BA (Hons) Fine ArtAll skills and knowledge, necessary to participate in and contribute to the expanding field of contemporary art
About the course
The programme is progressive in outlook, fostering openness to new learning and emergent forms of practice, giving students the perspective to place both themselves and their work in a broader global context.
The aim of the course is to direct the student towards independent study by encouraging a studio practice based on debate, collaboration, enquiry and risk taking. The programme is structured to generate a synthesis between practice and theory. Through the shared experience of generating, discussing and testing ideas, students establish an understanding of the creative process and theoretical issues that inform it. This understanding is facilitated by lectures, visiting artists, tutorials and group seminars.
With the help of Internationally trained teaching staff and practising artists whose expertise covers painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography and printmaking students will be encouraged to explore their contemporary context, respond to shifts in culture and reflect on their own positions as creative forces. There is a lively and diverse lecture programme where visual artists, poets, art critics and curators explain their practice to the whole student group, encouraging debate and exciting discussion.
On successful completion of the programme, students will typically have:
Knowledge and Understanding:
- How ideas, concerns and values are expressed and embodied through making.
- The ways in which cultural, historical and theoretical issues support and inform a broad range of recent and contemporary fine art.
- The ways in which contextual, historical, cultural and theoretical issues can be used as creative resources to develop and gain insight into students’ own practices.
- Where to contextually locate the student’s own practice alongside contemporary practitioners.
- Professional practice and visual arts career opportunities and how to effectively respond to them.
- Critically explore how art communicates through its associated languages by engaging fully with art practice.
- Recognise and reflect on cultural, intellectual and emotional relationship to content as embodied in practical work.
- Demonstrate critical reflection, including identifying appropriate questions for enquiry, formulating independent judgements, articulating reasoned arguments and responding to the critical views of others.
- Demonstrate the development of a thoughtful and questioning approach to practice and take on board the critical responses of others.
- Express and embody ideas, concerns and values through making.
- Fully explore the potential of communicating in imaginative and personally ambitious ways and explore new contexts, sites and methods for practice.
- Demonstrate relevant skills in selecting, exhibiting and installing studio practice with understanding of relation to audience/s.
- Demonstrate appropriate and competent use of media within studio practice and realise ideas through to a resolved outcome.
- Communicate ideas and information effectively in written and spoken English and visual forms, with due consideration for audiences, language use and academic referencing conventions.
- Work independently by setting goals, managing own learning, coordinating workloads, project planning and meeting deadlines in response to set briefs and self-initiated study.
- Demonstrate good studentship through engagement, collaboration and participation.
- Manage, research using a variety of resources to gather material, evaluate sources and experiences, document findings and develop an independent line of critical reasoning supported by evidence.
What makes the course unique?
What makes the course unique?
A SPACE FOR CREATIVE EXPERIMENTS
PARTICIPATION IN PRESTIGIOUS EXHIBITIONS
MEETINGS WITH EXPERTS IN THE FIELD
SPACIOUS ART STUDIOS
variety of techniques
think it. make it
A weekly lecture programme and 1-1 tutorials with staff and visiting practitioners will consolidate the understanding of artistic activity and further contextualise the individual position. ‘Series and sequence’ and ‘working in collaboration’ will allow the rolling forward of personal investigation into new realms, culminating in an essay of tutorial reports of 1500 words and an essay of research interests of 1500 words and an end of year show.
- Introduction to Fine Art Studio Practice
- Fine Art Studio Practice 1.1 L4
- Critical and Cultural Studies L4 A: Visual Arts
- Working in Collaboration L4 B
- Fine Art Studio Practice 1.2 L4
- Fine Art Studio Practice 2.1 L5
- Critical and Cultural Studies L5 B: Visual Arts
- Fine Art Studio Practice 2.2 L5
- Enterprise and Employability 2.2 L5 A
- Enterprise and Employability 2.3 L5 B
Degree Studio Work Development 3.1
The module requires students to identify personal strengths and interests and act on this knowledge to generate practical work and to begin to locate and evaluate this in relation to contemporary art practices. Students have the opportunity to test their ideas by presenting work to audiences, including visiting professionals, and to engage in debate and critical evaluation at group seminars and tutorials. Presentations by visiting professionals about how to manage your practice after graduation. Students are expected to work autonomously, exercise initiative and self-direction.
Degree Fine Art Studio Practice 3.2
The module requires students to identify personal strengths and interests and act on this knowledge to generate practical work with clarity of vision and ambition. Students have the opportunity to test their ideas by presenting practical work to audiences including visiting professionals and engage in debate and critical evaluation at group seminars and tutorials.
Students are also expected to utilise knowledge and understanding of a range of professional contexts for practice in relation to audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers, participants and co-creators in preparation for employment or postgraduate study. Extra-curricular activities and entrepreneurial endeavours relating to professional practice are encouraged.
The end of semester presentation of practical work is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to make work that engages the audience and reflects emerging debates in contemporary fine art. Students demonstrate skills in critical evaluation, selection and presentation together with the ability to collaborate effectively with others in the preparation for the final exhibition.
Critical and Cultural studies Degree Essay Report
The content of the module will be student-generated in that each student will bring their identified interests to the sessions. Studies on this module are characterised by an emphasis on independent learning but the student's research project will be supported through a programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and learning support materials which will enable students to negotiate an essay/technical report topic, frame their area of enquiry questions, locate the relevant sources, develop and apply critical skills to their area of interest. The assessed element of this module consists of a 6000 word essay.
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course.However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline.
Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.
Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Period of studyFull-time — 3 years
Tuition feesFull-time: GBP 6,650 / year *
Part-time: GBP 4,200 / year *
Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.
* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.
Required documents- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview
During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test.
English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.
If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.
Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.