Be part of an exciting, multi-discipline fine art course, set within our dynamic culture of making in our purpose-built studios.
This course considers fine art in its widest sense, which means you can test out many different approaches or choose to specialise in one. Experimental workshops in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital media and sonic arts provide you with a solid foundation in testing the physical and conceptual potential of materials that you can then develop further.
Our course is designed to provide you with a high-quality education in contemporary art practice and is delivered by highly respected tutors, acclaimed artists and excellent technicians.
Over the duration of the course, you will develop your individual artistic voice, informed through your own research and critical evaluation, peer and tutor’s feedback and a deep understanding of your chosen materials. When you graduate, you will be fully equipped to contribute and add something new to the UK’s art scene as an emerging artist.
Exhibiting and being enterprising is a key part of our course. We offer many opportunities for you to exhibit your work with an emphasis on site-specific locations thanks to our unique partnerships with local museums, councils and research centres. We also have a series of international student artist residency placements and worldwide partner university study exchanges. All these experiences are specially created by our tutors to give you a real sense of what it means to be a professional artist - both in the studio and the broader world.
In the first year, you will work in open-plan studios and participate in collective workshops to find what inspires and excites you as an artist. In the following years, you will develop your practical, theoretical and critical skills within your self-defined study plans. The course culminates in two exhibitions of your work for your final major project, one on campus at Bournemouth and the second in London.
We support and encourage experimentation and development of skills, and workshops are offered as a continual part of the course over the 3 years. These are conducted in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital media and sonic art as well as seminars to foster your conceptual development and understanding of curation / how exhibitions are put together.
You will have additional access to the latest technology, such as laser cutters, CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines and 3D printers. Our aim is to provide you with a solid foundation so that you can create contemporary artworks with high technical skill combined with solid conceptual grounding.
Above all, we offer a welcoming and inclusive course, set in a vibrant campus dedicated to creative practices of all kinds.
Course duration: 3-years (full-time)
UCAS course code: W100
UCAS institution code: A66
All students are registered for the award of BA (Hons); however, exit awards are available if you leave the course early, having successfully completed one or two levels. If you successfully complete a level of the course, you will automatically be entitled to progress to the next level.
For the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the first year of your course.
For the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 240 credits of which a minimum of 120 must be at Level 5. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the second year of your course.
For the award of a BA (Hons), you must have achieved a minimum of 360 credits of which a minimum of 240 must be at Level 5 or above, of which a minimum of 120 credits must be at Level 6. This qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of your course.
A BA without Honours may be awarded if you have achieved 300 credits, at least 180 of which are at Level 5 or above, and at least 60 of which are at Level 6.
Studios and Resources
Our purpose-built North-Light studios offer a bright open plan feel yet also allow for personal workspaces for each student. Our studio layouts operate in a flexible way and we adapt the space for each incoming first-year group. In the 2nd and 3rd year, you can choose to be sited in-studio zones dedicated to painting, sculpture and media and Performance (MaP). We offer a messy space / ‘setting up area’ for building larger structures, a casting/plaster space as well as a dedicated canvas stretching area. We have several large and bookable project spaces to test ambitious ideas out, they are also useful to document your work. A large fine art Greenscreen studio with specialist lighting is also available for video/film/photography/performance.
Because the studios are sited on a specialist Arts Campus there are fully equipped state of the art workshops on hand for you to work in printmaking, metal, casting, Laser Cutting, Computer Numerically Controlled machines, plastic manipulation and vacuum forming.
Students can also book large drawing studios, such as the crab drawing studio, for themselves or groups when other courses are not using them.
The Fine Art studios are open until 9 pm Mon - Friday and until 5 pm on the weekends.