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Higher Education Centre for Creative Industries, Victoria Yard This is a two-year, full-time programme, or three-year, part-time programme. W100 FdA/FA Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

FdA Fine Art at Exeter School of Art is exciting and challenging; this course is designed to prepare you for a career in the visual arts and progression to the final year of a BA Hons degree. Beginning with an experimental approach to materials and processes, the initial modules will help to build your skills base and confidence. Extensive contact with tutors will support your progress through ideas development and critical reflection, towards a mature and unique studio practice. Fundamental to this programme is a belief in the benefits of first hand experience of artists work, and whilst Critical Studies lectures provide an overview of contemporary and historical art, gallery visits and a programme of artists talks, are an important part of your studies. In 2016, in partnership with Spacex our visiting artists included, among others, Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwind and artist duo Juneau Projects.

In addition to supporting students to develop as critically reflective artists, modules focus on developing transferable skills for employment in range of settings. We have developed strong partnerships with museums, galleries, arts organisations and artists, in order to ensure that our students have the best chance of finding a career in the visual arts.

The programme is modular and coursework based and each module includes taught sessions and studio time. At Exeter School of Art contact time with tutors is comparatively generous and an integral series of seminars and lectures as well as a high level of tutorial support underpin practical teaching. Critical Studies modules take the form of seminars and lectures plus visits to exhibitions in the region, London and European cities; in 2017 the study trips include Berlin, London, Plymouth, Somerset and Dartmoor.

Assessment takes place at key points throughout the year, the requirements for assessment vary according to each module, but throughout the course you will be expected to present a portfolio, sketch books, research materials, essays, presentations to tutors and peers and exhibitions.

What topics will I study?

Sample of modules:

  • Exploring Materials Methods and Processes
  • Time Based Practice
  • Critical Theory
  • Site Based Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Negotiated Studio Practice

Click here to view the Programme Handbook for this course.

What experiences will I get?

  • International trips – Previous destinations include Berlin, Amsterdam and New York
  • Residential and gallery visits both locally and nationally
  • Talks from nationally and internationally recognised guest speakers
  • Close relationships with local arts organisations
  • Time to explore your own fine art practice
  • A range of studio bases practical modules
  • An integrated critical studies lecture programme
  • A creative environment with your own studio space
  • Access to resources at Plymouth University
  • The opportunity to acquire transferable skills for future careers
  • Lots of contact time with lecturers and high levels of tutorial support and guidance

What are the entry requirements?

For 2017 entry you will need a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, such as an Access to Higher Education Diploma or a Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies.You will be interviewed and you will be asked to present a portfolio of visual work that demonstrates an interest and curiosity in the visual world and a desire to communicate.

Please click here to view further information on entry requirements.

What facilities are there?

The department has art studios, a printmaking workshop, a 3D workshop, a ceramics workshop, photographic darkrooms, digital facilities, Photoshop and Premier Pro software on PCs and Macs.

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion of this course you may choose to end your studies and develop a career or continue your studies and progress to BA Hons Degree at Plymouth University or another Higher Education institution and perhaps extend your studies on a Masters course. The knowledge and skills developed on this Foundation Degree Fine Art course will help you to become a professional artist making, exhibiting and selling your own work, applying for commissions and artists residencies. In addition to experience gained during your work placement within the Professional Development module, an emphasis on gallery visits, exhibition reviews, curating exhibitions and communication with our partners, will help you develop skills and useful contacts that support your progression to employment within visual arts.

Are there any additional costs?

The college provides some basic materials and there is a £50 material and equipment fee to be paid at enrolment. You should expect to spend a further £50 per term on additional materials, equipment and printing costs. Study trips are an additional cost.

Course News

The Faculty of Art and Design have opened ‘The Yard” art gallery in the Centre for the Creative Industries. The gallery will have a rolling programme of work throughout the year; exhibitions will be a mixture of work generated at the college, exhibitions in collaboration with our creative partners from around the region and showcases of regional and national artists.

What do our students think?

I took this programme in order to expand my knowledge of professional art practice, art theory and history because I want to be a professional artist. With the help of the tutors I have recognised, developed and refined my art practice. That process has instilled a confidence which enables me to manage my time effectively and has increased my output hugely. The tutors are excellent – knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging, they give you the room to explore your creativity but are always there for advice." 

I enjoy mixing with like-minded people, exploring different media and improving my practice. It's fun at Exeter College."

The course is everything I expected it to be and more, I am very pleased with it. The tutors and lecturers are extremely enthusiastic, skilled and eager to share their knowledge and enhance the ideas we individually come up with. Providing we can satisfy the project briefs we are able to explore our favourite artistic mediums whilst experimenting with any others".

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