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Fine Art
Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Fine Art with Foundation Year

Full-time Art and design

Develop your own approach to fine art by challenging and exploring contemporary practices through a mixture of practice-based and theoretical modules.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A011
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop your skills as an artist in state-of-the-art studios and workshops.
  • Work with curators to exhibit your work and become part of the creative community.
  • Learn about contemporary art and culture from leading experts.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

This course develops artists and creative thinkers to attain practical skills while developing your critical and theoretical knowledge of fine art. In the studios, you'll explore and experiment through practice in a vibrant environment. We celebrate the breadth of possibilities contemporary art offers, supporting the development of the creative, critical and analytical skills needed for a range of professional art-related careers.

How you learn

This interdisciplinary course is based on your individual art practice in studios and workshops. Your work will be supported by the development of a theoretical and historical understanding of art. You'll also learn how to exhibit your work and develop relationships with industry professionals – preparing you for a fulfilling career in the arts. In the first ‘induction’ module you’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. In the second ‘project’ module you’ll be taught by tutors from the BA (Hons) course supported by foundation tutors.

You’ll learn through

  • practical workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • group and individual tutorials
  • exhibitions and presentations
  • study trips
  • independent study
  • demonstrations
  • applied industry (live) projects
  • Blackboard online learning portal 
  • presentations and feedback sessions
  • peer group activities

Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on.

Course leaders and tutors

Gary Simmonds
Gary Simmonds
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Creative Art Practice

I am Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Creative Art Practice

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years of the full course. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked in galleries with practising artists and in schools, while others have set up their own artist residency in Greece. You may also be able to work or study abroad – with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

Live projects

You'll have many opportunities to take part in live projects, including exhibitions and events in the public domain. In the second and third year of the full course, you’ll exhibit your work in a gallery, open to the public.

Field trips

We offer opportunities to go on study trips and visits in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips. These could include workshops, conferences or visits to practitioners’ studios, museums and special collections. You may further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. Recently the course has visited the Venice Biennale and Berlin. These trips are valuable for the experience of seeing work first-hand and understanding the professional world of contemporary fine art.

Networking opportunities

As our academic staff actively work in the professional art world, you can benefit from their connections and networks. You'll be able to attend regular guest lectures with leading artists, curators and thinkers. We have strong links with many local venues including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Site Gallery and artist-run studios and galleries such as Bloc Projects and S1, (some of which were set up by our graduates). These connections will help you gain experience by forging relationships and attending private views and events.


Future careers

This course prepares you for future study and careers in

  • art
  • curation
  • film direction
  • production
  • editing
  • set design
  • prop-making
  • novel writing
  • scriptwriting
  • art direction
  • animation
  • art therapy

Previous graduates who have become successful in their field includ

  • Martin Clark, director of Camden Arts Centre
  • Kid Acne, internationally renowned artist and illustrator
  • George Shaw, Turner Prize nominee 2011
  • Rosalind Nashashibi, Turner Prize nominee 2017
  • Nick Park, Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit
  • Hannah Duraid, The Great Escape Game entrepreneur
  • Dawn Shadforth, British music video and documentary director

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

You'll have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. You'll be based in a fully equipped and purpose-designed studio, with state-of-the-art facilities including

  • painting and sculpture facilities
  • dedicated TV, film and photography studios
  • industry-relevant hardware and software
  • performance spaces
  • a creative media centre
  • professional galleries
  • print, wood, metal and ceramic workshops
  • 3D printing

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles or Graphics). For example:

  • CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider either the International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media or Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Portfolio review

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of.

In light of the updated advice from the Government about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are not currently offering face to face portfolio reviews but are instead accepting portfolios through digital submission. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare to produce a strong portfolio.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundation Induction Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Context 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Art Practice One Credits: 100 Assessment: Practical

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Context 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Art Practice Two Credits: 100 Assessment: Coursework
Optional modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Exchange Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Practice 3 (Art & Critical Practice 3) Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ordinary Fine Art Studio Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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