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University for the Creative Arts

Fine Art (UCA Farnham)

UCAS Code: W101

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

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Fine art

Our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree in Farnham reflects the attitude of contemporary art practice. The course promotes critical engagement with society, culture and politics whether through painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, film or performance.

While on the course, you’ll initiate real-time opportunities, exploring how art is disseminated through live projects, exhibitions, curatorial exercises and work experience. In addition to developing your fine art practice, you’ll gain valuable insight and transferable skills in leadership and project management.

Within dedicated studios and workshops focusing on material craft skills, digital and advanced specialist methods of working, you’ll discover how artists sustain a profile, become employable and promote themselves in the wider world.

From traditional crafts to technological artworks, you’ll have the freedom to develop your own artistic voice, informed by a dynamic programme of study.

We passionately believe in developing ambitious and resilient artists – we’ll help you to secure rewarding work placements, as well as promote your work to give you real-world experience.

With access to leading artists, academics and facilities, our BA (Hons) Fine Art course in Farnham offers you an eclectic environment where you can explore diverse creative avenues.

You’ll receive regular tutorials and lectures from internationally recognised artists and curators – recent visitors have included Gavin Turk, Phyllida Barlow, Gustav Metzger, Richard Wentworth and Turner Prize winner Martin Creed.

From the start, you’ll have the opportunity to create live project exhibitions in London and the South East in order to locate new networks and audiences for your work. As a long-established and well-connected course, Fine Art at our Farnham campus has strong industry links including The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Jerwood Space, The Henry Moore Institute, Watts Gallery, Cobham, TATE Galleries, and Blyth Gallery Imperial College.

Our alumni have won and participated in prestigious art prizes such as BT New Contemporaries, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, John Moores Painting Prize, TATE Young Artists, The Discerning Eye, The Woon Art Foundation Prize and the Neo Art Print Prize.

Similar courses that we offer:

Fine Art (3 & 4 Year) - UCA Canterbury

Modules

In Year 1 you'll explore practices of painting, sculpture, print, performance, film and photography. You'll examine drawing from formal study to experimental practice and will trace the recurrence of ideas and concepts throughout contemporary art practice. In Year 2 you'll develop your studio practice and examine how critical theory has extended and underpinned historical and current art practice. You'll also learn how to present both your work and the work of others in interesting ways. In Year 3 you'll work towards the presentation of your work in a major exhibition which will showcase your unique ideas. You'll produce a dissertation which will resolve your studio practice with your theoretical interests, and will make preparations for your professional future.

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
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Farnham

Department:

Fine 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.

72%
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
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

77%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
D

After graduation


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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
99%
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Employed or in further education
92%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services 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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