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University of Reading

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W101

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

Entry requirements


Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  A minimum of two A levels are required towards the UCAS Tariff requirement. The EPQ will be considered alongside these A levels towards the Tariff total.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-35

Plus Pass or above in Art Foundation

UCAS Tariff

80

Plus Pass or above in Art Foundation

30%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fine art

Gain professional experience in hosting events and exhibitions - both your own and other artists and develop your practical skills at one of the top art schools in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2018). We offer a distinct approach to the subject, combining the areas of practice, theory and history and creating an open environment where debate and constructive criticism can flow freely.Studio spaces are open seven days a week and you will be assigned a studio tutor to support your personal and professional development. Events, screenings and performances are regularly hosted, creating a dynamic and stimulating environment to work in and engage with your peers and teaching staff. A student-run gallery and experimental project spaces are also available for you to explore.A range of subjects and media are made available throughout your time with us to work and experiment with, including sculpting, printmaking and digital media. Field trips to national and international museums and galleries are an important element to the course, providing opportunities to discover new art and consider the conditions in which they are created, displayed and received.Placements and collaborations are actively encouraged, with previous students taking internships at Studio Voltaire and the Frieze Art Fair. There is also the chance to study abroad and experience life in another country. Institutions include the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada; Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA; Monash University, Australia; National Taiwan University of the Arts in Tapei, Taiwan; as well as Art Universities in Dijon, France and Zurich, Switzerland, Budapest, Hungary and Tampere in Finland (Erasmus Scholarships).**Careers**In addition to equipping you with the knowledge, ability and practice-led skills to make an imaginative and effective contribution to the art world and wider creative industries, graduates also come away with key transferable skills such as self-motivation, time management and strategic thinking.We have a number of famous alumni, from Turner Prize-nominated artists to PhD students who are award-winning artists and curators at influential museums. Others have found employment in galleries, education, art therapy and film and video production. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The Burlington Magazine, Christies, Microsoft, and the BBC.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

• Fine art studio including career management skills

• Contemporary art and theory

• Critical collaborative methods

• Image action text

• Art dissertation

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,070
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

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.

75%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

67%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
C

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.

£18,212
high
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£23k

£23k

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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