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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Fine Art with Foundation Year

Course full
Full-time Art and design

Gain a degree in fine art, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

This course is now full for 2019

Sorry, there are no places left on this course starting in 2019.

Please see our other undergraduate courses with places available.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A011
When do I start? September 2019

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to the full degree.
  • Develop important art and design skills from the very first day.
  • Experiment with a variety of techniques and materials.
  • Undertake applied projects and explore different ways of working.

This foundation year has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation in art and design. You’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. After completing your foundation, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need for full honours degree study, and progress directly onto the BA Fine Art course.

How you learn

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA/BSc Fine Art course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other art and design foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

The foundation year aims to embed the creative process, and provide contextual awareness of different art and design disciplines. You will work on self-directed and collaborative projects.

You learn through

  • studio-based project work
  • assignments
  • workshops
  • critiques
  • lectures and seminars
  • self-directed study
  • presentations
  • field trips
  • group and individual tutorials

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

Degree preparation

After the foundation year, you will be ready to start the full degree. BA Fine Art is an engaging and creative course that allows you to gain a theoretical and historical understanding of art, while developing your own practice.

Placement opportunities

On your full honours degree, placement opportunities allow you to cement your skills in industry. Previous students have worked in galleries, with practising artists, in schools, and have even set up their own artists' residency in Greece.

Live projects

Throughout the foundation year, you’ll create a body of work of applied projects, and undertake independent research into art and design.

Future careers

After completing your foundation year and full undergraduate degree, you’ll be prepared for a career in

  • artist
  • curator
  • teacher
  • writer
  • arts administrator
  • technician

Previous BA Fine Art graduates that have become successful in their field include

  • Martin Clark, director of Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
  • Kid Acne, internationally renowned artist and illustrator
  • George Shaw, Turner Prize nominee 2011
  • Rosalind Nashashibi, Turner Prize nominee 2017 and the first woman to win the Beck's Futuresart prize and represent Scotland at Venice Biennale
  • Nick Park, Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

During the foundation year, you work with

  • a dedicated studio
  • state-of-the-art workshops
  • digital design facilities

On the full undergraduate course, you work with

  • dedicated TV, film and photography studios
  • state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • performance spaces
  • a creative media centre
  • professional galleries
  • print, wood, metal and ceramic workshops
  • 3D printing

Entry requirements

All students

GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or 4.

48 UCAS points, including at least 24 UCAS points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include Art, Design and Technology, Textiles or Graphics.

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'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Extended Induction Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Extended 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: Coursework

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

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Context 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Art Practice Three Credits: 100 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ordinary Fine Art Studio Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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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.

Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF)

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