BA (Hons) Fine Art

About the course


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.

We 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.

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


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
  • Researcher at the Welcome Trust Foundation, Eleanor Osmond
  • Curatorial Assistant UH Arts, Inna Allan
  • Art Psychotherapist Kristina, Stamatiou   

Further information 

Teaching methods

Fine Art students learn through a combination of structured taught sessions, directed studio practice, collaborative practice and theoretical research, Taught sessions include one-to-one tutorials, group critiques, seminars and formal lectures. There are workshops in each of the media areas of drawing, painting, digital imaging, photography, printmaking, video and sculpture. In the first year of study, students are asked to spend time collaborating toward a short film work.

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.
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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Fine Art Practice 1A - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art Practice 1B - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art in Context 1 - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art: Visions, Contexts, Languages (C&CS) - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Fine Art Practice 2A - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art Practice 2B - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art in Context 2 - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art: Debates and Values (C&CS) - 30 Credits


  • Professional Work Experience 30: Visual Arts - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Fine Art Practice 3A - 30 Credits
  • Fine Art Practice 3B - 60 Credits
  • Fine Art Degree Essay - 30 Credits


  • Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*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.

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Other financial support

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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.

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Entry requirements...

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A levels/BTECs to include an art related subject.  
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C for English and Grade D for maths if taken before 2015). 
  • IB - 96 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual Arts at SL or HL  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)