Plymouth University Fine Art
Plymouth University Fine Art
School of Art, Design and Architecture
BA (Hons) Fine Art
Realise your artistic potential. Guided by practising artists, you’ll find the freedom to try different techniques and technologies. By analysing artistic influences and inspirations, you’ll deepen your understanding of what makes great art and gain the skills to create it. You’ll develop the expertise to feed your emotions and ideas into your work. And with excellent international links offering opportunities to travel, you’ll have everything you need to make your art the best it can be.
Graduates in fine art find employment in a diverse range of careers, from teaching to professional practice, working in museums to art therapy. We’ll help you find your niche and train for it with flexible internships.
Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.
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Clearing hotline0333 241 6929
Call our friendly Clearing team on 0333 241 6929.
We will help you find the right course for you.
- Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17 August.
- Clearing closes on Wednesday 20 September.
For opening times and further information, visit our Clearing page.
Careers with this subject
Advice from graduate Adam Garratt:
“To work in retail design, you have to put yourself out there and meet the people who already do that job, show them what you can do, offer to help and always say yes. They remember that. With art and exhibitions, apply to anything that’s free, search for something to take part in at least weekly, and keep a circle of creative friends or it can feel lonely.”
- Hone your existing talents and discover new ones with your own, dedicated studio space – as well as specialist shared spaces and facilities for textiles, metal and woodworking, plasterwork and ceramics workshops and life drawing classes.
- Connect and collaborate with others from around the world, thanks to our excellent links with overseas art and design institutions and international exchange opportunities in your second year.
- Explore the best way to express yourself – try drawing, video and sound, painting, printmaking, photography, performance and sculpture – to find the medium that’s right for you.
- Discover the possibilities of technology with fully equipped print and photo facilities, computers, audio-visual equipment, sound studio resources and expert technicians to support and guide you in your exploration.
- Enhance your understanding of art and the cultural context of your work with visiting lecturers and field trips to museums and galleries throughout the UK and Europe.
- Seize opportunities to enter local, national and international competitions and awards. Our students have been recognised in the Jerwood Drawing prize, travelled to Amsterdam for the Hans Brinker Trophy and won a contest to design the trophy for the prestigious Abercrombie Award.
- Get gallery-ready and showcase your final project in a real exhibition space alongside students from our 12 art and design degrees. The Art and Design Degree Show is your chance to introduce friends, family, prospective employers and the general public to your work.
- Our National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 return shows that 93% of students felt our staff made the subject interesting.*
- Year 1
- Your first year is about exploration of materials, processes and ideas. You’ll examine the diverse traditions and history of fine art. There’s plenty of studio time to try out different techniques and technologies from metalwork to photography. Building critical analysis skills through discussion and interaction with other students and teaching staff will boost your confidence. All this will create an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for you as an artist.
- Year 2
- In your second year, there’s the opportunity to take part in an international exchange programme. Drawing on your learning from your first year, you’ll now have confidence to follow your instincts, you’ll choose your media, inspirations and intentions then outline your project aims and research strategy. You’ll further develop your critical skills by reflecting on your own work and that of others. In groups you’ll handpick and curate a selection of your own work.
ADAEX500 Exchange Year Out: Art, Design & Architecture
- Final year
- In your final year, you’ll produce a comprehensive body of your own work. You’ll explore the social context of your work, and the relationship between artist and audience. We’ll continue to prepare you for your career in art by helping you to develop a research portfolio for use when you graduate, which may be paper-based or digital depending on your practice.
Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.
The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:
The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.
18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.
All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably art and design or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.
Mathematics and English Language grade C.
Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An interview and portfolio presentation are requirements for entry onto this course.
Fees, costs and funding
|Home/EU||£9,250||To be confirmed|
|International||£12,250||To be confirmed|
|Part time (Home/EU)||Check with School||To be confirmed|
|Part time (International)||Check with School||To be confirmed|
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.