University of Bolton Fine Art

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University of Bolton Fine Art

The BA (Hons) Fine Arts course is delivered by a team of successful practicing artists, and will give you the opportunity to explore and develop your own creativity, whilst establishing the foundation of your professional practice as a working artist.

You will enhance your technical skills in the traditional fine arts media of painting, drawing (including life drawing), printmaking and sculpture. The course is multidisciplinary, ensuring you will also have plenty of opportunity to learn about and practise a broad range of new media – experimentation and exploration are encouraged. Throughout your studies the emphasis is on expanding your critical understanding of fine art and supporting the growth of your ideas, thinking and philosophy on your own creativity.

Also central to your studies is building your knowledge of the business and marketing aspects of the art world. The department uses a studio system and you will be expected to manage your time, your workload and show increasing levels of responsibility and personal management as the course progresses. You will be expected to play an active role in the department’s exhibition committee and work with your fellow students on all aspects of your final, public exhibition at the end of your final year.

About the course

The programme is based in a purpose-built, custom-designed Fine Art studio complex, with outstanding adjacent workshop facilities, including specialist wood and metal workshops, a ceramics room and a printmaking workshop. Digital printers allow you to print onto a range of media up to A0 size, and are supported by an adjacent AppleMac computer suite.

Teaching staff are all practising artists, with studios in the region, and all have extensive national and international exhibition experience. They are supported by staff from other specialist areas within the department as well as technicians who manage the department’s facilities.

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and studio-based projects. All Fine Art modules are available online through the University’s Moodle system, and the programme arranges many study visits regionally, nationally and internationally. There is a visiting lecturer programme that introduces established practitioners from the contemporary world of Fine Art. While you will benefit from the taught sessions, the studio workspaces allow you to continue your work in your free study time during the rest of the week. Class sizes are also relatively small, which means you will receive excellent levels of staff contact, and interaction with your fellow students.

There is a practical basis to your studies that will support your personal and professional development as a working artist. The department has strong links to arts organisations in the area giving you the opportunity to work on many external arts projects, and be paid for doing so.

There may be opportunities for students to spend some time studying in Greece through the University’s ongoing collaboration with the Vorgias School of Fine Arts in Athens.


Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including an arts based subject.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

You will be required to attend an interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our BA (Hons) Art & Design with Foundation degree. On successful completion of the foundation year, you may be able to progress to your chosen Art and Design subject at degree level.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000
2017/18 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750
2017/18 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Alan Buckingham (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903378

For general information about the University of Bolton and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903