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Fine Art

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

W100

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 5 - 8 years

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Discover, test and experiment with contemporary fine art as you forge an independent creative practice. 

You’ll be introduced to a range of artistic practices that link traditional skills and approaches with alternative media such as sound, video and installation. You’ll make use of our excellent contemporary and traditional facilities to produce distinctive, challenging and imaginative artworks.

By studying the themes and movements that underpin art history and theory from the 20th century onwards, you’ll develop an informed practice and the ability to analyse and discuss contemporary art.

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to build rich professional and practical skills through modules that are routed in the real art world. 

You’ll be taught by practicing artists, curators, writers, and technical specialists, and benefit from our relationships with contemporary galleries and arts organisations. 

Many of our graduates establish themselves as self-employed artists or go on to careers within the creative industries. 

Student spraying paint on a wall

How to apply


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants are offered places through:

  • submission of a digital portfolio of an appropriate standard; and
  • an interview with a member of staff and a current student from the programme.

Most interviews take place between late January and the middle of March. Applicants who submit their application early may be invited for interview in December.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time
£14,300

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

International / EU full time
£14,600

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time
£14,300

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

International / EU full time
£14,600

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Studio fine art materials are not included in the course fee. There is no specific equipment required, although students are advised to equip themselves with the basics; pencils and sketch book.

Most art students will be aware that art materials can be expensive. Students are required to fund the materials they use for their artistic practice. While advice on appropriate media is provided, it is not possible to offer a definitive guide on these costs. All students will be expected to maintain workbooks where they record their research and most practice will involve some form of initial mark making: you should budget approximately £100 a year for these very basic materials. Written self-evaluation of art work produced on the programme offers you opportunities to record cost constraints and alternatives. The programme expects students to be aware of and respond to opportunities for recycling the materials they have utilised in their work. 

In the final year students will exhibit work as part of the End of Year show. The cost of creating work for this will vary between individuals and will be dependent upon the type and scale of work you wish to make. The cost of producing work for the End of Year show is likely to range between £200-£600.  

Technical equipment is provided.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 we will introduce you to a range of technical skills, such as:

  • printmaking 
  • 3-D construction
  • photography and film
  • painting
  • digital image manipulation 
  • theoretical perspectives 
  • creative strategies for generating experimental contemporary artwork. 

Year 2 will support and develop your individual working. You'll explore your own ideas and begin to establish means of expression through the core of Fine Art Practice modules. The Real Art World (RAW) modules enable you to put the creativity and skills into practice in external projects of your choice, while other compulsory modules develop your engagement with the study and theories informing contemporary art.

In Year 3 you will research and develop a body of independent artwork, which will culminate in the end-of-year show. You will write an extended research essay on a topic of your choice, deepening your understanding of the context of your own creative practice. You'll attend individual and group tutorials, lectures and seminars, and continue to work independently in your own studio space at Oxford Brookes.

Student drawing on painting

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Practice 1: Experimental Projects (45 credits)

Practice 2: The Gallery and Beyond (30 credits)

Critical Theory 1: Introduction to Analysis in Contemporary Art (15 credits)

Critical Theory 2: Expanded Self and Beyond (15 credits)

Real Art World 1: Introduction to Creative Careers (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Practice 3: Extending Practice (45 credits)

Practice 4: Consolidating Practice (30 credits)

Critical Theory 3: Accessibility and Interdisciplinary Practice (15 credits)

Real Art World 2: Expanded Creative Projects (15 credits)

Optional modules

Critical Theory 4: Art and Critical Environments (15 credits)

Placement in the Creative and Cultural Industries (15 credits)

This module can be taken as an alternative to Real Art World 2: Expanded Creative Projects.

The optional placement module in the second year may involve travel costs depending on location. Students are encouraged to identify opportunities for this experience, but are given full support to ensure a sound and effective placement. In past years students have worked in casting foundries, with arts management organisations and with public galleries. In most cases, these placements occur in and around Oxford. For this reason, travel costs usually amount to no more than approximately £50. In cases where students opt to go further afield, cost may be higher and may be close to £100. In all cases, these costs will be discussed and agreed in advance with the student.

Independent studies (15 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Practice 5: Research and Development (30 credits)

Practice 6: Major Project (45 credits)

Real Art World 3: Independent Professional Projects (15 credits)

Critical Theory 5: Independent Research (30 credits)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Teaching sessions include individual and group tutorials, workshops, lectures and seminars. 

Through workshops you’ll be introduced to develop knowledge of and confidence in a variety of practical methods and techniques. Lecturers, seminars and tutorials offer you a platform to learn about and critically discuss historical, theoretical and contextual concepts and approaches. This will broaden your knowledge of contemporary art and help to inform your work as an artist. 

You will have 24-hour access to studio space, enabling you to work independently on your artistic practice. 

The Real Art World modules throughout the course offer you the opportunity to build your knowledge and experience of working within the creative industries. 
 
Our teaching staff have a wide range of practice, research interests and expertise. They make work for galleries all over the world. 

Field trips

Field trips are undertaken to a variety of national and local galleries and exhibitions throughout the 3 year course, any compulsory trips are paid for by the University. In addition an optional foreign field trip takes place on an annual basis. Previous destinations include Venice for the Biennale, Barcelona, Berlin and Lisbon. Costs for travel and accommodation, which is booked by the University, are kept as low as possible and in the past have amounted to approximately £350 per student.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Practice modules are assessed by the presentation of completed artworks, including the submission of your research and development work, sketchbooks, and a written self-evaluation of the project. Slide presentations of your work also help you to gain confidence in speaking publicly about your practice. 

Theory modules are assessed by written assignments or essays and Professional Practice modules are assessed by written assignments or oral presentations.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Throughout this course you’ll shape your own independent practice. A supportive and intellectually challenging environment is provided to enable you to:

  • develop into a confident, reflective and self-motivated graduate
  • become a skilled and practical maker, exhibiting high levels of professionalism
  • acquire skills that will enable you to thrive in the art world and wider society
  • learn to articulate your views and ideas, and to communicate clearly about your work and the work of others.

The professional strand of the course will enable you to maximise these skills for employment, postgraduate education or self-employment and will provide you with opportunities to engage with a range of arts-related professionals. 

Many of our graduates continue to work as artists, generating their own projects as well as working for others through commission or on community-based projects. Others go on to careers as teachers, curators or gallery managers, art therapists and arts journalists, or continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Further study

This course equips students to apply for MA courses in Fine Art and other postgraduate options. 

Our Staff


Dr Stephen Cornford

Specialising in video, sound, installation and digital art practices, Stephen teaches across the BA Fine Art course and contributes to the MFA in Fine Fine Art.

Read more about Stephen

Tiffany Black

Tiffany Black is an artist and lecturer who, since 2003 works as part of the art partnership brook & black, with London-based artist Leora Brook. Tiffany balances her creative practice with teaching at UG and MA level.

Read more about Tiffany

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