Fine Art Professional Practice - BA Hons Degree
Course Code: VA1HE14
UCAS Code: W100
All Fine Art students have their own studio space as well as access to bespoke workshop areas to support multi disciplinary approaches to fine art practice. On this program of study you will attend workshops in the following disciplines 3d, printmaking, photography, film editing studio, sound editing, textiles. Students artwork is exhibited in our beautifully restored 1920s gallery. The gallery hosts major exhibitions including work by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. This programme offers a distinctive, sound base for your development and learning experience and establishing your personal Fine Art identity. A fine art culture linking studio-based practice, professional practice and contextual studies provides you with a degree of flexibility in achieving your personal objectives.
You will develop practical skills across a broad range of concepts and methodologies. Through professional practice and critical studies you will develop critical, analytical and interpersonal skills used for presentation, marketing and self-promotion. The industrial placement supports your future career planning.
Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative, exhibitions, competitions and public art projects. Study visits and Visiting Lecturers expand course delivery; many visits are arranged to Manchester, Liverpool, London as well as annual international study visit 2016-17 Barcelona. Unique to our Fine Art degree course are the Abingdon Street Studios- the college provides bridging Studio spaces on Abingdon in the heart of Blackpool town centre offering transitional support to students graduating from the BA Fine Art programme. Within the studios there is a project space and other professional residency artists of international reputation.
A minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) from A-levels including A Level English Language or Literature at grade C or above, Pass Full Access to HE Humanities pathway (to include English) or an appropriate equivalent qualification. You will also require GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Thinking and Making||VA4MD021||20||Mandatory|
|Professional Fine Art Practice||VA4MD022||20||Mandatory|
|Fine Art Painting Practice||VA4MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Fine Art Drawing Practice||VA4MD024||20||Mandatory|
|Applied Creative Drawing Practice||VA4MD025||20||Mandatory|
|Applied Creative Painting Interdisciplinary Practice||VA4MD026||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Research into Practice||VA5MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Professional Practice Employer Industry Engage||VA5MD024||20||Mandatory|
|Fine Art Digital Imaging for Industry||VA5MD025||20||Mandatory|
|Selective Fine Art Practice Site Specific||VA5MD026||20||Mandatory|
|Negotiated Fine Art Identity||VA5MD027||20||Mandatory|
|Develop a Fine Art Language Professional Practice||VA5MD028||20||Mandatory|
Level 6 Modules
|Independent Research Project||VA6MD022||20||Mandatory|
|Continuing Professional Development||VA6MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Specialist Studio Practice||VA6MD024||40||Mandatory|
|Professional and Studio Practice Synthesis||VA6MD025||40||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.