Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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BA Fine Art with Museum and Gallery Studies (2018 entry only)

The following information is for 2018 applicants only.

This degree combines studio practice with the study of art galleries and museums, 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 You’ll also gain an understanding of the historic and contemporary role of the ‘art museum’ and examine the roles of public and private art galleries, museums and country houses.

These two aspects of the degree inform each other, deepening your understanding of your own art practice in light of the ways in which art has been displayed, interpreted, classified and critiqued over time – and where this could lead in the future. You’ll also benefit from the interdisciplinary ethos of our School, working alongside art historians and cultural theorists in a stimulating research environment.

Specialist resources

The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and practice. In the summer of 2016, the School moved to a new location on the University campus, providing a fully redesigned and refurbished learning environment. You will work in professionally laid-out, well lit studios with 24 hour access and will benefit from versatile exhibition spaces and social areas.

Resources include dedicated Mac and PC computer suites for video editing, animation and image manipulation, printmaking workshops for etching, relief and screen printing, and a photography darkroom for film developing and printing. A woodworking and casting area are also housed within the School, with additional facilities for digital and 3D printing available at the University.

There is a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles is housed on campus to collect, preserve and document textiles and related areas from around the world. Project Space, a new multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School’s new building.

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 current issues and practice in museums and galleries.

At each level of the degree, you combine your studio practice with modules on the history and theory of museums and galleries and on the role and impact of the notion of 'heritage' on our understanding of artworks.

From the start of the programme, you’ll have the chance to work across all fine art media 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. Lectures will be combined with group seminar sessions to discuss contemporary art practice, which you can use to inform your own creative work.

At the same time, you’ll compliment your practice with a set of modules introducing you to the history of museums and galleries and contemporary museum practice. You will examine the methods and ideas behind the collection, interpretation and display of objects, as well as introductions to collections management, exhibitions and the exploration of museum, art gallery and heritage audiences. Optional modules will allow you to broaden your understanding of the history and theory of art, from the principles of cultural analysis to cinema history and the art market.

Your final year balances studio work with an independent research project on a topic of your choice within museum and gallery studies, which allows you to apply your skills and investigate a specific area in depth. Alongside this you’ll work on a curated exhibition and public degree show, using your artistic and professional skills as you interact with outside agencies, sponsors and the media.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • The English Country House: Making and Meaning 20 credits
  • Introduction to Museum and Art Gallery Studies 20 credits
  • Introduction to Studio Work 30 credits
  • Studio Work 2 30 credits
  • Studying in a Digital Age (Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies) 5 credits

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Cultural Analysis 1 20 credits
  • Cultural History 20 credits
  • Cinema and Media History 20 credits
  • A Story of Art I 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Studio Work 60 credits
  • Exhibitions, Curatorship and Audiences 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Country Houses and the (Re)Construction of the Heritage Industry 1880-1950 20 credits
  • Cinema and Culture 20 credits
  • Seeing in Asia 20 credits
  • The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies, Meanings 20 credits
  • African Art I: Context Representation Signification 20 credits
  • Art, Power and Portraiture 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 40 credits
  • Studio Work 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Assessing the French Revolution 1789-1799 20 credits
  • Soviet Socialist Realism 20 credits
  • Curatorial Practice and the Country House 1950-present 20 credits
  • Critical approaches to photography 20 credits
  • The Ripped and the Raw: Aspects of European Art 1945-1960 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Fine Art with Museum and Gallery Studies BA in the course catalogue

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, 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, workshops, 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.


We use a combination of assessment methods that allows you to develop diverse skills. These include studio and exhibition 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.


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)


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AABBB (AB at advanced level) OR AAABB (A at advanced level). For applicants just undertaking the higher level, grades of AAAABB will be required.

Other Qualifications

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

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

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.


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.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2019


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,500 (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 starting in the 2019/20 academic year 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

Career opportunities

This degree will allow you to develop as a thoughtful, critically aware artist with an understanding of the ways in which art and other cultural forms are displayed, interpreted and represented. You’ll also develop skills in research, analysis and written, oral and visual communication that will be valuable in diverse careers across the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.

Many Fine Art graduates 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.

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.

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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