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Art can divide opinion. It can inspire generations. And it can take many forms. Whatever your style, develop it and expand your creative abilities here at Oxford Brookes. Plus, you can see for yourself what working in the arts is really like.
Our hands-on approach gives you a broad introduction to multiple media practices. We’ll show you how to unpick the theory behind them. And we’ll give you the freedom to explore your own creativity while we support you through your practice.
Whatever your career aspirations, we’ll help you build your professional skills and the confidence to start on your chosen career. Making the most of our relationships with contemporary galleries and arts organisations, you can start building connections within the world of arts.
You’ll be taught by practising artists, curators, researchers and technical specialists. In our dedicated facilities based a short walk from the city centre, you’ll use your own individual studio space to produce distinctive, challenging and imaginative artworks.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
With typically only 35 students joining us each year, you can be sure to receive plenty of tutor contact time. We get to know you and your talents really well.
The arts is founded on collaboration and this course is structured to create ample opportunities for working together across artistic disciplines
Space to create
You’ll receive a dedicated individual studio space scaled to meet your creative needs, accessible 24 hours a day during term time.
Experience the professional world of the arts while you study, through lectures, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers and specialist modules.
We’ve invested in the latest tech: laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) .
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.
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.
Discover, test and experiment with contemporary fine art as you forge your own independent creative practice. Link traditional skills and approaches with alternative media such as sound, video and installation. Use our excellent facilities to produce distinctive, challenging and imaginative artworks.
Year 1 develops your skills and explores broad artistic practice and theory across media. This time is essential grounding before you select your Year 2 pathways driven by your interests.
Year 3 is given to developing a major individual work that will be showcased at your final Degree Show, a public exhibition of your work and accomplishments.
There’s no house style here, no templates to follow. Teaching adapts to your creativity. Enjoy high tutor contact time throughout, with organised 1:1 and group tutorials.
To enrich your professional experience, you’ll build your own Real Art World (RAW) assessed portfolio. It’s a complete record of all real-world endeavours during your time on the course.
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.
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.
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.
The broad scope of this course, and its professional experience modules, open up various career paths for graduates.
Many establish themselves as self-employed artists or go on to a range of careers within the creative industries. That extends to TV set design, art institution management or art consultancy.
The personal skills you’ll build during your studies are attractive to many employers. You’ll gain confidence in delivering ideas, achieving concept buy-in and turning abstracts into finished forms.
Helped by tutors or through building your own contacts, you’ll feel encouraged to boost professional development by joining the artist’s network. Guest speakers to the course form an active part of this.
Professional roles could include:
- university lecturer
- gallery manager
- arts therapist
- arts journalist
- TV set design
- arts consultancy
- cultural facilitator.
Keren Hannah Golea
"During our first year, we had a field trip to Venice, so we went there to experience the arts and we really enjoyed looking at art in a much wider perspective on a global scale"Read more about Keren Hannah
Specific entry requirements
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|End of year show (final year)||£200-600|
|Exhibition costs for two professionally displayed exhibitions for public view||From £350|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
European or international field trip
|Field trips to London and other local venues.||£30|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.