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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Nanyang)

Academic Year: 2017/18

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, English and Drama
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

Direct entry to the final year is available to students who successfully complete the Diploma course in Fine Art at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). Offers are made on the basis of interview, portfolio and 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 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:56:46 BST

1. Programme Aims

•  To provide a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment where students can develop the critical and practical skills relevant to contemporary art practices.

•  To create an environment in which students encounter diverse and interconnected activities such as curating, exhibiting, cross-disciplinary practice and critical writing.

•  To enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of all aspects of art making, encouraging risk-taking, curiosity, innovation and adventurousness.

•  To foster a deep understanding of diverse methodologies that enables a critical framework for specialist art production, study and research.

•  To enable the student to develop autonomous working habits based on best practice exemplars in the professional art world: and to be cognizant of their role in a global contemporary society.

•  To ensure that students are able to contextualise their work with reference to relevant theoretical, historical, cultural, political and ethical issues, pertinent to contemporary art practice.

•  To prepare students for employment in germane creative industries.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external 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

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

  • Initiate, develop and evaluate projects to generate a distinctive and personalised studio practice.
  • Use research methods related to studio practice: locate and evaluate visual and textual sources, organise ideas, develop critical perspectives on research materials and autonomous work practices based on reflective feedback.
  • Analysis history and theory with an emphasis on the contemporary debate around the interpretation and production of meaning in Fine Art and the historical and international context.
  • Select and experiment with a broad range of materials and processes appropriate to contemporary art production and dissemination.
  • Synthesise intention, process, outcome and context, methods of presentation and dissemination, and an awareness of new developments within relevant fields of studio practice.
  • Integrate entrepreneurial and professional practices in Fine Art: composing applications for further study and exhibition opportunities, marketing methods, approaches to curating and enterprise.



3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Initiate their own studio work with appropriate media, undertaking the research necessary to sustain their practice and to generate ideas, objectives, questions and solutions, either individually or collaboratively.
  • Comprehend how to use relevant media and select what is appropriate for developing particular themes and ideas through to material outcomes whether these are, objects, texts, acoustic, or other methodologies based on critical awareness of contemporary and historical Fine Art practice.
  • Be confident and skilled in discussing issues raised by their own work and that of their peers and be articulate in relating these issues to examples of both historical and contemporary practice from a national and international perspective.
  • Identify opportunities to install artwork in coherent and communicative exhibitions.
  • Research art historical themes and issues and present their conclusions lucidly in essay, presentation and dissertation formats.
  • Apply professionalism and resourcefulness in establishing student’s 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:

  • Develop a significant body of innovative studio work through experimental procedure, adventurous application of technical knowledge and the creative translation of ideas into practice.
  • Effectively use materials and processes such as drawing, moving image, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, and any other practices relevant to contemporary Fine Art practice.
  • Discuss and respond in their studio work and presentations to themes and issues relating to local or global contemporary visual culture, which have been generated through their own research in relation to exhibitions, lectures, tutorials and seminars.
  • Research and organise material relating to studio practice, art historical and theoretical studies and recognise relevant intercultural issues, leading to skills in communicating ideas in diverse formats including presentations, tutorial feedback, studio notebooks, short essays, blogs, dissertation and artists statement.
  • Report on museum and gallery exhibitions by summarizing their responses and delivering a public presentation that incorporates visual material.
  • Curate exhibitions both of their own work and peers, as well as of other artwork and related material, which will enable the student to understand the demands of Part C semester two Final Project.
  • Respond inventively to commission opportunities and be prepared to complete a commission brief.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Use information technology: word processing and image manipulation.
  • Manage self learning: take on new practical and research skills in response to a developing programmes of activity.
  • Problem solve: be resourceful in identifying and working with appropriate materials and processes to resolve questions arising in their work and to set challenges for furture practice.
  • Teamwork: be skilled at working in groups, in determining the scope and goals of the project, in researching as a team and in delegating the separate tasks necessary for effective group presentation of material.
  • Communicate effectively: be experienced in clearly 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

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level  module assessments.

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