Fine Art (top-up) (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
1 year

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Course starts
September

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About Fine Art (top-up) at University of Kent

The programme prepares you for professional practice and engagement in the cultural sector. You will study a combination of practical, theoretical and professional modules that will encompass transferable skills to improve your employability. Designed and taught by practising contemporary artists, the programme has developed many links with galleries, artists and curators in the south east of England to give you a real advantage when embarking on a career in the arts. The programme embraces the rich history of the subject and the vibrancy of current debates to allow you to develop a unique creative identity relevant to contemporary practice. The programme will enable you to convert your Level 5 Foundation Degree or HND qualification into a Level 6 BA (Honours) Degree with either a year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.  Student profile "The course is really flexible and the teaching staff are of such a high standard, it's amazing." Jacqueline Chase - BA (Hons) Top-up in Fine Art

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Specific fine art techniques for communication and expression through visual and plastic forms. 
  • The critical and contextual dimensions of fine art, including the business, cultural, economic, environmental, ethical, global, historical, political, societal and theoretical contexts.
  • The artist’s required relationship with audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers and other participants.
  • The implications and potential of the key developments in current and emerging media and technologies.
  • The implications and potential of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary fine art practice. 
  • The relationship between the aesthetic and utilitarian dimensions (form and function).
  • The significance of the works of other practitioners. 
  • The range of materials, media, technologies and tools associated with fine art. 
  • What constitutes and the importance of good working practices.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • The articulation and synthesis of knowledge and understanding, attributes and skills in effective ways in the contexts of creative practice, employment, further study, research and self-fulfilment.
  • The application, consolidation and extension of learning in different contextual frameworks and situations, both within and beyond the field of fine art. 
  • The investigation, analysis, interpretation, development and articulation of ideas and information through the use of visual languages.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • The generation of ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity. 
  • The employment of both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation and/or making.
  • The selection, testing, use and exploitation of materials, processes and environments.
  • The development of ideas through to material outcomes, including, for example, images, artefacts, products, systems and processes, or texts.
  • The management and exploitation of the interaction between intention, process, outcome, context, and the methods of dissemination.
  • The applications of resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills to support the student’s own practice, and/or the practice of others.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Self-management – the ability to study independently, set goals, manage own workloads, meet deadlines, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity. 
  • Critical awareness – the ability to analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements, and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation; the ability to formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others; the ability to identify personal strengths and needs.
  • Interpersonal and social skills – the ability to interact effectively with others, for example through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation.
  • Skills in communication and presentation – the ability to articulate ideas and information comprehensively in visual, oral and written forms, present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations.
  • Information skills – the ability to source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate, and manage information from a variety of sources; the ability to select and employ communication and information technologies.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide an excellent quality of higher education in Fine Art.
  • Foster flexibility and multi-disciplinarity.
  • Provide a teaching and learning environment informed by research and scholarship.
  • Meet the lifelong needs of a diversity of students by widening access.
  • Support national and regional economic development projects with an emphasis on art and design.
  • Build on close ties within Europe and develop students’ knowledge of employability within the European Union.
  • Produce graduates of value to the region and the nation, in possession of key skills, enabling students to develop their capacity to learn, prepared for employment or further study.
  • Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, are pedagogically based within a research-led framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Provide high quality teaching in good environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study1 year
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

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