In the contemporary art world, as the boundaries between fine art practices are crossed, so too are the distinctions between artist, historian and curator. This distinctive course questions and challenges these boundaries. Fine Art and Art History offers you the opportunity to develop and expand fine art studio practice by a significant engagement with historical, critical, and theoretical concerns.
Teaching over the three years will allow you to synthesize art historical and theoretical knowledge into your studio work so that you may develop an informed contemporary fine art practice. This integration will challenge you, enriching your intellectual and creative ambitions, and encourage you to situate your art practice within a broader social and cultural context.
The staff team delivering the course are internationally exhibiting artists, curators, and art historians with expertise and research interests in the modern and contemporary period.
In Year 1 you will begin to establish your fine art practice within our studios and specialist workshops. You will study the historical, theoretical and practical uses of images and objects and be introduced to the historical approaches to art in the modern period.
At Level 4, this unit encourages some collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts. Teaching will be in the form of tutorial groups, weekly meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to current creative opportunities.
The unit will introduce you to methods, materials and processes relevant to the Fine Art and Art History subject areas. The unit aims to introduce you to the history of art during the modern period c. 1800-1950, by considering general relationships between art and society as well as specific movements and artists. You will also undertake fine art project work and develop a range of practical skills through an introduction to specialist workshops, and also consider the specific nature of the relationship between the Fine Art and Art History subject areas.
This unit will provide an introduction to approaches to art history and theory in relation to the production of fine art studio outcomes. You will explore a wide range of fine art and visual culture through a developing engagement with academic and creative practice. The unit will address areas such as ways of seeing, visual analysis, technological reproduction, and relationships between word and image, through seminars, peer interaction, lectures, workshops, group work, studio practice, exhibition and gallery visits.
You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers and visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice. The 15 credit option is taken when you opt to do a 15 credit Uniwide languages unit as well (mmu.ac.uk/uniwide).
30 credit unit. You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice.
In Year 2 you will explore the emergence and spread of new approaches to fine art practice and art history and you will reflect upon the challenges that arise from these developments. This critical approach will develop and enhance your interpretative skills in relation to contemporary fine art practices.
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.
This unit will facilitate the development of an independent studio practice providing an opportunity to further explore materials, processes and issues relating the emergence of new approaches to art practice in the post WWII period. To do this the unit will consider the chronological emergence and spread of new approaches to art and the development of new relationships between art and society during this period. Students will produce a body of work that will articulate their developing understanding of their practice in relation to issues explored in the unit.
This unit will focus on the relationship between theory and fine art practices and will introduce students to critical, theoretical perspectives and approaches to the interpretation and production of fine art. These approaches will be further explored within a studio context and in relation to a developing individual fine art practice. The approaches will include: iconography; formalism; semiotics; phenomenology; Marxism; feminism; Foucauldian discourse analysis; post-colonial and psychoanalytical methods; theories and approaches to the interpretation and production of fine art. The unit will also explore the contested terrain between history, theory and fine art studio practices.
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.
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.
In Year 3 you will work with increasing independence to create a body of art work that demonstrates an engagement with contemporary fine art practice. This individual studio practice will be developed with an awareness of the different contexts within which art is produced, seen, interpreted and circulated.
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.
Students will work with increasing independence to create art works that demonstrate an engagement with contemporary art practices. The unit will also consider traditional and new contexts for the production, display, and circulation of fine art. Individual studio practice will be informed by an examination of contemporary fine art practices such as painting, sculpture, public art, installation and site-specific work, lens-based practices, digital art, participation, relational aesthetics, and activist art. The unit will also examine the discursive, institutional, professional, political, global, and ethical contexts of contemporary art practices.
The unit expects students to develop and consolidate their individual studio practice with an awareness of the different contexts within which art is produced, seen, interpreted, and circulated. The unit will examine a range of institutional contexts and discourses related to the production, circulation, interpretation, and valuing of art between the early nineteenth century and the present. These will include the nineteenth century academies, the art market, the art museum, avant-garde formations and alternative display sites, the art magazine, and digital cultures.
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.
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A three year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be—
You can find further details about the curriculum for the current academic year in the Programme Specification Document
Visit our online Degree Show galleries to see examples of work by final year Fine Art and Art History students.
Art History and Curating students and staff have created an open social space, workshops and activities
Work by art and design graduates features as part of Design Manchester
This course is appropriate for careers in a range of cultural roles such as artist, curator, journalist, arts manager, gallery assistant, teacher, as well being appropriate for postgraduate study.
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|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required||112-120. |
Minimum 112 - 120 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design). A Level General Studies is not accepted.
|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered
|Non Tariffed Qualifications|
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points
|International Baccalaureate||26 Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 is required.
If you are based outside the UK and are unable to attend an interview, you will be asked to provide a digital portfolio.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 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).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
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Optional £500* — Students often choose to buy their own laptop in their first year. However there are computer facilities on campus. £200-£800.
Optional £1,140* — Educational visits to European centres during each year. These are optional and if related to a unit of study, local alternative are identified.
There are no additional professional membership fees required for full qualification.
£600* plus optional £2,400* — The production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific materials and/or equipment relating to your area of fine art specialism. Audio visual equipment is available to loan. Depending on what you buy, additional costs could range from £150 - £800 per year. Books and digitised readings are available from the library. However you will be required to purchase a small number of core books approx £50 per year.
* All amounts shown are estimates.