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This is a broad-based fine art course which will enable you to develop your practical and intellectual skills. Personal and professional development are key aims for the course. The course includes the history and theory of modern and contemporary art.

Course details

The course is divided into sections that enable you to gain credit towards your final qualification. Each level accounts for 120 credits and you need 360 credits to achieve a BA (Hons) degree, validated by the University of Chester.

The course offers an intensive period of study that proceeds from relatively directed projects to greater independent learning. This takes place in studios, workshops and through a programme of lectures, seminars and one to one tutorials (located at the College's Twelve Quays Campus and nearby Woodside Studios). Critical, historical and theoretical studies permeate the course and written work is presented in the form of a journal. Course time tables are provided prior to enrolment for each level in a student course handbook. Class group sizes are generally no larger than twelve. A typical time table would include twelve hours contact time with tutors. Although students are expected to work independently within the studio provision.

Level 4 takes you through an induction programme you will be introduced to the range of available facilities. Emphasis is placed firstly on the acquisition of a vocabulary, and the methods you may utilise in approaching visual research. At later stages of the level you will be required to develop and sustain your own area of research.

Level 5 continues your personal development through experience of fine art practice. Emphasis is increasingly placed on your growing sense of awareness commensurate with critical self evaluation. An elective module at this level allows you to develop your work within print, drawing, sculpture or a specific theoretical module. During level five, in consultation with staff, students are expected to locate appropriate gallery space and to initiate and participate fully in gallery practice. The Gallery Practice and Professional Experience module requires students to contribute financially (approx. £20) to a shared account and to undertake fundraising activities with the support of the staff team.

Level 6 is designed initially to consolidate and intensify individual directions of study. You are expected to demonstrate a higher level of creative independence supported by appropriate documentation. The level concludes with a degree exhibition which will demonstrate a level of study and research skills capable of sustaining your own practice on completion of the course. The degree show includes the production of a catalogue. The cost of this is shared within the graduating group (through contributions and fundraising approx.£50). Although not a course requirement, students are encouraged to take part in study visits and field trips which may require overnight accommodation and travel. (£10-£400)

Entry guidelines

You will normally have a portfolio of recent work at interview; 5 GCSEs (A-C/9-4) and satisfactory completion of a pre-degree Foundation course or equivalent. However, applications are welcome from students, who may lack qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study at this level.

The ability to develop communication skills, English, maths, action planning and information technology to levels appropriate to fine art study. This will normally be discussed at interview with a member of the course team.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed throughout the course via a portfolio of your work , along with written work surrounding critical, historical and theoretical studies in the form of a journal.

Where can I progress to?

Graduates may seek further post-graduate study at Master (MA) and fellowship level. They may also gain employment as practising artists and crafts persons, educators at all levels, arts administration and personnel in related areas.

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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