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Fine Art

BA (Hons)
Fine Art
3 years (full-time)
UCAS W100

The Fine Art programme is taught by professional artists who are actively engaged in contemporary practice. You will be encouraged to think outwardly from within the two core areas – painting/print media and sculpture/time-based art. Emphasis is placed on a proactive approach to studio practice and its contextualisation within contemporary art and society.

There are opportunities to engage in the contemporary art world through study trips, exhibitions, student exchange programmes, visiting artists’ lectures, specialist masterclasses and Whitworth Gallery talks.

Special Features

  • You can choose to specialise in Painting/Print Media and Sculpture/Time-Based Art.
  • Study trips include gallery and museum visits to national and international centres. In Year 2 students have access to the ERASMUS international student exchange programme.
  • Programme of visiting artists, in addition to the regular Tuesday Talks programme at the Whitworth Art Gallery which hosts internationally acclaimed speakers.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in Unit X, an innovative unit offered to students across Manchester School of Art that encourages interdisciplinary study and collaboration on an external-facing project.

Course Content

Central to the course are studio critiques, tutorials and practice-led seminar programmes. Additionally, you select seminars and lectures from the faculty-wide historical and critical framework, the transdisciplinary Unit X and the language department. You will be encouraged to take an open-minded and investigative approach and consider your work in relation to the developments in the subject area.

The programme is supported by extensive workshop provision, academic and technical expertise and access to the cultural sector in the north west of England and beyond. We provide opportunities to engage in the contemporary art world through study trips, exhibitions, student exchange programmes, visiting artists’ lectures, specialist masterclasses and Whitworth Gallery talks.

Year 1

In Year 1, after a period of induction and familiarization, you will begin to build upon your subject area interests, and develop a body of work that responds to a growing understanding of concerns and debates within visual art. Through an open minded and investigative approach, you will be encouraged to enquire, question, and consider your work in relation to the subject area and its relation to the world at large.

Fine Art Studio Practice 1 (Materials and Processes)

You will be introduced to a course wide project through specialist workshops that will enable you to develop a range of skills. You will generate ideas in your personal studio space, establishing yourself within the learning environment.

Fine Art Studio Practice 2 (Individualization in Specialist Area)

In this unit you develop your understanding of a studio and workshop based fine art practice and apply this to the production of work within the disciplines of sculpture & time-based art, painting & print-media.
The unit covers: Production of work is supported by the development of an individual Learning Outline, journal, workshops, peer interaction, lectures, artist talks, seminars, group critiques and visits to exhibitions of national significance.

Unit X

This unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within Manchester School of Art. The unit covers set project(s) which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. You will engage in lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to creative opportunities.

Contextualising Practice 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will develop a sound understanding of artistic concerns, with guidance, support and critical input from both staff and invited visitors. Through an increased scope of research, critical awareness, and development, you will learn how to articulate your work with reference to an engagement with recent and current issues within the field. Your improved skills base will allow you to select and investigate materials in closer accordance with your ideas and their translation into the visual domain.

Fine Art Studio Practice 3 (Experimenting and Exploring)

By facilitating the development of an independent studio practice, this unit provides an opportunity to explore materials, processes and issues relating to the field of contemporary fine art.  Through the development of an individual learning outline, you will indicate and plan your approach to producing a body of work that will articulate your current artistic concerns. Production of work is supported by tutorials, group critiques, artist’s talks, lectures, seminars and peer interaction in the studios.  You will also have the opportunity to engage in debate, reflect on your own work in relation to others and present ideas to an audience of tutors and peers.

Art and Audience 2

You will work in groups, and individually, to seek and secure an opportunity to exhibit your artwork at recognized or alternative venues, indoors or outdoors, in a public context outside of the studio.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Year 3

In Year 3 you will begin to demonstrate a heightened understanding of your work within the contemporary visual art landscape, and will be encouraged to sustain an openended, inventive, and highly creative attitude to your chosen area of enquiry. By introducing a sense of refinement towards both established and new materials, and technological processes, your chosen ideas will begin to be reflected through an understanding of your own artistic voice.

Fine Art Studio Practice 4 (Defining and Consolidating)

Following an initial evaluation of work produced in Studio Practice 3 you will be expected to work independently employing self management skills to create a body of work which demonstrates technical proficiency and intellectual coherence.

Art and Audience 3

The unit explores professional Fine Art practice in relation to its audience. The units main thrust is the production of art works for exhibition in a public context (degree show) demonstrating interdisciplinary, curatorial and organisational skills

Contextualising Practice 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Assessment

Formal end of unit assessments. Ongoing formative assessment, feedback, advice and discussion.

You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document

Student Work

Visit our online Degree Show galleries to see examples of work by final year Fine Art students.


Staff


Unionviertal field visit provides inspiration for site-specific installations, performances and artifacts

Second student bags runner-up prize

Graduates

Graduates have gone on to study MA’s in fine art, curating and art history in Britain, Europe and the USA. They have also gone on to become artists, freelance curators, teachers, gallery assistants and technicians and teachers.

Making an Application

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS.

If you meet our criteria we will invite you to an Interview and ask you to show us a Portfolio of your work.

You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design). A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate26 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees 2017 Entry

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government approval, and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,100 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits.

See Money Matters for further information and advice.