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Fine Art

BA (Hons)
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Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Hardwick, Cheltenham

Course overview

Learning from a diverse range of practising artists, you’ll graduate with an extensive portfolio of creative and practical achievements. Being part of our collaborative community will allow you to progress into postgraduate study or a professional career in a range of creative practices.

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.

In our creative community, you’ll explore the practical and conceptual possibilities of a range of different forms and media. We do this together through four distinct ways of making and thinking: Drawing, Proactivity, Studio and Curiosity. Through these, the course develops entrepreneurial and inventive creative practitioners.

Our community focuses on collaboration and fun, and we have placement opportunities in therapeutic practices, education, artists’ studios, theatre, galleries, and museums.

You’ll get the chance to showcase your work in exhibitions and visit galleries through our international trips. In your first year you’ll enjoy a residential, working and living together with professional artists on an annual landscape residency.

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This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

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Entry requirements

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    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

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

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Hardwick, Cheltenham W100 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Hardwick, Cheltenham W100 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Hardwick, Cheltenham W100 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Emphasising both traditional methods and contemporary practices, our curriculum prepares students for creative working lives, integrating innovative art pedagogy and entrepreneurship.

All our Fine Art students participate in a work placement in their second year. We have placements available in a wide range of creative careers, including art therapy and prescription, education, artists’ studios, theatre and film, museums and galleries.

Work placements

All second-year students have the opportunity of carrying out a work placement suited to their interests and career aspirations.

We offer placements in a wide range of creative areas, giving you the chance to gain valuable real-world experience and build professional networks.

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Studio teaching

The studio is the cornerstone of our approach in Fine Art. Exclusively practice-based, the course immerses students in large, well-lit studios and workshops, fostering creativity and exploration.

Our staff, all practising artists, bring their expertise and research into the studio, enriching the learning experience. With a focus on collaborative learning, students explore their creativity through hands-on making.

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Trips and residencies

Our Fine Art students are curious, and research focused. Our course offers many opportunities for encountering and experiencing culture and places.

We run regular international trips – recent destinations include Rome, Lisbon, Prague and Venice.

All our first-year students take part in a landscape residency, working on projects with professional artists.

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Visiting artists

As well as being taught by our team of practising artists, we invite artists, curators and performers to visit our programme and work with students on live projects and seminars.

We work closely with our network of partners to provide our students with collaborative and valuable experiences of creative practice which help them develop sustainable ways of working for the future.

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