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Fine Art
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Fine Art

International Scholarships available

Overview

Push the limits of your creativity and experiment with painting, performance, installation, photography, drawing, printmaking, animation, digital processes and other media. You will be taught by nationally and internationally recognised artists and practitioners, who will help you to develop your artistic identity. You will also participate in seminars, collaborative on and off-site activities and live curatorial projects.

We will nurture your critical and thinking skills so that you will be able to understand your own work and that of others within a range of social, cultural and philosophical contexts.

We will give you the opportunity to show off your projects to the public and impress industry by exhibiting your work at the end of your final year.

You can see examples of our students' work on our School of Art, Architecture and Design website.

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

As well being given the opportunity to exhibit each year, you will be encouraged to take a proactive approach, collaborate with others and make your own opportunities - just as you will in the real world.

Leeds has a thriving visual arts scene and our students have formed their own collectives, participating in the annual Light Night event and even setting up their own galleries. Final year students will also have the opportunity to exhibit their work at our annual Degree Show, which is attended by arts professionals from across the country.

The course also has a Visiting Lecturer Programme for you to engage with professional practicing artists and gain a valuable insight into how creative individuals operate in a world beyond the University. Each week an artist is invited to give a lecture to students about their work and students are encouraged to meet with the artist on an individual basis to discuss their work after the lecture. This opportunity will help inform your ideas and the evolution of your own practice.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Part-time study available
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • 100% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16).
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017
Play BA (Hons) Fine Art - Hafsah Hafez, student Video
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Hafsah Hafez, student
Play BA (Hons) Fine Art - Aoife O'Rouke, student Video
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Aoife O'Rouke, student
Play BA (Hons) Fine Art - Simon Ringe, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Simon Ringe, Senior Lecturer
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design - Degree Show 2016 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design - Degree Show 2016

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one of these should normally be from an Art or Design subject).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
English Language at Grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for art.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one of these should normally be from an Art or Design subject).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
English Language at Grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for art.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Priyantha Udagedara

Careers

Priyantha Udagedara

PhD Contemporary Fine Art Practice

“The art deals with the day-to-day life where crisis has penetrated the norm and disrupts the perceptions of an idyllic place as portrayed in tourist brochures and promotional material.

Teaching and learning

Develop the necessary practical, technical and intellectual skills to perform successfully as a creative professional in the expanding field of art. You will also build the transferable enterprise skills applicable to a range of postgraduate opportunities, including professional art practice, further study, and wider employment possibilities. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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You will be introduced to the tutorial-based teaching system, the process of negotiated learning and the overall course philosophy. You’ll familiarise yourself with the facilities through a series of workshops and will explore a range of historical perspectives by writing an essay. You will be encouraged to experiment with ideas in the studio and will have the opportunity to present your work in a public exhibition.
Overall workload
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360 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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840 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

You will join the fine art course community and participate in a range of workshops, lectures and practical activities. You will also have the freedom to produce a comprehensive body of experimental artworks.

Examine different eras of visual art, focusing on the period from 1850 to the present day, and articulate your knowledge through the production of an essay.

Visit an exhibition of your choice and develop your understanding of professional art settings by engaging in a research seminar, through individual tutorials and by writing a review of the exhibition.

You will be given time, space and freedom to explore your ideas and develop your practical skills through self-directed study and workshops. A series of lectures will deepen your knowledge of historical, contemporary and theoretical situations and you will be given further opportunities to develop your professional practice by showcasing your work at exhibitions.
Overall workload
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360 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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840 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

You will establish yourself within the fine art course community, participating in additional practical activities and artist-led projects, experimenting with your own artworks and developing your awareness of appropriate professional and theoretical environments.

Explore a range of issues related to the histories, theories and criticism of visual culture and art practice, and show your understanding with an essay that includes research and analysis in this area.

You will continue to experiment with creative ideas, presenting your personal progression through a portfolio of work. You will investigate an area appropriate to your practice, providing research findings and a critical analysis in an extended essay. Your final year will culminate with a showcase of your work at the degree show, where you will have the opportunity to network with fellow artists and industry professionals.
Overall workload
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360 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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840 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Negotiate, consolidate and present a comprehensive body of critically informed artworks, and establish yourself as an artist within the fine art course community.

Identify a topic relevant to your art practice and undertake an in-depth study though the production and presentation of an extended essay (or agreed equivalent).

Simon Ringe
Simon Ringe
Senior Lecturer
Simon studied at the Royal College of Art and is a practising artist, currently undertaking a research-based, practice-led PhD. He recently had his work publicly screened as part of Light Night Leeds 2015.
Our visiting lecturer programme on the course is very comprehensive. We ask our visiting speakers to stay for a further day to deliver tutorials to those students who've identified with a particular artist. Consequently, we get a number of students who network very effectively before they've even graduated.
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017
Play BA (Hons) Fine Art - Hafsah Hafez, student Video
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Hafsah Hafez, student
Play BA (Hons) Fine Art - Aoife O'Rouke, student Video
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Aoife O'Rouke, student
Play BA (Hons) Fine Art - Simon Ringe, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Simon Ringe, Senior Lecturer
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design - Degree Show 2016 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design - Degree Show 2016

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Fine art materials
    (Dependent on practice. Costs for materials in years 1 and 2 are approximately £50-£150. Costs for materials in year 3 are approximately £50-£300. You will be expected to provide materials for major independent projects in fine art. Costs will vary depending upon materials used)
  • Sketchbooks
    (Approximate cost £50. Digital files can be submitted via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE))
  • Project related site visit
    (Where trip is compulsory, costs will be covered)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Course study trip
    (Approximate cost £350)
  • Printmaking
    (Optional and depends on project work. Approximate cost £50-£100. Any compulsory costs will be covered)
  • Digital Printing
    (Optional and depends on project work. Approximate cost £50-£100. Any compulsory costs will be covered)
  • External hard drive
    (Optional but recommended. Approximate cost £70. Alternatively, you can back up your work using the online storage provided)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Fine art materials
    (Dependent on practice. Costs for materials in years 1 and 2 are approximately £50-£150. Costs for materials in year 3 are approximately £50-£300. You will be expected to provide materials for major independent projects in fine art. Costs will vary depending upon materials used)
  • Sketchbooks
    (Approximate cost £50. Digital files can be submitted via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE))
  • Project related site visit
    (Where trip is compulsory, costs will be covered)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Course study trip
    (Approximate cost £350)
  • Printmaking
    (Optional and depends on project work. Approximate cost £50-£100. Any compulsory costs will be covered)
  • Digital Printing
    (Optional and depends on project work. Approximate cost £50-£100. Any compulsory costs will be covered)
  • External hard drive
    (Optional but recommended. Approximate cost £70. Alternatively, you can back up your work using the online storage provided)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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