Fine Art BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Walgrave
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 24/10/2018

Our Fine Art undergraduate course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to fine art across a range of disciplines, making use of our excellent resources for printmaking, painting, photography, digital arts, video and sculpture. You will build confidence with various media, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage our students to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course.

Course

Highlights

  • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.
  • Research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.
  • International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Opportunities Abroad

The course includes frequent international trips which have included destinations such as France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA. Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-50. European international trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities that relate to the programme you wish to study.

Course Details

You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates, encouraging the development of your creative and critical intelligence and showing you how to integrate innovative thinking with practical ability. You will be able to explore and question the nature of any given medium and/or hybrid practices and you will have the opportunity to explore art as an instrument for social change and a way of improving our society and culture. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery.

Read more…

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

Wayne Chisnall

Wayne graduated from the University of Northampton’s Fine Art degree in 1999.

Although renowned for his sculpture, Wayne is also a painter, print maker, photographer and illustrator.

His work has appeared in galleries around the world, and featured in magazines and on TV (including BBC2’s The Culture Show, Channel 4 News and 2008 film Scratch).

Read about Wayne’s experience on the course and after graduating.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Fine Art course can find careers in arts organisation, gallery management, exhibition curating, photography, journalism, teaching, art therapy, theatre, film and television or other roles that value creative thinking.

If you are interested in further study, you can also continue on to our Fine Art Postgraduate course or embark upon independent creative practice.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. If you have a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement you may be admitted onto year two or three of this course.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

Course Content

In your first year, you will explore a variety of technical and conceptual approaches to fine art, including painting, photography, digital imaging, video, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance. This is supported and underpinned by engaging with contemporary theory.

  • Social and Professional Practice (20 Credits)
    Module code: ART1032
    Core Module Y
  • Understanding the Visual (20 Credits)
    Module code: ART1012
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Media Practice (40 Credits)
    Module code: ART1013
    Core Module Y
  • Extended Studio Practice and Context (40 Credits)
    Module code: ART1033
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

 



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

Some of your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, but the Fine Art subject is also enriched through a spectrum of professional specialist spaces which we will be keeping at Avenue Campus. These include:

  • Fine Art New Media Space
  • Photographic Studio
  • Photographic Dark Room
  • Wood Workshop
  • Metal Workshop
  • Plaster and Resin Workshop
  • Etching Printroom
  • Screen Printing Room (including laser cutting)
  • The Drawing Lab (Drawing research space and life room)
  • Canvas Preparation Room
  • Bookable installation spaces
Reading List
  • Guilda Williams, How to Write about Contemporary Art
  • Julian Bell, What is Painting
  • Cornelia Bulter and Catherine de Zegher – Online: Drawing through the Twentieth Century
  • Paul Coldwell, Printmaking, A Contemporary Perspective
  • Antony Hudek, The Object, Documents of Contemporary Art

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Fine Art MA

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credits module.
Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credits module.
Foundation Study Framework: £6,300 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Additional Costs
The cost of materials for a Fine Art student is of an almost completely individual nature. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. Alternative or specialist materials can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with long haul trips such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000
Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme

Additional Costs
The cost of materials for a Fine Art student is of an almost completely individual nature. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. Alternative or specialist materials can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with long haul trips such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

The Foundation Framework programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Fine Art, the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA programme which includes a year of Foundation study. The Foundation Framework will help you develop the technical, creative and academic skills you need in order to successfully progress to the full award.

The Foundation Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by artists. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Fine Art modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).

Read more…


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 24/10/2018

  • Our Fine Art undergraduate course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to fine art across a range of disciplines, making use of our excellent resources for printmaking, painting, photography, digital arts, video and sculpture. You will build confidence with various media, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage our students to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.
    • Research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.
    • International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates, encouraging the development of your creative and critical intelligence and showing you how to integrate innovative thinking with practical ability. You will be able to explore and question the nature of any given medium and/or hybrid practices and you will have the opportunity to explore art as an instrument for social change and a way of improving our society and culture. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery.

    Read more…

    Additional

    Information

    Opportunities Abroad

    The course includes frequent international trips which have included destinations such as France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA. Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-50. European international trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities that relate to the programme you wish to study.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Wayne Chisnall

      Wayne graduated from the University of Northampton’s Fine Art degree in 1999.

      Although renowned for his sculpture, Wayne is also a painter, print maker, photographer and illustrator.

      His work has appeared in galleries around the world, and featured in magazines and on TV (including BBC2’s The Culture Show, Channel 4 News and 2008 film Scratch).

      Read about Wayne’s experience on the course and after graduating.

    • Career Opportunities

      Graduates of our Fine Art course can find careers in arts organisation, gallery management, exhibition curating, photography, journalism, teaching, art therapy, theatre, film and television or other roles that value creative thinking.

      If you are interested in further study, you can also continue on to our Fine Art Postgraduate course or embark upon independent creative practice.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.

    Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. If you have a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement you may be admitted onto year two or three of this course.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • In your first year, you will explore a variety of technical and conceptual approaches to fine art, including painting, photography, digital imaging, video, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance. This is supported and underpinned by engaging with contemporary theory.

    • Social and Professional Practice (20 Credits)
      Module code: ART1032
      Core Module Y
    • Understanding the Visual (20 Credits)
      Module code: ART1012
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Media Practice (40 Credits)
      Module code: ART1013
      Core Module Y
    • Extended Studio Practice and Context (40 Credits)
      Module code: ART1033
      Core Module Y
      • Guilda Williams, How to Write about Contemporary Art
      • Julian Bell, What is Painting
      • Cornelia Bulter and Catherine de Zegher – Online: Drawing through the Twentieth Century
      • Paul Coldwell, Printmaking, A Contemporary Perspective
      • Antony Hudek, The Object, Documents of Contemporary Art

    Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

     

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Fine Art MA

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credits module.
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credits module.
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,300 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Additional Costs
    The cost of materials for a Fine Art student is of an almost completely individual nature. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. Alternative or specialist materials can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with long haul trips such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,400 as part of a four year programme

    Additional Costs
    The cost of materials for a Fine Art student is of an almost completely individual nature. Traditional art materials can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art equipment such as paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and the shop is run by our Student Union. Alternative or specialist materials can be locally sourced from building suppliers and our many industry contacts in the region.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with long haul trips such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • The Foundation Framework programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Fine Art, the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA programme which includes a year of Foundation study. The Foundation Framework will help you develop the technical, creative and academic skills you need in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    The Foundation Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by artists. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Fine Art modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).

    Read more…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour