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Fine Art BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time W100 2016 and 2017

Why choose this course?

This course gives you the creative, practical and intellectual skills to realise your creative potential and pursue a career in the visual arts or other professions. Ambitious and self-motivated students are excited by the course's flexibility and the subject's potential. Through interdisciplinary studies you will work with painting, printing, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, film, photography and textiles, in a focused or pluralistic way. 

What you will study

Teaching takes place primarily in your dedicated studio space where you are able to discuss the evolution and development of your practice with tutors, visiting artists, technical staff and fellow students. Your progress will be supported by core teaching in the form of tutorials, seminars, lectures, critiques and study trips, and through access to outstanding workshops and technical expertise. On the course you have the option to study abroad through the Erasmus programme and Study Abroad scheme, as well as participate in a range of studio workshops and projects facilitated by our team of staff who are practising artists, writers and curators.

Fine art at Kingston has significant industry links including; Stanley Picker Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Tate, Drawing Room, Five Years and Traffic, Antwerp. Students regularly take part in live external projects in addition to core curriculum activities.

Year 1 modules are designed to introduce the fundamental skills of visual art practice in traditional and new media, technologies and disciplines. You will begin to undertake independent studio practice, be introduced to technical and studio-based workshops and begin to experiment with content, media and processes. Through the integration of Critical and Historical Studies modules, students begin to explore the relationship of concept and critical discourse to media and materials.

Year 2 encourages you to develop your individual creative expression and build your interdisciplinary experience and collaborative skills, including working to external briefs. You will develop your technical competence in the realisation of your works, and will explore a wide range of source material in a critical and analytical context.

In Year 3, you will continue to study independently, creating work that articulates increasingly subtle and complex visual arguments and that takes account of current critical, conceptual, theoretical and aesthetic issues. You will produce work for a final portfolio, exhibition and review, and will complete a dissertation. A critical assessment and professional practice module will help you prepare for graduation by covering practical issues such as management and planning skills.

During the three years, we will teach you a comprehensive range of specific and transferable skills. These involve experience of live projects that will equip you for a very broad range of vocations in the visual and related professions, including specialist self-managed fine art practice.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module promotes the effective use of the studio to develop your art practice and is designed to raise your awareness of the need to manage your own learning whilst developing your creativity within the studio environment. You will learn to identify your existing skills, and acquire and develop those skills in the future through a series of introductions and workshops, including optional subject-specific workshops. A team project and group exhibition enables you to consider forms of group and collaborative practices and approaches to learning and exhibiting in a fine art and art school context. Optional subject-specific workshops are offered during this module to promote media and thematic development in art practice. Introductions to the workshops are carried out to establish safe practice and competency.

     
  • This module develops your studio working methodologies and practices. It is supported by a number of workshops, seminars, tutorials and projects based on key areas of practice, such as sculpture, film and video, painting and performance. You begin to establish yourself and your work within a studio environment.

     
  • This module develops:

    • reflective thinking about the practical work made within the studio; and
    • strategic skills for showing, recording, communicating and displaying work in both portfolio and exhibition formats.

    You will acquire an understanding of editing, displaying and disseminating practical work to your peers, teaching staff and external audiences.

     
  • This module introduces the various contexts in which the contemporary practices of art, photography and independent filmmaking are defined, debated and displayed. Designed to support your first steps as practitioners within the wider field of the visual arts in the 21st century, through lectures, discussions, screenings and exhibition visits, you will be introduced to the historical framework of modernity and post-modernity in order to understand the development and contemporary situation of their own discipline.

    The module is organised as discrete but related teaching blocks that progress from broader questions of cultural practice to the more specific debates that have framed the historical development of the related practices of fine art, independent film and photography. In the first block, emphasis is placed on the notion of practice in the visual arts by addressing the historical, theoretical, social and political factors that have affected our understanding of its function. In the second block, you will pursue programme-specific strands that focus on the key debates, theoretical questions and changing contexts of each discipline. Throughout there is an emphasis on the introduction of key analytical, critical and research skills, and through close engagement with visual sources, historical texts and contemporary critical writing you will begin to develop the tools necessary to discuss, conceptualise and reflect on your own emerging practice.

     

Year 2

  • In this studio practice module, you will build on Level 4 (Year 1) achievements, generate and explore imagery through experimentation and develop and extend formal language through a process of continuous research. Teaching is delivered by core tutorials with a personal tutor and four scheduled seminars at which your work is discussed by two staff and the tutee group. Further elective tutorials are offered by all fine art staff through signing up on StudySpace. Subject options in fine art media are offered during this module to promote media and thematic development in art practice. The module promotes the effective use of the studio to develop your art practice.

     
  • In this module you will build on your previous achievements and continue to develop the ability to pursue a comprehensive and independent studio practice. Individual research will be supported by tutorials, seminars, lectures and school-wide workshop and exhibition options when available.

     
  • This module builds on the Exhibition/Portfolio module at Level 4 (Year 1) and introduces advanced professional development skills, which are explored more fully at Level 6. As such it is designed to help you firmly establish the skills that will equip you for professional life­ – principally via exercises in exhibiting and documenting work. The module employs group work (the peer project), speakers and seminars as practical and discursive tools to develop this learning. You will prepare to make decisions about what sector of the art world is best suited to your individual skills, understanding the possibilities for success in both continuing as an artist and moving in to other related areas. A growing knowledge and familiarity with contemporary art practices and exhibition making are considered key goals of the module.

     
  • This module engages you with the critical issues driving contemporary art practice within the expanded field in which it operates. Emphasising practical, experiential research-led enquiry and reflection as an integral mode of learning common to both art practice and the study of art's histories and theories. You will identify, explore and analyse current trends by investigating the contexts in which those issues emerge-in critical literature, art writing, exhibitions and curatorial agenda.

    Looking outwards to address the contemporary manifestations of the relationships between, for example, art and politics, the operation of global capital, activism and community, changing sites and spaces of the production of meaning, the politics of identity, and contemporary turns in philosophy and critical theory, the module also encourages students to reflect and begin to situate themselves. Making links and interpreting the themes emerging in their own practice, the module provides you with the building blocks with which to construct an informed critical and conceptual framework within which operate while forging connections to wider artistic networks and contexts beyond the studio.

     

Year 3

  • The overall course aims are progressive and develop throughout the three years. They build towards the final achievements in Level 6 (Year 3), and as such this module, in conjunction with the Exhibition/Portfolio and Professional Development module, forms the 'capstone' project. A capstone project is designed to be a culminating educational experience for undergraduates. It aims to summarise and synthesise all or part of your academic career at university. Capstone projects help you to reflect on the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your degree and learn how to present them to a wider audience including future employers. This module builds on the achievements of Level 5 (Year 2) and further develops independent thought and working practice which feeds into and supports the Exhibition/Portfolio and Professional Development module. Through independent studio practice, core seminars and tutorials you develop a working practice that demonstrates an authoritative understanding of contemporary fine art practice. Core seminars, tutorials and research logs facilitate articulation and critical evaluation skills and foster an authoritative enquiry into independent studio practice. Elective tutorials are an important component of this module. You can sign up for a tutorial with any member of the fine art staff or visiting artists/lecturers and choose a time that is most beneficial to your practice.

     
  • In this module you will build on your previous achievements and further develop independent thought and working practice which feeds into and supports the Exhibition/Portfolio and Professional Development module to form the 'capstone' project. A capstone project is designed to be a culminating educational experience for undergraduates. It aims to summarise and synthesise all or part of your academic career at university. Capstone projects help you to reflect on the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your degree and learn how to present them to a wider audience including future employers.

    Through independent studio practice, core seminars and tutorials, you develop a working practice that demonstrates an authoritative understanding of contemporary fine art practice. Core seminars, tutorials and research logs facilitate articulation and critical evaluation skills and foster an in-depth and authoritative enquiry into independent professional practice. Elective tutorials, a series of artist talks and subject workshops support and supplement core teaching.

     
  • This module builds on your previous achievements in the professional presentation of work to an audience. It develops exhibition skills and extends documentation and professional practice skills. The portfolio enables you to highlight your achievements in the last year of undergraduate study and produce documentation that can be applied to a range of career choices. The module develops an authoritative awareness of how to pursue an effective and professional fine art practice, understanding the possibilities for success in both continuing as an artist and moving into other related areas (personal development planning). This module, in conjunction with studio practice allows you to demonstrate all the aims of the course, and forms the 'capstone' project, which is designed to be a culminating educational experience for undergraduates. It aims to summarise and synthesise all or part of your academic career at university. Capstone projects help you to reflect on the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during their degree and learn how to present them to a wider audience including future employers.

     
  • Building on the links between research and practice embedded at Level 5, this module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in your own practice, and pertinent to the practice of your own discipline.

    During the module, you will initiate and develop an individual research topic; identify and evaluate appropriate archives, bodies of critical literature, visual/material sources and research methods; manage their study time; engage with and respond to tutorial dialogue and peer feedback, and apply critical and analytical skills to produce a 6,000-word written dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Following the submission of the dissertation, and to support the realisation of studio capstone projects, you will be assisted with the conception and development of an individual statement that enables self-reflection and locates students within the contemporary contexts of their discipline. Consolidating the research, reflexive and critical skills acquired throughout students' programme of study, the statement engages and applies learning undertaken within previous modules to studio practice, supporting your self-presentation at Degree Show, in future postgraduate study, and/or professional practice in a variety of art and design contexts.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Study abroad as part if your degreeMost of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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