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Fine Art BA Honours

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Code
W101
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Keith Piper
Alexandra Kokoli

Our four BA Fine Art degree pathways embrace fine art as an open discipline constructed from many different studio practices and a critical involvement with ideas, culture and society. You will explore a range of artistic practices (including installation, performance, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital arts, film and video) through making, research and critique. Our suite of BA degrees opens the door to a wide range of creative and professional possibilities.

Why study BA Fine Art at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we have the facilities and the expertise to enhance your exploration of all kinds of art, from traditional forms like painting and sculpture to more contemporary approaches including digital arts, installation, and socially engaged practices. We place an emphasis on learning about art practice, history and theory through studio-based teaching and you will benefit from having an individual tutor as well as being part of a small, friendly peer group.

As a student, you will have the freedom to work independently within the tutorial framework so that you can develop self-discipline, experience of making and showing your work, and critical skills. This approach often leads to student-led collaborations, which contribute to the collective ethos of the course. Initiatives have included a range of exhibitions and events, and many collaborative groups have continued professionally beyond Middlesex.

Pathways

BA (Hons) Fine Art supports you in fulfilling your capacity for self-directed learning through the production of an ambitious body of work; you will explore the relationship between studio and exhibition, making and dissemination, and reflect on the role of different audiences.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Social Practice approaches art practice in its social contexts and offers you the opportunity to engage with a range of communities and institutions with the common goal of making a positive impact to the world around you.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Multimedia Practice supports you in expanding your creative practice and technical expertise with particular emphasis on viewer interaction, contemporary sound and video technologies and digital techniques.

BA (Hons) Fine Art Critical Practice is addressed to students who conceive of their art practice as involved in an in-depth and on-going dialogue with the critical, theoretical, philosophical and historical discourses that surround and inform it.

Course highlights

  • Our outstanding facilities in The Grove, our specialist building for art, design, media and performing arts, are among the best in the country
  • You are taught by practicing artists who exhibit and sell their work globally and work across a wide range of media including photography, painting, film, installation, sound and interactive art
  • At the end of Level 5 (year 2) you have the option of our distinct pathways (BA Fine Art; BA Fine Art Social Practice; BA Fine Art Multimedia Practice; BA Fine Art Critical Practice), which reflect and benefit from particular areas of staff expertise and achievement.
  • A regular Fine Art lecture series from visiting artists and curators provides insight into professional experience
  • At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at our Degree Show, a great opportunity to showcase your talents to the creative industry
  • A flexible part-time study option and supportive staff mean it's easy to balance your studies with other commitments
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Fine Art?

Your first year concentrates on understanding and working with different models as a fine artist, ensuring you have exposure to all the different workshops and facilities available to you.

  • You will be introduced to concepts of time and action, space and object, plus image and index in your studio practice
  • In the second and third terms studio practice develops more individually
  • Introduction to contemporary fine art practice and its history with short written assignments.

In your second year you will diversify and expand your skills, developing a deeper awareness of the critical demands of contemporary art

  • You will develop your visual language as you experiment in your studio practice
  • You will study visual culture, art and philosophy, and art and the community with a concluding written submission
  • This year includes options to study on the international exchange programme or work on art projects in the community
  • Your study culminates in an exhibition, where you will gain hands-on experience of curating and exhibiting.

Your final year of your degree enables you to consolidate and refine your art, developing your studio practice to a professional level.

  • This year includes a professional practice seminar series, a research essay, and another opportunity to work on art practice in the community
  • In tutorials you will focus on how clearly your visual language is communicated
  • The second and third terms focus on bringing work to a professional level for a public exhibition (recently this has been at Truman Brewery, Brick Lane).

What will you gain?

Alongside developing your vision and skills as an artist, you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills including initiative, self motivation, resourcefulness, excellent written and verbal communications skills, ability to work both alone and in groups, and the ability to be reflective and constructively self-critical about projects you have initiated.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Fine Art Practice: Beginnings and Directions (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable the initiation and development of individual practice through a process of material and conceptual exploration. It will establish and develop your awareness of the breadth of Fine Art practices and current/historical discourses. You will develop your understanding of the relationship between media, material processes and ideas, theories and concepts, and gain experience and understanding on a range of forms of research as the basis for practice. You will also develop an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and process relevant to art practice, along with the use of the range of available workshop practices.

    • Formations of Fine Art Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop a range of skills required to establish independent learning in studio, and workshop time planning, research, technical, communication. You will gain an understanding of subject specific knowledge and skills and understand their transferability. You will develop an awareness of professional practice in the field of contemporary art research, knowledge of field, exhibition, and awareness of criticism/journalism as well as an understanding, through experience, of different forms of artistic practice and their contexts. Your skills in collaborative practice and team working will also develop.

    • Starting Out: Art Education and Educating Art (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the historical and theoretical frameworks informing contemporary art practice. You will be enabled to orient yourself with the extraordinarily expanded, complex and contested field of art today, exploring key questions, ideas and movements, and how you might answer, respond or use them. The module aims to engage you in the disciplines and pleasures of historical and theoretical research and writing, enabling you to comprehend a spectrum of practices from your most personal notes and notions, to highly specialised academic conventions enabling you to engage creatively in talking and writing about your interests and practices. The module exposes the highly expansive parameters of contemporary art practice, and covers several decisive topics, but since this expansiveness prevents comprehensiveness, the emphasis is on your active engagement with the histories and theories that are of most consequence for your practice. The module also seeks to enable you to explore and demonstrate these in contrast to received or canonical stories about what art is or should be.

  • Year 2

    • Fine Art Practice and Development (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to continue to develop a full understanding of the importance of an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and processes relevant to art practice. You will foster an awareness of the value and productiveness of risk taking as central to artistic and creative processes. You will develop an understanding of the current or historical discourses to your practices, its concerns and directions, and establish a clear consideration of the appropriate research and sources as the basis for individual development of practice. You will gain a professional and able use of all workshop and tools appropriate to the programme. Finally, you will create and produce a full body of work and plan and present this though exhibition.

    • Fine Art Theories and Practices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to set out paradigms for an understanding of the theoretical, critical and social contexts of fine art practice. It will build on the learning processes developed in Year 1 to further instil the habits of research, enquiry and writing in relation to individual practice and its global context. You will develop an understanding of how fine art practices address diverse public and institutions, and begin to integrate the diverse methodologies and media of contemporary art practice in a general understanding of what it means to be an artist in the contemporary world.

    • Art Practice and the Community: Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to give you the opportunity to undertake projects or placements with a community context. You will develop an informed insight into the significance and value of art practice within a social context at either the level of the community, the group or the individual. Your understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to your own practice, concerns and interests will be developed, along with your professional and able use of relevant workshops and technical resources. You will produce a body of art work relevant to the collaborative community context, and prepare and make presentations of work and ideas based on research and practice visually, verbally and in a journal/sketchbook.

    • Art and Philosophy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to investigate the conceptual and historical relationships between art and philosophy and enable detailed examination and questioning of particular instances or conceptions of this relationship, with some grasp of the established historical and conceptual context for such considerations. It will enable novel thinking about art’s relation to philosophy and philosophy’s relation to art.

    • Fine Art Practice, Research and Reflection (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to develop relevant research relating studio practice to ideas, materials, processes, sources, history and context. Your understanding of the relevant current or historical discourses to your practice, its concerns and direction will be developed and you will produce evidence of focused research in notebooks, through documentation and studio work. You will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of an imaginative, risk-taking and adventurous approach to the understanding of practice, use of material processes, and the undertaking of research. The module will establish a clear and appropriate form and level of research understanding of sources and references use in the development of studio work, and you will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between critical and theory area applied to your area of interest and artwork. You will also prepare and make presentations based on ongoing research, work and ideas.

    • Sound, Video and Interactivity Context and Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of electronics and sound in an artistic context and present the possibilities such technologies can offer towards artistic investigation, creativity and presentation. You will develop imaginative and adventurous approaches to artistic practice through the opportunities offered by integrating aspects of electronics and sound, and engage in research, discussion and presentation both individually and in groups of ideas related to electronics and sonic art. You will gain immediate access to practical versatile and accessible technologies that can help enhance your creative practice, and you will be able to respond to specific contexts of contemporary fine art through focusing on such areas as installation, performance, and mixed and multi-media work.

  • Year 3

    • Critical and Contextual Proposition (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to identify and deliver a research project that is the product of sustained and creative engagement both with a range of research resources and an area of studio-practice. The module will consolidate skills of project identification, research organisation and development, time management, written and visual analysis and the presentation of a critical argument/thesis. The module further consolidates the development of skills required for autonomous learning.

    • Art Practice, Collaborations, Community Participation and Exhibition (60 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to develop self-reliance, professionalism and use of initiative when developing art practice within a social context. Further development of an informed insight into the significance and value of art practice at either the level of the community, the group or the individual will also be encouraged. You will have the opportunity to initiate or further develop work within a community or collaborative context which has a clear focus upon the needs or potential of a particular client group, host agency or issue. The module will promote a continued engagement with an ambitious level of practice, informed by an appropriate level of knowledge and research and that forms the content of a final exhibition of work. The practice must demonstrate a clear conceptual ground that is realised through critical and analytical processes and technical skills. You will be able to present coherently the development of research and practice through the form of an on-going journal/sketchbook.

    • Art Practice, Philosophy and Exhibition (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Through this module you will be able to produce an exhibition and a dissertation as the culminating presentation of the studio and theoretical activities that have been undertaken on the programme. You will relate studio and theoretical work in an imaginative, considered and creative way, and reflect on their distinction and unity. You will establish a professional understanding of the field of contemporary art and the theoretical discourses that surround it, and demonstrate a focused and imaginative understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to one’s own practice, concerns and interests. You will also develop a deep understanding of the relationship between practice and ideas, art forms and theories, be able to work productively with uncertainty, ambiguity and the limits of knowledge, and make appropriate use of the range of available workshops and research resources.

    • Professional Awareness, Peer Critique and Curatorial Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present the relation between studio, theory and/or history in the context of the field of contemporary art and will help you prepare and make presentations on research, practice, work and ideas, and to lead discussion of the peer group. You will exhibit your skills in the use of appropriate technology/IT for the purposes of presentation along with the relevance of chosen research topics/subjects to studio practice. You will be able to demonstrate yours knowledge of professional practice and career options though the field of Fine Art and the Creative Industries, an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and process relevant to art practice. You will make appropriate use of the range of available workshops and establish a professional understanding of the field of contemporary art.

    • Sound, Video and Interactivity (30 credits) - Optional

      Building on skills, contextual awareness and theoretical concerns gained in previous modules, this module aims to enable you to develop and further your understanding of current trends and issues of electronic and sonic artwork. The module will introduce advanced electronic and sonic techniques such as motion tracking and advanced synthesis in the areas of installation, performance, radio other media, and will engage you in research, discussion and presentation of your artistic practice in the areas of electronics and sonic art. You will demonstrate an imaginative and adventurous approach to the application of interactive electronics and new forms of sound production in a fine art context. The module will provide the skills of how to access specialist technical and creative knowledge to help realise project work.

    • Specialist Development, Practice and Exhibition (60 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to develop, analyse and reflect upon an ambitious level of individual practice that is informed by an appropriate level of knowledge and research and that forms the content of a final exhibition of work. The practice must demonstrate a clear conceptual ground that is realised though critical and analytical processes and technical skills. This understanding of practice must also be articulated through a written statement that accompanies the final exhibition. You will be able to imaginatively work with and through materials and outcomes in relation to ideas, theories and concepts in relation to other practices in the field of contemporary art. You will work productively with uncertainty, ambiguity and the limits of knowledge, and demonstrate a focused understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to your own practice, concerns and interests. You will develop a deep understanding of the relationship between practice and ideas, theories and concepts as related to the forming of a dissertation subject, and continue the gathering of appropriate research to support the development of practice and dissertation. You will be able to demonstrate an imaginative and adventurous approach to materials, ideas and process relevant to art practice by making appropriate use of the range of available workshops. You will establish a professional understanding of the field of contemporary art.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interview and portfolio
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Fine Art support your career?

Internationally recognised and respected, BA Fine Art is a broad degree that develops your creative and critical abilities. BA Fine Art is a route into a rewarding career as a professional artist but also helps you develop an extensive range of valuable transferable skills that can lead you in any number of directions after graduation.

Our Fine Art graduates are able to think strategically, work flexibly, be highly organised and use their initiative, as well as having excellent written and verbal communication skills so they are highly employable in a broad range of careers.

Past graduates have gone on to be successful in a number of fields for example working as an artist, curator, photographer, digital media professional, art therapist, teacher, lecturer, designer, researcher, writer, community art worker, gallerist, performer, media professional, entrepreneur etc. The course supports students to develop their independent thinking and problem solving skills, highly useful when entering the job market.

Bespoke professional practice modules allow students to gain the skills they need for their chosen fields and information about pathways into them. Many students will also have undertaken internships or placements in their chosen fields.

The facilities, studios and workshops at our purpose-built Grove building on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of specialist workshops, digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.

Dr Alexandra Kokoli
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture - Fine Arts, Joint Programme Leader BA Fine Art

Dr Kokoli's interests are situated within feminist art history, theory and practice, particularly the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis, gender politics of popular visual culture and contemporary feminist movements. She is author of The Feminist Uncanny in Theory and Art Practice (Bloomsbury, 2016) and editor of Feminism Reframed (Cambridge Scholars, 2008) and The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts by Susan Hiller (1977-2007) (JRP Ringier, 2008).

Dr John Timberlake
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

Dr Timberlake joined Middlesex University in 2007. A practising artist, he has exhibited widely and his work is held in a number of collections in Europe and the US. He gained his Ph.D. in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Dr Loraine Leeson
Senior Lecturer, Art Practice and the Community

Dr Leeson is known for her collaborative and participatory work in East London, including the Docklands Community Poster Project in the 1980's. Her work with young people has been recognised by a Media Trust Inspiring Voices award and Olympic Inspire Mark, while her public artwork The Catch was voted a London 2012 Landmark. Her project Active Energy has received the Best Arts and Green Energy award from Regen SW.

Steve Mumberson MA (RCA)
Associate Professor in Painting and Printmaking, Programme Leader MA Printmaking

Steve Mumberson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and a member of committee at the Printmaker Council. He has worked on printmaking collections around the world and has written on printmaking education, its practice and particular printmakers. Steve has won silver medals at the Master Cup and the Gold Panda contest and was awarded a Humorists' Prize at the 5th Red Man International Humour Art Biennale in Beijing. At present his main interests are in digital printmaking and 3D printing as well as combining these with traditional methods to make unconventional prints.

Alberto Duman
Lecturer in Art Practice and the Community

Alberto Duman’s interdisciplinary work is located at the intersection between art and urban spatial practice across diverse media and collaborative partnerships, with particular concerns to social context and the role of art in the cultural production of urban space. He is Artist in Residence at UEL with Music for Masterplanning.

Simon Read
Associate Professor, Fine Art

Simon Read is concerned with environmental change and works with coastal communities to help foster understanding of coastal and estuarine issues. He is also engaged in the management of the liminal intertidal zone. He has built experimental structures to manage tidal flow through saltmarsh, including A Tidal Protection Barrier for Sutton Saltmarsh on the River Deben in Suffolk and Falkenham Saltmarsh Tidal Management Scheme.

  • Kelvin Okafor

    Fine Art BA graduate

    Kelvin's pencil and charcoal drawings became a huge internet hit after his work was featured on the BBC London news, leading to further coverage across the globe and media appearances in countries including Nigeria, Italy, France and Denmark and most of the UK's national newspapers.

    It was unbelievable. The week before it all happened I was in my studio having an average week, and the next I was on TV and being tweeted about by Tinie Tempah. Before I would hope to sell one piece a month, but since I've sold five. It was an unexpected but amazing boost for my career.

    I've even had feedback from Corinne Bailey Rae to say she likes my portrait of her, and sent Queen Noor of Jordan my drawing of the late King Hussein as a gift, and she responded to say she was delighted. I owe a great deal to the University because all of this stemmed from there.

  • Amy Honour

    Fine Art BA graduate

    The University has everything you need to be successful, some of the best resources and facilities. It sounds obvious but everything is set up to help you do well and to prepare you as an artist for the 'outside world', you just have to take it on and do it. So go to lectures, make tutorials, and push yourself and your peers.

  • Natasha Kiddle

    Fine Art BA graduate

    Natasha is now Store Manager at the luxury women's fashion brand, LK Bennett

    Alongside technical teaching and guidance for my craft, the Fine Art degree at Middlesex University taught me a valuable lesson in understanding how to market myself (as an artist, entrepreneur or brand) and products (Art or any other consumable) and drive them towards success. I have used these skills to build a successful career in Luxury Management where my main objective is to drive the business towards financial success. The course has put me in good stead for reaching goals in my business ahead of other managers as I was shown how to devise 'creative' solutions to complex problems.

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