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University of Salford

Fine Art

UCAS Code: W100

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

To include a grade B or C in an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points, AS Levels are accepted in combination with other Level 3 qualifications including A Levels and BTEC's.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points in an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points, is accepted in combination with other Level 3 qualifications including A Levels and BTEC's.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points, is accepted in combination with other Level 3 qualifications including A Levels and BTEC's.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

To include an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points in an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points, National Certificate is accepted in combination with other Level 3 qualifications including A Levels and BTEC's.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96-112 UCAS Tariff Points in an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points in an Art & Design subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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To include an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points, National Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other Level 3 qualifications including A Levels and BTEC's.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points in an Art & Design subject.

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points in an Art & Design subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

From a minimum of 2 A2's

96-112 UCAS Tariff Points, is accepted in combination with other Level 3 qualifications including A Levels and BTEC's.

65%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fine art

This fine art course prepares the next generation of contemporary artists and creative thinkers for their professional practice. This ideas-led, practical course will enable you to explore your ideas through a range of media including painting, sculpture, fine and digital print, installation, performance, fibre/textile, film and video, animation, community engagement and social practice, sound art, book works or any hybrid practices forged by you personally and suited to your expressive needs. This is further supported by a critical and contextual framework that is tailored to your needs as a maker and creative practitioner.

All arts practice is driven strongly by the philosophical, cultural and social environments that surround us. Throughout this course, you will be encouraged to respond to, and interact with, the complexity of these contexts through your work.

The course is further enriched by a co-curriculum activity that includes opportunities to develop your individual practice through public exhibitions, site specific projects, live briefs, and gallery, museum and education placements. There are also opportunities to study in Europe via our well established Erasmus Exchange scheme.

Our graduates find employment in high profile arts and cultural activities both nationally and internationally and this course has a proven and enviable record of relevance and expertise in the formation of artists and cultural practitioners.

Modules

YEAR 1: Year One aims to establish the groundwork for your creative practice. It introduces a range of methods and materials, making strategies and models of practice. It also provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding, places individual practice within a broader context and encourages you to explore individual paths of study.

YEAR 2: Year Two allows you to take ownership of your learning and prepare for independent study. You are encouraged to contextualise your studio practice and gain a better understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political contexts in which you work. There are opportunities to explore Live Briefs through exhibiting work, site specific projects, or gallery, museum and education placements. There are also further opportunities to study in Europe via the Erasmus Exchange scheme.

YEAR 3: Year Three aims to develop an individual, reflective and informed approach to visual arts through the establishment of personal practice that enables you to take charge of the direction of your own learning.

The overriding emphasis of Year Three is on self-direction and maturing a personal practice which will be sustainable beyond graduation. With preparing for professional life high on the agenda, you will be equipped with the skills to present yourself and your work face-to-face, in print portfolios and through the formation of a digital identity and online presence.

The year culminates in a major exhibition opportunity held at MediaCityUK.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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.

95%
high
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

88%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
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.

£16,848
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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