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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Fine Art

Why choose this course?

The Fine Art course at Wolverhampton is an intensive studio-based programme, supported by technical workshops, theoretical engagement and a wide range of study visits and opportunities to promote and exhibit your work along the way.

The Fine Art team aim to:

  • Provide you with an exciting and diverse introduction to contemporary fine art practice.
  • Support you to acquire specialist knowledge and practical experience of working inpainting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practice, film, video, photography, performance and installation.
  • Encourage you to test and explore different approaches to fine art practice and to critically evaluate the relationship between idea, media, method and outcome.
  • Enable you to develop an individually negotiated fine art practice informed by a relevant theoretical and contextual framework.
  • Produce informed, independent and reflective fine art practitioners who can adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills for a variety of professional contexts.


What happens on the course?

  • Level 4: Studio Culture

At Level 4 you will have freedom to explore your own ideas in a supportive environment, working across all media specialisms. You will be encouraged to develop your making and thinking through technical workshops and the study of historical and theoretical issues.

  • Level 5: The Art World and Cultural Awareness

At Level 5 you will develop a more independent approach to Fine Art practice and the course structure will allow you to deepen your understanding of your chosen medium and establish the critical framework for your practice within a global market. You will also have the opportunity to engage in placements and exhibitions reflecting your interests and career aspirations.

  • Level 6: Developing Practice: A Launchpad for the Future

Intensive studio practice is core to Level 6, but you will also have the opportunity to explore in depth the specific relationship between medium, technique and theory in your own studio work. This is developed through tutorials, group seminars, extended writing projects and presentations to your peers. The course culminates in the Degree Show exhibition. This public event is widely attended, and is your launch pad for the future.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Fine art is a diverse and vibrant course. It embraces a wide range of specialist media and creative practices including: painting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practice, film, video, photography, performance and installation.
  • A programme of practice led research modules will enable you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the history, concepts and ideas aligned to your art practice.
  • Exhibition and European study visits provide an exciting opportunity for you to engage with a wide range of contemporary fine art practice from around the world.
  • Specialist sculpture, printmaking and digital workshops enable you to develop a range of technical skills and produce work to a high professional standard.
  • Off-site projects and placement opportunities encourage students to present their art work and knowledge in a variety of professional situations. The Fine Art team retain strong links with the graduate community and you will find yourself part of a much wider community of artists stretching out from the University.
  • An optional placement year will give you extended real world experience.
  • Study with a team of practicing artists with national and international reputations and work alongside MA and PhD students pursuing exciting research projects within the department of Fine Art and Photography.
  • Work in the purpose built Fine Art studios awith magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Career path

We aim to produce informed, independent and reflective fine art practitioners who can adapt knowledge, understanding and skills for a variety of professional contexts. On completion of this degree a vast number of options will be open to you including becoming a practising artist, work in arts administration, curation, publishing, public art, teaching and other art and design related careers. Alternatively, you may choose to continue with your studies at postgraduate level.

What skills will you gain?

A Fine Art Graduate will be able to:

  • Understand the material, critical and contextual dimensions of Fine Art practice and its place within the wider culture.
  • Critically generate new ideas, take creative risks and produce art works for exhibition and public projects.
  • Develop audiences for their work and communicate effectively with a range of external and professional agencies.
  • Manage their own time and co-operate with others towards collective and individual aims.

Who accredits this course?

This course is not accreditated.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • CCC from ‘A’ level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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