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Fine Art BA (Hons)

A course studied in Leicester for nearly 150 years and one with an established reputation for quality and creativity. You will have flexibility to experiment across a range of specialist disciplines such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, digital media and installation art.

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Overview

Watch: Jamie Scott our Senior Lecturer in Fine Art BA (Hons) discusses why you should study Fine Art at DMU.


Fine Art is the creation and the study of visual art. It educates and inspires students to pursue a career as an artist or to follow a wide range of other creative practices and career pathways associated with art and creativity.

Our course gives you the flexibility to experiment across a range of specialist disciplines which include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, digital media and installation art.

When you join us, you will study options in painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and photography, while also studying drawing and contextual and professional studies.

As you progress into year two you’ll develop your individual studio practice in one or more of these areas. You’ll then have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to fine art via projects, workshops and self-directed study.

In the final year you’ll develop your individual creative practice, culminating in an exciting exhibition that is part of DMU’s Festival of Creativity.

Key features

  • DMU is ranked number one for Art in the UK based on student satisfaction with the quality of teaching on the course, according to The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • We embed employability and professional practice throughout the three years of study and cover a wide range of topics that include an introduction to studio practice, contextual and professional studies, and art practice and presentation.
  • Benefit from access to a dedicated Fine Art studio space throughout the course and from workshops covering the practical aspects of printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, digital media techniques, painting and the skills associated with contemporary approaches to drawing.
  • Join the list of Fine Art students who have exhibited at the Handmade Festival, the Two Queens gallery, the Attenborough Arts Centre and a host of other prestigious venues across both the UK and internationally.
  • Our Fine Art graduates leave DMU qualified to work in a wide variety of careers in fields including arts administration, conservation and restoration, art therapy, and film and television production.
  • Our students can enhance their studies with a trip abroad through DMU Global. So far we’ve visited destinations including New York, Cyprus and Venice.
  • The award-winning Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design students.
  • We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.

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  • 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: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,250 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit in Art and Design and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

First year

  • Introduction to Fine Art: Painting
  • Introduction to Fine Art: Printmaking
  • Introduction to Fine Art: Sculpture
  • Introduction to Fine Art: Lens-based and Digital Media
  • Drawing
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 1

Second year

  • Studio Practice Development
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 2

Third year

  • Art Practice and Presentation
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 3

Structure

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 year 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 in the Drawing module 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.

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 each year 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

Art and design facilities

The award-winning Vijay Patel Building brings all of our art and design courses together providing inspiring, flexible spaces, studios and facilities which invite creativity and innovation.

The creative industries require imaginative graduates who can develop new ideas and products. Students use our state-of-the-art workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry, while the open and transparent spaces in the building encourage collaboration between disciplines. In doing so, the building supports students to be both ready for industry and future leaders in their respective fields.

Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

This course gives you the option to enhance and build your professional skills to progress within your choose career, through a placement. Our dedicated team offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future. Students have secured placements at arts organisations such as the Two Queens gallery and the Handmade Festival of Art and Music, while other placement opportunities have taken place in schools, galleries and creative businesses.

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global you can take advantage of 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.

Students on this course have recently visited New York, Cyprus and Venice. Watch our DMU Global Fine Art at the Venice Biennale video.

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Graduate careers

The course is designed to develop the skills that you will need to compete in a professional creative market. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of art and art-related careers in a variety of areas, including conservation and restoration, art therapy, theatre design, film and television production, illustration, publishing, gallery management and the crafts.

Artist Jonjo Elliott headed to Hollywood after being talent spotted by a gallery just months after graduating from DMU.

After graduation, the DMU Art Network provides support and resources to ensure our recent graduates achieve professional success in the art industry. The network is supported by influential artists Brendan Neiland and Christian Furr.

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Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.  

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

 
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