Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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BA Fine Art with Contemporary Cultural Theory (2017 entry)

This Information is for 2017 entry only – to see the information for 2018 entry please go to the main Programme page

This degree combines studio practice with contemporary philosophy and cultural theory, preparing you to be a critically aware artist graduate.

Supported by artist-lecturers and visiting practitioners, you’ll work across different media to develop your body of work. At the same time, you’ll explore the relationship between art and society, examine theories of the image, the gaze and culture and examine questions of gender, sexuality and cultural difference.

Placing art in its cultural context, you’ll have the opportunity to study related fields such as music, literature, cultural history, philosophy and film. You’ll work with artists and theorists across the School on current issues like ecology, cities, place, power and conflict. All of this will inform your practice, giving you the space to develop your creativity while responding to a variety of topics.

Specialist resources

The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and practice. In the summer of 2016, the School moves to a new location on the University campus, providing a fully redesigned and refurbished learning environment. You’ll work in professionally laid-out, well lit studios and benefit from versatile exhibition spaces and social areas.

Fine Art facilities include a printmaking workshop with facilities for etching, relief and screen printing, a wet darkroom, computer suite with the latest software for video editing, image manipulation and other applications. There is also a 3D workshop and a fabrication area with a dedicated space for casting.

The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. There is a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Brotherton Library Treasures Gallery. We work closely with many different museums, archives, and cultural organisations in the region.


From the start of the programme, you are encouraged to find your own direction as an artist. You’ll have the chance to work across all fine art media with on-site facilities for digital media, painting, photography, printmaking and 3D processes, and you’ll be encouraged to find your own direction as an artist.

Half of the programme is devoted to studio work, giving you the time and space to develop your ideas. You’ll take field trips to exhibitions, galleries or fine art fairs and combine lectures with group seminar sessions to discuss contemporary art practice, which you can use to inform your own creative work.

Supporting your studio practice are theoretical modules that will introduce you to the theories and methods of cultural analysis and the relationships between culture, media and society. You’ll also choose from optional modules that allow you to focus on specific art and cultural topics in depth, from cinema to utopian thinking and the contemporary art market.

Year 3 balances studio work with researching and writing a dissertation – an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice, which can either complement your studio practice or focus on a topic arising from your theoretical study. You can choose to take a smaller dissertation and select one further optional module on an aspect of cultural theory.

Towards the end of the year you’ll display your studio work in a final exhibition, applying your artistic and professional skills to interact with external agencies, the media and sponsors.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Studio tutors are practising artists, writers and curators who are contributing to national and international exhibitions and publications.

This course combines studio, exhibition and curatorial work with lectures, seminars, screenings, tutorials, workshops and visits. You’ll also have the chance to enhance your learning by attending talks by visiting artists and speakers, as well as attending workshops, exhibition openings, conferences and other events.

Independent study is a vital element of this degree, allowing you to develop your creativity and build important skills in areas such as research, analysis and interpretation. In the upper years, we encourage you to carry out small research projects on your own or in student teams. The final year dissertation enables you to undertake substantial independent research in a topic of particular interest to you.

Assessment

We usually use a combination of assessment methods that allows you to develop diverse skills. These include studio, crits, module presentations, essays and exams, depending on the modules you choose.


Entry requirements

A-level: AAB not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Where an applicant is undertaking an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), the School may make an alternative offer that is one A level grade below that of our standard offer – on the condition that the applicant achieves a grade A in their EPQ (e.g. AAB at A level / alternative offer ABB plus grade A in EPQ).

NB: An EPQ is optional and not a requirement of application.

All applicants will also be required to submit a satisfactory portfolio of work.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 must be at Merit level.

BTEC

Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1 – D3, M1, M1 in three principle subjects.

International Baccalaureate

34-35 overall (with at least 4 in English Language).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAABB-AAABBB.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AABBB overall (AB at advanced level) OR AAABB (A at advanced level) OR AAAABB.

Other Qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 77-80% overall and at least 60% in English.

Art Foundation Diploma: Merit/Distinction with an A level at grade A (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Next steps

Qualified applicants are invited to interview in groups. You’ll be expected to bring your portfolio to the interview, and we will inspect this while you take part in activities run by our current students in our fine art studios to get a sense of what it is like to study with us. You will then have a short interview where you can discuss your portfolio and demonstrate your awareness of both the course and your own practice.

Admissions policy

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £15,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Career opportunities

This course offers you a unique combination of artistic, intellectual and professional skills. As a result, you’ll be well equipped for a variety of careers.

You’ll have the skills to work as a professional artist, designer or craftsperson, but the theoretical elements of the course will also allow you to develop critical, analytical, communication, presentation and research skills to work in multimedia and the creative industries, publishing, journalism, PR, film and television.

Many graduates from our School combine careers as artists with work in education, museums or galleries, or even go on to establish new cultural enterprises themselves – The Tetley, Leeds’ contemporary art space, is just one example. Others use their knowledge and skills to launch careers in fields such as journalism, broadcasting, marketing, technology, business or design.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.



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