BA (Hons) Fine Art

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme.

This dynamic studio-centred course will provide you with generous space and fantastic contact time with practicing artists and academics. Via integrated approaches to practice and theory, you will learn to develop a confident and independent sense of enquiry in relation to contemporary fine art and practice-led research.

The lecturing team is focused on developing you artistically, technically and holistically, in other words, as an all-round fine art practitioner.

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Your profile
You are an inquisitive, creative, critical and practical thinker. You have a desire to engage in theever-expanding field of contemporary fine art practice and enjoy making work in a studio environment that affords the free development of your ideas.

Your subject
Contemporary art practice is a broad and ever-evolving field and is an integral part of our culture. It involves making art that bears some form of relationship to the world you live in and requires the development and application of a wide range of attributes, including practical skills, aesthetic and ethical understanding, and an awareness of the way cultural, social and political contexts have a bearing on how your work is produced and experienced.

The BA (Hons) Fine Art at University Centre Colchester is a studio and workshop-based programme that will provide you with generous space and the support of practicing artists, to establish a confident and independent enquiry in contemporary fine art practice.

Innovative tutoring provides an integrated approach between art practice and theory, allowing you genuine opportunities for critical thinking and creative ownership of your progress.

This course is driven by independent enquiry, structured and supportive exposure, self-motivated practice and focused creative thought. Painting, printmaking and sculptural concerns are energised by drawing, lens and time based processes and imaginative use of media/materials supported by a critical theoretical framework.

Delivery is through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, theoretical and practical investigation, studio and workshop practice, exhibitions and field trips, and self directed study. Students will also have the chance to exhibit work in a public venue; this affords valuable professional experience, excellent networking opportunities and audience interaction.

Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6) Contextual Studies Portfolio Guidance Year One (Level 4) Graduate Award Scheme Pre-2020 Course Information

Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.

*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2020.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements for International Students:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

The creative industries generate £87.4bn a year for the UK economy, representing the third largest employment sector. It is currently the largest source of job growth, contributing one in every nine new jobs.

Your future
As your course progresses, you will increasingly research and explore possibilities for future professional work opportunities and roles in the creative industries or further, postgraduate study. You will graduate as a confident and knowledgeable individual, aware of how your practice contributes to the critical debate in your chosen field. Recent graduates have gone onto exhibit work at FREE RANGE in London, Europe’s largest graduate showcase, while others have gained gallery representation, exhibiting at Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, established their own artist-led projects (such as Art4U), or joined one of the many studio-based artist communities in the area, such as Cuckoo Farm, SPACE and Mother Studios. As a graduate, you can also progress onto teacher training or extend your research interests through other postgraduate level programmes in Fine Art or Contemporary Art Practice at institutions throughout the UK.

The holistic and flexible nature of the BA [Hons] in Fine Art course will enable you to engage independently and professionally as an artist practitioner within that sector. The course will provide you with opportunities to network and experience professional practice environments, with a module in the third year, Professional Development Planning, that is tailored to proactively researching and moving towards your chosen career path such as, community arts; multimedia production; gallery and museum work; art therapy; MA research and independent studio practice.

Course Progression

An MA in Art specialisms, or an MA in Arts Management or Administration. The educational sector can be accessed through a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Alumni Bulletin

BA (HONS) Fine Art

Contemporary art practice is a broad and ever-evolving field, and is an integral part of the creative industries, which generate £100bn a year for the UK economy. Fine art graduates possess highly transferable skills, specialist technical knowledge and an innovative approach which allows them to contribute right-across the industry. Art careers in the sector vary from working for global art institutions to community focused artist-led programs.

MEET: AMY TURNBULL

On graduating in 2011 Amy received the Cuckoo Farm Studios Graduate Award which included; studio space for a year, a bursary and a solo exhibition at The Minories Gallery. Amy still has a studio at Cuckoo Farm and is currently the chairperson.
Amy has exhibited her work in both London and Essex. On leaving Colchester School of Art Amy went onto work at Firstsite, while there she undertook many different roles including working in Artist Development and for the Essex Network of Artist Studios. Amy has also been a recipient of the Firstsite Collectors Group Bursary and the Essex Network of Artist’s Studios travel bursary, she has produced learning packs for Firstsite and has also had sculpture commissioned by Essex County Council.

Amy is one half of Stitch & Bitch a Colchester group, who meet once a month at the Colchester Maker Space. They are currently involved in a large exhibition project at Firstsite and will also be helping out with events ‘Snapping the Stiletto’ and The Sudbury Silk Festival.

Amy’s most recent work creates conversations, transitioning from high-fi to low-fi, disrupting our methods of communication, especially with social media as she reverts back to the analogue. It reflects anxiety, somewhere between communication and misunderstanding or a loss of connection.

www.amyturnbull.co.uk

MEET: JOE DANIELS

Joe Daniels is an Essex based artist who graduated from Colchester School of Art in 2017, where he studied Fine Art. He is currently training to be a teacher in further education.
Joe’s artistic practice involves the use of objects, printmaking and lighting which come together as immersive and interactive installations such as his degree show work titled ‘Romantic Boys Club’ which mimicked the men’s toilets within a typical Essex nightclub. He also works with digital compositions and animated gifs, typically commenting on issues of identity, consumerism, gender and growing up in Essex.

Since graduating Joe has been involved with a number of exhibitions including We: You, Me at Firstsite, Colchester and Manchester Contemporaries in 2017.

He also took the initiative to start up a platform for local emerging artists called ‘Art4u’ which started as an online sharing format but has since held an exhibition in September of 2018 at The Minories Gallery.

Joe was awarded Highly Commended Artist for Fe/Male exhibition, Air Gallery, Manchester, 2018 where he exhibited Condom Machine #1

Alumni Research Sites

BA (Hons) Fine Art Alumni Research

Hannah Stageman

https://www.hannahstageman.com/

Emma Theedom

https://www.emmatheedom.co.uk/

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.

When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Video Credit: www.noahcarter.co.uk

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BA (Hons) Fine Art - Full-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 Years
UCAS CodeW191
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £8,250 per year
Additional Cost Information

The School of Art provides access to a wide range of specialist equipment relevant to courses. However, many students prefer to have their own laptop, and students will need to provide some basic things, such of your own drawing equipment. There will be costs in terms of educational visits, field trips, external exhibitions of your work and the purchase of materials required whilst completing the programme. These vary from year to year. Please contact the Head of School for further details. The majority of materials used in timetabled workshop sessions will still be provided free of charge. However, when students develop ideas/outcomes during independent study time, or when they are relatively expensive, or when a student needs to use particularly large amounts of a material, they may need to buy or make a payment for them. The various workshop facilities keep a list of stock items and their respective costs, but please note that these lists are subject to change and the School may need to add other items as appropriate.

Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration6 Years
Course CodeZH1BAFAP01
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £4,125 per year
Additional Cost Information

The School of Art provides access to a wide range of specialist equipment relevant to courses. However, many students prefer to have their own laptop, and students will need to provide some basic things, such of your own drawing equipment. There will be costs in terms of educational visits, field trips, external exhibitions of your work and the purchase of materials required whilst completing the programme. These vary from year to year. Please contact the Head of School for further details. The majority of materials used in timetabled workshop sessions will still be provided free of charge. However, when students develop ideas/outcomes during independent study time, or when they are relatively expensive, or when a student needs to use particularly large amounts of a material, they may need to buy or make a payment for them. The various workshop facilities keep a list of stock items and their respective costs, but please note that these lists are subject to change and the School may need to add other items as appropriate.

Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
Year One (Level 4)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFAF4A /  DU1BAFAP4A Studio Module 4A: Introduction to Fine Art Process (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is intended to support students in developing their independent ability to apply a range of skills, knowledge and understanding with the use materials, processes and practices relevant to their discipline and personal interests.

What do I learn?

This is a practical, studio-based module.  Through a range of tutor-led workshops and studio-based activity, as well as tutorials, peer review and study visits, students engage with the essential skills, techniques, processes and visual language that create the foundations and basis for further research and exploration in relation to individually determined interests and ideas within the context of the discipline.

Typical of the holistic approach common to art and design courses, the work undertaken for this module exists in a symbiotic relationship with other workshop-based and contextual studies modules.  Collectively, they inform and support student aims, ambitions and the development of their creative identity and working methodologies.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

DU1BAFAF4B /  DU1BAFAP4B Studio Module 4B: Introduction to Fine Art Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through the development and production of a resolved body of art or design work, informed by theoretical and practical research and exploration.

What do I learn?

This is a practical, studio-based module that builds upon the work produced for studio module 4A.  Supported by a range of lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual crits, it provides the opportunity for students to practice and apply their skills and knowledge to the production of a sustained body of research and resolved practical work and to explore their own emerging interests in greater depth.

As part of that process, and within the context of their discipline, students will define an individual line of enquiry in relation to a brief or theme; engage in structured investigative and exploratory research; select and produce resolved practical outcomes.

What’s the assignment?

Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content and outcomes are evidenced through submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

DU1BAFAF4D / DU1BAFAP4D Introduction to Drawing (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is intended to support students in developing their knowledge, skills, understanding and application of the materials and fundamental principles of drawing alongside process-led approaches that will inform many aspects of their studio and workshop based studies.

What do I learn?

A studio-based practical module, designed to introduce materials, techniques and processes related to the act and language of drawing.

Through weekly workshop sessions, working from observed phenomena and conceptual information, students will explore contemporary approaches to drawing practice and develop or extend their practical experience and theoretical understanding through a broad range of exploratory drawing experiences.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio of drawing work, sketchbooks, related contextual research and written reflection.

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DU1BAFAF4E / DU1BAFAP4E Workshop module 1: Time-based and Digital Platforms (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is intended to support students in their introduction to time-based media and digital practices within the context of contemporary fine art. This will be undertaken via the formulation of their increase independence to explore and produce material outcomes in personal research interest, in appropriate workshops. Across the module they will demonstrate their ability to apply a range of skills, knowledge and understanding with the application of audio-visual equipment, editing processes and time-based practices relevant to their discipline.

What do I learn?

This is a studio-based practical module, designed to introduce technical, curatorial and other processes related to the production and potential of digital art.

Through weekly workshop sessions, working from observed phenomena and conceptual information, students will explore contemporary approaches to time-based practice and develop or extend their practical experience and theoretical understanding through a broad range of exploratory experiences across photography, performance, film and internet-based art.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio of digitally informed work, sketchbooks, related contextual research and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Year Two (Level 5)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFAF5A /  DU1BAFAP5A Studio Module 5A: Development of Fine Art Process (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop their independent cognitive, imaginative and problem solving capabilities through the refinement of their practical skills within the context of relevant historical and contemporary theory and practice.

What do I learn?

A studio-based, practical and practice led module that builds upon the knowledge and skills attained at level 4.

Supported by workshops, lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual crits, students broaden the practical and conceptual scope of their work, and further develop and refine their individual interests and ambitions through a more in-depth visual and conceptual exploration and experimentation and more detailed analytical and evaluative research that considers their work within an appropriate contextual framework.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

Want to know more?

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DU1BAFAF5B /  DU1BAFAP5B Studio Module 4B: Development of Fine Art Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their various skills, knowledge and understanding to the production of a resolved body of art or design work, informed by theoretical and practical research and exploration, cognisant of relevant contemporary and historical contexts and the relationship between their work and audiences, clients or consumers.

What do I learn?

A studio-based, practical and practice led module supported by lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual crits.  Based upon their learning experience and reflection on the outcomes from Studio Module 5A, students apply that experience to new projects or the further development of ongoing work.

In what is by now a familiar holistic fashion, they are required to extend the breadth and depth of theoretical and practical enquiry, apply analytical and evaluative skills and strengthen their academic competence and learning in order to sustain an independent and coherent artistic practice.

What’s the assignment?

Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content and outcomes will be a refined body of practical work that demonstrates the development of a personal direction in their discipline that is fully supported by primary and secondary research material.

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DU1BAFAF5E / DU1BAFAP5E Workshop module 2: Sculptural Processes & Practice (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will introduce students to the visual language of sculpture and a suitable range of materials and practical concerns related to and informed by contemporary and historical sculptural practice. Alongside introduction and induction into the various tools, materials, processes, techniques and safe working practices, there will be an emphasis on the generation and development of individual ideas through the exploration of materials and technique.

This module will support students in developing their knowledge, skills, understanding and application of the materials and fundamental principles of appropriate sculptural processes alongside process-led approaches that will inform many aspects of their studio and workshop-based studies.  The Sculptural Processes & Practices module will support their ability to make informed decisions to appropriately realise three-dimensional works.

What do I learn?

This is a studio and workshop-based practical module, designed to introduce materials, techniques and processes related sculpture within the context of fine art practice.

Through weekly workshop sessions, working from observed phenomena and conceptual information, students will explore contemporary approaches to a specialist range of sculptural based practices and develop or extend their practical experience and theoretical understanding through a broad range of exploratory experiences involving wood, metal and ceramic based sculptural processes.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes are evidenced through the submission of a portfolio of practical work, sketchbooks, related contextual research and written reflection.

Want to know more?

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Year Three (Level 6)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFAF6A /  DU1BAFAP6A Studio Module 6A: Refinement of Fine Art Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to prepare themselves for entering professional practice, independently planning, researching and developing proposals for a body of art and design work for public exhibition.

What do I learn?

A studio-based practical and practice led module supported by lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual critiques.

Through rigorous and systematic self-directed research and exploration, using established techniques of analysis and enquiry, students undertake a further critical, contextual and practical examination of their work in relation to concepts and theories that are relevant to the discipline and their practice.

What’s the assignment?

The desired outcome for this module will be an ambitious and challenging body of work, produced to a professional standard and underpinned by rigorous research and development. It should also demonstrate their ability to create a synthesis between ideas or concepts and the materials, processes and forms employed.

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DU1BAFAF6B /  DU1BAFAP6B Studio Module 6B: Professional Fine Art Practice (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

For student to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and abilities they have developed throughout their studies through the production of a body of art or design work that is ambitious, rigorous, refined and resolved, independently produced, and presented or exhibited to a suitably professional standard.

What do I learn?

This is an FMP or ‘capstone’, studio-based, practice orientated module supported by lectures, seminars, study visits, peer review, group and individual critiques.

This module requires students to produce a major body of work for assessment and public exhibition or presentation that represents the culmination and synthesis of their acquired learning, understanding, knowledge and skills.

What’s the assignment?

At the end of the module, students will apply professional standards of preparation and presentation to the public exhibition or presentation of their work to a level that is suitable for display either on campus or in external venues.

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Contextual Studies

Year One: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF4C / DU1BAFTP4C / DU1BAADF4C / DU1BAADP4C / DU1BAFAF4C / DU1BAFAP4C /  DU1BAPHF4C / DU1BAPHP4C

Study Skills with Contextual Studies: Histories, Theories and Contemporary Scenes (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop an understanding and awareness of the essential requirements of academic study at degree level and to gain practice in applying them through the study of historical and contemporary contexts relevant to their discipline.

What do I learn?

Through lectures, tutorials, seminars and study visits, this module provides a firm grounding in key elements of higher education study to support students in forming transferable skills relevant to all modules studied, whilst also providing a firm grounding in contextual historical and contemporary practices and theories of art and design.

This will typically involve sessions on research strategies; presentation skills; time management; critical thinking skills for effective reflection on learning; developing appropriate practice in academic writing and verbal communication.  This is carried out alongside introductions to a range of histories, cultures, theories, subjects and contexts that have a bearing on the conception, production and consumption of historical and contemporary art and design.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through written submission and oral presentation.

Want to know more?

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Year Two: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF5C / DU1BAFTP5C / DU1BAADF5C / DU1BAADP5C / DU1BAFAF5C / DU1BAFAP5C /  DU1BAPHF5C / DU1BAPHP5C 

Critical Studies – Theoretical and Contextual Framing (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop their knowledge of contemporary practice in their discipline and to consider and articulate their own position in relation to it.

What do I learn?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practices and histories introduced in the Contextual Studies module at Level 4.

Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, study visits and independent study, students will examine further the relationship between art and design practice and theory, in order to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary theories of art.

What’s the assignment?

The outcome of their studies will inform their studio work and be evidenced through written submission and oral presentation.

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Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF5D / DU1BAFTP5D / DU1BAADF5D / DU1BAADP5D / DU1BAFAF5D / DU1BAFAP5D /  DU1BAPHF5D / DU1BAPHP5D

Personal Development Planning (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

For students to develop their abilities in reflective evaluation of their own progress; to identify potential future goals and determine what steps or changes they need to make to ensure their skills and expertise are equipping them for further study and supporting the achievement of these goals.

What do I learn?

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and study visits. Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content.  The module serves as a bridge between the more study orientated (Level 4) Study Skills and Contextual Studies and the post-graduation, employment-facing (Level 6) Professional Development Planning module delivered in the final year.

The modules purpose is to provide a focus for students to consider how the skills and expertise they are developing are equipping them for their ongoing studies, the wider world and professional practice in their discipline.  They will be required to reflect critically on their experience to date, assess their strengths and abilities and determine what that means in terms of managing their ongoing studies and consider how they might impact upon future plans and where improvements or changes are needed in order to achieve those goals.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes for this module are evidenced through written submissions, blogs and oral presentation.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Year Three: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF6C / DU1BAFTP6C / DU1BAADF6C / DU1BAADP6C / DU1BAFAF6C / DU1BAFAP6C /  DU1BAPHF6C / DU1BAPHP6C 

Research Topic: Relating your Practice (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to gain a detailed understanding of a particular aspect of their discipline through detailed and focussed research and written communication.

What do I learn?

This is a research-based module, requiring students to prepare and submit a 3,500-word essay or report on a topic that bears a specific relevance to their main studio practice.  Delivery will be through an introductory presentation on the module and its requirements, followed by group and individual tutorials to support student’s development of their proposals and ongoing research.

What’s the assignment?

Submissions for assessment will be in the form of a written proposal and a written essay submission.

Want to know more?

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Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF6D / DU1BAFTP6D / DU1BAADF6D / DU1BAADP6D / DU1BAFAF6D / DU1BAFAP6D /  DU1BAPHF6D / DU1BAPHP6D 

Professional Development Planning (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this is for students to prepare for pursuing their professional goals and aspirations by engaging in research and planning.

What do I learn?

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and study visits.

Students will be required to engage in reflective planning and documenting of professional development goals in relation to their personal interests and practice and although this is delivered and assessed as a separate module, students are encouraged to consider it as an integral part of their development as a creative practitioner.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes for this module are evidenced through written submissions, blogs and oral presentation.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Portfolio Guidance

All applicants onto the BA in Fine Art course are invited to a formal interview. A major part of the interview process is the presentation of a portfolio of work, demonstrating your previous and current creative interests. This will allow you the opportunity to select a collection of your endeavours and show us your achievements to date.

What Is A Portfolio?

A art portfolio is a collection of creative documents, which are collated together. They act as a visual reference to highlight your creative journey.

Why Does The Interview Require A Portfolio?

The portfolio is the best way for you to demonstrate your current art interests to an audience. It provides the interviewers with a clear understanding of the way you work, how you use materials and helps us assess your suitability for the Fine Art course.

We would recommend:​

> Examples of Research.

> Current Work [even if unfinished]

> Independent Work [produced outside of a qualification]

> Sketchbooks [important in showing your idea development]

> Written Work [Essays etc.]

​And a range of artwork, which could include:

> Drawing & Painting

> Printmaking

> Video, Film, Audio Recordings

> Performance

> Installation

> Photography

> Textiles

> 3D Design | Sculpture

> Graphic Communication

> Digital Imagery

What If I Have Digital Work Such As Film, Animation Or Video?

If you have digital work which you would like to include, we would suggest transferring any files onto a USB and bringing this with you. During the interview process there will be the opportunity to show these works via a monitor.

How Do I Present My Portfolio?

There is no set requirement or size of portfolio. Whatever is suitable to present the work.

But we suggest:

Keep it simple and organised.

Be practical – what you can carry. 

> Just bring your best work.

> Bring photographic imagery of large sculptures etc.

> 1 or 2 Small 3-D works are fine.

> Start and end with strong work.

> Have an order – i.e. chronological or grouped projects.

> Be able to talk about the work you have selected.

Year One (Level 4)

UCCFineArt.com is a digital research space.

The research space intends to theorise, test and consider the increased focus in digital production and curation in contemporary fine art practice.

The developing output will form a programme of collaborative, temporary, formal and solo research practice projects by students, staff and invited artists.

https://www.uccfineart.com/

Graduate Award Scheme

The annual Graduate Award Scheme supports the progression and development of a graduating student from the School of Art. The scheme is aimed at providing a fantastic opportunity to an individual looking to jump start their creative career, becoming part of Colchester’s vibrant creative community , and based at one of the largest artist studios in the South East.

The Graduate Award Scheme is a partnership between Colchester Art Society, Cuckoo Farm Studios and Colchester School of Art.

The selected School of Art graduate receives:

  •  A multipurpose studio at Cuckoo Farm Studio for one year
  • £1000 bursary from Colchester Art Society
  • One year Colchester Art Society membership
  • Solo exhibition at The Minories.
  • Annual exhibiting opportunities.
  • Mentoring and Networking opportunities to support a viable practice.

Video Credit: Noah Carter Studio

Pre-2020 Course Information

This programme was previously validated by the University of Essex as BA (Hons) Fine Art. Students who commenced study on the course prior to September 2020 will complete modules approved by the University of Essex and upon successful completion will be awarded a University of Essex validated degree.

Please find below a list of modules for each year of the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme.

Year 1

Module Code and Title:

BAFA01C Introduction to Fine Art Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is a studio and workshop-based module in the first semester, designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore a range of materials, key concepts and research skills embedded in Contemporary Fine Art Practice.

What do I learn?

You will be learning and refining a range of practice-led, studio and workshop based skills and processes. Through practical and theoretical exploration you will develop the skills and knowledge to critically select appropriate materials and techniques in relation to your personal research interests.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research and Development [60%], which includes all sketchbooks, artist research & practical tests, and Material Outcomes [40%], which is a studio exhibition of the work you have produced and a 500-word Critical Appraisal of your performance throughout the semester.

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BAFA02C Introduction to Study Skills and Personal Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module introduces you to the Higher Education learning environment.

It will equip you with the skills to reflect on your learning and experience as a student.

What do I learn?

  • Appreciation and understanding of the requirements of a HE learning environment
  • Identifying, recording and practicing the skills required to be successful in your studies
  • The ability to record and reflect upon the development of your learning

What’s the assignment?

A 10-minute audio-visual presentation to your peer group, a reflective online journal, and a 1,500-word report on your learning experience.

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BAFA03C Exploration of Fine Art Practice (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a studio-based module in the second semester. It is an opportunity for you to define an individual line of enquiry in Fine Art practice through the selection and application of combined processes, materials and techniques based on your developing interests and practice.

What do I learn?

From your participation in critical analysis workshops, including individual and group tutorials, you will increase your practical skills, critical awareness and ability to determine the direction you wish your work to take.  This will allow you to refine your work and provide you with increased confidence in developing and reflecting on your practice.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research and Development [60%], which includes all sketchbooks, artist research & practical tests, and Material Outcomes [40%], which is a studio exhibition of the work you have produced and a 500-word Critical Appraisal of your performance throughout the semester.

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BAFA04C Critical and Contextual Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

A range of lectures and seminars, running throughout the academic year, on the history and development of art and design practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn about the social, economic, political, industrial, technical and environmental contexts within which art, design & craft are conceived and produced.  You will also develop your communication, research and analytical skills and your ability to write coherently and present your ideas to an audience.

What’s the assignment?

You are asked to give a 10-minute presentation and submit an illustrated essay or report (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAFA06C Introduction to Fine Art Sculptural Processes (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a workshop-based module that focuses on the practical business of processing, manipulating and combining materials associated with 3D and sculptural processes and techniques.

What do I learn?

In this module, you will learn about a range of materials. This will involve using the Ceramics/Sculpture and WMP Workshops (Wood, Metal and Plastics).   You will develop your knowledge of contemporary sculptural practices, as well as reflecting on and using the skills and knowledge acquired in relation to your studio work.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Written & Illustrated File [20%] which is all contextual research material on other artists work and your reflective writing about it, and Material Outcomes [80%], which is your portfolio of 3D works, sketchbooks and a 500-word Critical Appraisal of your work.

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BAFA07C Introduction to Drawing Processes (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a practice-based module that supports the developmental work being done in your main studio modules, enabling you to effectively employ a range of drawing approaches and processes.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to a variety of drawing materials, techniques and processes.  This will include building an understanding of the principles underlying different approaches to drawing, developing your mark-making and drawing skills, and acquiring a deeper understanding of contextual and conceptual elements of historical and contemporary practices.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Written & Illustrated File [20%], which is all contextual research material on other artists’ work and your reflective writing about it, and Material Outcomes [80%], which is your portfolio of drawing works, sketchbooks and a 500-word Critical Appraisal of your work.

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BAFA37C Introduction to Digital Imaging and Manipulation (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

While you are learning basic technical skills with analogue equipment and processes in the studio module, this support module will be equipping you with complementary skills in digital imaging and, in particular, with image-editing and digital manipulation.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to the industry-standard software package, Adobe Photoshop, and guided through a wide range of techniques and processes that are commonly used to edit digital images in differing commercial applications.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a portfolio of digitally manipulated images that demonstrate a range of different techniques. The portfolio will be supported by appropriate visual research and the preparatory work used in developing your ideas for the images, and a record of the various editing techniques you’ve used and your analysis of how successful they’ve been.

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Year 2

Module Code and Title:

BAFA01I Development of Fine Art Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module focusses on the development of an appropriate working methodology which encourages you to explore your own personal research interests in the production of a body of practical work.

What do I learn?

You will learn about methodologies used in artistic production and this will help you to identify suitable ways of working that are innovative, technically sound and appropriately framed within the context of your aims and interests.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research & Development [40%], which includes sketchbooks, contextual research & practical tests, and Material Outcomes [60%], which includes a studio or external exhibition of your work and a 1,000-word Critical Appraisal.

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BAFA02I Personal Development Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about independently assessing and reflecting on your learning so far and considering your plans for the future, identifying the skills you have already learned and where you might need to apply yourself more in order to achieve those goals.

What do I learn?

You will develop your independence in applying study skills, which will help you in your studies and career, such as identifying and assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, planning and organising developmental needs and making reflective and critical judgments.

What’s the assignment?

You will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on an agreed career development proposal and submit a 2,000-word Reflective Report and online illustrated journal.

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BAFA03I Investigation of Fine Art Practice (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module encourages you to critically consider your key areas of research and practical investigation.  It allows for refinement and further review of your evolving studio practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn to rationalise your Fine Art practice, to consider its effectiveness in presenting your research interests and to refine the technical details of its production. Additional aspects of your study will include an evolving awareness of contemporary curatorial practice and presentation.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research & Development [40%], which includes sketchbooks, contextual research & practical tests, and Material Outcomes [60%], which includes a studio or external exhibition and 1000-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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BAFA041 Developmental Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practice introduced in the Critical and Contextual Studies module at Level 4. It will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary theories of art and help you to examine them in relation to your own practice and interests.

What do I learn?

You will learn about contemporary and historical ideas and debates within your subject, and further enhance your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and spoken form.

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation, and an illustrated essay or report (3,000 words) on a research topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAFA06I Fine Art Photo Media Practices (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module focusses on the development of a creative approach to film-based, digital, and alternative photographic processes. You will investigate different forms of presentation for both still and time-based imagery within a Fine Art context.

What do I learn?

Through a range of workshop sessions you will practice and develop your awareness of a range of photographic technologies and processes. You will also study the work of relevant historical and contemporary artists, and a highly personal approach to image making will be encouraged alongside the acquisition of practical skills.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research & Development [40%], which includes a technical processes logbook and contextual research on other artists, and Material Outcomes [60%], which includes a practical ‘sketchbook’ of photographic exploration, final photographic outcomes and a 500-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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BAFA07I Development of Drawing Processes (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module aims to encourage the development of a personal creative approach to drawing. You will be encouraged to explore conceptual and unorthodox approaches to drawing and mark-making and broaden your understanding of the role drawing can play in your studio practice.

What do I learn?

Through studio-based workshops and tutorials you will develop your skills and ideas via a range of approaches, materials and processes that will typically include observational and analytical drawing, image manipulation and media experimentation. You will also work on your ability to explore, analyse and manipulate imagery, and adopt experimental approaches to the practice and process of drawing and mark making.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research & Development [40%], which includes all contextual research on other artists, and Material Outcomes [60%], which includes a portfolio of drawing work and a 500-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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Year 3

Module Code and Title:

BAFA01H Refinement of Fine Art Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will give you the opportunity to focus on the independent development of your studio-based practice and engage in in-depth investigation of a coherent, self-identified concept.  The work you undertake and produce for this module will also serve as a precursor to the work produced for the Professional Fine Art Practice module [Degree Show].

What do I learn?

With tutorial support you will acquire the confidence to take informed risks, be ambitious and effectively test your practical work and ideas. This will help you to refine your practice by making informed decisions on how to create effectively synthesised work that is technically and conceptually ambitious.

What’s the assignment?

There is one element to submit: Coursework [100%], which includes sketchbooks, artist research, practical tests, a studio or external exhibition, and a 1,000-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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BAFA02H Professional Development Planning (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about supporting your preparation for professional progression, by providing a forum for you to reflect on your role as an artist or designer and consider what professional practice or research interests you might pursue following graduation.

What do I learn?

This module will provide an understanding and awareness of the varied and eclectic avenues available to you as an Art and Design graduate. Professional development workshops & visiting lecturers will provide you with practical guidance on working in the creative industries.

What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: an Audio-Visual Presentation [20%] which identifies your postgraduate goals, an Illustrated Blog [40%], with documentation of your research (e.g. CV, funding streams, work and exhibiting opportunities), and an Exhibition Presentation [40%], based on the exhibition of work you present at the end of your final year.

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BAFA03H Professional Fine Art Practice (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will be the culmination of your studio-based practice on the course.  You will apply professional standards of preparation and presentation to the public exhibition or presentation of your work to a level that is suitable for display either on campus or in external venues.

What do I learn?

Through practical exploration and critical dialogue with tutors and peers, you will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the professionalization of your Fine Art practice, exploring contemporary curatorial practice and theoretical research. This should result in a rigorous, independently produced, and substantial body of work that is ambitious, refined and conceptually synthesized and to an appropriate professional standard.

What’s the assignment?

There is one element to submit. This is your Coursework [100%], which includes sketchbooks, artist research, practical tests, resolved practical outcomes and a 1,000-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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BAFA04H Dissertation (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will be using your academic and writing skills to engage with in-depth exploration, research and investigation of a subject related to your main studio practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn to plan and write a dissertation that demonstrates logical and consistent structure and fulfils the requirements and standards for academic writing.

What’s the assignment?

There are two assignments to be submitted. Firstly, you will produce a 500-word dissertation proposal to provide a summarised overview of the subject. You will then produce a 6,000-word illustrated dissertation on your chosen subject.

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