Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

Fine Art

School of the Arts

Year of entry: 2017

The Fine Art course at Loughborough offers an exciting way for you to investigate, participate in and contribute ideas to the field of contemporary art. It uses both practical and theoretical classes to develop your unique and individual artistic abilities, and fosters your creative skills by developing your critical and analytical insight.

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BA (Hons)

Fine Art

School of the Arts

Year of entry: 2017

The Fine Art course at Loughborough offers an exciting way for you to investigate, participate in and contribute ideas to the field of contemporary art. It uses both practical and theoretical classes to develop your unique and individual artistic abilities, and fosters your creative skills by developing your critical and analytical insight.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd for Art and Design (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 1st Rate Facilities
  • Vibrant Research Community

The Fine Art course emphasises the relationship between practice and theory, enabling cognitive skills to be intrinsic to studio based practice, where exceptional facilities and expertise supports a range of Fine Art practices, ranging from drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, moving image, photography, to temporal performance.

With particular focus on the connections between art, culture and politics, in relation to the public sphere, sustainability, environmental aesthetics, and identity in a global community, a degree in Fine Art provides students with a wide array of transferable skills and employment opportunities within a wide sphere of the creative industries.

Alongside the freedom to express your imaginative ideas using a variety of media, the Fine Art course is fully supported by experienced and expert staff who help develop your thinking, respond to your work and challenge you to understand the wider cultural and critical fields within which it resides. In particular, we explore art and politics, issues of the public sphere, sustainability and eco/environmental aesthetics, gender, sexuality and identity in global art, performance and live practice, and, with the University Arts Centre’s course RADAR, contemporary curating.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich W101
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time W100
Course overview

Year 1 is introductory, teaching and developing a range of skills with drawing as a central core of activity. Students are also introduced to the range of workshop practices in the School, to explore different approaches to Fine Art practice. This is underpinned by a rigorous introduction to history, theory and research skills.

Year 2 is developmental, allowing you to build upon your skills and experiment with the techniques of your choice. In combination with this experimentation, you are introduced to key historical practices and art theories and learn to develop critical discourses on your work. Year 2 of the course also incorporates business studies and an opportunity to work with RADAR, the University Arts Centre and Gallery on live art projects, exhibitions and collaborations with artists.

The Final year is focused on using your accumulated skills and experience to create a final project for the finals exhibition and extend your academic portfolio through your dissertation.

Competitions and awards

The Fine Art course provides you with the skills and techniques essential for a successful career in the creative industries. Our students are encouraged to gain recognition and experience by entering industry renowned competitions. They often win the chance to exhibit their work in the UK or internationally, and are commissioned to produce work for businesses. Awards recently won include; BP National Portrait Gallery, Elle Magazine Photographic Prize, Fresh Art Best National Student Award, Daekyo Eye Level International Seoul South Korea: Charnwood Borough Council Commission, HEB’s 2 landmark sculpture commission: Bloomberg New Contemporaries: and the Stella McCartney Commission.

Industry projects

We are regularly contacted by industry requesting that our students gain experience by working on projects with, or for, them. Companies previously worked with include; QuArt China, Reebok, Swarovski, Ford, H&M, Radio Times, Abercrombie & Fitch, Shell and Mercedes Benz. New to the course is the one-year, £12,000 placement at The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd in Coventry

Trips and excursions

The School organizes national and international study trips for students. Previous trips have been to the Venice Biennale, the Liverpool Biennale and this year to Paris. Travel and accommodation are included in your tuition fees. In addition there are day trips to London to visit major exhibitions such as the Turner Prize and Frieze Art Fair, as well as Study Trips to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as the Henry Moore Centre in Leeds. Loughborough is ideally located to visit exhibitions throughout the UK, with London being only 1 hour 20 mins on the train.

Entrepreneurial support

Many of our students use their creativity to start their own businesses. The School encourages this by teaching modules covering patents, copyright and other legalities. Students can also apply to become part of The Studio. This is a purpose built area that provides budding graduate entrepreneurs from the School of the Arts with the office space, support, knowledge and resources to develop their own sustainable businesses.

Finals exhibition

Every year our final year undergraduate and foundation students organise and manage an exhibition showcasing their outstanding final projects and other work. Many pieces are purchased over the course of the exhibition, as well as students being head-hunted by industry attendees.

Selection

We welcome applications from students completing foundation courses, and also those applying directly from A level study. Selection is based on both the interview and the portfolio of work, and all students meeting the University entry requirements will be offered an interview.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates have gone to study postgraduate courses in Art and Design subjects, Art Therapy and Teacher Training.

Other graduates have entered an extraordinarily broad range of professional occupations, including: artist, curator, art buyer, art editor, marketing, branding, performing arts, public relations, gallery manager and advertising director.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules include:

  • Introduction to Fine Art
  • Drawing: Discourses and Debates
  • Developing Fine Art Practice
  • Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art and Design
Year 2

Compulsory modules include:

  • Locating Fine Art Practice
  • Contemporary Art and Aesthetics
  • Reflective Fine Art Practice

Optional modules

  • Textile Futures
  • Fashion Theory
  • Art, Activism and Society
  • Urban Visual Culture
  • Wearable Words, Aretfacts and New Technologies
  • Arts Management
  • African American Culture
  • Women's Writing of the 17th Century
  • American Nightmare
  • Elephants and Engines: an introduction to creative writing
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Children's Reading
  • Puppetry
  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy
  • Modern and Contemporary British Theatre
Optional placement / study year

Optional professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Compulsory modules include:

  • Professional Fine Art Practice
  • Art and Design Dissertation
  • Fine Art Practice Final Project

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: W101 BA (Hons) DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
A typical offer for applicants without a pre-degree course is ABB from 3 A-Levels. Interviews are not guaranteed for applicants whose predicted grades fall significantly short of this minimum requirement.
SQA AH
IB
Other
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma or similar will be considered.
Additional

UCAS code: W100 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

A-Level
A typical offer for applicants without a pre-degree course is ABB from 3 A-Levels. Interviews are not guaranteed for applicants whose predicted grades fall significantly short of this minimum requirement.
SQA AH
IB
Other
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma or similar will be considered.
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Professional placement (sandwich) year

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Study abroad

Fine Art students have the chance to study at art institutions abroad, via the Erasmus scheme, for up to a year, which leads to an additional Diploma in International Studies. Destinations include; Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, and Singapore, amongst others.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: W101

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

UCAS code: W100

Our students

Kabwe K

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi I

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece P

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina T

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron P

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona M

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

Beatriz S

“Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that.”

Catherine M

“What set Loughborough apart from other universities I visited was the clear sense of ‘hall spirit’ and the close yet expansive bonds people seemed to have with each other.”

Charlotte M

“The thrill of having H&M come into the University to review, critique and select possible internship candidates was exciting…”

Christopher L

“You make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn about places you’ve never even heard of.”

Emma G

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Hannah K

“Studying at Loughborough has given me the opportunity to meet a variety of diverse, interesting people.”

Helen W

“Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.”

Kelly L

“You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.”

Laura H

“I have been inspired by the successes of past students and will be extremely proud to say I have studied at Loughborough University.”

Lily S

“Over the past two years I have established myself as a skilled individual, both technically and personally. Loughborough respects students for who they are and what they want to achieve.”

Rachel H

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be at any other university – not even if you paid for my tuition!”

Sarah J

“You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.”

Kabwe K

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi I

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece P

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina T

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron P

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona M

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

Beatriz S

“Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that.”

Catherine M

“What set Loughborough apart from other universities I visited was the clear sense of ‘hall spirit’ and the close yet expansive bonds people seemed to have with each other.”

Charlotte M

“The thrill of having H&M come into the University to review, critique and select possible internship candidates was exciting…”

Christopher L

“You make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn about places you’ve never even heard of.”

Emma G

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Hannah K

“Studying at Loughborough has given me the opportunity to meet a variety of diverse, interesting people.”

Helen W

“Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.”

Kelly L

“You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.”

Laura H

“I have been inspired by the successes of past students and will be extremely proud to say I have studied at Loughborough University.”

Lily S

“Over the past two years I have established myself as a skilled individual, both technically and personally. Loughborough respects students for who they are and what they want to achieve.”

Rachel H

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be at any other university – not even if you paid for my tuition!”

Sarah J

“You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.”