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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 by entering into a 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 a range of contexts, 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 and participate in international field trips.

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Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Develop a bespoke studio practice in drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, performance, installation, film or photography.
  • Study as part of a community of artists with specialist workshop, exhibition and making spaces at the Garage Studios.
  • Optional study-abroad year in Europe or North America and international trips which have included Rome, Berlin, Florence and New York.
  • Celebrate your achievements with your peers and industry professionals at the final year Degree Show at the Garage Studios.
  • 100% overall student satisfaction for Fine Art in the NSS 2015 and 2016.

Student Work

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio for consideration

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Visual Enquiry
  • Studio Practice 1
  • Materials Form and Space

Optional

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Visual Research
  • Studio Practice 2
  • Site and Context 1

Optional

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Exit Portfolio
  • Dissemination of Research
  • Fine Art Projects 3
  • Site and Context 2

What will you study?

The degree is taught as a single programme to support you in developing an individual studio practice. You will be expected to be in the Garage Studio as much as possible to independently build your practice.

The course is structured around four key aspects of studio practice: Making, Sketchbook, Exhibition, and Site. Each year you will undertake four modules (two for joint honours students) that will engage with these aspects and will build to give you a holistic understanding of how your practice is developing. These modules are all taught together so that each week your independent making time will be supported by a number of contact sessions with the tutors.

Year 1

Year 1 focuses on material experimentation through a series of structured making tasks. You can make drawings, paintings, prints, objects, sound works, films and performances, all supported by tutorials groups critiques, readings and lectures.

You will be introduced to artists, contexts, films, concepts and philosophies through which you can incorporate into your practice. You will build a set of critical skills to read images, events and environments as well as research strategies for drawing and image making. All of these elements will be captured in your sketchbook materials. You will read, draw, make photographs and films and write about what you are looking at and what you are making.

Year 2

Year 2 focuses on public exhibition making outside of the studios. You will make a proposal about the practice that you want to make. At the end of the year you will curate a public group exhibition to show you work.

Students at the Garage are encouraged to engage with the culture and politics of the wider world. The site strand considers how art making is situated within the world and where it appears. This includes exhibition visits, museums, archives, artist-run spaces, and guided walks.

Year 3

Year 3 focuses on independent practice and the Degree Show. You will present your first solo show and build a portfolio for the future.

Imagining how your work meets the world is central to the degree. Throughout the course you will get the opportunity to present your work in the gallery and project spaces in the Garage and get feedback from specialist staff, visiting artists and your peers. You will get to engage with artists making in the spaces as part of Garage residencies and develop technical skills for how to present and display your work. In the third year, you will construct your own solo show in the Garage and present your work as part of the Institute of Art Degree Show.

 

 

International Trips/Visiting Speakers

Jade Blackstock (BA Fine Art Joint Hons 2011-2014)

Jade Blackstock graduated with a first class Joint Honours degree from Worcester in 2014, and will be continuing her education at the Royal College of Art in London from 2015.

Jade was awarded one of just twelve scholarships that will help to fund a Master’s degree at the RCA by the Leverhulme Trust, which supports talented individuals across arts subjects.

She will begin her Master’s degree in Performance in 2015, and says that the support and guidance that she has received during her time at Worcester will stand her in good stead as she looks to develop further as an artist.

“The University of Worcester has been a great help to me during the application process for my Master’s course,” she explains. Even after I graduated, the University was extremely supportive and encouraging.

My former lecturers met me to provide advice and tips on making a strong application, and they helped me to pick out and present the strengths within my portfolio.

In studying for a Master’s degree, I hope to continue gaining and improving on the skills, which will prepare me for the future as a practicing artist. I want to continue developing and improving my art practice, and building connections with a wider pool of creative thinkers.”

Anna Lister (BA Fine Art 2013-2014)

After studying at the University of Worcester, and gaining first class honours with her evocative figurative paintings, Anna Lister has gone on to train as a secondary school teacher.

"Achieving a first class degree was a huge personal achievement as I completed the final year of my degree as a new, single mother.

I transferred from another university to complete my degree at Worcester and it was the best decision I could have made - the staff and fellow students were understanding of my situation and really supportive of my decision to pursue my studies.

I began my final year with not very much confidence but the staff and students I worked with at the university really turned that around for me."

Malvern Gazette, 19th August 2014

Battenberg-Cartwright (BA Fine Art 2009-2012)

After completing their degrees at the University of Worcester, Battenberg-Cartwright went on to study for an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London. They now have a fast-emerging practice, working in the fields of art and fashion. Nora and Paul Battenberg-Cartwright, who married to demonstrate their artistic commitment to one another whilst at Worcester, work across various artistic disciplines, including lens-based work, performance and painting, as well as fashion design.
Described as a living conceptual piece and performance art duo, Battenberg-Cartwright have showcased their work on some of the world’s biggest catwalks; including at the London, Berlin and Paris Fashion Weeks.

“We were fortunate to have forward thinking and understanding tutors at Worcester, who were willing to listen to our concepts and who were open minded enough to understand the work. We cannot thank them enough for their support. Our fellow students followed in this manner. Naturally, we were pushed to work hard to earn our grades - We needed to at all times show that two pairs of hands were at work; both in terms of concepts and in the production”

Made in Arts London, February 14th 2014

Arts facilities

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of:

Tutorials
The studio tutorial - that is the discussion between tutor and student in the presence of your work - remains the principle form
of teaching and learning in a fine art education.

Group Crits
Like the tutorial the group crit forms an essential, critical strand of the teaching and feedback that you will encounter. These are opportunities to present finished work or work in progress to a group of peers, that will then be discussed.

Seminars
These sessions focus on the exchange of ideas, promoting argument and debate. They will often be delivered in response to something that you have been asked to look at, this could be a reading, a film or an exhibition.

Lectures
These are platforms for delivery of contextual and critical discourse. During these sessions you will develop
your knowledge around subject areas, disciplines, and thematic concepts.

Workshops
These are used to develop your skills and will often take the form of a demonstration before providing you with individual and/or group opportunities to practice and extend these skills through mini projects with technical support.

Studio time
This is a crucial aspect of the course. You are expected to develop your own areas of study. You are expected to take this forward through research, experimentation and the development of a range of skills required to create a body of work.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Tutorials
  • Group Crits
  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Workshops

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve the development of a portfolio through studio practice.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Dr Richard Allen, Dr James Fisher, S Mark Gubb and Jess Mathews.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a number of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include presentations, portfolios of practical work, critical writing, exhibitions.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
A presentation and a portfolio of practical work.

Year 2
A portfolio of practical work and critical writing and a public exhibition.

Year 3
A portfolio of practical work, a critical dissertation and a degree examination exhibition.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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Dr Richard Allen

My work investigates the agency and theatricality of objects through the making of performances, films, essays and publications. I ask questions about how performance objects; devices, props, instruments, machines, apparatuses and artefacts are appropriated into the making of art works and encounters in everyday life. Current research explores museum dioramas, floor plans, architectural facades, military decoys, noise cancelling headphones, end of the pier machines, and the weird object world of Donald Trump.

I have written about the bio-objects of Tadeusz Kantor, the scenographic landscapes of Philippe Quesne and Vivarium Studio, and Katrina Palmer's site-specific audio walk The Loss Adjusters for an issue of the Theatre and Performance Design Journal (Routledge) on good vibrations in sound design. I have recently edited an edition of Performance Research on anthropomorphism and objects with Dr Shaun May (Kent) and I presented a performance lecture called Phantom Stages about theatrical floor plans as part of a group show called Hidden Lines of Space in Berlin.

I am currently developing a site-based performance project in response to a number of abandoned Little Chef locations throughout the UK with MAYK (Bristol). My performances play with how narratives and animations are formed between objects, performers and spectators, often working with theatrical props, stage hardware and novelty objects. I have presented work at the National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin), University of Buffalo Department of Art (New York), Mayfest (Bristol), and Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff).

I joined the Fine Art department at Worcester in 2012 as a graduate from Wimbledon College of Art with an MA in Visual Performance (2008) and a PhD in Performance Practice from Aberystwyth University (2014). I am currently third year lead for the BA Fine Art course and I am co-founder of theFabrication Research Group, an interdisciplinary collective of artists, academics and designers who investigate questions and ideas relating to practices and processes of fabrication, concerning both the making of objects and the making of fictions, the construction of things and the narratives told about them. I run a performance platform at the Garage Studios called PiLOT where visiting artists are invited to test out a new piece of work alongside students from the BA Fine Art degree. 

Website: brokenapparatus.com

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Jess Mathews

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.

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S Mark Gubb

Mark works across a range of media including sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. Works exist in a wide range of sites and contexts; that space often being a starting point for an idea's development or a contextually relevant backdrop. He is equally interested in how work functions in an arts institution as in a site-specific work; a particular interest being how work can retain its criticality and credibility when positioned outside of an institutional framework, where it is often requested to have a broader relevance to a wider audience. Subjects for work are drawn from the social and political culture he has grown up in; an equal fascination with things he finds so great and so terrible about the world. This often takes the form of a re- evaluation and re-interpretation of contemporary culture and history, provoking us to consider our contribution to the world. Work often incorporates some form of collaboration, whether in its production or engaging a particular community, subculture or professional during the research phase. His primary interest is in how a work communicates as an object in the space that surrounds it; its potential and ability to carry an idea in itself and how this can be enhanced by the context in which it is situated.

He is in the early stages of a PhD, where the primary focus is around ideas of exchange; strategies and methodologies used within the content and structure of a work to heighten this exchange as a reflective, critical and dynamic experience of the work, stepping beyond what might be considered a typical exchange between a viewer and artwork in a traditional context.

His work has been widely commissioned and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions for organisations including Artangel, Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dublin Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth), Postmasters Gallery (NYC), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), Mostyn (Llandudno), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), ICA (London) and PS1 MoMA (NYC).

Residencies/fellowships include URRA International Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), Standpoint Futures, Standpoint Gallery, London (2010), Cove Park, Scotland (2008), Arts Council of Englands International Fellowship at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (2005) and The Wheatley Fellowship at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (2005).

Permanent public works include commissions for Grizedale Arts, Nottingham Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth) and The Welsh Assembly Government.

www.smarkgubb.com

Qualifications

  • M.A. Fine Art, B.I.A.D., University of Central England
  • B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, University of Derby

Awards (selected)

Mar 2016 Arts Council Wales: Large Project Grant
Feb 2016 Wales Arts International: International Opportunities Travel Grant
Jul 2013 Arts Council Wales: Large Project Grant
Mar 2012 Arts Council Wales: Creative Wales Award
July 2010 Arts Council Wales: Production grant
Feb 2008 Arts Council England Award: Grant to produce new work for The City Gallery show
Nov 2006 Arts Council England Award: Grant to realise Among the Living touring project
Mar 2006 Visiting Arts, Artist to Artist Scheme
Nov 2002 Grizedale Arts: Research and development grant

Final Year Art Shows

The Worcester Degree Shows are the culmination of work from students on the University of Worcester's arts courses.

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Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

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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Costs

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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

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International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

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