University of East London

BA (Hons) Fine Art Technology

Studying on BA (Hons) Fine Art Technology you will be in the forefront of future-focused exploration experimenting and developing emerging technology such as AR/VR (XR), AI and digital fabrication in the context of a fine art studio culture and technology.

For instance, going back to the discovery of clear glass which was created by artists then appropriated by science and engineers to make the early instruments of chemistry, art plays its role in shaping the world around us. As an advanced society it's important we explore and experiment with all technology. What's more, as artists, we should look for new and original ways to communicate and interact with the new knowledge gained from exploring new technologies.

You will be supported by yearly employability initiative Detour Ahead: Roadmaps for the Art and Design Industry, a week-long inter-disciplinary guest series offering you industry insights as well as guidance on subjects such as freelancing, copyright and tax.

You will be part of a new generation of artists with fresh perspectives and approaches (divergent thinking), with the skill sets required for Industry 4.0 (fourth industrial age), giving you edge in the competitive job market.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 96 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 28 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Studying fine art technology sets you up with the skills needed for a career in a variety of industries; art and technology, arts, design interaction, publishing, film and TV, teaching and more. 

Our staff teaching on the course all have national and international art practice outside of their teaching that they will draw from. Our staff are at the forefront of developing mixed reality (MR) applications and research into robot-human interaction, VR, interactive narrative, 360-degree video, volumetric video and photography. 

We have in our lecturing team experienced UX researchers and developers whose areas of expertise involve developing MR applications on platforms ranging from the HTC Vive, Hololens, Magic Leap, Oculus, Kinect, iOS, Android, ARKit and more.

Our lecturers have worked designing and developing interactive applications for organisations such as Honeywell, Hitachi, UBS, EE and Tideway and produced interactive content for London Fashion Week, the Venice Biennale and the Science Museum.

Course Details

Throughout your three year course, you'll be learning by doing; exploring creative approaches and experimentation with processes, techniques, forms of presentation and both analogue and digital media. You shall be developing your skills so you have the right competencies and professional skills to enter the creative industries. 

Within Fine Art Technology, the course will allow you to gain practical skills and confidence in visualising ideas, briefs and key photography skills. These practical skills will help you maintain professional online portfolio/presence/ promotional skills, framed appropriately for relevant creative industry context.

The skills you will gain will be for life; presenting ideas and work to audiences, clients and collaborators; interpersonal team working, collaborative and negotiation skills, arising from the creative practitioner's relationship with audiences, clients, markets, environments, users, consumers and or participants. The University of East London sets you up for your future career. 

Be in the forefront of future-focused exploration in the context of a fine art studio culture and technology with studio space and play a role in shaping the world around us with free thinking ideas and opportunities in fine art and technology context.

Year 1

Contextual Studies 1
Practice 1
Experimentation and Application 1A
Experimentation and Application 1B
Research into Practice 1
Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth)

Year 2

Contextual Studies 2
Practice 2
Advanced Experimentation and Applications
Advanced Practice
Research into Practice 2
Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3


Practice 3
Independent Major Project Part A
Independent Major Project Part B
Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)


Research into Practice 3 – Extended Research Project
Research into Practice 3 – Art & Design 4.0

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