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Kingston University

Fine Art and Art History

UCAS Code: WV1H

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112

Applicants will need a minimum of 112 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSE (A*–C or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings): five subjects including English and Maths (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths). Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS application, portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants. You will be notified by email giving you advice about how to upload your online portfolio, once we have received your application.

65%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fine art

Our Fine Art and Art History BA course helps you realise your creative potential in fine art and develops skills to understand contemporary art. You will explore traditional forms of painting and sculpture with new forms such as film and digital printmaking. You will also develop visual analysis skills and historical knowledge by exploring a range of images, texts and objects.

We were ranked at number 6 in the UK (out of 66) for art in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. This is a rise of 23 places from our 2017 ranking.

Kingston University is an associate of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), so you will receive free membership and access to seminars and events. Our links to industry also include the Tate, Stanley Picker Gallery, Drawing Room, Five Years and Traffic.

The course focus is on personal and professional development and you will have the opportunity to participate in external projects and competitions. You will also have the chance to exhibit your work at our on-site gallery, and other London locations.

Modules

Examples of modules:

Year 1
- Introducing Studio Practice
- Professional Skills I
- Contextualising Contemporary Practice: Fine Art
- Key Concepts: Research, Interpretation & Communication

Year 2
- Developing Studio Practice
- Professional Skills II
- Critical Issues in Fine Art: Research and Practice
- Researching the Contemporary

Year 3
- Sustaining Studio Practice
- Professional Skills III
- Dissertation: Research and Reflection
- Special Topics in Art and Design II

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Critical and Historical Studies

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

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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
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

87%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

£19,200
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Other elementary services occupations
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Food preparation and hospitality trades
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.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£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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