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Nottingham Trent University

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W100

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

Entry requirements

A level


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


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About this course

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Full-time | 2018


Fine art

Explore what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century, considering the role of contemporary art in modern society. Develop your artistic work across the full range of contemporary fine art media, including drawing, installation, painting, sculpture, performance, photography, film, video, sound, and print. Nottingham is internationally recognised as a vibrant hub for new and emerging artists and artist-led initiatives, boasting a diverse and thriving network of galleries, art spaces and artist collectives. Benefit from our links with such organisations locally, nationally and internationally by working on collaborative projects and enhancing your professional practice. Youll have the opportunity to enter competitions and exhibit your work globally. Our Fine Art graduates have played a big role in the development of the artistic network in Nottingham there is direct correlation with the amount of art projects going on in the city and our alumni a reciprocal ecosystem that future students can benefit from.**Key features of the course:**- We're delighted to be ranked 8th in the UK for Art & Design (The Complete University Guide 2019).- Experiment with different media before focusing on what is right for your own practice.- Work in our dedicated Fine Art studios and workshops, alongside students from all years.- Attend our Live Lecture Series, featuring national and international artists, creative practitioners and theorists.- Be inspired by Nottinghams artistic community and creative places to visit, including Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Lakeside Arts.- Create connections with Nottinghams wider art community through our alumni and staff network.- Benefit from our extensive links with festivals, art organisations and artists groups, nationally and internationally.- Take part in local and international exhibitions and events, such as the Tilburg project in the Netherlands and Kunstpodium T programme.- Go on optional study trips to destinations such as Berlin, New York, and Copenhagen.- Have the support of academic and technical staff who are practising artists in their own right.- Exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show with the opportunity to exhibit externally in local, national or international spaces.- Follow in the footsteps of Kayt Hughes, winner of the prestigious Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize in 2015.- 91% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017).- 96% of students on this course are in employment or further education within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).**Assessment**Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.**Employability**Employability for this course is excellent, with 96% of our students going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2016/17)A high proportion of graduates stay in Nottingham to pursue artistic activities. Many go on to become artists or work in roles such as curators, teachers, gallerists, animators, musicians, community artists, photographers and filmmakers. Some go on to use the skills and experience theyve gained to enter careers in journalism, media, photography, web design, interiors, landscape design, and education.


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.

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Top job areas of graduates

Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

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