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Art, Design & Creative Media

BA (Hons) Fine Art - A006

12 Quays Full Time Higher Education

(UCAS Course Code W100/Institution Code W73)

If you are only applying for one course which is at Wirral Met, you can apply online. If you are applying for more than one course outside of Wirral Met, you must apply via UCAS.

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 or modules 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. Critical, historical and theoretical studies permeate the course and written work is presented in the form of a journal.

Level 4 - 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 through Individual Learning Plans.

Level 5 - At this level you will continue your personal development through experience of fine art practice. Emphasis is increasingly placed on your growing sense of awareness of your own practice as an artist. An option module at this level allows you to develop your work within print, drawing, sculpture, painting and lens based media or a specific theoretical module. Some modules may require the purchase of special materials for students own use as projects become more professional in character. In consultation with staff, students are expected to locate appropriate gallery space and to initiate and participate fully in gallery practice and other forms of professional development. The Gallery Practice and Professional Experience modules require students to contribute financially to a shared account and to undertake fundraising activities with the support of the staff team.

Level 6 - This level is designed initially to consolidate and intensify individual directions of study. You will be 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 as a professional artist. 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.

Equipment Required

All students are advised at the beginning of the course to purchase some basic tools, materials and a reading list for the period of study (approx. £50). During the course students are expected to supply the majority of art materials themselves depending on their chosen areas of study.

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.

Additional Information

Applications for this course are normally made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at www.ucas.com. You will need to indicate the following for this course:

UCAS Institution code: W73 (Wirral Metropolitan College)
Course code: W100

Course timetables are provided prior to enrolment for each level in a student course handbook. Class group sizes are generally no larger than twelve. A typical timetable would include twelve hours contact time with tutors. Although students are expected to work independently within the studio provision.

Students interested in this course are welcome to contact the college to speak to delivery staff about the programme prior to making an application.

Applications from mature students and from students from under-represented groups in higher education are also encouraged. Students from this group may have no formal qualifications or be returning to education.

Where can I progress to?

Graduates may seek further post-graduate study at Masters (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.


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For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).

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