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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Fine Art

UCAS Code: F2J5

Master of Fine Arts - MFA (UG)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.

120 UCAS Tariff points

120 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.

120 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

120 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.

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

DDM

120 UCAS Tariff points

120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

120

Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Fine art

Take this opportunity to take your artistic development to a higher level enabling you to become a specialist in this field. You will learn how to be a creative problem solver, with emphasis placed on developing your own style. You will be encouraged to challenge ideas, take risks and take innovative steps in your work.

This four year programmes gives you the opportunity to take your qualification to master’s level enabling you to deepen your practice-based skills whist having opportunities to work on professional pieces of work, commissions and exhibitions.

The later stages of the course offer professional engagement and industrial experience opportunities, which help you to establish your career and prepare for pursuing a doctoral programme.

Modules

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

The first year of this programme initially provides the opportunity to explore a variety of specialist activities offered within Fine Art as a broad based first-year experience. You will examine how artists process ideas through a combination of making and critical evaluation while learning to relate your experiences to those of other artists.

MODULES:

Contextual Studies 1
Creative Futures 1
Introductory Subject Studies (Fine Art)
Principles and Processes (Fine Art)
Ideas and Concepts (Fine Art)
Media and Techniques (Fine Art)

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Second year modules enable students to consolidate and extend their learning with more advanced techniques and processes that challenge them to experiment with a variety of media and methods of communication. You have the opportunity to explore the areas of Fine Art practice you are most interested in within workshops led by a skilled practitioners working within the field. Having developed an awareness of what is possible, you may then choose to specialise in an established area of practice such as drawing, painting, video, digital media, sculpture or printmaking or adopt an interdisciplinary approach.

MODULES:

Contextual Studies 2
Creative Futures 2
Extended Practice (Fine Art)
Practice in Context (Fine Art)
Specialist Study (Fine Art)

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Third year modules require more critical, analytical and lengthier negotiated studies where students can determine their own career path and have the opportunity to negotiate a year plan which places them with more responsibility over what projects they undertake. This is closely monitored through regular critiques, seminars and tutorials.

MODULES:

Contextual Studies 3
Creative Futures 3
Negotiated Study 1 (Fine Art)
Negotiated Study 2 (Fine Art)

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 7)

Final year modules enable students to acquire deeper practice-based skills, while furthering their vocational experience of working on professional pieces of work, exhibition projects and commissions. The programme challenges students in the way they think about their practice and how they may embrace new opportunities, collaborate with others, take risks, solve problems and adapt to different and innovative ways of working professionally in the creative industries arena.

MODULES:

Locating Practice (Fine Art)
Practice and Application (Fine Art)
Advanced Professional Practices (Fine Art)

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous and relates to all aspects of the programme, providing more carefully defined emphasis on formative assessment and feedback throughout the academic year. Formative assessment takes place during and after assignment tasks, (the timing of which can vary from one day to several weeks depending on the requirements of the activity to be carried out), and towards the end of a module. There are reviews of work at key points before Christmas and before Easter and this provides time for students to reflect on their progress prior to a final or summative assessment.

Assessment is designed to enable students to participate in the measurement of their own progress. Students will submit a range of work including sketchbooks, design sheets, finished artwork, 3D work, screen-based work, technical/ production files, journals, essays and audio-visual presentations

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glynd?r University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Most modules are taught predominantly through a combination of studio instruction and guided self-initiated work. Levels of taught contact are generous and are between 16 hours per week in level 4, 14 hours per week in level 5 and 12 hours per week in level 6.

The staff team hold mid-semester assessment monitoring meetings to discuss student progress across programmes, consider how best to support their progress, share good practice, identify problems and take any remedial action that may be necessary before summative assessments. These monitoring meetings also ensure parity and equivalence of assessment across the programmes.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£11,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of the Creative Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
D

After graduation


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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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Caring personal services
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

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.

£11k

£11k

£12k

£12k

£14k

£14k

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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