Fine Art with Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: F01W
Code: IA3020A15Z
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: N academic years
Start Dates: september 2019
Term Dates: View term dates
Overview

Our BA (Hons) Fine Art with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study Fine Art, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications or portfolio to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

The BA (Hons) Fine Art programme at University Centre at Blackburn College provides a platform for both traditional and contemporary art practice.

The Fine Art degree facilitates opportunities for our students to make art works in any media, engage in practice led research and develop their practice as critically engaged participants in the local, national and indeed global community.

Engagement takes place in large, bright, purpose built Victorian drawing studios, a modern University Centre, in the town itself and in cities across the country.

Equal value is placed by staff and students on both analogue and digital process and outcomes, with workshops that are an exciting mix of traditional print making, sculpture, photography and painting that allow the best traditional processes to be explored alongside digital image making, moving image production, audio recording and television studio access that allows students to develop an individual practice in any media appropriate to their work.

We are looking for students who demonstrate ambition, curiosity and bravery in their work, and who understand the benefits of working in small groups with access to large studios supported by a dedicated and internationally recognised staff team of practicing and visiting artists who will support you in your journey towards becoming professional artists on an international stage.

What will I study?

When you study at Level 3 of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. The two practical modules introduce you to a range of creative arts disciplines, approaches and techniques. These modules have been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Fine Art. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

The main emphasis at Level 4 of the programme is to introduce you to a range of technical and conceptual skills that will help you develop your critical judgment and establish the focus for your future work. 

You will explore the possibilities of Drawing, 2D media and 3D and 4D media (including moving image, audio, photography and performance). In these early stages of the programme you will be given workshops in all areas to support experimentation, allowing you to gain confidence in working across a range of media.

Later in the year you will focus those aspects of fine art that are most relevant to you by undertaking an independent research project. This module aims to broaden your understanding of the contexts of your practice to prepare you for year two, when you will focus your chosen discipline.

At Level 5 you will begin to refine your practice after reflecting on strengths and weaknesses from year one. During year two you will also be encouraged to develop and refine themes that underpin your work in preparation for dissertation; the extended essay you will undertake in year three.

At Level 6, will build on the work you started in your second year and bring it to resolution, with the final degree show as an opportunity to exhibit your achievements.

The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, demonstrations, discussions, e-learning, live briefs, study trips, artist talks, gallery visits and exhibitions. Most importantly however, critical engagement and dialogue is formed through critiques and participation with the community of practice that is staff, students and visiting artists across the art schools at Blackburn College.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 3 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • Studio Practice I
  • Studio Practice II

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Drawing: Visual Inquiry
  • 2D Media (Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Photography)
  • 3 & 4D Media (Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Film)
  • Contextual Studies
  • Independent Research Project

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Experimental Research
  • Critical Studies
  • Experimental Studio Practice
  • Refining Studio Practice
  • Creative Futures

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Advanced Studio Practice 1
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Studio Practice 2

 

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 32 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 80 UCAS points).

All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. However, we welcome applications from students with a desire to learn more about Fine Art and the opportunity to return to education. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview so that you can meet our team, see our factilities and we can talk about your own artistic aspirations.  You will be able to show a portfolio at your interview or demonstrate prior learning.  Once we have received your application the Admissions team will be in contact with how to request the online interview. 

You will also need to show a willingness to write essays and participate in critical debate. You may need to show that you have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. 

If you feel you do not meet our standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience, we would still urge you to apply or speak to our Programme Leader, Jamie Holman, using Jamie.Holman@blackburn.ac.uk who will be happy to discuss your options. 

You will not be required to have GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at level 2 in English and Mathematics.

 

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by:

  • Portfolio
  • Supporting material such as: sketchbooks, Journals and blogs
  • Exhibition
  • Presentations
  • Written essays
  • Dissertation
  • Peer assessment
  • Peer critique
  • Self-assessment

 

This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

As a fine art student you will develop a range of transferable skills that will be useful in a variety of jobs: the ability to work independently, organise your own work schedules, communicate verbally and in writing, solve complex problems, evaluate situations and make decisions. Graduates from the course have, for example, gone on to management training schemes for major retail organisations, joined the civil service and, in general, gained access to other forms of employment that are not specifically related to art - such as in Marketing. Careers that are more directly related to art include: illustration, teaching, museum work and art therapy. Past students have set up their own studios in Blackburn, Bolton and elsewhere in the region.

We encourage applications for postgraduate training and study. Some of the routes that former students have progressed down include:

  • Freelance artist and associated employment
  • Events organisation and coordination
  • Gallery and museum employment (marketing, administration, curating, restoration and education fields)
  • Freelance technicians and artist assistant roles
  • Postgraduate study in a range of arts subjects
  • Access to visual industries including film, set design and theatre
  • Artist studio management
  • Community arts practice and employment with associated institutions
  • Fundraising for the arts (employment with national funding councils)
  • Art therapy courses with access to the profession
  • Residencies and travel grants
  • PGCE teacher training and postgraduate routes to FE and HE teaching
Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Fine Art with Foundation Entry. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

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Dedicated Facilities

You will be provided with your own dedicated studio space throughout your journey with us. This means you will be able to build and refine a professional body of work and pursue your artwork outside of taught sessions without the need to 'hot-desk' or transport your work home between sessions.

BA (Hons) Fine Art students study in the Victoria Centre in 4th floor, airy studio spaces. There are MAC suites, seminar spaces and workshop spaces for Fine Art students. In addition you will get your own locker space.