BA (Hons)

Fine Art

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  • UCAS code(s): W100
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2018 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

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Explore what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century, considering the role of contemporary art in modern society. Develop your artistic work across the full range of contemporary fine art media, including drawing, installation, painting, sculpture, performance, photography, film, video, sound, and print.

Nottingham is internationally recognised as a vibrant hub for new and emerging artists and artist-led initiatives, boasting a diverse and thriving network of galleries, art spaces and artist collectives. Benefit from our links with such organisations locally, nationally and internationally by working on collaborative projects and enhancing your professional practice.

You’ll have the opportunity to enter competitions and exhibit your work globally. Our Fine Art graduates have played a big role in the development of the artistic network in Nottingham – there is direct correlation with the amount of art projects going on in the city and our alumni – a reciprocal ecosystem that future students can benefit from.

Key features

  • NTU is leading arts provider and is ranked 8th in the UK for Art and Design (The Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Employability on this course is excellent, with 96% of students securing employment or further education within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
  • Experiment with different media before focusing on what is right for your own practice.
  • Work in our dedicated Fine Art studios and workshops, alongside students from all years.
  • Attend our Live Lecture Series, featuring national and international artists, creative practitioners and theorists.
  • Be inspired by Nottingham’s artistic community and creative places to visit, including Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Lakeside Arts.
  • Create connections with Nottingham’s wider art community through our alumni and staff network.
  • Benefit from our extensive links with festivals, art organisations and artists’ groups, nationally and internationally.
  • Take part in local and international exhibitions and events, such as the Tilburg project in the Netherlands and Kunstpodium T programme.
  • Go on optional study trips to destinations such as Berlin, New York, and Copenhagen.
  • Have the support of academic and technical staff who are practising artists in their own right.
  • Exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show with the opportunity to exhibit externally in local, national or international spaces.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Kayt Hughes, winner of the prestigious Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize in 2015.

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What you'll study

Throughout the course, you’ll complete just three modules. This allows you to experiment with a range of media and then specialise and develop in your own area of interest.

  • Year One

    Curiosity: Introducing Fine Art Practice (120 credit points)
    The emphasis is on developing self-directed study, beginning with a series of workshops to kick-start your practice and help you to settle into your studies, allowing you to meet staff and fellow students. Explore with a sense of curiosity, creating work quickly and developing your ideas into more focused, self-negotiated fine art practice.

    Deepen your awareness of the critical and professional contexts of fine art, and through project proposals and planning you’ll be introduced to the skills required for professional practice. Record and reflect on your work throughout the year to assemble a research portfolio.

  • Year Two

    Speculation: Developing Fine Art Practice (120 credit points)
    Continue to develop your art practice in a chosen medium or combination of media areas. You’ll work more independently than in Year One, selecting an appropriate work space and developing a studio culture that suits your practice. Seminars will provide opportunities for lively debate on your work and the contexts it relates to.

    The public project will help you to develop skills relating to professional practice, developing networks and contacts outside of the University. As in Year One, you’ll continue to document and reflect upon your work, assembling a research portfolio for assessment.

  • Final year

    Resolution: Final Practice and Reflection (120 credit points)
    You’ll work independently towards a deeper understanding and resolution of your own practice. Identify and critically apply the questions, problems, methods and processes that are uniquely appropriate to your practice. In this module, there is an emphasis on making and staging your work within a professional contemporary art context. At the end of the module, you’ll exhibit or platform your work in our final Degree Show.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Experiment with a range of different media and then focus on your individual interests.

How you’re taught

You’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • individual and group tutorials and presentations
  • year meetings
  • Context Talks and the Live Lecture programme
  • technical advice and workshops
  • visiting lecturer tutorials
  • studio lecturer tutorials (sign-ups)
  • career guidance
  • organised study trips
  • Degree Show guidance.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

In each module, your research portfolio evidences the ongoing documentation of work in development. Other assessment methods include exhibitions, presentations, seminars, and the submission of written and visual material.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

You’ll have the opportunity to go on a number of national and international trips during the course. Recent UK destinations have included Liverpool Biennial festival, Glasgow International festival, and various London galleries. International destinations have included New York, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

Exchange opportunities

The BA (Hons) Fine Art course within the School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world, including Massey University in New Zealand, China Academy of Art, and more. You can apply to go on exchange in Year Two for one semester.

A recent international masterclass programme has also given selected students the opportunity to work on a group project exhibiting in the Netherlands with students from across Europe.

Degree Show

In your final year you’ll exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU’s art and design courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).

Take part in exhibitions and professional events at NTU and galleries around the city.

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 96% of our students going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2016/17)

A high proportion of graduates stay in Nottingham to pursue artistic activities. Many go on to become artists or work in roles such as curators, teachers, gallerists, animators, musicians, community artists, photographers and filmmakers. Some go on to use the skills and experience they’ve gained to enter careers in journalism, media, photography, web design, interiors, landscape design, and education.

Successful and notable graduates from this course include:

  • film director Simon Ellis
  • painter Nigel Cooke
  • artist and illustrator Jon Burgerman
  • curators Hannah Conroy and Ashley Gallant
  • artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster
  • award-winning landscape designer Sarah Price
  • artist Mia Taylor
  • video artist Marianna Simnett
  • artist Rebecca Beinart
  • artist Yoko Hayashi
  • artist Trevor Woolery
  • sculptor David Batchelor.

Hear from our Fine Art alumni

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Links with the creative community

This course is set against the backdrop of Nottingham’s exceptionally strong contemporary art community. The city is internationally recognised as a centre of world-leading artistic innovation and creative business.

Over recent years, Nottingham has become a vibrant hub for new and emerging artists, boasting a diverse and thriving network of galleries, art spaces and artistled initiatives – many of which our graduates are involved with. A high volume of our graduating students choose to stay in Nottingham, developing career paths within the city’s art scene.

You’ll benefit from NTU’s wealth of contacts and links with regional and national art organisations, galleries, and collectives. Our Fine Art students have recently exhibited publicly at venues like Surface Gallery, Backlit, and One Thoresby Street, as well as other pop-up galleries in Nottingham and Internationally.

Our Live Lecture programme runs throughout all years of the course. It welcomes national and international artists, creative practitioners and theorists, including:

  • Susan Collis
  • Alex Farquharson
  • Jordan Baseman
  • Simon Callery
  • Mark Leckey
  • Bedwyr Williams
  • Harrison and Wood
  • Kevin Hunt
  • Sean Edwards
  • Jo Addison
  • Pil and Galia Kollectiv
  • Richard Wentworth.

Our Fine Art students have recently enjoyed success at high-profile competitions such as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize, Saatchi Gallery’s New Sensations and the ING Prize.

Professional practice and internship opportunities

You will be supported in undertaking work experience and collaborative working with external art organisations, galleries, and collectives. You’ll have access to:

  • a database containing contacts for potential work placements
  • collaborative opportunities for project development, exhibitions, and shows of work.

You will benefit from opportunities to collaborate on projects and exhibitions with a range of prestigious Nottingham institutions, including:

  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • New Art Exchange
  • Broadway Cinema
  • One Thoresby Street
  • Primary
  • Backlit
  • Surface Gallery
  • Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

Fine Art students at NTU also benefit from collaborative opportunities with our staff and technicians.

The Summer Lodge

After the summer term, all staff are invited back into the fine art studios for a ten-day period, together with recent graduates and guest artists, to make and share work. There are opportunities for students to assist professional artists and to participate in debate and discussions; during each year's Summer Lodge there is a day-long symposium on a theme related to artistic and research enquiry.

The Winter Lodge

Over the Christmas break the Fine Art team interrogate one another's artistic and / or research enquiry over a few days. The themes and issues arising from this work form the basis for both future projects and the contexts for talks over the spring term.

Competitions

Our Fine Art students enter competitions as available and relevant to their areas of practice. The main focus of this course is on developing collaborative relationships with external art organisations and practices.

Recent examples of competitions students have taken part in include the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize (Kayt Hughes won in 2015), Harbin International University Snow Sculpture competition, the Saatchi Gallery's New Sensations, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, and the ING Prize.

96% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2016/17)

Work in dedicated fine art studios, alongside students from other years of the course.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. You must, however, have a creative portfolio to present at interview. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. You must, however, have a creative portfolio to present at interview. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

You'll need a creative portfolio to apply for this course.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where invited, online work submission, interview, and portfolio.

If you are invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Fine Art interview and portfolio information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place – you've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for.

For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the international entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where applicable, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are resident in the UK and are invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Fine Art interview and portfolio information.

If you aren't resident in the UK, we'll ask you to make an online work submission. Download our BA (Hons) Fine Art work submission information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place – you've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for.

For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories;
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion, and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418