BA (Hons) Fine Art

The Course

Fine Art at the School of Art + Design embraces a multi-disciplinary approach to practice, which allows you to refine your technical abilities whilst developing an independent critical voice. You will create not only a professional portfolio, but also skills in research, pursuing art practice supported by the intellectual rigour of art theory and exploring issues that affect the wider context of art production. The course structure allows for the development of your individual practice whilst acknowledging the wider context of contemporary art and design. Students will gain proficiency in presenting their work to professional standards, including portfolio production and skills in networking, exhibiting and marketing.

Book list

These books and essays give you a flavour of the philosophy of the course: Burton, J. Vitamin D: new perspectives in drawing, Phaidon 2005. Debord, G. Society of the Spectacle, Black & Red 1984. Harrison, C. & Wood, P. Art in Theory 1900 – 2000, WileyBlackwell 2nd Ed. 2002.

Career Opportunities

Practising/commissioned artist, public or community arts education; curator; arts administration; print maker.


Hannah Birkett Course Co-ordinator for Fine Art/ Art + Design
Hannah Birkett graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2007, having previously studied at Lancaster University. She exhibits internationally, and lives and works in London. Her practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, print and painting.
Sława Harasymowicz
Unit Co-ordinator for Fine Art
Sława Harasymowicz is a London-based artist and MA graduate from the Royal College of Art. A published, award-winning and regularly exhibiting artist, her practice-led research poses questions around history, memory and contemporary identity, through personal, biographic and site-responsive projects.
Rebecca Meanley
Unit Co-ordinator for Fine Art
Rebecca Meanley received an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2003, having previously studied at Nottingham Trent University and Glasgow School of Art. She lives and works in London and exhibits internationally. Her primary practice as a painter incorporates drawing and writing and uses photography as archive.

Technical staff:

Joseph Davies, Joe Cruz, Rose Thomas, Anna Kakovka, Laura Hinksman

Visiting Speakers

Wendy Mason, AA2A
Joao Guarantani, British Council
Dominik Czechowski, Hayward Gallery

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Units of study include:

For building your skills:
Essential skill sets
Starting from the basics in areas from printing to photography; pattern cutting to photoshop.You are introduced to a wide range of technical skill workshops.
Developing skill sets Here you can choose the skills you want to develop to support your main program/practice.
For inspiration:
Key ideas in arts and design
These units run across all three years and help you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of how art and design influences culture, whilst also giving you a clear introduction to art and design from the beginning of Modernism through to current debates on contemporary practice. For employability and entrepreneurism:
Professional studio practice
Here you learn how to set up, run and maintain a professional studio in preparation for the real world of art and design.
Creative enterprise
Provides Support in creating your own identity as an artist and designer in a competitive marketplace.
Present and promote
From curating exhibitions to learning how to use social media this unit gives you the professional know-how to present yourself to the outside world!
Final major project
This is where the whole three years comes together and you present a professional portfolio of work that acts as a springboard to your future career. Your final major project forms the end of year show for the public and industry.

Further Information

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