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BA (Hons) Fine Art

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Join a creative community and develop projects in your own studio
Join a creative community and develop projects in your own studio
Be inspired by high profile guest speakers, e.g. Turner Prize nominees
Be inspired by high profile guest speakers, e.g. Turner Prize nominees
Exhibit to industry professionals including Truman Brewery, London
Exhibit to industry professionals including Truman Brewery, London

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

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.

What's the course about?

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.

What will I study?

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.

Student Blogs

Neofytos - My week at a glance

My week at a glance.

My week starts by attending to my studio space, which it is a corner made up of 3 big white boards, a locker to secure my belongings and a table to work on. I personally love that space! It always makes me feel good! Having this area to work and do research for projects that I have been given, make me feel focused and productive.

On Tuesdays I have a lecture which it is about two or two and half hours, depending on how much we need to cover.  In our lecture, we talk about theories that could be beneficial to our artistic perspective, but we also use this time to talk about anything that involves group assignments and projects.

Wednesdays for me only consist of a hour of optional art talks. During these talks, we have the chance to attend a seminar where artists are presenting their work to us! That's an amazing way to be provided with an insight of how the industry works and be prepared for our working lives after graduation.

Lastly, we have our optional life drawing sessions which runs every Thursday's afternoon is a great chance to have a little break from spending most of your time in your studio space working on your projects. Going to the life drawing session I have the great chance to observe the human figure, as well as being given the great opportunity to draw models.

As for the Friday I have nothing booked on, so I can spend most of my time in my studio space working on my projects without get distracted!

I love my routine at the university, it gives me both the time to work on my projects thus attend and organise sessions and group works.

Student Blogs

Neofytos - Why choose Herts?

Why I chose Herts.

I am an international student and by studying at the University of Hertfordshire, it has been a blessing!

I chose Herts, because the University itself is such a great place to study! The facilities and the two beautifully designed campuses that the University has, made my studies here amazing! For instance, there are two big libraries at the University where really helps the students with their coursework, one at the one campus and the second one to the other one. Moreover, all the buildings where we have classes at are very new and that proves that the university cares about university's appearance and invest a lot of money for the students to have a great environment to study within.

However, except of the excellent facilities that the university has, the University has a great spot for socialising. Cafes, restaurants, common rooms, gyms and a big University club are factors that make Herts a great place to be. All of them are located very near to each other which is very convenient for us as students to socialise easily.

Speaking of location, the University is located not very far from London which is an amazing thing since London is such a beautiful and diverse city!

All these were the factors that made me to choose Herts and I have never regretted my choice!

Student Blogs

Neofytos - Why choose Herts?

Why I chose Herts.

I am an international student and by studying at the University of Hertfordshire, it has been a blessing!

I chose Herts, because the University itself is such a great place to study! The facilities and the two beautifully designed campuses that the University has, made my studies here amazing! For instance, there are two big libraries at the University where really helps the students with their coursework, one at the one campus and the second one to the other one. Moreover, all the buildings where we have classes at are very new and that proves that the university cares about university's appearance and invest a lot of money for the students to have a great environment to study within.

However, except of the excellent facilities that the university has, the University has a great spot for socialising. Cafes, restaurants, common rooms, gyms and a big University club are factors that make Herts a great place to be. All of them are located very near to each other which is very convenient for us as students to socialise easily.

Speaking of location, the University is located not very far from London which is an amazing thing since London is such a beautiful and diverse city!

All these were the factors that made me to choose Herts and I have never regretted my choice!