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Degree in Fine Art BA (Hons) 

UAL degree in fine arts UKThis course provides a stimulating creative environment where you can develop your studio practice as a professional artist and engage in the vibrant world of fine art. Unlock your artistic potential with the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Northbrook College- where creativity meets professional practice.

Unlock your individual artistic potential. Northbrook College's BA (Hons) Fine Art degree stands out among arts programs for its innovative curriculum, fostering both creative expression and professional development.


Course Overview

  • Location: Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • UCAS code: W102
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Application deadline: 15 July 2024
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Fees: £16,500

Entry requirements

2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
1 A-Level, a Foundation course and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)

A portfolio of work or audition is also needed to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.

Contact us to get an assessment of your qualifications for UK equivalency.

English language requirements

IELTS certificate or equivalent with an overall score of 6.0, 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.

The assessment of your application will include a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Course Information

This fine art course combines practical workshops with critical discussions to help you develop your artistic practice and contextual understanding.

Fine Art degree

Course Content

Course Content:

The course fosters a dynamic learning environment that goes beyond individual exploration. Workshops, critical reviews, and seminars provide opportunities to discuss your work with peers and faculty. Through these interactions, you'll exchange ideas, engage in lively debate, and receive valuable critical feedback on your creations. This collaborative approach will help you evolve as an artist.

Immerse yourself in art history through talks, discussions, gallery visits, and research. This will give you the knowledge to critically evaluate your work and the art world.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method:

We use a variety of teaching methods, including: 

  • practical and creative studio-based workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Key Features

Key Features:

  • Taught by practising artists with industry experience.
  • Build your profile as a fine artist with opportunities to exhibit your work within the College and in public spaces.
  • Spacious studios and facilities including printmaking workshop, life room, 3D crafts workshop, ceramics studio and darkrooms

Course Structure

Year One

Year One

The 1st year of the BA (Hons) in Fine Art equips you for artistic creation, building a foundation in core techniques and exploring creative methods.

The program moves beyond technical skills, emphasizing how visual research informs your studio practice and artistic concepts.

To develop your artistic identity, you'll undertake project-based learning. This involves establishing a focused theme and exploring it through experimentation with various drawing and research techniques. Throughout the program, critical evaluation reinforces the link between artistic theory, ideas, and practical application, equipping you with the confidence to work independently.

You'll delve into art theory, history, and cultural contexts through workshops and discussions, developing your ability to analyze and discuss art.

The program also prepares you for a career in the arts, introducing you to different art professions and equipping you with professional skills.

  • Unit 1: Introducing Fine Art
  • Unit 2: Developing Visual Research
  • Unit 3: Thematic Project
  • Unit 4: Cultural and Contextual Studies
  • Unit 5: Fine Art Opportunities

Year Two

Year Two

The second year focuses on developing your artistic practice and preparing you for a career in the arts. You'll delve into two chosen fine art areas, exploring diverse materials, techniques, and drawing practices. You'll learn to integrate visual research and theoretical concepts into your creative process, fostering critical thinking and self-directed learning. Workshops will provide additional support to bring your ideas to life.

Building on the foundation of year one, you'll deepen your understanding of contemporary and historical art practices as they relate to your studio work. Refine your research and artistic direction through ongoing reflection and self-directed study.

This expands your knowledge of theoretical frameworks, cultural contexts, art history, and social issues within the arts. You'll actively participate in discussions, hone academic and research skills, and conduct independent research, culminating in a formally presented response.

This looks towards your future career in the arts. You'll explore areas of professional interest, research and analyse contemporary exhibitions, and identify relevant professional contexts that align with your development. You'll gain essential technical skills for promoting and managing your artistic practice while refining your visual and oral communication skills. This connects your creative research with professional practice, preparing you for a successful career path.

  • Unit 6: Exploratory & Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Unit 7: Confirmatory Project
  • Unit 8: Advanced Cultural & Contextual Studies
  • Unit 9: Potential Prospects

Year Three

Year Three

This year builds on your existing skills and prepares you for your final exhibition. The first stage involves defining your artistic direction with individual support and exploring advanced techniques in workshops. This springboard project will pave the way for your final piece.

You'll further refine your ideas, delve deeper into research, and confidently use advanced techniques to create a focused body of work for the final exhibition. This is your chance to work independently and truly showcase your artistic vision.

You'll also conduct a self-directed research project, exploring a chosen topic in-depth and presenting your findings in a dissertation, report, or other academic format.

Finally, the course equips you for your artistic career. You'll refine your digital skills for professional presentation, develop strong communication skills, and explore professional contexts relevant to your artistic practice.

  • Unit 10: Minor Project
  • Unit 11: Major Project & Degree Show
  • Unit 12: Creative and Critical Research Project (Dissertation)
  • Unit 13: Self Promotion



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