Undergraduate visual arts

The Visual Arts programmes at the University of Hertfordshire recognise the diversity of creative practice and its potential applications in contemporary culture, supporting students as they develop into highly skilled, entrepreneurial and socially engaged practitioners.

Within easy reach of London, the School of Creative Arts offers generously sized studios, excellent technical facilities and real world professional experience through work placements, live projects and exhibitions. Specialist teaching staff engaged in research of national and international standing provide a supportive learning environment alongside a vibrant programme of visiting artists and industry professionals.

Interdisciplinary innovation

Our position within the School of Creative Arts allows for interdisciplinary collaborations and cross-pollination across a wide range of art forms and technologies, while our strong links with industry and the international community provide a range of exciting opportunities for students’ personal and professional development.

Our graduates are self-motivated, rigorous and highly competitive within the visual arts sector, with alumni including the Head of Painting at Glasgow School of Art, Alistair Payne, and the interdisciplinary artist and co-director of C-LAB, Laura Cinti.

Specialised pathways for successful careers

Our programmes give students the ideal springboard into a professional career in the world of visual arts. Our Fine Art programme is progressive in outlook, and fosters an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the contemporary art world, its diversity and emerging contexts for practice nationally and internationally. Students can specialise, or work between, a range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, performance and video. Self-motivation, intellectual curiosity, speculative enquiry and imagination are all key attributes for successful completion of the programme.

Similarly, our Photography degree is designed for students who want to work at the forefront of the creative industries. Students engage with a full range of photographic processes, technologies and methodologies to develop proficiencies in the creation and manipulation of photographic imagery. The programme assists students to develop critical insight into photographic practices and debates, as well as the skills to work professionally in photographic production and associated roles.

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