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Sheffield Hallam University

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W102

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language or Literature at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do accept GCSE equivalents.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Fine art

- Develop your skills as an artist in state-of-the-art studios and workshops.

- Present your work at exhibitions with industry experts.

- Learn the theory of contemporary and historical art and culture.

- Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.

This course allows artists and creatives to attain practical skills while developing critical and theoretical knowledge of fine art. In the studios, you will explore and experiment through practice in a vibrant, supportive environment. You will learn how to exhibit your work and develop relationships with industry professionals — becoming part of the creative community and preparing for a fulfilling artistic career.

**How you learn**

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

There are two modules in each year of this course. One is based on individual art practice in studios and workshops, and the other focuses on the development of theoretical and historical understanding of art.

**You learn through**

- practical workshops

- lectures and seminars

- group critiques

- tutorials

- exhibitions and presentations

- field trips

- international exchanges

- independent study

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a placement in between your second and third years. Previous students have worked in galleries, with practising artists, in schools, and even set up their own artists' residency in Greece. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

**Live projects**

Throughout the course there are many opportunities to participate in live projects including exhibitions and events in the public domain. In the second and third year you exhibit your work in a gallery, open to the public.

**Field trips**

Field trips are valuable for the experience of seeing work at first hand and to understand the professional world of contemporary fine art. You will have the opportunity to visit museums and galleries in the UK and internationally, such as the Venice Biennale or Berlin, where artists based in these exciting cities guide us, arranging studio visits and private views (additional costs will apply).

**Networking opportunities**

Because our staff work in the professional art world, you benefit from their connections and networks. Throughout the course, you attend a weekly guest lecture from a leading artist, curator or thinker.

We also have strong links with venues like Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Site Gallery and artist-run studios and galleries in Sheffield like Bloc Projects and S1, some of which were set up by alumni from the course. This means you have the opportunity to gain experience by forging relationships, and attend private views and events.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules

Art Context 1 20 credits
Art Practice One 100 credits

Year 2
Compulsory modules

Art Context 2 20 credits
Art Practice Two 100 credits

Optional modules

Art Exchange 60 credits

Final year
Compulsory modules

Art Practice 3 (Art & Critical Practice 3) 120 credits

Elective modules

Ordinary Fine Art Studio 20 credits

Assessment methods

* Coursework

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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.

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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
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

81%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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B

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.

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Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Customer service occupations
11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

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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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