Our fine art course welcomes the subject as an open discipline. That’s why your time studying with us will be a varied combination of studio practices, theory, critical involvement with culture, society, and artistic practices. We ensure that in addition to developing your critical and creative skills, you graduate with a host of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.
Our facilities and the expertise of our staff give you the freedom to explore different types of arts, following your interests and shaping the path of your degree. After the first year, you’ll be able to choose one of our distinct pathways: BA Fine Art, BA Fine Art Social Practice, BA Fine Art Multimedia Practice, BA Fine Art Critical Practice. This will give you the opportunity to specialise in a subject area that interests you most.
Throughout your time with us you’ll be taught by practising artists who’re involved in research and exhibit and sell their work globally, working across a diverse range of media like painting, film, photography, and more. Our north London campus location also puts you in the ideal spot to explore all the cultural happenings the city has to offer including the iconic Tate Modern and The National Gallery.
You’ll also get your own dedicated space within our industry-standard art studios for the duration of your studies.
Fine arts courses open a lot of different career doors. You’ll gain creative and critical abilities to start you on a path to becoming a professional artist or lead to other jobs, thanks to the transferable skills gained. Many of our graduates have found success working as curators, art therapists, researchers, writers, photographers, and many more.
During your studies, you’ll participate in a number of exhibitions to help develop your practice as an artist, starting from the second year. Not only does this increase your exposure to industry professionals who attend the exhibitions but also to build your skills in curation, self-promotion, and networking. The final year of your degree will be about consolidating and refining your art style and practice, helping to take to a professional level. You’ll exhibit your final year work at our Degree Show in central London.
Your time studying will be made up of studio practice, seminars, collaborative group work, gallery visits, and lectures. We also give you the option to undergo a nine-week work placement in a community setting, culminating in a project based on your experience.
We know that sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you’ll get assistance from a Personal Tutor.
If you require a little extra help, then we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.
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We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.
This module aims to provide you with models for understanding professional behaviours in Fine Art practice. You will be given insight and understanding of the positionality of the contemporary artist. Interdisciplinary methodologies spanning art theory, history and visual culture will be used to enable you to analyse, debate and discuss the different subject positions and professional roles that have developed in relation to contemporary Fine Art’s production, curation, distribution and mediation.
This module aims to initiate the development of individual studio practice through material, technical and conceptual exploration. You will develop knowledge and skills across a range of forms of research as the basis for creative and critical practice. You will begin with an introductory studio project for all students, emphasising ‘critical thinking through creative making’ and comprising both workshop inductions and lectures. Throughout the module you will be introduced to key debates and ideas in contemporary fine art alongside a series of parallel project-based approaches to gaining experience in different practices.
This module aims to: emphasise strategies for professional practice and employability through in-depth study of contemporary art practices. It will support you in applying knowledge of research, production, distribution and curating in the development of both your own work and personal development planning. Through a weekly programme, you will be exposed to the multiple ways in which contemporary artists are documenting their research and production processes, and disseminating this to various audiences.
In this module you will undergo an intensive development of practice across the module in being challenged to develop a substantial body of individual research-led practice engaging in a wide variety of possible ways of making, thinking and doing. You will be engaging with the key pathways of the programme and potentially leading to named awards (i.e. Fine Art, Critical Practice, Multimedia Practice, Social Practice.) There will be opportunities for public and professional engagement in the latter stages of the module, through forms of social engagement, online dissemination or gallery exhibition.
The module aims to enable you to identify yourself as a particular type of practitioner, your ambitions for the future and strategies to sustain professional practice. Beginning with ‘identifying your ambitions’, the module will use this information to design a programme of work corresponding to the particular needs and desires identified. You will record your professional development via an online journal (usually a publicly accessible blog) through which you collect material relating to your studies, research and developing practice.
This module consolidates the work with professionalism and demonstrates a high level of technical alignment, competence and thinking. During this year the relation between practice and theory is further realised. You are expected to be able to ‘frame’ your work and ideas in a way that is coherent and clear. You will continue to engage in a process of critical reflection on your own work and the work of others. You will be supported to produce an ambitious body of practice disseminated through public exhibition and encompassing a critical portfolio of rigorous and thorough research and commentary on the critical, theoretical and/or historical interests, underpinning the practice.
This module emphasises the reading, engagement with, and writing of theoretical, critical, and creative texts as a practice through which art is produced, alongside other forms of making. You will develop an understanding of the range of different forms of writing open to artists as a means to support a critical and theoretically rich art practice. You will be able to demonstrate a focused and imaginative understanding of the relevance of current/historical discourses to your own practice and interests and relate work in an imaginative, considered and creative way, reflecting on their distinction and unity.
Through committed and sustained studio practice, this module will help you expand your creative practice and technical expertise with particular emphasis on viewer interaction, contemporary sound and video technologies and digital techniques. The central objective of this year is to support the above development and to provide guidance in forming a coherent ‘shape’ to your overall practice. Your development as an artist is supported through a self-initiated, critical research essay investigating an area arising from your practice/or your more general critical, theoretical and/or historical interest.
Your work will bring together skills and interests developed through studio practices and expanded across a variety of socially engaged situations. You will develop an art practice in direct relation to other people through a sustained project of collaboration, social engagement and/or community involvement, the results of which will constitute your degree show. The collaboration could be with other students, groups or organisations active within the community. The development of your artistic practice is supported by a self-initiated, critical research essay investigating an area arising from your practice and/or your more general critical, theoretical and/or historical interests.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Each year we take final year projects from students on BA Fine Art to be displayed at the Arts and Creative Industries degree show, usually held at the Truman Brewery.
Since graduating from in 2009, Kelvin has won numerous awards for his highly detailed drawings which each take more than 100 hours to create. He took the world stage by storm in 2013 and his work has continued to enthral the public and art collectors ever since.
In 2017, he became the first black artist to be permanently exhibited in the House of Commons as part of the Parliamentary Art Collection. His stunning pencil portrait of the late Bernie Grant MP (one of the UK's first Black British MPs) hangs outside the Attlee room in Portcullis House.
More recently, he was welcomed back to Middlesex and gifted one of his famous photo-like pencil portraits, ‘Mia’s interlude’, to the University.
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.
Alice Maude-Roxby studied Fine Art at Newcastle, and Photography in the class of Dieter Appelt at the Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. National and international grants and fellowships enabled her to research and make work abroad, including Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Berlin, Leverhulme Trust, Norway, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England in the UK. Initially working within a fine art context, her work was included in exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and England & Co in the UK, and various galleries in Germany and Scandinavia. More recently she has focused on curating, photography and writing. She has been involved in an extensive body of work looking at the collaborative processes involved in the recording of performance.
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).
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.
Fine Art BA graduate
After graduating from Middlesex, Serena held a series of solo shows and held a two year residency at Newcastle University as the 2016-17 Norma Lipman and BALTIC Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture.
I always think fondly of my time at Middlesex where I met so many amazing artists students and staff. Middlesex was an amazing foundation for my career as an artist - it was here that any hierarchy of approach to making was melted away. Performance and collaboration were celebrated and encouraged with large project spaces available allowing us to experiment, make mistakes and be ambitious with our vision.
Fine Art BA graduate
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.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time