This course focuses on contemporary approaches to fine art and the practice and theories that inform it. You’ll be actively encouraged to explore your ideas through a range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, video, installation, photography and digital media. Supporting you will be a team of internationally practising artists, each bringing their unique research, experiences and interests directly into their teaching. The lively and diverse lecture programme sees visiting artists and art professionals discuss their own practice while encouraging debate and discussion. Throughout the course, we’ll foster your natural abilities and interests in a stimulating environment. Excellently equipped facilities and your own personal studio space allow you to experiment and develop your practice.
Our course has an international and outward-looking approach. From year one, our students are offered a range of external opportunities, including:
Closer to home, students benefit from opportunities to:
A distinctive feature of the programme is that from the outset students develop a strong and supportive peer group dynamic that frequently results in ambitious collaborative projects, sharing of opportunities, a growing network and a proactive alumnus.
Alison Dalwood (Senior Lecturer)
Alison's research explores the nature of perception by repressing the pictorial content through blurring or layering. She's had major public art commissions, exhibitions & site projects, through the relationship between photography, painting & location.
Michael Wright (Programme Leader for Fine Art)
As a practising artist, Michael's passion in drawing includes sculpture, video projection & photographic installation. He exhibitions internationally & collaborates with Henriette Van 't Hoog & Rhythm Section.
Find out more about Michael Wright (Programme Leader for Fine Art)
Dr Pat Simpson
Reader in Social History of Art & Research Tutor: Pat’s research is internationally recognised, with specialisms in Soviet and post-Soviet art, bio-politics, gender issues, modern and contemporary art practices, curation and museum displays.
Find out more about Dr Pat Simpson
Professor Simeon Nelson
Professor of Sculpture and Head of Visual Art. Simeon has international reputation in sculpture and installation, completing numerous large scale exhibitions with support from agencies such as the Wellcome Trust, the Arts Council, Leverhulme Trust.
Find out more about Professor Simeon Nelson
Our graduates find employment across the creative and culture industries: as professional artists who exhibit and undertake commissions, as community based creative practitioners, curators, arts administration and educators. The transferable skills taught on the programme means our graduates are equipped with the communication skills and inventiveness that are valued in creative professions.
Our alumni include emerging artists such as:
Alongside more established artists such as:
Arts professionals such as:
Our graduates find employment across the creative and culture industries: as professional artists who exhibit and undertake commissions, and as community-based creative practitioners, curators, arts administrators and educators. Transferable skills mean our graduates are well equipped for the creative professions.
The Fine Art degree at the University of Hertfordshire is a dynamic, practice-based course that actively prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the creative arts. The course ethos is to enable students to understand the many contexts of art making through the direct experience of presenting, siting and exhibiting their work.
Our aim is to create confident, self-motivated and highly skilled art practitioners, so our students have access to world-class technical resources, generous studio spaces and the opportunity to use the most up to date equipment. The programme benefits from access to a range of project and exhibiting spaces where students can test their work in a public setting. Students are actively encouraged to exploit all these resources to explore the potential of their work to its fullest.
The programme values one-to-one teaching in support of individual development, alongside peer learning within technical skills workshops and group seminars.
Teaching on the programme is delivered by tutors who are practicing artists exhibiting internationally and supported by a vibrant programme of visiting artists and industry professionals. Within the School, there is a lively and diverse lecture programme with contributions from artists, poets, art critics and curators, so our students can link with practicing artists and contemporary artwork.
Taught workshops traverse all areas of contemporary practice, including painting, sculpture, digital imaging, printmaking, moving image, installation, photography, moving image and more. Alongside this, the Critical and Cultural Studies modules provide students with the skills to critically analyse contemporary visual arts and culture, both in written studies and within the context of the studio.
Through both structured and informal activities students place their practice in live contexts outside of the programme, supported by a curator to work towards a public outcome. All students have the opportunity to exhibit regionally and in London. In your second year you will be guided to research careers in the visual arts and undertake work experience through a placement in the creative industries. In your final year you will receive advice on future careers and post-graduate studies.
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities
|Fine Art Practice 2A||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Fine Art Practice 2B||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Fine Art in Context 2||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Fine Art: Debates and Values (C&CS)||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Year Abroad||0 Credits||Optional|
|Professional Work Experience 30: Visual Arts||30 Credits||Optional|
In addition to the fees there are some compulsory course attached to this course:
Basic studio equipment - £120-£160
Gallery study trips - £120-£160
Workshop materials: students normally work in one area of specialism (project dependent) - £200-£300
Workshop materials: students normally work in one area of specialism (project dependent)- £300-£400
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
|UCAS points||A Level||BTEC|
|96||CCC - Including formal or informal qualifications in Art or Design||MMM|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|26/09/2020||26/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time)|
|29/09/2020||22/05/2021||Apply online (Part Time)|
|29/09/2020||22/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|28/09/2020||20/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
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|26/09/2021||26/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time)|
|29/09/2021||22/05/2022||Apply online (Part Time)|
|29/09/2021||22/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|28/09/2021||20/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|