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Fine Art BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time W100 2017
2018

Why choose this course?

Taught in our Fine Art Department, this course helps you to realise your creative potential and prepares you for a career in the visual arts or creative industries. You will work with a range of traditional and new media. Exhibitions and opportunities to gain experience will guide you towards a sustainable career tailored to your ambitions.

Commissioned as a sister piece to Art School (2015), this short work by Anna Lucas reveals the vibrant Fine Art Studios at the peak of activity in the summer term:

What you will study

Teaching takes place in dedicated studio and project spaces. You will be supported by tutorials, lectures, critiques and study trips, and through access to outstanding workshops and technical expertise. Members of staff are practising artists, writers and curators, and visiting artists and professionals give talks, lectures and tutorials.

Fine art students

Kingston has significant industry links: Tate, Stanley Picker Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Drawing Room, and Auto Italia. Students regularly take part in live external projects in addition to core curriculum activities.

Within a supportive environment, Year 1 encourages an exploratory approach to fine art practice. Subject workshops, talks and critiques introduce a wide range of traditional and new media, technologies and disciplines. You will undertake independent studio practice, test your ideas, your use of media and processes and collaborate with your peers. Critical and Historical Studies modules will explore the relationship of concept and critical discourse to media and materials.

Year 2 encourages you to develop individual creative expression and build your interdisciplinary experience and collaborative skills. This includes optional live projects. You will develop technical competence and explore a wide range of source material in a critical and analytical context.

In Year 3, you will continue your independent study. Your work will articulate increasingly subtle and complex visual arguments, reflecting current critical, conceptual, theoretical and aesthetic issues. You will produce work for a final portfolio review and exhibition, and will complete a dissertation.

A Professional Skills module, in each year of the course, will give you a range of specific and transferable skills, helping guide your future ambitions.

You will have the option to study abroad through the Erasmus programme and Study Abroad scheme.

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 is designed to promote effective use of the studio to stimulate the establishment of a fine art practice and to introduce a broad subject context alongside that delivered through critical historical studies.

    Through independent, peer and group learning, you are encouraged to identify and develop new practical / thinking skills and interests and to nurture existing ones.

    With consideration to their established methods, you will be asked to consider new and alternative modes of practice in and beyond the studio and to begin to invest in collaborative approaches to making and reviewing your work. You will be invited to be curious and reflective in your approach to materials, processes and ideas as well as to establish strategies for self-management and enrichment.

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  • This module supports you to disseminate the work you make to critically reflect on what you have done and to gain awareness of a broad professional context for fine art practice.

    You will be encouraged to acquire strategic skills for planning, showing, recording and communicating work in a variety of formats, including publication and exhibition via analogue, digital and online media. By rendering and displaying practical work for peers, teaching staff and external audiences, you will gain an awareness of the importance of editing and evaluating the work you have made.

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  • 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. This will enable you to understand the development and contemporary situation of your 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.

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Year 2

  • This module is designed to promote effective use of the studio to stimulate the establishment of a fine art practice and to introduce a broad subject context alongside that delivered through critical historical studies.

    Through independent, peer and group learning, you will be encouraged to identify and develop new practical / thinking skills and interests and to nurture existing ones.

    Throughout this module, you will be encouraged to pursue increasingly self-led enquiry in and beyond the studio and to continue to invest in collaborative approaches to making and reviewing their work. You will be supported to be increasingly analytical in your approach to materials, processes and ideas, as well as to hone strategies for self-management and enrichment.

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  • Designed to help develop the skills that will equip you for a professional life in work, this module supports you to enlarge upon your knowledge of a broad professional context for fine art practice.

    You will develop upon and enhance relevant strategies for planning, curating, exhibiting, and documenting work in a variety of ways, including publication and exhibition via analogue, digital and online media. By testing and determining increasingly relevant strategies for rendering and displaying practical work to peers, teaching staff and external audiences, you will develop further awareness of the importance of editing, evaluating and adapting the work they have made in plural contexts.

    You will also be assisting Level 6 students with the mounting of a final show which will help you to develop your exhibition and project-planning skills.

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  • This module will engage 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. You will be 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 you to reflect and begin to situate yourself. Making links and interpreting the themes emerging in your own practice. The module provides you with the building blocks with which to construct an informed critical and conceptual framework within which to operate while forging connections to wider artistic networks and contexts beyond the studio. 

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Year 3

  • This module is designed to be the culmination of previous studio practice modules in which you are required to synthesise the contingent parts of their prior academic experience and to consolidate your learning. This will be done through a comprehensive body of work, enabling you to progress to professional practice or further study.

    At previous levels of study, you will  have progressed your learning incrementally and as such they you will have acquired the tools to engage with this module and demonstrate your achievements in an appropriate final presentation. You will be encouraged to reflect on the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your degree and, through independent, peer and group learning you will be encouraged to learn how to present them to an audience external to your immediate peer group.

    Additionally, you will be encouraged to continue to develop an authoritative understanding of contemporary fine art and the critical evaluation skills essential to fine art practice.

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  • Building on previous achievements in the professional presentation of your work to an audience, in this module you will fine-tune your exhibition skills and extend your ability to document and communicate your work in a way that is fitting to your individual professional aspirations.

    You will be required to develop your understanding of how to pursue a professional fine art practice, and an awareness of the possibilities for success in both continuing as an artist and / or moving into other related areas. A combination of final exhibition and portfolio will enable you to highlight and synthesise your achievements in the final year of undergraduate study and to produce documentation that can be applied to a range of career choices.

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  • 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.

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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.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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