Fine Art (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography, Cheltenham

Explore different mediums, showcase your work at exhibitions and visit international galleries.

Hardwick art studio

National and international travel opportunities

Hardwick art studio
Hardwick art studio

Develop your full creative potential and individual artist's signature. Allow your ideas to drive your choice of medium and be inspired by trips to international galleries. Past trips include Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna, with the opportunity to spend a month in one of Rome’s prestigious culture research academies.

Learning from a diverse range of practicing artists and published authors, you will graduate with an extensive portfolio of creative achievements. This will allow you to progress into postgraduate study or a professional career in art. With national and international exhibition opportunities, you’ll gain exposure. Showcase at our own degree show, attended by thousands of visitors, before it tours to London.

Working in our dedicated studios and 3D workshops, you will develop a broad range of technical and practical artistic skills. These include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital technologies, photography, video, performance, text and sound. From your first year, there are opportunities to work on collaborative projects and visit national and international galleries across Europe. In your second year, you can apply for a number of travel awards and win the opportunity to spend a month at the British School in Rome. In your third-year, you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your degree show in London, as well as sell your work at an exhibition in Amsterdam, where you can win a €5000 prize and gain international recognition.

Study style

You will explore the practical and conceptual possibilities of a range of different forms and media. These include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture/installation, 2D image-making, photography, video, performance, text and sound. You'll be assessed through studio coursework with some theory assignments.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW100


  • Artist
  • Arts management
  • Creative publishing and design
  • Art therapist
  • Gallery or museum curator

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Student Focus

Jodie Downes

I worked for one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, White Cube.

I learnt alot on my degree. I did work experience for artist Andrew Bick in London and at Gloucester Guild Hall. These experiences helped me get an internship at White Cube. The studios at Hardwick are amazing. My final piece was a sculpture video installation where I created art using everyday items like jugs. Our lecturers were great and we had a lot of one-on-one time with them. We visited galleries and exhibitions in London and went on a study trip to Prague.

Industry links

Students have completed exciting placements at the National Portrait Gallery, Spike Island Bristol, Arnolfini, Drawing Room, White Cube Bermondsey and Cheltenham's own Wilson Gallery. Links with the British School in Rome mean you could win the chance to study there for a month, among the most prestigious art history and culture research academies, funded by the university.

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Staff Profile

Jack Southern

“I am a practising artist with a studio in East London, I’ve had two books published, I curate and I write, and I bring those influences back to my students. Everything is a two-way process: our students go out and become part of the creative community, and high-level artists come and sit with students to discuss their work and creative identities. We keep all the possibilities open and work with students to widen their creativity, but always make sure that their work relates back to the wider world.”

Barcelona artwork

National and international travel opportunities

Work on international collaborative projects and visit national and European galleries. Past trips include Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna and you could win the opportunity to spend a month at the British School in Rome.

Hardwick Gallery. Lorraine Robbins and Soozy Roberts Perky and Pinky exhibition

Showcase your work at exhibitions

Gain exposure through local, national and international exhibition opportunities. Exhibit at our own degree show in both Cheltenham and London, and sell your work in Amsterdam, with the chance to win a €5000 prize.

Jack Southern, fine art course leader

Learn from practicing artists and published authors

Develop your full creative potential and individual artist's signature, supported by practicing artists who will help you express your ideas and refine your technique.

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