BA (Hons) Fine Art

BA (Hons) in Fine ArtModulesOur GraduatesEntry RequirementsFine Art at UCC

The BA (Hons) in Fine Art programme enables individuals to evolve a personal voice, acquire clarity of language and content, and establish a professional, creative identity and autonomy within fine art. Qualities of passion, conviction and integrity are intrinsic in challenging personal perspectives in response to the human, topographical and cultural.

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.

The theoretical aspect of the course has been inspiring and has solidified my understanding of the process of making and interpreting art. The large studio spaces provide the raw atmosphere required by artists.

BA (Hons) in Fine Art Modules offered:

Year One Compulsory Modules
Year One Optional Support Modules
Year Two Compulsory Modules
Year Two Pathway Support Modules
Year Three Modules (All modules are compulsory)

Amy Turnbull was awarded the annual Cuckoo Farm Studios Graduate Award which gives her free studio space for a year and a solo exhibition at The Minories art gallery. She also found employment as a part-time gallery assistant at the firstsite gallery shortly after graduation. Hannah Stageman recently completed a collaborative artist residency at Epping Forest which culminated in a successful public showcase of her research in Harlow. This is a healthy balance for her as she can practice and work in a professional arts organisation where she is also developing educational tools.

Charlotte Frost graduated in 2012 and was awarded a postgraduate place on the  Masters in Fine Art at Newcastle University.  She also was successful in her application for funding from Firstsite to support a collaborative residency in The Benham Gallery in Colchester, allowing her to develop her ideas in a large, professional context. She is currently supporting final year Fine Art students by mentoring as a volunteer and has assisted the development of a Professional Support Forum for current year 3 art students.

Career opportunities

This course will enable you to engage independently and professionally as an artist practitioner. The creative industries, in London alone, represent the third largest employment sector and the largest source of job growth, contributing one in every nine new jobs, such as, various positions in community arts, multimedia, exhibition, art gallery and museums, art therapy, scenic theatre, research, performance 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. Postgraduate study in related areas is another option. For further information about studying an MA in an Art and Design related subject, please visit

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.
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  • Colchester
  • Higher Education (Degree Level)
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
Award BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • Colchester
UCAS Code W191

Full-time: 3 years |
Part-time (ZH1BAFAP01): 6 years |
Part-time applications are made direct to University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute

Start Date September 2018
Course Validated By
  • University of Essex
Tuition Fees**
  • Honours Degree
    Full-time (3 years)
    £9,250 per annum
  • Honours Degree
    Part-time (6 years)
    £9,250 per annum


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