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Nottingham Trent University

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W100

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112
53%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Fine art

This course explores what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century and considers the role of contemporary art in modern society. You’ll have the opportunity to work across the full range of contemporary fine art media which includes: drawing, installation, curation, performance and photography. As you progress through the course you’ll choose an area of expertise which suits your own interests and career ambitions. Through this course you’ll get to engage with Nottingham's thriving and extensive creative and visual art’s community which includes: Nottingham Contemporary, Backlit and Broadway Cinema.

This course is 100% based on coursework. Our academic and technical staff are practising artists in their own right and will therefore support you and help you to develop as an artist. You’ll study a curriculum that will build your confidence from start to finish and you’ll attend a series of live lectures which will feature national and international artists, theorists and creative practitioners. You’ll be taught through; individual and group tutorials and presentations, year meetings, Context Talks and the Live Lecture Programme, technical advice and workshops, visiting lecture tutorials, studio lecturer tutorials, career guidance, organised study trips and Degree Show guidance.

This course will take a practical approach by allowing you to take part in exhibitions which are based here at NTU and galleries across the East Midlands. Alongside this, you’ll be able to take part in optional study trips to exciting and thriving destinations such as Berlin, New York and Copenhagen where you’ll visit a broad selection of art venues and exhibitions. You’ll be able to gain invaluable experiences through our links to festivals, art organisations and artists who are based all over the world.

Our academic staff will support you to undertake work experience and to collaborate with external art organisations or galleries and will give you access to a database containing contacts for potential work placements and collaborative opportunities for project development, exhibitions and shows of work. You’ll gain invaluable skills like, creative problem solving techniques and excellent research skills. You’ll also be able to work in our studios alongside students from all years and be able to exhibit your final year work as part of our Degree Show.

Our Fine Arts students will use our Bonington Building which is a dedicated facility for art and design students which will give you access to: video editing facilities, woodworking workshop and equipment and casting and moulding equipment amongst other dynamic equipment to make your studies both educational and enjoyable. Many of our graduates stay in Nottingham to pursue artistic creativity and others go on to become artists or work in related roles such as animators, teachers and film-makers. Other graduates have carved careers within journalism, media and photography. Some of our noble graduates from this course include: film director Simon Ellis, painter Nigel Cooke, the artist Mia Taylor and sculptor David Batchelor.

91% of students from this course are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).

95% of graduates from this course go on to employment or further study within just six months of graduating ( DLHE Survey 2015 - 16).

Modules

Throughout the course you'll complete just three modules. This allows you to experiment with a range of media and then specialise in your own area of interest. Year One: Curiosity: Introducing Fine Art Practice – Through this module you’ll start with a series of projects, tasks and workshops which will help you to settle into your studies. You’ll be taught how to produce quickly yet to a high standard, develop your ideas into more focused fine art practice. You’ll record and reflect on your work throughout the year to compile a research portfolio. Year Two: Speculation: Developing Fine Art Practice – You’ll continue to develop fine art practice in either one specialised area or through a combination of media areas. The seminars will give you the chance to participate in lively debates surrounding your work and the context in which it relates to. You’ll also record and reflect upon your work and assemble a research portfolio which will be assessed as part of the module. Final Year: Resolution: Final Practice and Reflection – This module will encourage you to gain invaluable independence within the fine arts culture. You’ll work towards a deeper exploration of your won practice. You’ll be asked to develop, apply and evaluate research questions and methods which are appropriate to your own work. At the end of this module you’ll be able to exhibit or present your work as part of our Degree Show to many professionals of the industry.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

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.

84%
med
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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
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

95%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
B
423

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Caring personal services
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.

Creative arts and design

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

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

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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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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