The course considers fine art in its widest sense, which means you can either test out many different approaches or choose to specialise in one.
We offer a wide range of workshops from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, video and digital media, providing you with a solid foundation in testing the physical and conceptual potential of materials.
Regular lectures, group critiques, artist talks, study visits and independent study all assist in developing your practical and critical faculties. We have an outstanding teaching team of permanent tutors, technicians and visiting professional artists who are on-hand to assist you in developing your work.
You will become part of a supportive community of ambitious artists, and will have the option to engage in international and national exhibition and residency projects. We currently have exhibition and residency opportunities in Athens, Copenhagen, Milan and Venice, as well as visiting other international cities on residential study visits. Our course fosters a flexible and entrepreneurial attitude by encouraging the consideration of the broader cultural environment, to help you understand your place within it. You will leave as an independent thinker with confidence in your own practice.
Highly-motivated graduates from this course go on to become leading contributors in a variety of fine art disciplines, whether as the next generation of contemporary artists, inspiring teachers, curators, or as assistants to renowned artists.
Level 4 (First Year)
Your first year builds upon your previous learning; you’ll experiment broadly and acquire new skills and knowledge, from a combination of both practice and theory sessions.
You’ll attend various workshops, learn about curating and exhibit your work. An important part of the first year is helping you to confidently speak and write about your work. In the final unit of this year, you will define your practice and determine which areas you wish to specialise in.
You’ll work in a mixed practice studio.
Level 5 (Second Year)
Your second year encourages you to examine the positioning of your work within the Fine Art industries and to consider its relationship to audiences.
At the beginning of Level 5, you’ll decide where to locate your practice and which practical working zone of the course to locate yourself in. You can also move between zones.
You’ll continue to improve your practical skills whilst simultaneously clarifying the research questions you are investigating.
You’ll have opportunities to study abroad and participate in challenging projects.We encourage work experience in this year if you decide to opt for the independent study unit. Your research into career options and professional practice will also begin.
Level 6 (Third year)
In your third year, you’ll continue to develop and refine your understanding of your own practice, specifically the Fine Art discipline, the language it operates within and how it is interpreted by viewers.
This is the crucial year where you consolidate your previous experience and experiments and pursue a focused practice. This is celebrated in your two degree exhibitions, one at AUB and one in London, allowing your work to be viewed by hundreds of people and giving you a springboard into professional life.
As part of your course you may also get the opportunity to take part in course trips, previous trips have included:
- New York
*These trips are optional and some may incur additional costs