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Fine Art BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

AHU004

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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Overview

A practical course like our Fine Art BA can demonstrate how you could turn your love of art and creativity into a rewarding career.

Are you excited by the world of contemporary art? Do you want to produce artworks in a creative environment? Innovation and imagination are the hallmarks of Fine Art practice at Coventry University.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

The course gave me lots of experience exploring professional practice. I was awarded a residency at Rugby School through the Coventry Drawing Prize and I could not be more pleased.

Lisa McKenna

Course information

Innovation and imagination are the hallmarks of our fine art teaching; this practice-based course aims to challenge and inspire you, developing the creative, technical, critical, reflective and enterprising skills to forge a successful and sustainable career in contemporary art.

With access to an extensive range of workshops, industry-standard software, photographic and media resources, you can explore individual and collaborative 2D, 3D and 4D practices in our spacious studios, experimenting with digital, intermedia and traditional art forms.

86%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course.

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In year one you will undertake a series of structured projects across a range of art media. From these you will be encouraged to become more self-directed in your studies, identifying and developing personal interests and concerns.

Modules

  • Art Introductions 1 and 2

  • Contextual Introductions

  • Contextual and Professional Introductions

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Our course places emphasis on the professional realm of contemporary art and in year two we will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an off-site project or professional placement, embedded in a core module.

Modules

  • Art Explorations 1

  • Contextual Explorations

  • Contextual and Professional Explorations

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Art Explorations 2
    • Art Explorations 2 (half credits) plus School of Media and Performing Arts option (half credits)

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

As you work your way towards your final self-directed project in year three, you will be encouraged to consider the larger themes, histories and ideas that contextualise the production and reception of your work.

Modules

  • Art Consolidations 1

  • Contextual Consolidations

  • Professional Consolidations 3

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Art Consolidations 2
    • Art Consolidations 2 (half credits) plus Professional Practice

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Teaching staff who are practicing artists and researchers.
  • Optional study abroad year at Universidad Europea de Madrid and the Academia di Belle Arti, Bologna.
  • A thriving studio culture with dedicated workspaces for all students in purpose-built studios, supported by wide-ranging technical facilities in both traditional and new technologies.
  • A strong and integrated art history and contextual studies programme at all levels, delivered through lectures, seminars and discussion groups, supported by an excellent art and design library.
  • Optional study trips to exhibitions and events such as: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Ikon Gallery, Digbeth First Friday, Liverpool Biennial, British Art Show and many others.
  • Talks from professionals, past speakers have included: Simon Pope, Jane and Louise Wilson, John Stezaker, Peta Murphy Burke, Terry Atkinson, Merlin James, Harry Pye, Zineb Sedira, Bob & Roberta Smith, Thompson & Craighead, Michael Mayhew and Graham Crowley.
  • Strong links with local arts organisations such as the Mead Gallery at the Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Art space, Coventry Collective//Pod, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Earlsdon Festival, and commercial partners including Severn Trent Water, Warwickshire NHS Trust, and the Coventry Building Society.

Optional study trips abroad which in the past have included New York, Berlin, Madrid and the Venice Biennale.

By its very nature, contemporary fine art practice incorporates a range of approaches from the autobiographical and the personal, to issues and research-driven projects.

Throughout your course of study, you will be encouraged to consider the wider social, political and cultural debates that inform and enrich contemporary art.

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice but you will also have lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

You will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills through visiting and participating in exhibitions.

At the end of each module or project you will submit your work for assessment and critique, and receive feedback and guidance in response. You will submit a combination of practical coursework, placement reports, presentations and essays.

The practical aspects of your work will culminate in the final year Degree Show.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical coursework: 70%
  • Essays/reports: 20%
  • Presentations: 10%

 

Each year your studies in Fine Art will be complemented by an Add+vantage module of your choice, designed to enhance your skills and employability.

70% assessed by practical coursework

In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work and 12 allocated hours of studio time.
  • Medium group teaching: 2 hours of seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 1 hour of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to work on your coursework assignments as self directed study for a further 20 hours each week.

A worldview of contemporary art is embedded in all our approaches to teaching. Our staff undertakes research at an international level and this informs our work with students. Optional study abroad trips are offered each year and the year-abroad sandwich option is encouraged.

Students have opportunities to work with counterparts around the world through online international learning projects.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course gave me lots of experience exploring professional practice. I was awarded a residency at Rugby School through the Coventry Drawing Prize and I could not be more pleased.

Lisa McKenna

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU004
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject. DMM in an Art or Design subject. 29 points to include visual arts or design technology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English or specified equivalents.

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Foundation Diploma

Merit in Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Portfolio

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course gave me lots of experience exploring professional practice. I was awarded a residency at Rugby School through the Coventry Drawing Prize and I could not be more pleased.

Lisa McKenna

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Some essential art materials provided through workshops


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Any additional art materials: £250+ per year

What our students say...

The course gave me lots of experience exploring professional practice. I was awarded a residency at Rugby School through the Coventry Drawing Prize and I could not be more pleased.

Lisa McKenna

Career prospects

Previous successful graduates have found that a Fine Art degree prepares them for a range of destinations in the creative industries.

Professional experience is embedded into our course and students also have the opportunity to opt for an extended professional practice module in their final year.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our students pursue careers as exhibiting artists or utilise transferable skills towards creative futures in arts administration, museum and gallery curating, careers within the media, photography, art therapy, design and teaching.

Other graduates have continued on to postgraduate study at a range of institutions including the Royal College of Art, Chelsea College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Warwick University and the Slade School of Fine Art to name just a few, or our own suite of MA courses here at Coventry University.

£20k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2015/16)

What our students say...

The course gave me lots of experience exploring professional practice. I was awarded a residency at Rugby School through the Coventry Drawing Prize and I could not be more pleased.

Lisa McKenna
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.