BA (Hons) Fine Art is a studio-based programme that provides students with the platform to confidently enter the professional world of the artist and arts professional. Students will actively investigate universal approaches and practices in contemporary fine art that will test their knowledge, creativity and understanding. The programme is taught by professional artists that are actively engaged in contemporary practice and will therefore will encourage students to explore the broader social, political and community context to define a personal mode of study that will equip them to continue their development post-degree.
The wide range of teaching approaches, facilities and opportunities will support students to acquire skills and varied methodologies that allow them to either specialise or engage with a pluralistic approach to exploring fine art. The diversity of content creates a distinctive group of students that engage with and question a divergent range of approaches to studio practice and externally engaged projects.
Students also have the opportunity to develop their practice within an international context through the international exchange programme, national and international study trips and the acquisition of foreign language skills. There are opportunities to engage in the contemporary art world through study trips, exhibitions, student exchange programmes, visiting artists' lectures, specialist masterclasses and gallery talks at The Whitworth.
Central to the course are studio critiques, tutorials and practice-led seminars. Additionally, you will 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 provides a unique opportunity to engage in a vertical teaching framework that has been developed to offer creative opportunities so students can gain direct experience of working with professionals within fine art and related fields on curatorial projects, cross disciplinary opportunities, specialist masterclasses, skills building and diverse practices, external live projects and research based activity. The programme is also 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 and Whitworth Gallery talks.
In Year 1, after a period of induction and familiarisation, 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.
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.
Students begin to explore their own creative interests, learning to use the studio and workshops, experimenting with different approaches to Fine Art practice, beginning to push boundaries and developing approaches to making. Students will develop a range of skills, generate ideas in the studio, and establish themselves within the learning environment. Production of work is supported by personal tutorials, induction to workshops, peer interaction, briefings, and artist talks.
In this unit, students are introduced to a variety of approaches to making in the studio through short staff-led and independent study projects. The projects orientate them in the art school and the city allowing them to understand how they can begin to successfully resource an artistic practice and how to work in the studio as a creative community. Students are introduced to a variety of approaches to making in the studio through short staff-led and independent study projects which orientate them in the art school and the city allowing them to understand how they can begin to successfully resource an artistic practice and how to work in the studio as a creative community.
Students are allocated to a pathway according to their programme to introduce ideas relevant to their studies. The unit introduces some of the broad over-arching themes and concepts – historical, cultural, social, political, and economic – that affect and inform the production of art, design and/or craft.
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.
This unit expands the students’ critical strategies for talking about art allowing them to clearly understand and articulate their position in relation to their particular interests through reflecting on work made in the studio. Students are expected to define their own gallery visits and identify appropriate areas for research with the support of their personal tutor. Teaching includes tutorials, critiques and lectures, the content of artists’ talks, and where applicable engagement in the vertical teaching programme. In doing so it develops the communities of practice and learning in the studio.
For ‘Contextualising Practice 2: Critical Analysis A’, students can choose to study up to two thematic sub-units to develop their contextual studies in new directions. The CP2 Critical Analysis units encourage students to develop their critical analysis skills gained in Level 4 to further investigate the broad over-arching themes and concepts – historical, cultural, social, political, and economic – that affect and inform the production of art, design and/or craft.
By facilitating the broadening of an independent fine art studio practice, the unit provides an opportunity to explore materials, processes and issues relating to the field of contemporary Fine Art. Through an experimental approach to making students will begin to develop a body of work that reflects their current concerns and research. Production of work is supported by tutorials, workshops, artists’ talks, briefings, and interaction in the studios.
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.
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.
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 open minded, 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.
Following initial evaluation of Level 5 work, students are expected to work independently to create a body of work which demonstrates proficiency, intellectual coherence and a deepening understanding of contemporary fine art. Core seminars (group crits), tutorials and research notes facilitate articulation and critical evaluation skills and foster a deepening enquiry into independent studio practice in the specialist fields and broader context. This will be supported by tutorials involving critical discussion of works in progress and finished pieces. Lectures by visiting artists and professionals from specialist fields provide opportunity for elective tutorials. Use of PDT underpins the practice in a wider cultural framework. Students can sign up to masterclasses, conversations in curation, reading groups and for tutorials with any Fine Art member of staff/visiting artist to further critically challenge and contextualise their practice.
Students are allocated to a pathway according to their programme and are encouraged to develop their independent research, critical analysis methods and writing or other appropriate form of dissemination in a direction relevant to their studio practice. The CP3 critical analysis Contextualising Practice units may cover any of the broad over-arching themes and concepts – historical, cultural, social, political, and economic – that affect and inform the production of art, design and/or craft.
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.
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.
Formal end of unit assessments. Ongoing formative assessment, feedback, advice and discussion.
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—
Visit our online Degree Show galleries to see examples of work by final year Fine Art students.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 features work by two recent Fine Art graduates
World-leading auction house, art and luxury business provides funding for five students
Louise Giovanelli continues to build her international profile with prominent shows
Exhibitions at Southbank Centre, Castlefield Gallery, Workplace Foundation and more.
Graduates of Fine Art have gone on to have successful careers as art professionals, exhibiting their work in the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond in public shows and as part of private collections. You will also be well-equipped to pursue other career paths, including as curators, gallery assistants, technicians, teachers, event organisers and studio managers.
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|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required|
GCE A levels - grades BCC or equivalent
Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
Access to HE Diploma - Pass overall with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff points
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
T level - We welcome applications from students undertaking T level qualifications. Eligible applicants will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of Merit as a condition of offer
IB Diploma - Pass overall with a minimum overall score of 26 or minimum 104 UCAS Tariff points from three Higher Level subjects
Other Level 3 qualifications equivalent to GCE A level are also considered.
A maximum of three A level-equivalent qualifications will be accepted towards meeting the UCAS tariff requirement.
AS levels, or qualifications equivalent to AS level, are not accepted. The Extended Project qualification (EPQ) may be accepted towards entry, in conjunction with two A-level equivalent qualifications.
Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or equivalent, e.g. Pass in Level 2 Functional Skills English
|International Baccalaureate||IB Diploma with minimum 26 points overall or 104 UCAS Tariff points from three Higher Level subjects. If you plan to meet the Level 2 course requirements through your IB Diploma you will need to achieve Higher Level 4 or Standard Level 5 in English Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5 is required.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
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.
Full-time fee: £18,500 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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The production of artwork requires students to purchase specific materials and/or equipment, though it is impossible to place a precise figure on this as each student’s requirements will differ. Discounted materials are available to buy from the store in the School of Art. Students often choose to buy their own laptops but computers are available on campus and laptops are available for students to borrow. All of the books required for the course are available from the library, though some students choose to buy some of the recommended textbooks. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300+ for a laptop and £50 each year for books and printing. Although the costs of printing can also be covered by the £200 materials bursary.
There is a study trip to a different European centre during each year, and there are occasional day or overnight trips within the UK. Trips involving additional costs are always optional; if they relate to a unit of study, alternative activities on campus are identified. Estimated costs are £220 each year for the European study trip (based on a three-night stay). £750 for trips outside of Europe (based on a 3night stay), and £20 each year for occasional trips.
* All amounts shown are estimates.