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Fine Art BA (Hons) Fine Art BA (Hons)

Fine Art BA (Hons)

Fine Art BA (Hons) will give you the opportunity to to experiment with a range of specialist techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video and installation art.


Reasons to study Fine Art BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Fine Art has been studied in Leicester for over 100 years and today’s course maintains the high standards of education established in 1897
  • Our excellent facilities and workshops ensure you have dedicated studio space throughout the course
  • The course offers flexibility, enabling you to specialise in one discipline or opt for a broad pattern of fine art study
  • You will be taught by research-active practising artists, and they will help you develop as an artist
  • Graduates progress to London colleges such as the Royal College of Art, the Slade and Goldsmiths
  • Create connections with Leicester’s creative community, and establish keys links for networking
  • You will have the opportunity to study in France, Holland, Belgium or Spain for part of your second year
  • Have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience as part of your studies through #DMUglobal

In the first year you will study painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, digital media, drawing and contextual and professional studies. The second year develops your individual studio practice in one or more of these areas. You have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to fine art via projects, workshops and self-directed study. In the final year you negotiate and develop your individual creative practice, culminating in an exhibition, part of DMU’s Festival of Creativity



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Photography and Video BA (Hons)
Design Crafts BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W100

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM  in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Fine Art BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Introduction to Studio Practice
  • Contextual and Professional Studies

Second year

  • Studio Practice Development
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 2

Third year

  • Art Practice and Presentation
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 3


Individual studio practice, group projects, workshops, group criticisms, lectures, seminars, study trips and one-to-one tutorials form the basis of this studio-based taught course. 

The first semester is designed to develop the key skills that every artist needs as the foundation of their practice.

In the second semester the emphasis of teaching changes to enable you to synthesise your learning into a self-directed creative project of your own devising. You will be supported by regular tutorials and studio crits, as well as art history tuition. 

In the first semester of the second year you will be able to choose a specialist area. From semester two of the second year until the end of the course, you will work on your own individual creative interests and develop your potential as an artist. The course culminates with an exhibition of your work – your first engagement as a professional artist.

Our teaching staff are research-active artists, who bring cutting-edge insights drawn from experience of their own practice and professional life into the studio, workshops and lecture theatres. They are supported by a wide range of visiting artists.

Fine Art students have shown at a major exhibition held at Ingenious Media in London and regularly show at exhibitions in the UK and internationally.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 21 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Fine Art Studios

Individual studio space and well-equipped workshops cover the practical aspects of printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, digital media techniques and the skills associated with contemporary approaches to painting. This is supported by skilled technical staff and a wide range of academic staff. An art materials shop is conveniently located on campus where you can buy a wide variety of art materials to help you with your studies. 


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



In your second year you will complete a professional project that may involve or lead to a placement. This might involve mounting an exhibition of your art work in a gallery that is open to the public. Other students undertake work placements in schools, galleries and creative businesses. 

In addition to the professional development that is integrated into our core curriculum, you will also benefit from our close links with regional arts organisations such as Two Queens gallery or the Handmade Festival of art and music, which have resulted in several placements over recent years coordinated through the faculty’s placement office.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

The international context of Fine Art is an essential part of the course. Since 2014 Fine Art students have been able to benefit from subsidised foreign study trips, including destinations in New York, Cyprus and Venice. We plan to continue to offer regular study trips abroad through this innovative and subsidised scheme. Alongside the visits students have the opportunity to study in France, Holland, Belgium or Spain for part of the second year. 

Watch our #DMUglobal Fine Art at the Venice Biennale video.


Graduate careers

The course is designed to develop the skills that you will need to compete in a professional creative market. As an integral part of the course you will leave with an externally facing website of your work, which is essential in securing creative portfolio work.

The creative thinking skills that you develop on the course make you employable in a wide range of art and art-related careers. Some pursue postgraduate study and develop careers as professional artists or designers, others have careers in teaching, arts administration, conservation and restoration, art therapy, theatre design, film and television production, illustration, publishing, gallery management and the crafts.

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