BA (Hons) Fine Art
Start Date: 13th September 2021
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If you have a passion for Fine Art and Art and Design, this degree will allow you to explore your interests and build the skills you need for a successful career in the industry.
The BA (Hons) Fine Art degree will give you a broad range of techniques and processes which will enable you to develop your practice. Through practical studio sessions, you will become proficient in metal, ceramic, traditional and digital print, lens-based and sewing room skills.
You will learn traditional and contemporary practices, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and digital practice.
As this art degree focuses on showcasing the work that you create, you will be given the opportunity to exhibit throughout your time as a student and work with industry to develop external exhibition experience.
64 UCAS points from a Level 3 in a related Art and Design course.
You will be asked to present a portfolio at interview before being accepted onto this degree.
For those without qualifications, relevant experience from industry will be considered.
If you are a current Newcastle College student and successfully pass your Level 3 course in an appropriate subject, you will be guaranteed a place on a degree course.
What will I learn?
- Introduction to Studio Practice
- Introduction to Site
- Contextual Studies 1
- Digital Practice
- Work Related Learning
- Academic Study Skills
- Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
- Intermedia Studio Practice 1
- Contextual Studies 2
- Professional Development
- Studio Practice 2
- Work Based Learning
- Professional Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
- Preparation for Studio
- Development of Practice
- Research and Dissemination
- Realisation of Practice
Depending on your specialist area of expertise, you will become proficient with appropriate tools for industry.
How is the course taught?
- Group work
- Work placement
- Independent study
How am I assessed?
- Portfolio of work
- 7,000 - 10,000 word dissertation
Throughout the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree you will have the opportunity to work with industry on live briefs, exhibitions and work placements. Students have previously worked with industry specialists such as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Tate Britain and the Hatton Gallery.
You will also study a Professional Development module which will enable you to review your employability and transferable skills against industry requirements.
Where can I progress?
If you would like to continue your academic studies after this art degree you can progress to the BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up) with Newcastle College University Centre. You can also start your career within industry in roles such as a Curator, Practitioner, Art Management or Art Education.
Course costs and information
Tuition Fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students is £9,000 per year. Read more about financial support.
NCG (the institution which Newcastle College University Centre belongs to) is in the process of applying for Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers. Read more about what this means about our offer here
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What can I do with a qualification in Fine Art
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