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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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.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, 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.
Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
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.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awarding body: University of Essex
Students who complete the course successfully will receive a degree from the University of Essex. The agreement between the University Centre Colchester and the University of Essex is reviewed every five years and was last renewed in 2017.
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 practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-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.
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