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BAFine Art

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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This course gives you the opportunity to experiment using a range of Fine Art media including painting, drawing, casting, installation, curation, sculpture, performance, photography, film, video, sound and print. As you move through the course you’ll choose an area which best suits your own practice.

Key features
Experiment with a range of different media, then focus on what is right for your own practice.
Be supported by academic and technical staff, who are practising artists in their own right.
Attend our Live Lecture series which features national and international artists, creative practitioners and theorists.
Create connections with Nottingham’s wider art community through the course’s graduate and staff network.
Take part in exhibitions and professional events, both at NTU and at galleries around the city.
Go on national and international study trips to destinations such as Berlin, New York and Copenhagen.
Benefit from NTU’s extensive links with festivals, art organisations and artists’ groups nationally and internationally.
Work in our dedicated Fine Art studios, alongside students from Year Two and Three of the course.
Exhibit your work as part our Degree Show, in Year Three.

Programme structure

What you study
This course is made up of three year-long modules.

Year One

Curiosity: Introducing Fine Art practice (120 credit points)
In this module you will start with a series of projects, tasks and workshops which will help you to settle into your studies, allowing you to meet staff and your fellow students. You will complete activities around a theme, to start you thinking, talking and making work. You will explore with a sense of curiosity, creating work quickly and developing your ideas into a more focused, self-negotiated Fine Art Practice. You will deepen your awareness of the critical and professional contexts for Fine Art, and through project proposals and planning you’ll be introduced to the skills required for professional practice. You’ll record and reflect on your work throughout the year to assemble a Research Portfolio.

Year Two

Speculation: Developing Fine Art practice (120 credit points)
During this module you will continue to develop your art practice in a chosen medium or combination of media areas. You will work more independently than you did in Year One, selecting appropriate work space and developing a studio culture which suits your practice. Seminars will provide opportunities for lively debate on your work and the contexts it relates to, and to explore the space between the intention for your work and its reception by an audience. The TeamWork Project will help you to develop skills relating to professional practice outside of the University. As in Year One you will continually document and reflect upon the work and research you undertake, assembling a Research Portfolio for assessment.

Final Year

Resolution: Final Practice and Reflection (120 credit points)
During this module you’ll work independently towards the deeper exploration and resolution of your own practice. You will need to develop, apply and evaluate research questions and methods appropriate to your own work. There is an emphasis in this module on making and presenting your work within a professional Fine Art context, and at the end of the module you’ll realise this as an exhibition or presentation as part of our Degree Shows.

Career opportunities

Employability for this course is excellent, with 90% of students going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2012-13)

Recent graduates from this course have gone on to establish themselves as artists in their own right, while others find work in a range of directly related areas as curators, teachers, gallerists, animators, musicians, community artists and film-makers.

Some graduates chose to develop a ‘portfolio lifestyle’, undertaking part-time employment to help facilitate their personal artistic development and career path.

Some also go on to use the skills and experience they’ve gained as a gateway into careers within areas of the creative industries, including journalism, media, photography, web design, interiors, garden design and education. Many also progress to postgraduate study.

Among our graduate success stories from this course are:

artist and illustrator Jon Burgerman
film-maker Simon Ellis
painter Nigel Cooke
curators Hannah Conroy and Ashley Gallant
artists Noble and Webster
award-winning garden designer Sarah Price
artist Mia Taylor
musician Simon Taylor (guitarist with the Klaxons)
video artist and Jerwood/Film Video Umbrella Award winner Marianna Simnett
Rebecca Beinart
Yoko Hayashi
Trevor Woolery
sculptor David Batchelor.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States