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Fine Art

Entry requirements


96-144 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Art & Design, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-36

English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3-H3,H3,H3,H4,H4


English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Considered in combination

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

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In any subject

Considered in combination

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

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In any subject

Considered in combination

96-144 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

In combination with Advanced Highers

T Level

M

Preference on Digital Production, Design and Development, but other subjects may be considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Tariff

96-144

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Fine art

Realise your potential in one of Britain’s most vibrant cities for art and culture. Be guided by practising artists and explore different techniques, technologies and concepts in dedicated fine art studios and specialist workshops, seminars and tutorials through placement and field trip opportunities. Study 2D, 3D and 4D interdisciplinary art to understand the dynamic relationships between expanded forms of making, thinking and writing that reflect contemporary art practice.

- **Studio culture.** Our main teaching and learning space is the studio and we place emphasis on creating a friendly, supportive, vibrant, creative, critical and reflective studio environment.

- **Thinking through doing.** This is a practice-based programme, which means that critical enquiry is at the heart of making work. We encourage you to be exploratory and experimental, to think through making and to embrace uncertainty and not knowing.

- **Facilities.** You will have inductions in and access to a wide range of specialist workshop facilities to advance your artistic enquiry, including letterpress and printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, metal, video, audio, XR and 3D printing.

- **Interdisciplinary.** Studio practice modules and the common challenges and dissertation modules offer you opportunities to work in interdisciplinary research areas across the arts, humanities and sciences.

- **Degree show.** Showcase your final project in a faculty-wide exhibition alongside students from our 12 art and design degrees. The Degree Show is your chance to introduce friends and family, your new creative network and art community, prospective employers and the general public to your work.

Modules

Your first year is about exploration of materials, processes and ideas. You’ll examine the diverse traditions and history of fine art. There’s plenty of studio time to try out different techniques and technologies from metalwork to photography. Building critical analysis skills through discussion and interaction with other students and teaching staff will boost your confidence. All this will create an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for you as an artist.

In your second year, there is the opportunity to take part in an international exchange, and develop approaches for working with external arts organisations and associated research disciplines, though placement. Drawing on your learning from your first year, you’ll now have confidence to follow your instincts, you’ll choose your media, inspirations and intentions then outline your project aims and research strategy. You’ll further develop your critical skills by reflecting on your own work and that of others. In groups you’ll handpick and curate a selection of your own work.

In your final year, you’ll produce a comprehensive body of your own work. You’ll explore the social context of your work, and the relationship between artist and audience. We’ll continue to prepare you for your career in art by helping you to develop a research portfolio for use when you graduate, which may be paper-based or digital depending on your practice.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

100% of assessment is by coursework.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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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.

52%
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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
71%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
40%
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

29%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
48%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
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.

Fine 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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Caring personal services

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 and 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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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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