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University for the Creative Arts

Fine Art (4 Year)

UCAS Code: W102

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

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Fine art

If you’re looking to study Fine Art as a degree subject, but your portfolio isn’t quite ready or want to gain a better range of art skills, then the four-year BA (Hons) Fine Art course at UCA Canterbury is for you.

The first year of this course provides you with the building blocks you’ll need to develop a range of skills and begin identifying your own styles, preferences and practice. You’ll be introduced to ways of making and thinking, that will enable you to put your new-found skills into exciting projects to help to establish your ideas and your artistic identity. You’ll explore disciplines such as painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, sound, performance, animation and printmaking, to suit your interests.

Upon successful completion of year 0, your place on the three-year degree programme will be secured without further application or interview.

Alongside your practice, our course ensures you’ll be equipped with the transferable skills and attitudes to support your development. This includes theoretical and critical understanding of fine art as well as important business knowledge, networking opportunities and self-promotion techniques, to give you a strong foundation to build your career. There’ll also be many opportunities to meet other students and develop friendships.

Thanks to the course’s strong industry links, you’ll also have access to respected names in the creative industries, including Margate-based arts organisations Crate and Limbo, Turner Contemporary, the Beany Institute Canterbury, and the Dover Arts Development.

You’ll be distinguished by your creativity, ability to cope with change, and a hardworking, flexible attitude to work. For this reason, our graduates can be found working in graduate level roles within and beyond the creative industries.

Modules

In Year 0 you'll be introduced to a variety of approaches in art making and develop your critical understanding of art. In Year 1 you'll be introduced to approaches to making art and contemporary art making. You'll examine approaches in contemporary art practice and develop an independent research practice through workshops, peer critiques, group discussions, talks and lectures. In Year 2 you'll create a body of work to exhibit and will focus on areas of enquiry informed by staff research interests. You'll refine your studio work and develop your individual practice within the context of contemporary art, exploring artwork in wider terms by engaging with contemporary cultural and political issues. In Year 3 you'll undertake a dissertation or research project on a subject related to the historical, theoretical or critical concerns of your discipline. You'll present a body of self-initiated work informed by current issues in contemporary art.

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
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Canterbury

Department:

Fine Art

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.

72%
med
Fine art

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Fine art

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

77%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A*

After graduation


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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.

£16,021
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Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
51%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations

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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£19k

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£23k

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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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