BA (Hons) Fine Art
Today, art continues to take centre stage, expanding in new and exciting directions. Fine artists contribute to a society’s culture and history through creativity and thought. They also often have to blend both creative and business skills.
The course explores contemporary artistic practices, giving you the opportunity to develop and refine your skills in conventional and digital craftsmanship. You will flourish in an active environment where you are encouraged to explore and experiment, expressing a creative vision not only by using brushes and easels, but also by handling high-tech equipment and materials.
You can opt to take a variety of classes in different media and disciplines such as drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, painting, cultural studies, printmaking, sculpture and art marketing. By acquiring computer skills you will explore all aspects of contemporary art practice such as video, sound, photography, installation and digital media, experiment with design software and apply digital methodologies.
Direct Entry Criteria
You normally need:
- a high school leaving certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 17/20, or
- three GCE A levels (or equivalent) including a qualification in a creative subject.
- GCSE mathematics, minimum grade C.
You will also need:
GCSE English language with a minimum grade C or IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL (paper based: 513, computer based: 183, internet based: 65).
You will be invited for an interview with course coordinators to present your portfolio. The work should confirm your ability and talent in designing and painting as well as knowledge of using basic materials. If you don’t have a portfolio, you will have to first complete the Foundation year.
Entry via Foundation Year
If, unfortunately, you do not have the right grades, you will have to complete a Foundation year. To join you will need:
- a high school leaving certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 15/20.
- to complete an English placement test.
Once you have completed the Foundation year you will be considered for entry to the degree provided you have achieved the following:
- Total score (GPA) – 2.2/4 (C+)
- English – ENGL 101 (C)
None of your subject grades should be lower than a C.
Length of Study
Three years (four with Foundation year).
Our graduates have many career options. They become art teachers at all levels of education, art historians and critics, collection editors for exhibitions and cultural services, and advisors to cultural events and art institutions. You can also work in publishing, theatre, film and television as a graphic designer; in museums and other cultural institutions and, of course, as a professional artists.
The course is taught in English.
What You Sudy
- Fine Art Studio Practices
- Fine Art Practice 1.1
- Fine Art Practice 1.2
- Fine Art: Critical and Cultural Studies 1
- Foundations of Marketing
- Introduction to Fine Art
- Fine Art Practice 2.1
- Fine Art Practice 2.2
- Fine Art: Critical and Cultural Studies 2
- Professional Studies and Employability 2.3
- Professional Studies and Employability 2.1
- Professional Studies and Employability 2.2
- Fine Art Degree Essay
- Fine Art Degree Preparation and Development 3.1
- Fine Art Practice 3.2
- Drawing I
- Fundamentals and Painting
- Fundamentals of 2D Design
- Materials and Techniques
- English Language
- Drawing II
- Fundamentals of 3D Design
- Cultural Studies
- Foundation Portfolio
- English Composition