Graduates of our undergraduate Fine Art course have achieved national and international success, including a Turner Prize nomination, inclusion in the New Contemporaries and selection for the XL Catlin Art Guide.
Your fine art skills
You’ll join a vibrant community of fellow artists and creative thinkers, building a substantial body of work as you enjoy the freedom to explore your artistic practice and working methods throughout the course. Studio and project spaces within our purpose-built fine art studios will provide the ideal physical space to express your unique voice as an artist.
You’ll develop your curatorial skills, exhibiting your own work and peers’, on campus and off, and you’ll benefit from dedicated contact time with expert academic staff throughout your studies.
Your fine art future
As well as developing creatively, you’ll gain valuable professional competencies like communication skills, independent working, professional writing, organisation and team working. You’ll develop business skills related to selling your work and growing your audience, covering specifics of curation, contracts, terms for pricing and selling work, presenting work and networking.
Throughout your degree, they’ll be opportunities to exhibit your work publicly, including at international exhibitions. You’ll have the chance to make the most of our close links with regional and national galleries like Tate Modern, Wysing Arts Centre and OUTPOST through our visiting lecture series and symposia – a unique opportunity to network with leading contemporary artists, curators and academics.
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:
An emphasis on 'thinking through making' using traditional and new media techniques will help you identify your artistic interests
Comprehensive workshop inductions
Grow your understanding of critical theories such as psychoanalysis and aesthetics
Visit galleries and events nationally and internationally
Contextualise your work and think more practically about the audience
Exhibit in the NUA Project Spaces
Explore collaborative, collective and socially engaged approaches
Introduction to the 12 essential skills of the Fine Art innovative programme
Workshops in either painting, print, sculpture, mixed media or video
External exhibitions, publication or placement
Learn advanced drawing techniques
Opportunities to use project spaces and external venues for experimentation, collaboration, display, critique, curation, performance and discussion
Prepare a comprehensive Research Report related to your practice
Regular student-led presentations for sharing individual practice
Opportunity to be part of the curation team planning the Degree Show
Professional practice conference
Degree Show, attended by curators, collectors, buyers and gallery owners
Opportunity to showcase your work in London
Typical UK offers
A / AS Levels – GCEGCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject
BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject
UAL Extended DiplomaMerit
UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMerit
UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignPass
Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMerit
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)Pass
International Baccalaureate DiplomaA minimum of 32 points
NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.
If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.
If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.
We accept qualifications from all over the world, to find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.
Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).
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