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Fine Art

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

W100

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 5 - 8 years

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


On this Fine Art course we encourage you to be engaged, explore and to take risks as you work towards your independent fine art practice. You will make use of our excellent contemporary and traditional facilities to produce challenging modern artworks.

We will introduce you to a range of practices that link traditional skills and approaches with alternative media such as sound, video and installation. You will develop imaginative and informed fine art practice and the ability to analyse and discuss contemporary art.

Our Professional Practice module will help to strengthen your practical and professional skills, preparing you for employment, further study, or self-employment. 

You will benefit from our relationships with contemporary galleries and arts organisations. These include: 

  • Modern Art Oxford
  • OVADA (Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency)
  • The Old Fire Station Gallery

Many of our graduates work as self-employed artists. Others go on to careers in:

  • teaching
  • arts administration
  • art therapy
  • journalism
  • other roles in the creative industries.
Student spraying paint on a wall

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

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

Required subjects include: Art 

BTEC: DMM in Art or Art and Design subject

Please note for BA Fine Art we require acceptable passes in three subjects at GCSE or GCE

Other typical offers:

  • C at 12-unit vocational A-level and B at A-level Art.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offer quoted for each subject.

Following your interview and submission of portfolio or e-portfolio, if your work is of sufficiently high standard the University may decide to make you a conditional offer. 

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Grades BBC or equivalent, including grade B in Art

  • Foundation Art and Design is accepted as an alternative to A levels.
  • Presentation of a portfolio of recent work of an appropriate standard.
  • Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants are offered places through:

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

If you are unable to attend in person with your portfolio, you are invited to submit a digital portfolio.

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

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

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.

International applications

This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa.

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
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

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

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Additional costs

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. 

Technical equipment is provided.

Learning and assessment


This course will equip you with basic and specialist skills for the production of contemporary artwork and encourage discussion about a variety of issues within art and culture. 

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

  • printmaking 
  • ceramics
  • 3-D construction
  • photography
  • painting and film
  • theoretical perspectives 
  • creative strategies for generating and developing experimental contemporary artwork

Year 2 will support and develop your individual working methods. You will engage with your own work through the core of Fine Art Practice modules. The Media Pathway options will take your technical skills to an advanced level. 

In Year 3 you will research and develop a body of independent visual work, which will culminate in the end-of-year degree show. You will write an extended Critical Essay on a topic of your choice. You'll attend individual and group tutorials, lectures and seminars, and you will continue to work on your own in your own base studio.

Student drawing on painting

Study modules

Year 1

Fine Art Practice I: Media and Context

Fine Art Practice II: Studio/New Media Practice

Introductory Technical Skills for Artists

Fine Art Theory I: Modernism and Avant-Gardes

Fine Art Theory II: Postmodernisms

Year 2

Fine Art Practice IIIA: Developing Studio/New Media Practice

Fine Art Practice IIIB: Alternative Media Practices

Fine Art Advanced Media Pathway

Fine Art Theory III: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

Fine Art Theory IV: Critical Essay

Professional Practice for Artists

Placement in the Creative and Cultural Industries

The optional work 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 Study in Fine Art

Fine Art Practice IV: Research and Development

Fine Art Practice V: Major Project

Professional Writing for Artists

Year 3

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

* = Required

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, lectures and seminars. You will have 24-hour access to studio space, enabling you to work on your own.
 
Our teaching staff have a wide range of practice, research interests and expertise. They make work for galleries all over the world.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 24%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 76%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 14%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 86%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 9%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 91%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Field trips

Field trips are undertaken to a variety of national and local galleries and exhibitions throughout the 3 year course, and 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.

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Fine Art Practice modules are assessed by the presentation of completed artworks, sometimes including the submission of your research and development work, sketchbooks, and a written self-evaluation of the project. 

Fine Art 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

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, arts administrators, art therapists and arts journalists, or continue their studies at postgraduate level.

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. 

Further study

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

Our Staff


Mr 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

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.