Undergraduate study


Fine Art

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich W101 ABB 1 October 2018
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time W100 ABB 1 October 2018

Top 5

for Art and Design

The Times Good University Guide 2017, The Complete University Guide 2017


2015 graduates in work or further study

six months after graduating

Fine Art course overview

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.

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.

Seren: Fine Art at Loughborough University

Loughborough University student Amelia Seren Roberts explains how gaining knowledge and skills is allowing her to express her ideas.

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.

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.



Year 1

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.

Compulsory modules

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

Year 2

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.

Compulsory modules

  • 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

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.

Compulsory modules

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

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

W101 Fine Art - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A typical offer for applicants without a foundation course is ABB from 3 A levels
34 (6,5,5 HL)
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC National Extended Diploma (or similar) will be considered

W100 Fine Art - BA (Hons)

A typical offer for applicants without a foundation course is ABB from 3 A levels
34 (6,5,5 HL)
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC National Extended Diploma (or similar) will be considered


Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and also a portfolio submission and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Preferred subjects

We welcome applications from prospective students completing foundation courses, and also those applying directly from A Level (or equivalent) study.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

The cost of materials, which are necessary to develop an understanding of the technical workshops, will be covered by the School of the Arts, English and Drama. Any further costs incurred as part of project preparation and submissions are to be covered by students, and will vary depending on creative decisions, choice of materials and production techniques. Students will not gain any marking advantage merely through the costly development of work.

All Part C art students are given £100 by the School towards their final project.

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.

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.

Student Testimonials: Placements at Loughborough University

This is a short video of students who have been out on a placement sharing their experience and advice.

Studying 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.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: W101

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: W100