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Fine Art

BA (Hons)

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What is Fine Art BA (Hons)?

Working in our dedicated studios and 3D workshops, you’ll develop a broad range of technical and practical artistic skills. These include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital technologies, photography, video, performance, text and sound.

You’ll 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.

You’ll get the chance to showcase your work at exhibitions and visit international galleries in Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna, with the opportunity to spend a month in one of Rome’s prestigious culture research academies.

Study style

Learning from a diverse range of practicing artists and published authors, you’ll graduate with an extensive portfolio of creative achievements. This will allow you to progress into postgraduate study or a professional career in art.

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Entry requirements

    • Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

      You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

      Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

      Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Hardwick, Cheltenham W100 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Hardwick, Cheltenham W100

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Artist
  • Arts Manager
  • Creative Publisher/Designer
  • Art Therapist
  • Gallery or Museum Curator.

Industry links

Our previous 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.

We have strong links with the British School in Rome and you’ll get the chance to study there for a month, among the most prestigious art history and culture research academies, funded by the university.

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.

Two women looking at a large piece of artwork in a gallery space

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.

Student sketching a female with a coal pencil

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.

A woman looking at a piece of art (a small room) within a gallery setting

Trips and experiences

You’ll get to 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.

You’ll 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 €5,000 prize.

Placements

As part of your course you can gain  valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration  – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location  – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support  – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

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

“I learnt a lot 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.”

Jodie Downes, Fine Art student

Students work from the Fine Art postgraduate course

"We keep all the possibilities open and work with students to widen their creativity."

“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.”

Jack Southern, Academic Course Leader for Fine Art

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