Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said they were satisfied with the teaching and learning opportunities on this course (NSS 2019).

About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Fine Art with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad 2020 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Fine Art
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Fine Art 2020 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Fine Art

Fine Art Gallery

Why choose this course?

Our course has an international and outward-looking approach. From year one, our students are offered a range of external opportunities, including:

  • The option to take a semester-long, funded Erasmus residency in one of our overseas partner institutions in Europe
  • A year-longer Study Abroad residency, in one of our global partner institutions, e.g. North America, Japan, Canada, Australia.
  • The chance to exhibit their work nationally and within the region, in venues such as Courtyard Arts, Hertford, the Truman Brewery, London and the renowned UH Arts Gallery on campus.
  • Participation in collaborative projects with our international schools in places such as Moscow.

Closer to home, students benefit from opportunities to:

  • Undertake a sandwich year placement to gain more extensive experience within the creative sector.
  • Benefit from the programme’s close ties with University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Art Therapy, through access to staff and when relevant, taught modules.

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.

Key staff

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

Course details


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

Our alumni include emerging artists such as:

Alongside more established artists such as:

Arts professionals such as:

  • Head of Painting Glasgow School of Art, Alistair Payne
  • Production design and art director Maco Puig  http://marcopuigart.com/
  • Researcher at the Welcome Trust Foundation, Eleanor Osmond
  • Curatorial Assistant UH Arts, Inna Allan
  • Art Psychotherapist Kristina, Stamatiou   

Further information 

What job can I get?

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Teaching and technical support

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.

Work Placement

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.

Study Abroad

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


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


Level 6

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

In addition to the fees there are some compulsory course attached to this course:

Year 1
Basic studio equipment - £120-£160
Gallery study trips - £120-£160

Year 2
Workshop materials: students normally work in one area of specialism (project dependent) - £200-£300

Year 3
Workshop materials: students normally work in one area of specialism (project dependent)- £300-£400

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*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.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements

UCAS points A Level BTEC
96 CCC - Including formal or informal qualifications in Art or Design MMM

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 6 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
23/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
We welcome applications from international and EU students