Start date
September 2020
Full Time: 3 years
Part time: 6 years
Tuition fees
Full Time: GBP 6900 per year
Part time: GBP 4400 per year
BA (Hons) Fine Art
About the course
The Fine Art Programme focuses on contemporary art and practice and theories that inform it. This is a studio-based programme that approaches art practice in an investigative and experimental way. The ethos is pluralistic in approach, enabling students to specialise or work across media in such areas as painting, sculpture / installation, printmaking, video, photography, performance / installation. The emphasis is on establishing a personal direction through both process and critique.

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.

BA (Hons) Fine Art programme is validated by University of Hertfordshire.
What makes the programme unique
Staff who teach on this course are themselves practicing professionals (fine art experts, curators, art-managers) at the cutting edge of their field and they bring their industry insights and experience directly into the teaching. Their knowledge, technique skills and enthusiasm help students to achieve impressive results in contemporary art learning. Tutors support students at all stages of project, teach them to argue with critics and to assess themselves.
The program encourages students to take a research-driven, experimental approach as part of their contemporary artistic practice. Students are constantly trying out innovative concepts in the field of contemporary art. They focusing on a specific techniques or synthesize them in areas such as painting, sculpture/installation, printmaking, video, photography, performance/ installation.
BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.
Students can consolidate their knowledge by participating in actual exhibition projects outside the School. Our students are able to act as curators of exhibitions held in places like: the Centre for Creative Industries (CCI) Fabrika, the Moscow Museum, the Garage Musuem of Contemporary Art (MCA), the ArtPlay Centre of Design, NIIDAR, the Agency, the 180 m2 project, WT4, as well as art spaces, such as the Soviet cinema, cafes and vintage shops.
The School regularly invites well-known Russian and foreign experts in the field of contemporary art. These meetings take place in a variety of formats — from one-off lectures and round tables to series of workshops with practical activities and tasks.
Each student is allocated a private workspace in one of our spacious art studios for the duration of their studies, where they can experiment with: painting, design, makeup, the creation of large and small structures, the construction of sets and costumes, and even street art. Upon consultation, larger or alternative working spaces can be allocated on a project-by-project basis. We believe that our students' imaginations should be allowed to run free — unrestricted by the constraints of physical space.
Our workshops provide all the necessary equipment for the application of manual artistic techniques such as: painting, sculpture, etching and silkscreen printing. In addition, students have access to the Centre of Modelling and Prototyping, which is equipped with a 3D printer and advanced equipment to work with metal, wood and plastic.
The course believes that students should be able to use any processes and technologies they feel their project work may require. Within the school our students have access to animation, sound, and video editing suites; photography studios and darkrooms; ceramics and printmaking facilities; large format digital printing equipment; as well as woodwork and metalwork workshops.
The Learning Resources Centre at BHSAD is the perfect place to study. It offers access to a broad range of specialist books and journals, DVDs, videos, slides, and all the electronic resources hosted by the University of Hertfordshire library including image and article databases, electronic books, and more.
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Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
The learning experience is focused through a series of short ‘themed’ projects that enable the gaining of skills in fundamental techniques and processes. Investigation into ‘colour’ and ‘sculptural techniques’ will help underpin intellectual understanding of materials and their properties through a series of workshops. 

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.

Core modules:

  • Fine Art Practice 1A
  • Fine Art Practice 1B
  • Fine Art in Context 1
  • Fine Art: Visions, Contexts, Languages (Critical and Cultural Studies)
Programme specification

Year 2: Modules
The second year of the programme will focus more on equipping the student with research skills that help to situate the developing practice within a wider cultural context. Continued workshop programmes will aid the acquisition of skills. Professional practice and career progression will also begin in year 2. The critical studies module will require the submission of 2 research papers of upto 2000 words each.

Core modules:

  • Fine Art Practice 2A
  • Fine Art Practice 2B
  • Fine Art in Context 2
  • Fine Art: Debates and Values (Critical and Cultural Studies)

Year 3: Modules
During their final year leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts students can study either in Moscow or in the UK depending on their choice.

Core Modules:

  • Fine Art Practice 3A
  • Fine Art Practice 3B
  • Fine Art Degree Essay (Critical and Cultural Studies)
Student works
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Elena Soboleva
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Ekaterina Murashova
Ekaterina Murashova Parallel situations
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Arina Efanova
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Maria Mednikova
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Elizaveta Filips
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Marina Androsovich
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How to apply
Entry exams
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- 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.
Required level of English
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation.

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.
Interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

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.

Admission requirements
How to enrol
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.
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
Tuition fees
Full-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.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects.

Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:

A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* 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.
How can I apply?
Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.
What is the language of delivery?
The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

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