What students say about fine art
My art and design course is a very varied and flexible course, which caters for all individual needs and styles. Modules cover many different fields of design, ideal for gaining skills and an idea of future prospects. I've enjoyed the balance of written, research and practical work, which has mostly interested me and been reasonably challenging.2nd year, University of Leeds
Teaching varies between lectures, crit groups and one-to-one help. The course teaches many different things - conceptual thinking (ideas generation), illustrated book, advertising and editorial work, life drawing, digital skills (using software such as Photoshop and Illustrator), animation, visual studies, colour and composition.1st year, Falmouth University
I study fine art and art history. The fine art module options were photography, illustration, printmaking, painting and ISP. The art history lectures have been varied, interesting, and we have had many different lecturers, as well as talks by artists and many exhibitions set up by the School of Art. The lessons on drawing, painting, colour techniques, location sketching, capturing a sense of place in your art, proportion, tone, and many more aspects of creating art, have been absolutely brilliant.1st year, Aberystwyth University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Diploma in foundation art and design
- Art or a design-related subject
Useful to have
- Design technology
- History of art
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Artistic, literary and media occupations
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Artist (many different media)
- Arts curator
- Jewellery designer
Other real-life job examples
- Graphic designer
- Arts officers
- Professional photographer
What employers like about this subject
Students of fine art can expect to gain subject-specific skills including an understanding of different artistic techniques; the use of equipment and materials and the principles and history of art and art criticism. You can also develop useful transferable skills including communication, team-working, critical thinking, observation skills, and many courses also include an element of entrepreneurial training. Fine arts graduates can be found in industries including the creative arts, advertising, publishing, museums and galleries, libraries, design agencies, universities and the print industry.