"The University has everything you need to be successful, and some of the best resources and facilities."Amy Honour, BA Fine Art graduate
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.
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.
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.
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.
In your second year you will diversify and expand your skills, developing a deeper awareness of the critical demands of contemporary art
Your final year of your degree enables you to consolidate and refine your art, developing your studio practice to a professional level.
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.
You will find more information about this course in the programme specification.
As well as working on your projects in our studios, you will develop your skills through demonstrations, gallery visits, lectures, seminars and individual and group tutorials. You will work on projects, critiques and presentations, and add to this your own research. All our teaching staff are involved in research; there will also be presentations by other visiting professionals.
As part of two optional modules, you will have the opportunity to undertake an unpaid work placement in a community setting, such as a school, hospital or prison. You will be on placement for half a day every week for about nine weeks (or an equivalent of this), and will produce a project based on your placement, complete with a sketchbook or journal.
Assessment is entirely through coursework. You will exhibit and document your work and will also be assessed through sketchbooks, presentations, written work and journals.
The staff delivering the course are all working professionally:
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art and Design School 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.
We will consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. All candidates are asked to submit evidence of previous production and creative practice, normally presented as a portfolio. As far as possible, students are invited to attend for interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students. Where prior qualifications are not available; applicants with appropriate experience will be assessed on the evidence of their commitment and the quality of their portfolio.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at Level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation Year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information, please see our Foundation Year in Visual Arts page. You may also be interested in our Intensive Foundation in Art and Design, successful completion of which will guarantee a place on a nominated degree. This is a twelve week course, running three times a year, to prepare you for degree-level study. For more information, please see our iFAD page.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work.
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
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.
BA Fine Art 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."
BA Fine Art 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 BA Fine Art graduate
Store Manager at 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."
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
"All our staff are professional, practising artists, which means that students not only benefit from the experience of staff in the mastery of different artistic techniques but also learn about the realities of the art world. We can share our experiences of working with art dealers and agents, and organising exhibitions, for example.
At Middlesex, we organise exhibitions and shows throughout the year, as well as the end of year show, so there are plenty of opportunities to prepare for the 'outside world' while you are studying with us."