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BA (Hons) History of Art and Fine Art

This new and innovative programme brings together the study of the History of Art and studio based Fine Art practice.

The History of Art curriculum of the programme is centred on Modernism from 19th to late 20th century and is placed within contemporary theory and the broader contexts of art from pre-renaissance to cutting edge contemporary art. The programme of study will focus on The Pallant House Gallery and The Otter Gallery collections both of which hold significant examples of British art of the modernist period. 

Student view

Heather-Ann Dunlop
History Graduate
My readings enabled me to form better opinions, develop new ideas and add new dimensions to these ideas. Being able to research in this environment, with the support that was offered to me was an exceptional experience that will be difficult to replicate.

Course content

This three-year, single honours, undergraduate programme (which is also available in part-time mode) offers a distinctive integration of the study of the history of art with practical studio production, supported by workshop instruction.  The programme is resourced by dedicated specialist facilities and by specialist academic and technical staff.  Its ethos reflects that of the Fine Art department as a whole, using an approach which embraces ‘practice as research’ to facilitate the study of the history of art and fine art through the development of specialist disciplines which connect critical concepts, theory and contexts, orientated to both scholarly research and practical studio research.  The course is designed to enable students to become informed and independent creative practitioners, in preparation for employment or for postgraduate study

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Bishop Otter campus – where you will be based

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

The Art department are situated in the dedicated artOne building comprising outstanding studio and workshop facilities. It is an exciting place to study, providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment for the production of original new art work.

The well-equipped workshops and studios provide environments for you to create experimental, inventive and ambitious work. The main studio space in the purpose built artOne building provides individual studio spaces for all students as well as bookable spaces for installation, performance and projection work. 

Where this can take you

The course provides the opportunity to develop skills across a broad range of areas and become resourceful, reflective learners, finding creative solutions to new problems with the ability to be self-disciplined and able to work independently. ‘Creativity’, thinking ‘out of the box’, and good communication skills (visual, verbal, and written) are all key skills that employers are seeking, and these are fundamental skills developed by Fine Art.

Potential careers

  • Professional artist
  • Art teacher, educator, or technician
  • Art administration and management in galleries and museums
  • Art therapy (with extra professional qualification) and art community work
  • Art journalism
  • Curator
  • Or further study (such as MA in Fine Art, MSc in Art Therapy, PGCE, etc)

Teaching and assessment

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to learning through core and optional modules that build to form an incremental approach to fine art practice. The development of knowledge and skills is encompassed through the use of a wide range of materials, media and processes in studio and workshop activity to develop your practical skills and subject knowledge. The integration of the historical, critical and theoretical debate and inquiry provides you with the ability to contextualise your work within academic frameworks.

Throughout your degree modules are delivered in a number of different ways including:

Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples, FAL 120 Workshop 1, FAL 130 Workshop 2,

Double module: A double module (30 credits normally) delivered in each semester for studio based learning at levels 4 and 5: Teaching is by tutorial, small group discussion, cross level peer group learning: FAL 100 Studio Practice 1, AL 200 Studio Practice 3

Triple module: Exhibition A (personal study 1) (level 6); A triple module (90 credits) is a year-long module that enables you to develop an in depth studio practice. Teaching is by tutorial, small group discussion, cross level peer group learning lectures and visiting artists.

Theory modules: Integrate critical theory, history of art with research skills to support degree level study and is strongly linked to fine art studio practice.  Teaching and learning is by illustrated lectures, small group seminars and presentations.

External project and social engagement: A single module (15credit) at level 5 to develop skills in professional practice in an external setting and to expand fine art practice towards future employability.

Professional practice pack: A single (15 credit) level 6 module that provides professional engagement through the preparation of materials relevant in the support of career development.

Visiting artists lecture series: A cross level lecture programme of national and internationally renowned artist provides insight to professional fine art practice

Daily access to in the purpose built fine art studios and specialist workshop facilities enables and encourages independent study with access to the safe use of technical resources in the production of high quality artwork. The experience of a wide variety of materials and processes provides the opportunity to discover new ways of working and to explore different specialisms .

Codes

College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Art Foundation Diploma

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 110 to 125 UCAS Tariff Points (Fine Art at B)

BTEC: DDM - DMM

Access to HE Diploma (Fine Art) - Pass with 15 level 3 Merits.

Interview: You will be required to bring your portfolio and to discuss the development of your work and your interests and inspirations in Fine Art.