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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Fine art
Student score
84% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£16k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), this course is a combination of applied design, art and studio crafts. You will explore, develop and create, working with colour, print, ceramics, textiles, metal, jewellery, wood, glass and mould-making. You'll embrace new technologies as well as more traditional methods of making. This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers, Decorative Arts at NTU is one of the most well established 2D and 3D design course and the only craft-based course in the UK. This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in homeware, interior or giftware sectors, retail, buying, design, marketing and merchandising. Working from your own studio area, you can embrace new digital technologies and more traditional methods of making. Live projects, study visits and work placements will support your studio practice and personal development. This course is ideal if you’re aspiring to launch a career in the homeware, interior or giftware sectors, working in retail, buying, design, marketing, merchandising, art direction, and consultancy. For designer-makers creating and selling your own work, you’ll gain the commercial skills and knowledge you need to start your own enterprise. When paired with a postgraduate teaching qualification, this course is also an ideal route into a career in teaching art and design. You’ll explore a range of materials, develop ideas and create work that incorporates colour and print. This course is taught through a selection of: lectures; seminars; workshops; briefings; feedback; group tutorials; educational visits; educational visits; interim evaluations; technical surgeries and presentations. This course is assessed 100% through coursework which may take form as essays, reports or presentations. You will also exhibit your work in you final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham and New Designers in London. You’ll be able to work from your own studio area where you can embrace new digital technologies and traditional methods of making. You’ll participate in live projects, study visits and work placements which will support your studies whilst helping you to gain transferrable work skills such as; organisation, high quality work, working under pressure and being able to take an initiative. You’ll also gain commercial skills which are needed to start your own enterprise. Our academic team will help you to find relevant work experience to develop your professional experience and expertise. You’ll also be offered a fantastic opportunity to apply to our business development programme at The Hive which is NTU’s purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise. as well as encourage you to go on optional study trips to design capitals like Milan and New York. Graduates from this course regularly feature in the UK’s most influential style publications, including Elle Decoration; Vogue and Wallpaper. Recent graduates have gained work experience with companies such as Cath Kidston and Hand & Lock. Our graduates are working as designers for companies such as: Vivienne Westwood; Harrods; Burberry; Ikea and Next. Some of our students have taken on postgraduate study to complete a teaching qualification to enable them to teach art and design at any level. 97% of graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE Survey 2015 - 16).


Year One modules include: Form, Structure and Surface Decoration - You’ll be given an introduction to decorative arts through drawing, initial concepts and developing ideas, research and design skills, prototypes, and finished products. You will explore a range of 2D and 3D media and you’ll learn about the principles of colour theory. • Decorative Arts in Context - This module will provide you with an introduction to the key movements, themes and issues within 20th and 21st Century design. You’ll develop skills in research, visual analysis, writing, and presenting. You will research, organise and produce written work, presentations, and discussions. Year Two modules include: Innovation: Creative Design - You will complete a variety of projects to help you to develop skills that apply to the production of contemporary applied arts. This includes drawing, idea generation, visual research, material exploration, presentation, and visualisation. You’ll also explore the cultural and commercial context in which your work exists through visits, market research, costing, marketing, and sustainability • Business and Professional Practice - You’ll be given an overview of business and professional development in the context of decorative arts. You will learn about setting up a workshop or studio, product development, marketing, publicity, finance, sales, and pricing. You’ll also research, organise and produce written work, presentations, and discussions. Final Year modules include: Creative Practice and Theory - The first part of this module – Creative Practice, counts for 70% of your final mark. You will attend lectures and tutorials where you negotiate a personal brief. You will develop, explore and analyse your ideas, and create work that will lead to a professional portfolio and product collection. The second part of the module is theoretical and counts for 30% of your final mark. You can choose to complete either a dissertation or a Live Trading business plan. For the dissertation, you will negotiate a research topic that you’ll then refine and evaluate. For the Live Trading business plan, you’ll create a business plan to support your practical work. You will explore the legal elements of a freelance, sole trader or SME business, and you’ll look at studio production and practice, pricing, marketing, and business development.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
423 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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