Fine Art - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
On this superb fine art degree you’ll be taught by internationally renowned artists in our state-of-the-art facilities, attend international events and gain all the skills and expertise you need to succeed as an artist or in the art world.
You’ll also benefit from our expert artists-in-residence and have the opportunity to exhibit your work in major student exhibitions attended by art professionals.
The aim of this Fine Art BA course is for you to acquire the skills, knowledge, and above, all confidence to hold your own as an artist among fellow professionals and the public.
At The Cass, you’ll be studying in a famous art school in the busiest contemporary art scene in Europe: London. This is the best place to study art – here, among hundreds of art galleries and museums, art events, art organisations and businesses.
On this exciting and challenging undergraduate degree, you'll be taught in cutting-edge studios by practising London artists who are passionate about art and teaching. Our staff include artists with an impressive track record of international shows such as Bob and Roberta Smith, Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Mel Brimfield. There’s also an extensive programme of lectures from guest artists.
You’ll have access to brilliant facilities. There are spacious art studios, the latest 3D printing and laser-cutting facilities, a high street art gallery and even a roof garden. You’ll also have access to state-of-the-art digital media, print, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture workshops.
During your studies you’ll learn art among a diverse mix of ambitious and prolific fellow art students and will brush shoulders with architects, designers, musicians and film directors.
Professional art training and practice is a key foundation of the course, with your work going on display to engage with the public and outside world. Two massive all-student art exhibitions take place each Christmas and Easter, as well as a major degree show every summer.
To ensure you get the most out of your studies there will also be artists in residence, art awards, access to private viewings, regular field trips to the Venice Biennale and other European art events, plus invaluable advice from artists who’ll guide you into your art career.
Assessment is through practical and written coursework. Practical coursework is developed in workshops and studios, while some written project development coursework is developed online. Fine Art BA coursework is marked in percentages according to a standard band of passing grades by a group of art examiners using clear, published assessment criteria.
You will also be involved in formative assessment during the year. This includes tutorials in which you will be given valuable verbal and written feedback on your art project proposals, works in progress and draft submissions, helping you to build on your individual strengths.
There are no examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three relevant A level subjects such as the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects)
- a portfolio interview
- English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)
We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications.
Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Art and Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you’re studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
In Year 1 you'll study core modules including critical and contextual studies and gain studio experience with a range of studio practice modules.
In Year 2 you'll expland on this knowledge, deepending your understanding of major themes, ideas and techniques, exploring your creativity and developing your technical skills and style.
In Year 3 you'll undertake a range of modules including a dissertation and exhibition and display module, designed to increase your professional exposure and kick-start your artistic career.
Year 1 modules:
- Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Art)
- Studio Practice 1 Ways of Seeing
- Studio Practice 2
- Studio Practice 3
Year 2 modules:
- Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Art)
- Studio Practice 4 Themes
- Studio Practice 5
- Studio Practice 6
Year 3 modules:
- Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Art)
- Project Development
- Final Project
- Exhibition and Display
"This is an enjoyable and rewarding course which provides exciting engagement with current art practice. It allowed me to develop my own approach to the discipline of painting, equipping me with both discipline-specific skills, and a range of transferable ones, too. It provided me with the experience and confidence to go on to my MA."
“I am really grateful for all of the support and encouragement provided during my three years at The Cass and to have had such an enriching education. Having tutors like Patrick Ward, Mel, Jonathan, Galia and Ben Cain was amazing and the critical direction they provided and professional relationships we had were unlike any of the ones my friends at other London art schools have had. I think working in studios was one of the best aspects of studying at The Cass and I really benefited from learning in this environment.”
Many organisations value a Fine Art BA graduate’s creativity very highly, and you’ll be joining The Cass’s proud list of students, which includes famous artists such as Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood, John Cecil Stephenson and Professor Gerard Hemsworth.
There are a wide range of job opportunities as artists, curators, art critics and art journalists, as previous graduates will testify. Others have gone on to become artists' assistants, art technicians, gallery administrators, art event organisers, marketers, auctioneers, print technicians, photographers, video producers and studio managers.
Alternative career paths include arts officers for local government, art teachers, art tutors and lecturers. Some graduates have even pursued rewarding roles as art therapists, working in hospitals, day care, rehabilitation, prisons and the probation service.
There’s also the chance that your work may one day be displayed alongside our past students. Organisations that host work by our graduates include the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Venice Biennale, ICA, Henry Moore Foundation, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, Art Basel, Frieze, Parkett, Artforum, The English Arts Council and the Pompidou Centre.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
Fees and key information
Get to know your studios
Wooden table and chair showing fingers clinging onto the table
Portrait photograph of a woman
Lucio Fontana creating buchi (1963). Photo by Ugo Mulas (detail)
Open Field event, Central House (2017)
Photo image of a trolley with text 'I Love Painting Things'
Image of the oldest stone tool in the world, 3.3 million years old, unearthed in 2015 in Kenya.
News and success stories
Jewellery made of found objects
MA By Project student's work feature in online exhibition by Garland Magazine.
Year 1 Pop-Up Shows
Various dates and locations
A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.
sonic art performer wearing mask
First Thursday evening of experimental sound and vision curated by Fine Art student Raisa Watkiss returns to The Cass.
cass exhibition a connection is made
Student led curatorial group present exhibition exploring collaboration at The Cass.
Easter bunny follow the white rabbit
Join The Cass for its annual Fine Art and Photography open studio event on Thursday 22 March
people at a community project withe large banners
March- May 2018
Lecture series curated by Torange Khonsari coincides with launch of new postgraduate programme.
Fine Art Graduate has presented his first solo exhibition at Cavespace, London
28 February – 13 April 2018.
Cass lecturers Michael Stubbs and Andrea Medjesi- Jones feature in new exhibition at Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University.
New exhibition by Cass Professor Bob and Roberta Smith opens at Von Bartha Gallery in Basel.
Image of a statue with a santa hat on his head and surrounded by snowflakes.
Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm
The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.
BA Fine Art graduate named as winner of a national award.
Cass Fine art alumna participates in major exhibition exploring role of digital technologies in art.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
An intimate group art exhibition featuring the work of three alumni of The Cass will open on 10 November.
A Cass Fine Art alumnus presents a solo exhibition, called Real Reality, at Beers London.
Meet the team
Patrick BrillPatrick Brill
Ben CainImage of artwork: We Call This Work, Busan Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2012
Deej FabycDeej Fabyc recording on video
Peter FillinghamPhoto of people rolling a building component towards a run-down house in Dhaka, by Peter Fillingham
Fred GatleyFred Gatley
Damian GristDamian Grist
Andrew HewishAndrew Hewish representation
Danielle HewittDanielle Hewitt profile image
David HowellsDavid Howells Profile image
Dr Pil and Dr Galia KollectivDr Pil and Dr Galia Kollectiv profile image
Rosemarie McGoldrickRosemarie McGoldrick profile image
Andrea Medjesi-JonesAndrea Medjesi-Jones profile image
Nico de OliveiraStefan Bruggemann: Opening, Museum of Installation, London.
Janette ParrisPeckham Afro Foods shop illustration
Dr Mike StubbsImage of Dr Mike Stubbs
Date 2 May 2018 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
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