Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Fine Art (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video and lens-based media and printmaking, and then take the opportunity to specialise, combine areas or to remain broad-based with this open, creative degree.

You will:

  • be able to develop as a creative independent artist with opportunities to take on commissions, showcase your work in exhibitions and enter competitions.
  • develop your own unique visual art practice and learn how to creatively use skills and choose materials to express your ideas

Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study
  • We have vibrant studio spaces set within a traditional Art School environment, allowing students to test out ideas through making.
  • Small group sizes allow for individual support.
  • Our experienced tutors are passionate about their subjects and regularly produce and exhibit their own work, both nationally and internationally, as well as writing about art practice in books and journals.
  • We have strong links with a range of galleries and other exhibition spaces in Wales and the rest of the UK.

Entry Requirements

Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

The Fine Art programme team welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

IELTS:

6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Fine Art, like all of our Art and Design undergraduate programmes, has a strong vocational and academic ethos that aims to ensure graduates acquire a range of vocationally relevant skills. Integral to this ethos is the responsibility to ensure that our graduates have a portfolio of abilities and attributes which will allow them to thrive in the 21st Century workplace. It takes into account the fact that the future needs of the creative industries are likely to be very different and aims to prepare ‘independent learners’ who, on completion of their studies, are able to flourish within increasingly diverse professional contexts.

We pride ourselves on the high level of realistic and practical experience of working in the professional creative environment that you can gain while you are on the programme. Students are encouraged to initiate, organise and participate in off-site projects and engage in professional opportunities, including commercial activities that have the potential to launch their career in Fine Art.

Course Details

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including design practice, applied and fine art.  You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly.  There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Level 4 of the programme initially provides the opportunity to explore a variety of specialist activities offered within Fine Art as a broad-based introduction. You will examine how artists process ideas through a combination of making and critical evaluation while learning to relate your experiences to those of other artists. 

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

In this year, modules enable students to consolidate and extend their learning with more advanced techniques and processes that challenge them to experiment with a variety of media and methods of communication. You have the opportunity to explore the areas of Fine Art practice you are most interested in within workshops led by skilled practitioners working within the field.  Having developed an awareness of what is possible, you may then choose to specialise in an established area of practice such as drawing, painting, video, digital media, sculpture or printmaking or to adopt an interdisciplinary approach.

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year modules require more critical, analytical and lengthier negotiated studies where students can determine their own career path and have the opportunity to negotiate a year plan which places them with more responsibility for which projects they undertake. This is closely monitored through regular critiques, seminars and tutorials.

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

Introduction to Art and Design
Introduction to Applied Art
Introduction to Fine Art
Creative Thinking
The Skills You Need
Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

History and Context
Creative Futures 1
Visual Communication
Media and Techniques (Fine Art)
Ideas and Concepts
Language and Practice

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Critical Thinking
Creative Futures: Making a living
Material, Form and Content
Visual Art Practice (Fine Art)
Specialist Study (Fine Art)

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

Dissertation
Creative Futures 3
Negotiated Practice (Fine Art)
Fine Art Degree Project

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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