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Excited to become part of the contemporary art world?

A Fine Art degree at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore, experience and study the practices and ideas of Contemporary Art. Find out what it means to be an Artist and what it means to be making Art NOW.

The course will support you on a journey of material and critical discovery as you develop your own ideas and practices in a working studio environment.  You will be taught by practising artists, writers and curators who will offer you constructive guidance and feedback on the development of your ideas, your making and your position as an artist. The studios will provide you the space to develop an exciting and dynamic peer group in which mutual support and critical debate are cultivated. The workshops offer an opportunity to develop your technical expertise and realise your creative ambitions. All of this is supported by a critically informed programme of historical, theoretical and professional engagement that will give you the confidence to step into the world and realise your own creative potential.

90% of students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2019).

For more information in relation to studying Fine Art  Ba(Hons), or related courses, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Fine Art course updates.

 

Excited to become part of the contemporary art world?

A Fine Art degree at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore, experience and study the practices and ideas of Contemporary Art. Find out what it means to be an Artist and what it means to be making Art NOW.

The course will support you on a journey of material and critical discovery as you develop your own ideas and practices in a working studio environment.  You will be taught by practising artists, writers and curators who will offer you constructive guidance and feedback on the development of your ideas, your making and your position as an artist. The studios will provide you the space to develop an exciting and dynamic peer group in which mutual support and critical debate are cultivated. The workshops offer an opportunity to develop your technical expertise and realise your creative ambitions. All of this is supported by a critically informed programme of historical, theoretical and professional engagement that will give you the confidence to step into the world and realise your own creative potential.

90% of students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2019).

For more information in relation to studying Fine Art  Ba(Hons), or related courses, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Fine Art course updates.

Course Information

UCAS Code
W100

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Department / Arts

From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study in.

Student Profiles / Fine Art BA (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Fine Art BA (Hons) from our current students.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Art Department Image Gallery

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Teaching on the Art degree programme is delivered through studio tutorials, group critiques, workshops, a series of seminar programmes and lectures. Across all three years of the programme students are expected to develop their own ideas and approaches to art making. Our seminar programmes and lectures offer an overview of key historical and theoretical contexts in modern and contemporary art and will help develop your critical thinking. 

Degree Show Catalogues:

Below are catalogues that showcase work from students, they are produced by final year students and document the realisation of their final degree show exhibition.

Scaffold - 2019

Sonder - 2018

You're doing fine. - 2017

Catalogue - 2016

Studying Fine Art BA (Hons)

Taught by leading artists, writers and curators and supported by specialist artist technicians, this course places you at its core. Find out what it's like to study Fine Art BA (Hons).

Portfolio Guidelines

We are interested in you as an artist and how we can support your learning and ambitions for the future. At Northumbria we take a look at each applicant's portfolio.

Degree Show

The degree show is a raw, exciting exhibition produced by our graduating Fine Art BA (Hons) students, demonstrating an extremely high level of creative achievement.

Fine Art Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Fine Art BA (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Arts BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will learn from research-active staff, many of whom are leading artists, writers and curators with specialist knowledge across a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, video, performance, photography, sound and installation. The practical workshop delivery is fully supported by studio technicians, many of whom are professional artists in their own right. Our Wednesday lecture programme provides you with an invaluable opportunity to learn from visiting national and international artists, curators and writers.

 

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Northumbria we make sure you have all the resources you need to realise your creative potential. Your learning environment is centred on the studio and workshops; supporting a range of approaches to making, be that painting, sculpture, print, digital print, dark room photography, moving image, paper making, sound or performance. The studios are complemented by a generous access to project spaces in which you can test your ideas and host your own exhibitions, events and workshops.

Events, exhibitions, talks, performances, placements and work opportunities are available through the programme, and there are plenty of opportunities to connect with the exciting Newcastle art scene. This includes Newbridge Projects, the Northern Charter, BALTIC39, Workplace, Vane, and our own Gallery North. Newcastle is the cultural centre of the North East and our innovative partnerships with outstanding arts organisations such as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art ensure you receive an exciting insight into the art world.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Arts BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Research-active academics within the department are specialists in a host of arts subjects and practices and many of the teaching materials you will engage with are drawn from their own areas of expertise and research. Staff are continually engaged in live projects alongside their teaching and in many cases there are opportunities to engage with and even participate in the realisation of these projects. Students also have the opportunity to work alongside the current Woon Prize Fellow (Chika Annen) whose studio is located within our own undergraduate studios. 

A Fine Art degree at Northumbria is developing ‘live briefs’ for students studying on the programme. This involves working with partners in the cultural sector and realising opportunities to work with independent commissioning bodies that approach the programme.

Our unique papermaking facility was developed from Professorial research and, as an accessible workshop facility, offers students a chance to study the materials and techniques of traditional Asian papermaking. 

The research culture at Northumbria is rich and diverse and there are many opportunities for undergraduates to engage and learn from it.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

On completion of the BA, many of our students move straight into practicing as artists, with a number of graduates receiving critical acclaim for their work while others move into related fields in the Arts infrastructure. Fine Art graduates are perfectly placed to move into roles in community arts; teaching; curating; arts management; assisting artists; gallery or studio management.

You may also choose to further your learning on the Northumbria Master of Fine Art course, delivered in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and based in BALTIC 39.

Northumbria Fine Art graduates will enter the workplace environment with confidence, gained from a range of skills that will allow them to maximise their potential in an increasingly automated workplace; the so-called ‘soft’ skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creative development and project delivery will be the new ‘hard’ skills of the future. 

We understand how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career, so we enable you to gain real-world experience in an arts setting with the option to spend a year in industry or take a short professional placement. Previous placements have included gallery and museum work in schools, art therapy, events management and production, or assisting artists in an exhibition or art production.

If you are looking to spread your wings whilst also building on your knowledge of fine contemporary art, there is the opportunity to study abroad at fine art institutions in Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, or the USA.

Career Edge / Added Experiences

You can boost your CV and develop your experience whilst studying at Northumbria.

Careers and Employment / Develop

From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, we are here to help.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview.

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential.

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design, or Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/fine-art-ba-hons-uusfar1/portfolio-guides/

 

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for information on all fees, scholarships and discounts

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

Fine Art BA (Hons)

Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

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