Develop your individual practice, explore and experiment with new processes and media, and engage with contemporary practice and theory by studying for our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Cambridge School of Art.
At ARU, studying Fine Art allows you to experiment with your creativity, explore materials and processes, and discover which media best communicate your ideas.
We encourage creative risk-taking, and you'll have to the chance to explore many new practices and artistic platforms, including photography, printmaking, performance art, film and video, digital media, installation and site-specific approaches. Take a look at some of our students' work.
Our tutors, who are all professional artists, and expert technicians will be on hand to support you. It's one of the reasons our course is ranked 7th in the UK for 'Satisfaction with Teaching' (The Guardian University Guide 2020).
Here at Cambridge School of Art you'll be hands-on in your own studio space from the very start of your course. Our studios are based around our digital and traditional exhibition space, the Ruskin Gallery, and you'll work closely with fine artists in other years and with students from across our creative community. Perhaps most importantly, you'll get time, guidance and support from our team of practicing artists, dedicated to your creative development. We'll support you to experiment with materials and across a range of different media, processes and techniques as you develop confidence and build a substantial portfolio of work.
We learn outside the studio too, with visits to local exhibitions, galleries in London and international trips to centres of contemporary art such as Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and the Venice Bienniale.
Throughout the course there are opportunities to collaborate and exhibit your work and it's a great way to develop professional skills in curating, event management, marketing and promotion.
Our students have recently held exhibitions at Cambridge ArtSpace and created site-specific installations at the Institute of Astronomy, the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Technology. You'll also showcase your work in our graduating degree show and, as a (Hons) Fine Art student, you'll also be considered for our annual Supanee Gazeley Prize, a £3,000 award for the best Degree Show exhibition.
All our students are invited to attend the lecture series run by our Fine Art Research Unit, exposing you to contemporary debates in fine art practice. You'll also study the history and theory of fine art, giving you a solid grounding for careers in the creative and cultural sector, such as curation, arts administration, or arts publishing and journalism - as well as teaching and education.
With an eye on your future career, you'll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience and you can also take an optional placement year.