BA (Hons) Fine Art

  • 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.

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 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.

Careers

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.