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Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed.
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The course aims to develop creative, intellectual and technical skills and prepare learners for working life within the art world; teaching staff place equal emphasis on art practice and theory; work is determined by motivations and interests, and needs to be matched to the resources available; work is then tested against a programme of discussion and analysis; students are able to work in a range of media, such as collage, photography, video, or in new media such as facebook, twitter, or video-sharing websites; students consider the context of their work and how it engages its audience; learners develop a distinct body of work that is critically informed by contemporary art practice and ideas, which students should be able to articulate theoretically.
Year 1: Art practice; communication and research skills; professional development; theoretical knowledge skills; historical and critical studies; documentation. Year 2: Art practice; historical and critical studies; professional development; documentation; post-studio practice. Year 3: Research and articulation; formal presentation; documentation; final essay; public exhibition.
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Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni.
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?
% employed or in further studyLOW80%
Average graduate salaryMEDIUM£16k
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers
Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
Fine arts students, particularly some mature students, are more likely than students of many other subjects to have no need or desire to find work after their degree – quite a few students have already retired and are taking the degree for the excellent reason that they love art, and they're willing to pay to study it. You should bear this in mind if the stats you see feature particularly low employment rates. If you need to earn a living once you've finished your fine art degree, be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' – having several part-time jobs or commissions at once. Many courses help you prepare for freelancing. Over one in 10 of last year’s fine arts graduates had more than one job six months after graduation, over twice the average for graduates from 2012. Graduates from these subjects are often found in arts jobs, as artists, designers, photographers and similar jobs, or as arts and entertainment officers or teachers – although it's perfectly possible to get jobs outside the arts if you wish.
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