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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

Fine Art graduates from the University of Chichester are immensely employable. Employers always stress that the qualities they most want to see from graduates include skills such as creativity (which could lead onto using your initiative, decisiveness, problem-solving, innovation, adaptability, imagination and the ability to generate fresh ideas) and good communication skills.

The Fine Art degree course here prides itself in embedding creativity (in all it's components) and communication skills centrally within the degree programme. The course offers students further key skills that are both useful for artists but, more importantly, are life-skills that will help them in varied employment situations.

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.

Students will develop the ability to:

  •    reflect critically on their own learning
  •    show self direction, manage their own time, and take personal responsibility
  •    identify and solve problems
  •    anticipate and accommodate change
  •    show initiative and use good working practices
  •    demonstrate interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a group
  •    research, communicate and present ideas in verbal, written and visual forms
  •    source, manage and present information through IT systems

What can I do with a Fine Art Degree from Chichester?

Recent graduates have gone on to become successful Practicing Artists, Art Educators, Primary & Secondary School Teachers, Lecturers at Further and Higher Education, Art Administrators/Managers, Art Therapists, Art Historians, Critics, Journalists and Environmental Collaborators.

Discover more about the success of our graduates.

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Fine artist - expresses ideas in a visual format such as paintings, installations, sculptures or drawings. Some fine artists also work in or with other media such as film. Work may be commissioned by clients or initiated by the artist.
  • Community arts worker - works on artistic projects in a specific location with designated groups such as ethnic minorities or young people. The aim is to channel energy and creativity, often in those people for whom there are few other cultural or social outlets.
  • Printmaker - designs and produces prints by transposing the original image onto different surfaces and materials such as woodcuts, lithographs, silk screens. This is painstaking work, often using traditional rather than electronic processes.
  • Secondary school teacher - teaches art, craft, design and technology to students aged 11-18. Works within the National Curriculum and towards examinations such as GCSE and A-level. Encourages pupils to interpret creative themes, use a variety of equipment and explore ways of harnessing their imagination and expanding practical skills.
  • Further education lecturer - teaches art to over 16s, either in a formal college setting, preparing students for academic and vocational exams or in adult education, where students may be older and taking leisure courses. The core of this role is similar to that of Secondary school teacher.
  • Higher education lecturer - teaches fine art to those over 18 in universities or similar institutions. Through lectures, workshops and tutorials, prepares students for high-level qualifications. Might specialise in a particular sub-discipline. The role is academic as well as practical and may involve supervision of Masters and PhD candidates.
  • Museum/gallery curator - acquires, tends, houses and interprets art works and artefacts for short-term exhibitions or for standing collections. The current emphasis of the job is on facilitating wider public access and developing themes to encourage this.

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Art therapist - uses art-related activities to help people suffering from physical or mental conditions, emotional health problems or learning difficulties. The therapy may aid recovery or improve the quality of the patients’ lives.
  • Arts administrator - supports, initiates and develops arts and cultural activities within a particular venue or geographical area. May focus on one field, such as exhibiting visual arts, or work across different forms such as music, art and performance.
  • Commercial art gallery manager - combines business awareness with artistic insight by running a space where creative works are shown and sold. Balances bringing new artists or art forms to public attention with what is commercially viable. Liaises with artists, makers and clients, coordinates events, supervises sales and marketing.
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer - plans, organises, markets and administers permanent or temporary exhibitions. This may involve generating ideas that will attract visitors, acquiring or borrowing items and helping to design and develop the space being used.

Work placements

It is vital that students are prepared for some of the things the contemporary art world will throw at them on graduating. We have developed a programme in which second and third year (level 5 & 6) students focus on aspects of professional practice and vocational experience.

Some students may want to be Art Teachers in the future, so in level 5 we’ll find work experience opportunities in schools to enable them to test out if this is what they really want.

Other recent students have worked on site-specific commissions, community arts projects, and work placements with local galleries and museums (admin and marketing and gallery education), residencies in schools, creating a virtual Art gallery, Art sales, Exhibition & Event development, and Business plans for self-employment.

The experience is invaluable in terms of working to time and budgetary constraints, and in dealing with the public. In level 6 this can develop into a written ‘case study’ of a particular professional practice.

Indicative modules

Years One and Two

  • Self-directed practical work with full tutorial support: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking, Design for Digital Art and Mixed-Media
  • Visual Research and Drawing-based activities encouraged as part of a self-reflexive focus on personal artistic development
  • Workshop skills development in Painting, Textiles, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking and/or Digital Art, with workshop choices driven by a desire to specialise or to mix disparate processes and media
  • Critical and Contextual Studies: Modernism and Postmodernism from the perspective of the Visual Arts and Cultural Theory

Year Three

  • Development of a coherent body of work for public exhibition at the 'Degree Show'
  • A written dissertation OR
  • An essay followed by the professional practice module, which supports the degree show

The number of credits indicates the amount of time spent on each strand.

S1 and S2 indicate semesters. We have two fifteen week semesters, not three ten week terms. The total time is the same. Christmas falls between the two semesters. This means we start the academic year in early September and end in May.

All routes can be taken part-time. Generally this is done by taking 2 years to complete each level and it is possible to switch from part-time to full time at key points.

Level 4 Studio Workshops Contextual

FAL 100

Studio Practice 1

30 credits, 300 hours

FAL 120

Workshop 1 (painting, sculpture, textiles or print)

15 credits, 150 hours
FAL 140

History of Art 1 - Avant-garde & Modernism

15 credits, 150 hours
S2 FAL 110

Studio Practice 2

30 credits, 300 hours
FAL 130

Workshop 2 (painting, sculpture, textiles or print)

15 credits, 150 hours
FAL 150

History of Art 2 - Art Contexts & Themes

15 credits, 150 hours
Level 5 Studio Workshops Contextual
S3 FAL 200

Studio Practice 3

30 credits, 300 hours
FAL 220

Workshop 3 (painting, sculpture, textiles or print)

15 credits, 150 hours
FAL 240

History of Art 3 - Discourse Analysis 1

15 credits, 150 hours
S4 FAL 210

Studio Practice 4

30 credits, 300 hours
FAL 230

Workshop 4 (External Projects - individual vocational projects with external organisations exploring the public and social applications for fine art)

15 credits, 150 hours
FAL 250

History of Art 4 - Discourse 2 - Site, Agency & Display

15 credits, 150 hours
Level 6      

S5 & S6


FAL 390 

Personal Study 1 - Exhibition A

90 credits, 900 hours


FAL 310


15 credits, 150 hours


FAL 320

Professional Practice

15 credits, 150 hours


FAL 390

Personal Study 1 - Exhibition A

90 credits, 900 hours


FAL 300

Personal Study 4 - Dissertation

30 credits, 300 hours


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 .

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Portfolio preparation

We try to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We want you to be relaxed since this is when we are most likely to see the ‘real you’.

We want to find out about your art practice, your artistic preferences and your opinions about art but we will not be trying to catch you out with obscure questions. Be prepared, but don’t panic! 


Most applicants are interviewed, and asked to show a portfolio with examples of recent art work. Whether you have done an Art Foundation, Access, National Diploma, AVCE or A Level, we need to see a portfolio which reflects your potential as a visual maker and thinker suitable for an Honours Degree.

Your ability to think visually is best articulated through drawing activities in sketchbooks, studies, visualizations and Marquettes. Don’t underestimate the importance on showing us how you develop your work both in terms of materials, ideas and context. While it is great to see some labour intensive final outcomes, we are much more interested to see how you got there. Drawings, doodles, notes, scraps, plans and samples which are regularly logged in a sketchbook demonstrate your distinctiveness and personality. Avoid putting in too many set class exercises or projects; if we see projects in portfolios from the same institution, it becomes hard to distinguish one student’s project from another’s.

You should organize your portfolio into some logical order by demonstrating progression through a process, material or theme. Present the work neatly, but do not go to any unnecessary expense. 2D work will look good placed on simple clean thin white card and avoid using colour mounts, which distract from the work.

If it is impractical to bring your actual 3D work, take some good quality photographs/slides/digital images that reveal the work to its advantage. They must be easily viewed at interview and indicate the size and materials used.


  • Remember that this is a Fine Art oriented degree, so Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Art Textiles, Digital media, Video art, and Photography are where our main interests lie.  We are interested to see other projects but don’t over burden the folder with these.
  • We want to see a good variety of work, including Life Drawing. Be selective, put in the work you feel is most successful.  The Folder should feel full but not overly so as we only have limited time to see it. Please do NOT include work from GCSE or GNVQ intermediate.
  • Put your ‘best’ work on top - the piece you would most like to be remembered by. Spread the quality work throughout the folder so you don’t end with all the weaker items at the end. You want to leave us with a good parting impression.
  • Sculpture - bring 3D work with you if it is manageable, but bear in mind that the car park is a good walk from the studios. All 3D work should be photographed using a good SLR or digital camera (not an instamatic) and key images should be enlarged. Close-ups always help too. Present these on mounting board with indications of size and materials.
  • Presentation - this should be neat and considered. It doesn't need to be expensive, but do mount up smaller images, samples, etc. Spending time on presentation is never a waste, a well-presented folder can speak volumes.
  • Include all sketch-books from the last year or so and examples of essays/written work.
  • Videos - we need advance warning if you intend us to view a video. Line it up to the ‘best bit’ - we are only likely to watch a couple of minutes or so.


  • If you come by car, drop off heavy portfolios at Reception OR artOne (whichever is indicated on the invitation letter). Please note, our car park operates a pay and display system for visitors. If you can't find a space, please park in the Norgate car park at the top of North Street, or further north up College Lane where there may be some free on-street parking. Either way, this is only a 10-15 minutes walk from the campus, so please leave time to make this short journey. 
  • If you have been asked to meet in the foyer of artOne, the entry code for the automatic doors should be printed on a notice on the door.
  • Staff will indicate where you should lay out your folder for viewing.
  • You will have a guided tour of facilities and studios, followed by the chance to explore the campus and chat to current students.
  • At an appointed time, you will be invited for a 25 minute 1-1 interview with one member of staff. He/she will talk about your folder: i.e. why you did certain things, how successful you think they are, what directions you expect to take, and ask you about ‘Contemporary Art’ and ‘Contemporary Artists’ that interest you. He/she may ask your opinion about ‘newsworthy’ exhibitions or artists. Be prepared to discuss these wider issues in an informal manner.
  • Once completed you are free to go. We generally cannot tell you if you’ve been successful; a letter will be with you within the week. We generally accept about 50-60% of those who apply.

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3 Years
Full & Part Time