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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Nanyang)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore
Owning school/department School of the Arts - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body


Final award BA (Hons)
Programme title Fine Art
Programme code NYUB34
Length of programme The duration of the Programme is two semesters on a full time basis
UCAS code n/a
Admissions criteria

Normal requirements for entry:

NAFA Diploma in Art and Design or equivalent qualification

Offers are made on the basis of interview and portfolio

An IELTS English Language score of 6.5 or equivalent

Other qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:59:18 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide a supportive environment where students have the freedom to explore the widest possible range of studio processes and ideas
  • to stimulate learning through a broad spectrum of fine art practices  enabling students to develop their ideas via material outcomes These outcomes can be images, objects, texts, sounds or other manifestations
  • to stimulate interest in all aspects of art making, with particular emphasis on exploration, examination, originality, curiosity, innovation and adventure
  • to enable an understanding of fine art materials and processes, the use of new technologies in art making relating to appropriate issues in contemporary international art practice.
  • to assist students in developing appropriate stategies for generating images and forms that will visually communicate their own experience of contemporary society
  • to develop an in depth understanding of the diverse methodologies which constitute practical and theoretical research in fine art and to be familiar with their use applicable to their studio practice
  • to enable students to access historical prerequisites of contemporary issues specifically tailored to their studio practice and theory-based interests

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Art and Design
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The Fine Art degree engages with a comprehensive range of fine art interests predicated on the notion that professional artists output benefits from expertise in diverse media, as well as subject specialism. The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme is designed to empower each student, thereby extending their knowledge-base as well as cognitive, abilities and practical skills in whatever fine art field they have chosen to work. The Fine Art degree facilitates the opportunity to develop student knowledge and understanding of fine art practice in the following areas:


1.  Project initiation: with emphasis on, for example, conceptual approaches, development of ideas, initiating visual enquiry, self-directed study, generating an inventive and stimulating interrogation of themes and materials


2.  Project development: encompassing the research of appropriate visual imagery, processing of ideas via practices and creative approaches to the interrelationship of a variety of Fine Art technologies, processes and methodologies


3.  Project appraisal: with emphasis on, for example, critical assessment of practice, terminology for discussing visual, historical and conceptual aspects of Fine Art practice, approaches to analysing other artists’ work, grasp of relation between their own and other artists’ practices and particularly the specific historical genres that their own work relates to.


4. Research methods in studio practice: with emphasis on, collection and categorisation of images, data and other related textual material, use of library, archive and internet resources, critical and inventive evaluation of research material, gallery visits and appraisal of exhibitions in respect of individuals practice base.


5.  Generating a unique personal studio practice, based on process, research, materials, methodologies, tutorial input, tailored to each individuals modus operandi


6.  Accepting responsibility for content and direction of creative work and, in relation to their final studio project and dissertation, being responsible for maintaining independent work over a sustained and focussed period of time


7.  Commission process: with emphasis on, for example, interdisciplinary collaboration, site visits and responding to project brief, presentation of brief, timely completion of commission in relation to stakeholder directives


8. Entrepreneurial and Business practices in Fine Art: with emphasis on, for example, writing a curriculum vitae, composing applications for further study or commissions, marketing methods, as well as networking skills


9.  Research methods in Art History and Theory: with emphasis on, for example, locating and evaluating textual and visual sources, organising ideas, developing critical perspectives on research material, developing a range of writing skills and the ability to present ideas in discussion.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

1.  address their own studio practice with appropriate media, undertaking the research necessary to develop their practice and to generate ideas, objectives, questions and solutions, either individually or collaboratively

2.  utilize a range of appropriate media selecting what is appropriate for developing themes and ideas through to material outcomes whether these outcomes are images, objects, texts, sounds or other manifestations related to Fine Art practice

3.  be confident and skilled in discussing issues raised by their own work and that of their cohort and be articulate in relating these issues to exemplars of best practice in both historical and contemporary practice

4.  install artwork intelligently and sensitively appropriate to situations

5.  research art historical themes and issues and to present their conclusions lucidly in essay, presentation and dissertation form

6.  appreciate the application of professionalism and resourcefulness in establishing students’ own practice or promoting that of others and ensuring success with their post-course intentions

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


1.  develop a significant body of innovative studio work through experimental procedure, and rigorous application of technical knowledge and the creative translation of ideas into practice


2.  understand and effectively use the materials and processes of Fine Art


3.  discuss and respond in their studio work and presentations to themes and issues relating to contemporary visual culture, which have been generated through their own research in reaction to exhibitions, lectures, tutorials and seminars


4   research and organise material relating to studio practice, art historical and theoretical studies, leading to skills in communicating ideas in diverse formats including presentations, tutorial feedback, studio notebooks, short essays and dissertation


5.  curate polemical and significant exhibitions both of their own work and of other artwork and related material


6.  respond inventively to commission requirements and be prepared to address the demands of a commission brief

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students will have acquired:

1.  Information technology: demonstrate information technology skills in word processing and image manipulation skills; students who have become involved with digital video will have further computer-based abilities

2.  Managing Self learning: to quickly absorb new practical and research skills in response to a developing programmes of activity

3.  Problem solving: be resourceful in identifying and working with appropriate materials and processes to resolve questions arising in their practice

4.  Appreciate the value of diversity of language and culture.

5.  Communication skills: be experienced in lucidly presenting their work to diverse audiences both verbally and in writing

4. Programme structure

Part C - Degree Modules


4.1.    Semester 1

            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight:60)




Module Weight




Professional Fine Art Practice





Art and Design Dissertation


1 & 2




4.2.    Semester 2

            COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight:60)




Module Weight




Fine Art Practice: Final Project




5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

- In order to qualify for the award of a Degree, candidates must have accumulated 120 credits in Part C.


Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment.

Reassessment will not be allowed in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) if;

  • candidates have accumulated fewer than 60 credits
  • candidates have gained a mark of less than 30 in NYC117

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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