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Coventry University

Fine Art and Illustration

UCAS Code: WWC2

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

to include an Art or Design subject.

The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in an Art or Design subject.

UCAS Tariff

112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

61%
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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Fine art

Illustration

Taught by highly acclaimed artists and practitioners, our course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to art and illustrative practice, grounded in historical context, yet inspired by contemporary trends; it is designed to empower you to produce personal and expressive portfolios that demonstrate the highest standards of creative agility and technical prowess.

You will have the chance to gain a strong foundation in material processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and digital media, at all times emphasising your developing individual creativity. Through a rich and varied experience of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national or international competitions, ‘live’ project or concept visualisation briefs, installations and exhibitions, you will have the opportunity to sample elements of professional practice, such as interpreting and responding to briefs, scheduling, working to deadline, presenting ideas, budgeting and meeting the expectations of clients and contractors.

Coventry University has a long and distinguished history of studio-based delivery; you will have access to industry-standard software, workshops and studio environments. Typical graduate portfolios might include digital imagery, drawing, painting, printmaking, performance, photography, collage and 3D sculpture.

We aim to help prepare you for graduation and the world of work, from the outset you will have the chance to develop the professional skills associated with evaluating, exhibiting and distributing your work, which will become more visible to the outside world as the course progresses and your confidence grows. You will be able to first share work in a ‘safe’ environment, making use of the two formal gallery spaces within the University, later having opportunities to showcase your work, culminating with the final public degree show.

We have strong links with many regional arts organisations, for example, the Mead Gallery at the Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Art space, Coventry Collective//Pod, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Earlsdon Festival. Our commercial partners include Warwickshire NHS Trust, the Coventry Building Society and Severn Trent Water, which runs an environmentally-themed annual student art commission with the chance for six students to display their work in the company’s state-of-the art Operations Centre in Coventry.

Our acclaimed FACETS talks provide an opportunity to hear direct from some of the most innovative contemporary artists and creative practitioners from the UK and beyond – recent topics have explored current changes in cultural opportunities across Eastern and Western Europe, post-object art practices in the context of digital media and the impact that artists can have on their environments.

You may also be invited to take part in regular study trips to exhibitions and events such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern, White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Ikon Gallery, Digbeth First Friday, Liverpool Biennial and British Art Show and many others (subject to additional fees, application process and/or availability of spaces).

**Benefits**
- Workshop facilities for print, wood, metalwork, photo-studio, ceramic, laser cutting and computer labs. Ranked 8th best university in the UK for ‘Design and Crafts’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

- Optional study trips at home and abroad, in the past to London, Liverpool, Birmingham, New York, Berlin, Madrid and the Venice Biennale.

- Opportunities to show your work regularly – past students have exhibited at New Blood, Free Range and New Designers exhibitions in London

- Access to specialist photographic and media resources, including digital audio recorders and manual/digital still/video cameras via our dedicated Media Loan Shop.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Fine art
76%
med
Illustration

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Art

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

Design studies

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Art

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Other elementary services occupations
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Quite a few students of fine art 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 - about one in six fine arts graduates were working for themselves. Also common are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - and many courses actually help you prepare for freelancing. One in ten of last year’s fine arts graduates had more than one job six months after graduation — over twice the average for graduates from 2015. 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, with jobs in events management, marketing and community work amongst the most popular options.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Design occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Fine art

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Illustration

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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