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BA (Hons) Fine Art with Sculpture

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Institution C58


Bognor Regis campus

3 years Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Art Foundation Diploma

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

A Levels: BBB - CCC

(Fine Art or Photography or Textiles at B)

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM - DMM

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

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

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.



2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

BA (Hons) Fine Art with Sculpture
Studying Fine Art at Chichester has been the most interesting and exciting thing I have ever done. The department is brilliant, there are always tutors and technicians around to help if you're stuck or need to bounce ideas off of. I love the campus and ArtOne feels like home! I have the freedom to work how I want to work and study what interests me and I know that I will have the support of the staff. It is a fantastic experience and I recommend it to anyone.

Course content

  • 1st for student satisfaction in art and design (Complete University Guide League Tables 2021)
  • 3rd for overall satisfaction in the UK for our art courses (National Student Survey 2019)
  • Top 10 for Art, Education, and Psychology courses also rated in UK’s top 10 (The Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course Overview

We recognise that many Art students want to specialise from the outset of their degree, focusing the development of skills in one clear discipline area.

This programme is built around the key area of sculpture and will encourage you to experiment with other 3D media (i.e. soft materials, textiles). It is supported by technical workshop provision to enable you to achieve the highest quality art production. This route allows you to commit to this discipline area and explore a variety of traditional & experimental hand and industrial processes.

The sculpture programme makes use of excellent specialist facilities that support a wide range of practice. There are specialist workshops introducing you to metal, wood, and ceramics. We give demonstrations in techniques and processes (i.e. stone carving). Sculpture encompasses a variety of skills and techniques enabling you to develop professional approaches to a range of making processes, including welding, casting, modelling, carving and assemblage. It can also incorporate installation aspects of sculpture allowing you to work in a multidisciplinary way.

We will encourage you to develop an intellectual curiosity, and a sense of adventure, with an ability to deal with the unpredictable.

In the first year, you will initially be set a series of research and drawing based activities that will drive your ideas towards a self-directed practice, greater independence, and by the final year, the attainment of a distinctive vision.

Lectures and seminars along with the peer group critique in the studio, support independent, self-directed work. You will learn to create your own negotiated pattern of work as you move towards an exhibition for your degree show in your final year.

We offer you the opportunity to exhibit your work across campus. A series of selected work is hung in the general public spaces and provides a professional showcase for your work.

Main Studio and Workshop Skills and Activities will include:

  • Welding and metal working
  • Carving wood and stone 
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Bronze and aluminium casting
  • Plaster casting and modelling
  • ​Wood work
  • Installation and live art: appropriated materials, site-based and gallery-based work
  • Drawing: Drawing is seen as important element in the development and realisation of ideas and is the basis of the initial studio work at level one. 

Take a look at our Fine Art brochure to find out more.

Learn more

Do you want to find out more information about this course? Order a prospectus today.

Our facilities

The Fine Art department is situated in St. Michaels' House, a building comprising specialist 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. You will also have access the the new £35 million Tech Park which houses new specialist equipment.

The main studio space includes allocated personal studio bases where you can carry out your self-directed projects and art work.

The well-equipped workshops and studios provide environments where you can create experimental, inventive and ambitious work.

We run a programme of exhibitions which include opportunities for BA students to exhibit selected work and other slots for 3rd year students to test out works in a ‘gallery’ environment prior to the Degree Show.



Sculpture students have access to specialist wood and metal/casting workshops, to a dedicated ceramic space with electric kilns and glaze area, and to a covered space that allow students to work on a large scale and using noisy/messy processes.

For students who want to develop large scale installations there is a large bookable ‘teaching space’ on the first floor and a bookable ‘dark space’ for video/light/sound projections.

All students also have access to workshop areas and technical support in the key disciplines of the Fine Art programmes.  The workshops reflect the range of options across the various degree programmes. A distinctive aspect of the department is that of individualized working areas in the studio space.

Explore photos of studio spaces and student work on Flickr

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


Examples of recent Fine Art BA graduates jobs/careers:

  • 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. Normally you’d do an Art Therapy MA (post-graduate) to give yourself the appropriate qualification.
  • 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.
  • Art Teacher or Art Technician - primary, secondary and Further Education. Helping young people to realise their passion for Art and develop the skills to take their art to the next level of attainment. We need inspiring teachers and many of our students have shown that this is something they’re very good at!
  • Artist – many Fine Art Graduates have the ambition to sell artworks in galleries, to work to commission or to work on funded collaborative or public projects; they usually do an MA first and then get a ‘day-job’ to ease the transition from student to professional. It’s been shown that with determination and focus this transition can be achieved with excellent results.
  • Design, Photography, Marketing & Communications – creative artists are usually IT literate and good communicators (visually, orally and in writing) and are able to turn their hands to many more commercial activities like graphics, web design, urban design, social media marketing & communications etc. Anecdotal evidence has it that many creatives in ‘film & media’ also studied Fine Art. Fine Art teaches you to have an independent vision and the courage to believe in it!
  • Community based Artist – Many freelance artists make a living from working in community settings and ‘arts in health’. Participation in the arts can be therapeutic, and creativity can be life-enhancing. Artists can support such participation in a variety of settings whether that be privately financed (i.e. running classes) or funded projects (i.e. charities and public bodies).    

See our Success Stories page for more examples.   


Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters: 

Discover more about the success of our graduates.


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 and 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,
  • Work placements with local galleries and museums (admin and marketing and gallery education)
  • Residencies in schools
  • Creating their own virtual gallery
  • Art sales
  • Exhibition and event development
  • 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

This course can be taken FULL TIME (3 years) or PART TIME (normally 6 years). If you are interested in finding out how the Part Time study normally works, please email Claire Hilton, Department Administrator or Tim Sandys-Renton, Admissions Tutor.

Year One:

Semester 1

  • Studio Practice 1 (Double)
  • Workshop 1 (Single module) - Skill development in painting/printmaking, sculpture/textiles
  • Critical & Cultural Theory 1 – Theory-lite - (Single module)

Semester 2

  • Studio Practice 2 (Double)
  • Workshop 2 (Single module) - Skill development in painting/printmaking, sculpture/textiles
  • Critical & Cultural Theory 2 – Modernism - (Single module)

Studio Practice - You will be set a series of experimental research and drawing based activities that will challenge your ideas about art (2D and 3D) and gently drive you towards the beginnings of a self-directed material practice and greater independence. You will be encouraged to develop an intellectual curiosity and an individual approach to problem solving in Fine Art that begins to integrate the skills developed in the workshop module (painting, printmaking, sculpture and/or textiles as a specialist or working across these areas in a hybrid manner). Studio based learning is by 1-1 or group tutorial, small group discussion and cross level peer group. There are visiting lectures most weeks who do a talk about their own work.

Workshop – You will develop skills in your specialism (sculpture) plus a choice of one other (printmaking, textiles or painting and drawing).

Critical & Cultural Theory – Integrating cultural & critical theory 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.


Year Two:

Semester 1

  •     Studio Practice 3 (Double)
  •     Workshop 3 (Single module) - Skill development in painting/printmaking, sculpture/textiles
  •     Critical & Cultural Theory 3 – Romanticism - (Single module)

Semester 2

  •    Studio Practice 4 (Double)
  •     Workshop 4 - external projects (work placement) - (Single module)
  •     Critical & Cultural Theory 4 – Post-modernism - (Single module)

Studio Practice  – You will build on your discoveries in year 1 studio and workshop by continuing with an experimental and materially based approach to making art (2D or 3D) that, with focused development, will drive your ideas and allow you to develop a clear territory for your self-directed studio practice and a greater independence. You will be encouraged to develop an intellectual curiosity, a sense of adventure, an ability to deal with the unpredictable and an individual approach to problem solving in Fine Art that builds around the skills developed in the workshop modules (painting, printmaking, sculpture and/or textiles as a specialist or working across these areas in a hybrid manner) and/or other approaches developed by you individually (installation, photography, video, sound, performance etc). Studio based learning is by 1-1 or group tutorial, small group discussion and cross level peer group. There are visiting lectures most weeks who do a talk about their own work and offer tutorials to selected L5 & L6 students.

Workshop – In semester 1 you will develop skills in your specialism (sculpture) plus a choice of one other (printmaking, textiles or painting and drawing). In semester 2 your learning becomes vocational; you will develop skills in professional practice in an external setting (of your choosing) in order to expand your understanding of how fine art practice can lead towards future employability (i.e. in Schools/Colleges, Galleries & Museums, Community organisations, or as a ‘freelancer’).

Critical & Cultural Theory – Integrating cultural & critical theory 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.


Year Three:

  • ‘Essay or Vocational' (Semester 1 - Single module) followed by Professional Practice (Semester 2 - Single module) OR 'Dissertation’ (Semester 1 & Semester 2 - equivalent to 6 modules)


  • Exhibition A - Degree Show (Semester 1 & Semester 2)

3500 word ‘Essay or Vocational’ study or 7000 word ‘Dissertation’.

You will explore and research a topic of your own choosing (academic or vocational), researching artists, artefacts and concepts in order to produce a self-directed critical text displaying coherent personal argument, analysis and expression developed through cumulative and considered individual research. Emphasis is placed on the depth rather than breadth of research, as you build on your learning from Levels 4 & 5 ‘Critical & Cultural Theory’ modules. You will be given tutorial support in the selection, evaluation, development and presentation of critical thought from a range of research resources.

Professional Practice.

If you take this module you will turn your critical facilities onto your own work.

You will give a short illustrated seminar presentation (artists’ talk) to selected Level 4 & 5 students, mapping the development of the critical context underpinning your own work and the development of your own material practice, relating it to relevant theory and artists who’ve inspired the work, and presenting your plans for when you graduate.
You then produce a 1000 word Self-Reflective Commentary (artists statement) that formalises the content of the seminar into a coherent text which articulates your own cumulative individual research and its resolution into the body of art practice presented for exhibition.
You also produce a Professional Pack that contains a current CV, photographs of previous work, a short exhibition statement for public display, business card and other appropriate professional supporting material that will aid self-promotion and marketing.

Exhibition A - Degree Show

​​This module focuses on the development of practical work leading towards the final Degree Show (public exhibition), and the planning, selection and production processes involved in the Degree Show itself. You will build on your discoveries from year 2 studio and workshop and a growing understanding of your ‘artistic territory’ (i.e. painting, printmaking, sculpture and/or textiles as a specialist or working across these areas in a hybrid manner, and/or possibly other approaches like installation, photography, video, sound, performance etc). You will continue with an experimental and materially based approach to making art work in a self-directed manner, displaying intellectual curiosity, a sense of adventure, an ability to deal with the unpredictable and significant independence. You will develop a substantial and sustained body of work for exhibition which displays a distinctive and personal artistic vision that is informed by a coherent understanding of the historic and contemporary critical context of the work. The module allows for different methodologies, but you will need to demonstrate:

  • Critical engagement in the development of processes, choice of materials and methods of production.
  • Imagination, ambition and commitment in the progression of ideas and the investigation of significant creative solutions which effectively manifest those ideas.
  • A clear awareness of the location of your working practice in relation to contemporary artists and relevant discourse.
  • Effective choices in the selection and editing of work for the Degree Show exhibition.

Studio based learning is by 1-1 or group tutorial, small group discussion and cross level peer group. There are visiting lectures most weeks who do a talk about their own work and offer tutorials to selected L5 & L6 students.

A series of 10 Careers sessions are included that offer general careers advice (i.e. creative jobs, CVs and job applications, and interviews etc) as well as more specific advice on ‘how to be an artist’ (i.e. approaching galleries, pricing, funding applications, networking & self-promotion, self-employment, sales meetings, business planning, hanging a show and making a good impression etc)   


International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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.

Critical & Cultural Theory modules: Integrate cultural & critical theory 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: Workshop 4

Professional practice: 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 .

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Interview Details, Portfolio Preparation and FAQs

We try to make your interview 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! 

Download the interview & portfolio advice booklet here.


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PORTFOLIO REVIEWS – for £15 per head we’re offering a half-hour 1-1 portfolio review with a member of the Fine Art interview team, plus an additional meeting/tour with a student ambassador to offer further insight into the interview process (i.e. what it was like for them) and the facilities here in artOne.

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You can book online at

Note that you need to pay before you get given a choice of dates! Once booked someone will then contact you to arrange a specific time. If you are concerned or confused you can email me on



I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically Fine Art interviews run from December – March. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance. If your availability for interview is limited then you are welcome to email the admissions team via; Fine Art staff will try to arrange a bespoke 1-1 interview that suits you.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

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You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here:

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails, you are welcome to email Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here:


Trip and material costs

UK gallery trips and additional materials vary by individual but can be in the region of £1,200 in total across the whole degree programme.

Fine Art shop

We stock a comprehensive range of materials for painters, sculptors, print makers and textile artists.

Opening Times (semester time only):
Monday 10am to 12pm​
Tuesday 10am to 12pm​
Wednesday 10am to 12pm​
Thursday 10am to 12pm​
Friday – CLOSED
Closed 21 December 2020 - 11 January 2021

We have a wide range of materials including oils, acrylics, mediums, brushes, paper, canvas, pencils, fabrics, threads plus moulding materials, metals and much more.

Vouchers are also available to buy for the shop - please go to the online store to buy these and they will be sent to you by post.

Please email for further information.


Arts in Chichester

Pallant House Gallery

Newly opened after a complete re-build and massive new collection of largely British Art from last 50 years (inc Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, Claes Oldenberg, etc). It has a very exciting programme of contemporary and historical art, and an established international reputation. 

Chichester Festival Theatre & Minerva Theatre

For both main stream theatre and experimental work, this internationally famous theatre has a terrific programme all year round. 

Chichester Cinema at New Park and International Film Festival

The Cinema at New Park shows independent international and mainstream films all year round. The Chichester International Film Festival, about to enter its' 12th Year, is renowned internationally and previews many films which go on to win awards and become major international successes. Some of our own students have contributed in the past. 


A group of contemporary artists based in Chichester, many of whom are graduates from the University of Chichester.

The Mill Studio

Established in 1993. The Mill Studio is a working studio run by professional artists which aims to acknowledge peoples potential as individuals rather than promote a house style. Enthusiasm and positivity are the only qualifications required.

OXMARKET Centre of Arts

Community arts centre situated in the centre of Chichester. 

Blues on the Farm

'Blues on the Farm', annual Chichester music festival

Goodwood Motor and Horse Racing

Runs events throughout the year. 

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