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University of Reading

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W101

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

or 24 points plus Pass or above in Art Foundation

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

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

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

80

Plus Pass or above in Art Foundation

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Fine art

**Build on your practical skills and benefit from our distinct approach to art, combining practice, theory and history, especially in contemporary art.**

By joining the lively community at Reading School of Art, you can explore a vast range of media, experiment with emerging art forms and develop as an artist. The studios are busy places with events, workshops, performances and exhibitions regularly taking place. There is dedicated space accessible 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and daily access to studio tutors during the week to help develop your individual and professional practice.

Trips to museums and art galleries help prompt thoughts on how art is displayed and received and you can gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and events. Our teaching staff are all artists, curators and researchers of international standing.

**Your learning environment**

You will learn through a mixture of studio teaching, seminars, lectures, group workshops and critiques, technical and material sessions, exhibition making, one-to-one tutorials and field trips. You will have access to our range of facilities, including:
- workshops for construction, printing and casting

- darkroom for photography

- digital tools for film and video editing, imaging, sound and web building

- a dedicated audio-visual room and sound-recording booth

**Placements**

Your degree includes career management skills training and you will be encouraged to undertake academic and work placements during your studies. Previous art students have:
- enjoyed art internships at Studio Voltaire, Frieze Art Fair, and Tate Exchange

- performed at the ICA, London

- taken part in an Arts Council-supported film project at the Museum of Rural Life

- participated in an international exhibition at the Seoul Institute of Arts in South Korea

**Study abroad**

In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary or Finland. You can also participate in week-long international study trips such as to Madrid, China, S.Korea or Tokyo, as part of a module for which you gain credits.

**Careers for BA Fine Art graduates**

As well as producing world-famous artists, Turner-prize nominees, and representative for Britain at the Venice Biennale (Cornelia Parker, Mike Nelson, Bob & Roberta Smith), at Reading School of Art we equip students to be highly employable in a wide range of fields.

Our students graduate with a range of practical, academic and transferable skills, such as: creativity, teamwork, persuasion, self-motivation, time management, problem-solving and strategic thinking. You will enter the job market as a self-confident graduate with well-developed skills in oral and visual communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication.

A degree in Fine Art will prepare you either for further study or to enter professions across the flourishing cultural and creative industries. As well as becoming an artist, curator and art writer, you could choose to work in museums and galleries, education, publishing, digital and social media or advertising and public relations. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Christies, Microsoft, the BBC, Victoria & Albert Museum, Manolo Blahnik.

Overall, 93% of our art graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17).

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Fine art studio including career management skills
* Contemporary art and theory
* Critical collaborative methods
* Image action text
* Art dissertation

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£16,890
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

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.

51%
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

76%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
22%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
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.

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.

£18,212
high
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£18k

£18k

£25k

£25k

£21k

£21k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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