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Undergraduate

Fine Art BA (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Fine Art BA (Hons)?

Learning from a diverse range of practicing 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.

Our Fine Art BA (Hons) course scored 92% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023.

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 focusses 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

    • 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.

      GCSEs
      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.

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 Course code Fee (UK)
Fee per module
Fee (international)
Fee per module
Sep 2024 Hardwick, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*
Sep 2025 Hardwick, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*

*The fee for this course and study option will vary depending on which modules are taken during each year of study. View our current fees

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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.

96% 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**

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Careers

Our Fine Art course provides opportunities for creativity and a range of exciting careers. Graduates are prepared for a range of roles, including Artist, Arts Manager, Creative Publisher/Designer, Art Therapist, and Gallery or Museum Curator. The course offers practical experience through placements, and previous students have completed placements at the National Portrait Gallery, Spike Island Bristol, Arnolfini, Drawing Room, White Cube Bermondsey and Cheltenham’s own Wilson Gallery.

A notable aspect of our program is the chance to study at the British School in Rome for a month, among the most prestigious art history and culture research academies, funded by the university. With valuable industry connections and practical experiences, UoG’s Fine Art graduates are well-prepared to succeed in the art world.

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.

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.

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.

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

"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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