Fine Art BA (Hons)
What makes Fine Art at Worcester special?
Our Fine Art course combines visual art practice with critical studies and places a strong emphasis on studio practice.
Fine Art is at the forefront of cultural production, exploring new terrain and challenging existing ideas. Our course will allow you to become part of this momentum and by entering this community of artists at Worcester you will have the support and encouragement needed to extend your creative work and ideas into new and unexplored areas.
During the course, you will create a substantial portfolio of work to showcase your technical and creative talents, culminating in your final degree show. The theoretical side of your degree will enable you to put your work into proper context, explaining your influences, the reasoning behind your choice of subjects and why you used certain materials.
You’ll also have the chance to build professional skills and networks through work placements and collaborations with practicing artists.
- Studio practice comprises a range of contemporary art forms supported by technical facilities and staff expertise. These include drawing, painting, print-making, performance, installation, 3D, video, digital and lens-based work, for example
- Benefit from contact with your contemporaries on all of Worcester’s Art courses, through shared modules, studio spaces and exhibitions
- Regular study trips are offered to London and recent international trips have included visits to Rome, Florence and New York
- Celebrate your achievements and showcase your talent with our final year Degree Show, housed at the Garage. A prestigious private view opens the exhibition, your chance to share your work with top industry professionals.
- Optional study-abroad year in Europe or North America
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
104 UCAS tariff points
Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio for consideration
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
You will learn how to:
- Experiment with ideas and materials and develop strategies for making that support your development as an engaged and resilient practitioner.
- Transform your visual research and conceptualize your subject matter towards becoming a critically aware, problem solving enquirer and researcher.
- Develop a coherent visual practice through making and the refinement of your working methodology.
- Apply the outcomes of your learning towards becoming a highly employable, enterprising, creative and professional practitioner able to seize opportunities presented by the visual arts and associated fields of work and enquiry.
Lecturers contributing to the course are professional artists, who variously practise as as painters, sculptors, printmakers, curators, designers, digital image makers, photographers, ceramicists, public artists or multimedia artists.
You will be allocated your own space within the studio. These will be solely yours for each of the year and can be used daily for producing your work and developing your practice. Alongside your studio space there are also a number of bookable spaces, which you are free to use for exhibition and project work and fully equipped workshops.
Seminars and student-led presentations promote debate and encourage you to express and defend ideas in a structured setting.
Tutorials ensure that you maintain contact with your tutor to discuss developments in your work and provide you with individualised academic advice. Our students receive frequent one-one tutorial support. Lectures expose you to the common framework of discussion that underpins the course.
Lectures are used strategically to present shared knowledge and offer provocations and ideas for examination.
Digital platforms are curated as part of students’ methodologies and practice. The making and dissemination of work through web-based technologies is supported by a host of facilities and equipment, including a recording studio, television studio and an animation suite.
Technical workshops provide you with introductions to a wide range of technical processes and equipment and support your use of them.
We employ a wide range of assessment types including continuous assessment, tutor/self/peer, reflective journal, reports, presentations and practical work.
Assessment is student-centred and the emphasis is on you becoming an independent learner throughout the programme. You keep a learning journal in each module, enabling you to reflect on your learning while you measure your individual achievement. You will be supported by Learning Teams and each major project is assessed by means of self-assessment, peer assessment and negotiated tutor assessment.
Meet the team
Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:
Dr James Fisher
Research interests: Painting and printmaking with a particular focus on the relationships between poetry and painting and music.
James trained at the Royal College of Art (1995-7) and was given an Abbey Scholarship in Painting at the British School at Rome in 2001. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Gloucestershire in 2009 following a series of exhibitions that explored connections between painting, music and text, with particular reference to the poet John Clare and Schubert’s Winterreise. Recent solo exhibitions include My Hopes are Not Entirely Hopeless, Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2009 and Uchiwa-e at the Eagle Galley, London, 2011. James has had studios in London, Rome and Canada and now lives and works in Gloucestershire.
Richard joined the department in 2012. He is currently completing a PhD in Object Theatre at Aberystwyth University and is engaged in a number of on-going research projects addressing questions of nonhuman performativity, animation, materiality, and object agency. His wider research interests include: Landscape and Site-Specific Art, Material Culture Studies, Live Art and Performance, Sound and Sonic Arts, Electronic and Noise Music, Digital Arts, and the Bio-Objects of Tadeusz Kantor. His research has been published in the Performance Research Journal and Dramatica and his practice has been presented at The National Review of Live Art (Tramway, Glasgow), Experimentica Festival (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff) and Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Performance company in residence with Showroom, 2010).He is currently working on the second part of a trilogy of works exploring the domestic garage as a place of performance. The first of the trilogy, Garage Band, was recently shown as Mayfest in Bristol and will go on a garage tour in the summer.
Sean’s’ work investigates the sculptural potential of the everyday, often using remnants of previous activities as a starting point. In many of the works there is a sense of objects being in-progress, indeterminate and open to change. They function like propositions; the audience is invited to play a part in its creation. The completion is only ever realised in the exhibition environment which undermines the perception of the gallery as a space for fully achieved artworks closed to further development. The works always intentionally hold within themselves a sense of failure, often through the impoverished materials and techniques used. The seemingly incidental and casual nature of the work is a defining characteristic. Its origins traverse the bridge between studio and gallery and it is in this complex yet intrinsic relationship that Edwards’ practice lies. Using a cross-disciplinary approach Edwards’ practice can encompases installation, sculpture, film, artist books, public art and photography.
Jess’ research-based practice typically exists between curating / producing, learning and outreach, and teaching. Alongside academic and personal inquiry she has adopted a variety of professional roles within visual arts organisations across Wales, including; Outcasting; Fourth Wall Artists Moving Image Festival; LightsGoingOn; Artes Mundi 5 & 6; Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales; Wales in Venice 2013; Oriel Davies Gallery; and Wales Artist Resource Programme at g39.
Maureen’s research interests are around the role of Place and the archive as trope within contemporary art practice. She is currently an Associate member of Spike Island studios in Bristol and of the PLaCe Research group; Space, Place Practice based at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
In August 2012 she was Artist-in-residence at Rauzet Priory, South West France, and an exhibition of her work using 1930’s archived records was held at Himley Hall, Staffordshire during June and July 2012.
From 2009 to 2011, she was artist-in-residence at Worcester Cathedral, which culminated in an exhibition of her work in January 2011. She presented her work in an exhibition of artists’ books, Library Book Project, held at the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England in January 2010 and has exhibited her work at many other venues throughout the UK.
Pippa Galpin studied for her BA at London University and went on complete her MA in Ceramic Design at Bath Spa University. Pippa’s current PhD research focuses on the potential of clay to explore Worcester Cathedral from a haptic perspective. She has recently completed a two year residency at Worcester Cathedral, which culminated in an exhibition of work presented in the Cathedral. Recent exhibitions include her participation in Open West in Cheltenham and in Fresh 2009, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent.
Pippa is currently undertaking a PhD at Bath Spa University, considering the notion of a ‘haptic landscape’ in relation to the study of place. She works with clay, which becomes her research tool and the pieces the results of her exploration.
Janet Harrison’s teaching and research interests range widely and include pedagogical research and developments within the broad fields of art and design. Her academic research focuses on women writers and artists of the 1920s and 1930s. Current work in progress is on the war photography of Lee Miller.
Janet teaches Critical and Contextual Practices modules at all three undergraduate levels; modules emphasise the ever-changing cultural and theoretical paradigms underpinning current art and design practices. Janet is Course Leader for Art and Design.
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The Worcester Degree Shows are the culmination of work from students on the University of Worcester's arts courses.
Where could it take you?
Graduates from the course have had success in a variety of careers in the arts as well as in going on to study at postgraduate level at various universities including the Royal College of Arts. There are a range of career pathways opens to students from a Fine Art course including becoming artists, curators, writers, designers, photographers, teachers and working within galleries. Increasingly, graduates are undertaking a variety of freelance commissions, setting up their own studio and gallery spaces and running their own businesses.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
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The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
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Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.
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Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
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How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
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