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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)

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Scottish Higher

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

T Level

P-M

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Fine art

You want to pursue your passion and develop your ideas into an exciting and fulfilling creative practice. Working in bespoke studios and workshops, we will help you to acquire and hone your art-making skills.

100% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019 and 2020)

**Course Overview**

You’ll develop knowledge and skills across the Fine Art disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, filmmaking and digital media. You’ll have easy access to fabrication facilities in metal, wood and ceramic, as well as our print studio, darkroom and audio/visual labs. Tutors, who are all practicing artists, will support and inspire your studio practice with a historical, theoretical and critical understanding of Fine Art.

You’ll learn entrepreneurial skills and be encouraged to exhibit locally and nationally throughout your studies. You will visit galleries of note, may create and run your own space in Carlisle as well as curate and organise numerous public exhibitions of your work – gaining essential professional experience.

You’ll graduate with the skills and confidence to make a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape.

**On this course you will...**

- Study inter-disciplinary skills, learning ALL the techniques you need to become a brilliant artist. Including sculpture drawing, painting & printmaking, photography, filmmaking, and even performance.

- Be assigned a generous studio space on campus with access to specialist resources and equipment.

- Take part in Student Exhibitions from day one. Year 0 exhibition, First Year Drawing Exhibition, Three Minute Film Festival, Seconds Out & a Final Year Degree Show.

- Explore external exhibitions and artistic spaces. Our students run exhibitions across the city, arrange events and run workshops, contributing to the creative and cultural life of Carlisle.

**What you will learn**

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.

**Year one**

In your first year 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.

- Materials and Methods

- Cultural Contexts

- Application

- Collaborative Practice

- Collaborative Brief

**Year two**

In your second year, you will develop your skills and address professional fine art practice and current issues. Plus, you will curate and organise a public exhibition of your work, gaining essential professional experience.

- Enquiry 1

- Intersections

- Enquiry 2

- The Professional Self

**Year three**

Your final year centres around a curated degree show, where you put your artistic and professional practice skills to the test.

- Practice 1

- Independent Research Paper

- Practice 2

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
£13,250
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


How do students rate their degree experience?

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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


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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.

£15k

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£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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