BA Fine Art with History of Art (2017 entry)
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This course will enable you to become an academically strong, thoughtful artist who understands how your practice relates to the art of the past.
You’ll split your time equally between studio practice and the history and theory of art – from what has been understood as ‘art’ in different cultures and societies over time to the contemporary art market and cultural theory. Working across a range of media, you’ll develop your own body of work under the guidance of artist-lecturers and visiting practitioners, and study alongside artists and cultural theorists in a stimulating research environment.
Optional modules will give you the chance to focus on topics that interest you, from African art to contemporary photography and cinema. You’ll explore the relationship between art and society and engage with a range of theories that have been used to understand cultural forms. You’ll also gain professional skills as you develop and exhibit your own artistic work in every year.
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. We have a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Brotherton Library Treasures Gallery. ULITA – An Archive of International Textiles – is housed on campus to collect, preserve and document textiles and related areas from around the world.
The university also houses a wealth of modern and contemporary art that make up the Art on Campus displays of sculpture, in addition to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive and the Marks & Spencer Company Archive and exhibition displays. These resources all offer exciting opportunities for our students to engage with art and culture.
From the start of the programme, you’ll have the chance work across all fine art media and you’ll be encouraged to find your own direction as an artist. Half of the degree 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.
To support these studies you’ll take core modules that introduce you to contested ideas about the artist, art and the history of art as well as the relationship between art and society. You’ll gain research and analytical skills that provide a foundation for your degree. In Year 2 you’ll also choose from optional modules on topics from medieval European art to cinema and its relationship with culture.
Your final year 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 of your choice within art history. You can choose to take a smaller dissertation if you want to select one further optional module.
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.
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
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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, screenings and visits with traditional teaching and learning methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You’ll also have the chance to enhance your learning by attending talks by visiting artists and speakers, as well as attending exhibitions and conferences among others.
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.
We usually use a combination of assessment methods that allows you to develop diverse skills. These include your studio work, exhibition crits, module presentations, essays and exams, depending on the modules you choose.
This degree will allow you to develop into a thoughtful artist with strong critical, interpretative and communication skills, as well as strong visual and critical awareness and an understanding of the ways in which your practice responds to and questions the art of the past. This will prepare you for a career in the arts and culture sectors, where you could join our alumni working in diverse careers as artists, curators, academics, writers and teachers among many others.
Graduates from our School have gone on to work at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Saatchi Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, National Trust, Bonham’s, Leeds City Museums, The Hepworth Gallery, The Geffrye Museum London, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Rydale Folk Museum.
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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.
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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.