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About Us

What we do well and what makes us different?

  • Interview days are relaxed, friendly, welcoming and include hands-on practical sessions so interviewees can get a feel for the department. Everybody who is invited for interview will be given a friendly interview where staff will chat with you about your work. We do not shortlist applicants by means of a digital or web portfolio; everything is done face to face.
  • Options to specialise or keep your options open. Whatever your approach to creativity our programmes  enable you to follow  specialist disciplines in, painting or drawing, sculpture or textiles or to work in a more open flexibly on our general, multi-disciplinary route. All the degree programmes are focused on professional, practical skills and process-led, material investigations helping you to create high quality studio-based work.
  • Personal studio space: Every full time student gets a studio space throughout the academic year. Part-timers can also access studio space during the ‘studio’ modules. 
  • Well-equipped specialist workshops with technical support.
  • Attention from teaching staff: Fine Art tutors give students regular individual tutorials (bookable when students need them) and other opportunities for 1-1 as well as group work.
  • You’re not just a number!: Each student is treated as an individual, each student has a named member of staff as a tutor who will keep an eye on progress and offer support as necessary. Our tutor system puts you in touch with the university wide student support network enabling and helping students; this includes learning support as well as personal Dyslexia support. The Department will typically have around 100-130 students, meaning staff get to know you all quickly and there’s an inclusive and friendly atmosphere in the studios.
  • There is no ‘house style’. We have an open approach to making art; students work individually on visual research to develop their own work with the freedom to explore their work in whatever way is most productive and original. The teaching and learning is very much orientated around individual requirements and individual needs.
  • Part-Time study options – a flexible programme that can suit all sorts of student needs.
  • Employability, Work Placements and External projects – The Fine Art department has a strong external links offering opportunities for 2nd year work placements and experience in the wider community, including The Pallant House Gallery, The Cass Sculpture Foundation, schools, regional museums and other institutions. There’s also the opportunity to work with the Business School developing business plans for self-employment. This helps students link their passion for Art to the need to find work using their graduate skills. These professional aspects are consolidated at level 6 with the ‘How to be an Artist’ programme.
  • Practice as research - fine art disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking textiles enlarged by the distinctive inclusion of history and theory. The close relationship between studio work and the discussion of ideas, contexts and theories of art practice provide the stimulating, rich and creative environment for you to develop your skills of analysis and knowledge and to increase your confidence in questioning and understanding your progress as an artist.
  • Studio staff are all research active artists. (see Staff profiles)
  • Regular Visiting artists – there is an impressive programme of visiting artists and speakers every Wednesday. 
  • Mature students are particularly made welcome at Chichester - about 20% of students are ‘mature’, adding depth of experience to the artistic culture of the course. We have many years’ experience of teaching mature people and they flourish here in this friendly and small university campus.
  • International Exchanges - Currently we offer student exchanges for selected Level 2 students to Thomson Rivers University in Western Canada, or Valance in South Eastern France.
  • Arts in Chichester - situated between Brighton and Portsmouth, with good road and rail access to London, Chichester has itself some world class Arts venues (Goodwood Sculpture Park) and Galleries (Pallant House Gallery).
  • Creative environment – Fine Art sits alongside BA degrees in creative writing, dance, music, media production, theatre and drama.