professional possibilities.

Why study BA Fine Art at Middlesex University?
At Middlesex we have the facilities and the expertise to enhance your exploration of all kinds of art, from traditional forms like painting and sculpture to more contemporary approaches including digital arts, installation, and socially engaged practices. We place an emphasis on learning about art practice, history and theory through studio-based teaching and you will benefit from having an individual tutor as well as being part of a small, friendly peer group.

As a student, you will have the freedom to work independently within the tutorial framework so that you can develop self-discipline, experience of making and showing your work, and critical skills. This approach often leads to student-led collaborations, which contribute to the collective ethos of the course. Initiatives have included a range of exhibitions and events, and many collaborative groups have continued professionally beyond Middlesex.

Pathways

BA (Hons) Fine Art supports you in fulfilling your capacity for self-directed learning through the production of an ambitious body of work; you will explore the relationship between studio and exhibition, making and dissemination, and reflect on the role of different audiences.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Social Practice approaches art practice in its social contexts and offers you the opportunity to engage with a range of communities and institutions with the common goal of making a positive impact to the world around you.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Multimedia Practice supports you in expanding your creative practice and technical expertise with particular emphasis on viewer interaction, contemporary sound and video technologies and digital techniques.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Critical Practice is addressed to students who conceive of their art practice as involved in an in-depth and on-going dialogue with the critical, theoretical, philosophical and historical discourses that surround and inform it.

Course highlights

Our outstanding facilities in The Grove, our specialist building for art, design, media and performing arts, are among the best in the country
You are taught by practicing artists who exhibit and sell their work globally and work across a wide range of media including photography, painting, film, installation, sound and interactive art
At the end of Level 5 (year 2) you have the option of our distinct pathways (BA Fine Art; BA Fine Art Social Practice; BA Fine Art Multimedia Practice; BA Fine Art Critical Practice), which reflect and benefit from particular areas of staff expertise and achievement.
A regular Fine Art lecture series from visiting artists and curators provides insight into professional experience
At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at our Degree Show, a great opportunity to showcase your talents to the creative industry
A flexible part-time study option and supportive staff mean it's easy to balance your studies with other commitments
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Modules

Year 1:
Fine Art Practice: Beginnings and Directions (60 credits) - Compulsory
Formations of Fine Art Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Starting Out: Art Education and Educating Art (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2:
Fine Art Practice and Development (60 credits) - Compulsory
Fine Art Theories and Practices (30 credits) - Compulsory
Art Practice and the Community: Placement (30 credits) - Optional
Art and Philosophy (30 credits) - Optional
Fine Art Practice, Research and Reflection (30 credits) - Optional
Sound, Video and Interactivity Context and Practice (30 credits) - Optional
Year 3:
Critical and Contextual Proposition (30 credits) - Compulsory
Art Practice, Collaborations, Community Participation and Exhibition (60 credits) - Optional
Art Practice, Philosophy and Exhibition (60 credits) - Compulsory
Professional Awareness, Peer Critique and Curatorial Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Sound, Video and Interactivity (30 credits) - Optional
Specialist Development, Practice and Exhibition (60 credits) - Optional

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Visual Arts

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.

70%
low
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

83%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Creative arts and design

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Teaching and educational 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.

Creative arts & design

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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