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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
85% MED
% employed or in further study
86% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-114 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

If you want to become an expert practitioner in fine art - whether as an artist, curator, educator or arts sector professional - our practice-based course has making at its heart to enable you to fulfil your ambitions. You'll develop your skills in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography (both wet and dry) and digital media, while being encouraged to find your own direction and voice as an artist, with the support of our artist-lecturers, skilled technicians and visiting artists. Why Choose University of Cumbria As a contemporary artist, you'll need to have entrepreneurial skills too in order to succeed, and so, you'll also learn about setting up a business and marketing to give your career an additional edge. Forget having to book space to create your ambitious work, you can design your own studio space according to your needs thanks to our large, airy art studios. Lectures take place in our studios giving you a unique learning environment, so theory literally is blended with practice Fine Art facilities include a professional printmaking studio with facilities for etching, relief and screen-printing, a wet darkroom, a 3D sculpture workshop with dedicated woodwork, metalwork (including hot metal casting) and ceramic areas, an audio video suite for filmmaking and a computer suite (Macintosh) with dedicated workstations Our Vallum Gallery hosts exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers, as well as student, staff and alumni 75% of your studies will be in practical, hands-on sessions Tutors are practicing artists – many are world-renowned Opportunity to create an ambitious portfolio of work to impress a wide range of future employers Develop entrepreneurial skills – including self-employment and marketing - essential for real-world success Small class sizes mean you get great tutorial support and feedback from our artist-lecturers Opportunity to exhibit locally and nationally thanks to our industry links Run your own artist space in Carlisle and visit galleries of note nationally and internationally You’ll be within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you’ll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies. Our course will see you deepen your historical, theoretical and critical understanding of fine art, while developing practice, based on themes that you’re passionate about, so you can graduate ready to make a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape. Recent graduates have secured jobs in galleries and museums as curators, in art education, social arts, art therapy, and as contemporary practitioners, with many going on to postgraduate studies.


University of Cumbria

Carrock halls of residence

The University of Cumbria has multiple campuses - from Carlisle to London! - each offering a unique learning experience which enables students to have that small campus feel but be part of a bigger university community. With strong focus on vocational learning, it is 2nd in the UK for graduate employability with 97% in employment or further study within six months.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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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 88%
Student score 85% 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
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
80% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
308 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
50% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 86% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k MED
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Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are sales supervisors


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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