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Fine Art

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

60 credits, 45 must be graded at Level 3

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

MMM-DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Fine art

**Our Fine Art course is top in the UK**
National Student Survey 2019 (100% Student Satisfaction)

**Why study at University of Cumbria**

Study a range of art disciplines and get ready for a real-world role in the arts. Our interdisciplinary, studio-based Fine Art course will enable you to develop your ideas into an exciting and fulfilling creative practice, while you become an ambitious and confident maker. You will acquire and hone your skills across all the Fine Art disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography (both wet and dry) and digital media.

We provide you with impressive, bespoke studios and easy access to state of the art resources so you can create your very own adaptable and readily available space for your ambitious work.

**Course Overview**

You will develop an awareness of contemporary fine art practices and hone your ability to make, critique and discuss your work and that of others. Our close-knit and supportive community will inspire your creativity and shape your individual practice.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

- Easy access to fabrication facilities in metal, wood, ceramic, as well as print studios, dark rooms and audio/visual labs.

- Deepen your historical, theoretical and critical understanding of Fine Art

- Develop your own practice based on themes that you’re passionate about

- All lecturers are practising artists – many are world-renowned

- Every chance to master a full range of art disciplines to develop your own unique style

- Develop an ambitious portfolio of work to impress a wide range of future employers

- Develop entrepreneurial skills – including self-employment and marketing - essential for real-world success

- Small class sizes, so we get to know you as an individual and help you to flourish.

- Encouraged to exhibit locally and nationally throughout your undergraduate career, create and run your own space in Carlisle, visit galleries of note nationally and internationally.

Our graduates have gone on to work in national and international museums and galleries, in the private sector and creative industries. Some have become self-employed artists, others are part of artist networks that perform across Europe. Many of our graduates have also gone into postgraduate education.

- **Year 1** In Year One, you will focus on the development of your skills across all Fine Art disciplines with practical work playing an important role in informing art theory, as well as critical and historic perspectives.

- **Year 2** Year Two will see you developing these skills, as well as addressing professional fine art practice and current issues. Plus, you will curate and organise a public exhibition of your work, gaining essential professional experience.

- **Year 3** Year Three centres around a curated degree show, where you put your artistic and professional practice skills to the test.

**Your Career with a Fine Art Degree**

Former students have stepped into roles in national and international museums and galleries, in the private sector and creative industries or are self-employed artists after graduating with us. Many of our graduates move into postgraduate education.

So, start your success story with our Fine Art degree that will help you make a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape.

Modules

Year one - Compulsory modules:

Introduction to Fine Art Practice,
Image and Context,
Fine Art in Context.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Life Drawing,
Thinking Through Drawing.
Year two - Compulsory modules:

Praxis: Presentation Skills for Artists,
Art and Ideas,
Practice and Context,
Negotiated Practice.
Year three - Compulsory modules:

Fine Art Dissertation,
Practice 1,
Practice 2,
Final Presentation Module.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Brampton Road

Department:

Institute of the Arts

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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.

100%
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

100%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
100%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A*
B

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
38%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
23%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Sales supervisors

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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

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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