Why study this course?

On this superb fine art degree course 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.

Visit our Fine Art BA online degree show to see what our students have achieved over the past year and celebrate their successes with us!

More about this course

You’ll study in a famous art school in the busiest contemporary art scene in Europe. London is home to hundreds of art galleries and museums, a busy calendar of art events and a range of 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.

Facilities include spacious art studios, the latest 3D printing and laser-cutting facilities, exhibition spaces and even a roof garden. You’ll also have access to state-of-the-art digital media, print, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture workshops.

You’ll study alongside a diverse mix of ambitious and prolific fellow art students and will associate with architects, designers, musicians and film directors.

With two huge all-student exhibitions taking place each year, one at Easter and one at Christmas, as well as a major degree show every summer, you will have excellent opportunities to showcase your work.

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. As a final year student you will have the opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in depth in the Honours-level dissertation. Our dissertation students all belong to a themed dissertation studio that offers a supportive group context for planning and writing your dissertation, and specific academic tutoring about how to manage the project.

Assessment

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.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W101
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Entry requirements

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.

If you live in the UK, you will be invited to a portfolio interview. If you live outside the UK you will be required to submit a small 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 our Fine Art (including foundation year) BA (Hons) or Art and Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

Critical and Contextual Studies 1 will introduce you to the history and theory of your discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice.

You will be guided towards critical reflections on what you see and learn how to read connections between different ideas. In particular, the module investigates how thinking and articulating ideas about practice in your field might be framed – for example in relation to history, the economy, society and the environment, or through theory and practice. Teaching and learning on the module encourages you to explore these questions in relation to your own background and identity, and to broaden your thinking and understanding of previously marginalised contexts and histories of your discipline.

The module will begin to introduce you to a range of academic skills needed to produce a graduate-level study in their final year. It helps you to develop your own interests, and to reflect on and take responsibility for the development of your own learning.Critical and Contextual Studies 1 will introduce you to the history and theory of your discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice.

You will be guided towards critical reflections on what you see and learn how to read connections between different ideas. In particular, the module investigates how thinking and articulating ideas about practice in your field might be framed – for example in relation to history, the economy, society and the environment, or through theory and practice. Teaching and learning on the module encourages you to explore these questions in relation to your own background and identity, and to broaden your thinking and understanding of previously marginalised contexts and histories of your discipline.

The module will begin to introduce you to a range of academic skills needed to produce a graduate-level study in their final year. It helps you to develop your own interests, and to reflect on and take responsibility for the development of your own learning.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
  • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
  • all year (September start) - Tuesday

This module introduces you to the core principles and skills of an independent Fine Art practice. The direction of your practice will be guided by a series of seminars, workshops, crits and tutorials that will provide you with the skills needed to think critically and work independently in the studio. Through experimenting with a wide variety of media and considering the relationship between method, medium and meaning, you will gain experience and knowledge needed to initiate a practice of your own direction. The module also puts you at the centre of the formulation of group ethics in the studio - defining under supervision how you as a group of practitioners are to conduct yourselves and help each other in you work and study.

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of a wider creative framework of art, exploring contemporary cultural, political, critical and economic contexts. It aims to improve your ability to appraise and evaluate methods of research in fine art and to allow you to develop an understanding of its exhibition context, including an understanding of diverse audiences. The module aims to provide you with the ability to act on a code of group ethics for studio practice in a shared setting and to provide you with the tools to document, reflect on and communicate the progress of your practice through different formats.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Friday
  • all year (September start) - Friday morning

The Fine Art Techniques module introduces you to range of media through a programme of practical, hands-on workshops. This module will teach you the medium specific techniques and skills that will enable you to develop a materially diverse and technically proficient studio practice.

This module supports an applied understanding of technical literacy through the development of basic skills and the advancement of techniques. The programme of study utilises the technical facilities of AAD to provide the necessary technical skills required for the development of medium specific art practices. The technical demonstrations are supported by introductory seminars that provide a contextual framework for each medium within a diverse field of contemporary fine art practice.

This module focuses upon key skills and concepts, with the aim to enable you to make heuristic connections between intention, process, and outcome as you test the methods of art enquiry introduced in other modules by applying art processes and art media techniques effectively. This module will induct you to the essential health and safety procedures and processes that are necessary in order to access the workshops independently with the aim for you to be proficient in the organisation of tools and materials and to use the technical facilities and equipment with confidence.

Year 2 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

Critical and Contextual Studies 2 will continue to critically engage you in the history, theory and practice of your discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice. You will build on studies undertaken in Level 4 and develop into independent thinkers, capable of selecting an appropriate topic and producing a sustained piece of independent study in the form of a dissertation in Level 6.

The module aims to situate your own ideas and practice within the process of constructing knowledge about your discipline. It rehearses the analytical and discursive skills you need to become knowledgeable about the authorities, objects and methods in your field and to understand the roles, locations and responsibilities of important players within it. In particular, the module encourages you to weigh and understand the broader ethical questions relevant to your discipline, and to become conversant with the themes and current debates that animate it. The module recognises that you are an active contributor in this process: what you bring to the construction of knowledge counts – and how effectively you are able to construct and apply this knowledge depends on how well you understand the field of your discipline.

You will be encouraged to think creatively and take responsibility for the development of your own learning. Critical and Contextual Studies for second year students is structured in order to foster confidence through applying analytical skills to a growing body of knowledge, and expressing this through debate, discussion and public presentation.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday morning
  • all year (September start) - Thursday
  • all year (September start) - Monday morning
  • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

This module supports your developing cross-disciplinary practice in the studio through practical workshops, seminars, technical demonstrations, and tutorials. Centred on thinking-through-doing and learning, you will focus on the ways that making art can be understood as a space of active learning. While the module takes place in the studio and expects students to make the most of that environment as a space of practical experiment and as a social space, you will also explore the ways in which different audiences and contexts (social, political, historical, architectural) impact upon your work.

The module requires you to develop your ideas independently and/or collaboratively and encourages you to understand how they might intersect with issues related to social justice and environmental concerns.

The module aims to support you to realise your own practice and to develop an understanding of technical knowledge as well as a development of being both socially and professionally-minded to support a diverse range of interests and abilities. It furthermore aims to enable you to work collaboratively and independently on group work, understanding the ethical values of shared space and independent learning.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

In FA5009 Fine Art Professional Practice you will be exploring and learning how to engage your practice in a professional capacity outside of the university structure, through tasks such as writing artist statements, proposals for residencies, organising an exhibition and other ways in which artists engage audiences and the public sphere.

The module builds on the key technical skills and concepts introduced at Level 4, now providing students with a sustained and in-depth engagement with the world of work in the Fine Art area by encouraging students to begin to contact and engage with viewers of art, art exhibition visitors and various art operators. You will be engaging with live briefs, whilst gaining support on how to formulate your work and ideas in a succinct and clear manner for a professional public use. Technical competence is enhanced and advanced while exploring the range and application of Fine Art practice in the realisation of group and individual projects, as well as the documentation of work made.

FA5007 Professional Practice 1: Fine Art serves and sustains an award in the BA Fine Art course only, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules on Level 5. Students are expected to investigate and develop critical and aesthetic working relationships between and across the Level 5 modules.

The module aims to enable students to develop key subject-specific skills and
knowledge in the concepts and principles of Fine Art only, as they apply to the world of work in that discipline. Through mastering the organisation of tools, fine art equipment, materials and pre- and post-production aspects, this module’s objectives are to enable students to develop the key cognitive skill of applying what is learned in the Fine Art studio to novel situations in the presentation and display of work to new audiences or a wider public. The module also aims to provide students with work-related learning about applications, planning, together with exhibition practices and structures to develop that wider public and those new audiences, with a view to creating a sustainable legacy of career assets to aid employability.

Year 3 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday
  • spring semester - Thursday morning

FA6P02 Consolidating Studio Practice marks the summation of the programme of studies on the BA Fine Art course. The module comprises a major body of work demonstrating independent study, produced under supervision and guidance. The purpose of this final module is to demonstrate the application and integration of the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course.
The module requires you to appropriately frame your studio work building on your planned proposal undertaken in FA6011 Planning Studio Practice in Semester 1, and culminating in the submission of a final body of work using ideas, techniques and processes at the forefront of fine art practice.

The module will be supported by a series of sessions on curatorial decision to suit a range of audiences, which will enable you to realise your final outcomes. On this basis, the module requires you to frame the project in contemporary terms and be able to justify and present the methods employed in its execution, including the conceptual and practical aims of the project and its intended audience or reception.
Students are encouraged to act as critical and autonomous learners, taking increasing
responsibility for the progress of their project work.

The module aims to allow students to show they have acquired coherent and detailed
knowledge at the forefront of fine art, able to deploy critical thinking with
accuracy by developing and sharing the context for their project. Students are expected to synthesise the experience and knowledge gained over the course, and employ a range of transferable skills in communication, negotiation, analysis, project planning and project management. The module also aims to provide students with work-related learning about different outreach strategies, curatorial practices, setting up and running of exhibitions. Finally, the module aims to enable the student to successfully mount their final degree exhibition, through a series of sessions on technical as well as theoretical exhibition practices.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS) in Level 6 offers you an opportunity to develop a sustained enquiry into a topic you choose because it particularly interests you. Building on critical and academic skills gained during two years of previous study, the module encourages you to develop an awareness of issues around which there is some debate, uncertainty or contest. Based on this awareness, you will develop a set of research questions which constitute the topic of your study. This topic can be theoretical, historical, or technical and you may, with guidance, decide to engage with an area of scholarly interest outside the territory of your degree course.

You will develop your topic and respond to your research questions in the form of an extended critical study or Dissertation (6,000–7,000 words). Through this study you demonstrate that you can thoroughly research a topic, use appropriate methods of investigation, and work in a methodical and organised way to develop a coherent argument or line of thought. Teaching and Learning on the module is designed to support you in this process through a combination of seminars, workshops, academic skill sessions and one-to-one supervision; as well as a series of formative and summative assessments which prepare you for the final submission.

The final form and presentation of your Dissertation can reflect a broad range of approaches to research and writing. It may include visual materials or other non-written forms of presentation as long they support your enquiry and comprise an integral part of the whole. By prior approval at the start of the module, your research can be part practice-based, and include primary research and fieldwork.

By virtue of the sustained, independent nature of the learning and substantial final output, the dissertation is also intended to prepare you for possible postgraduate study.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday
  • autumn semester - Monday morning

The FA6011Planning Studio Practice module supports intensive research and development towards the realisation of your major body of work in the second semester module FA6P02 Consolidating Studio Practice. In this module you will engage in methods of enquiry that are appropriate to your identified areas of interest and supportive of your future creative aspirations.

During the module, you will test out working methods, clarify your intentions,
and frame your project in a contemporary context. The module includes talks, seminars and workshops to support your ability to deliver a professional artistic Project Proposal, a document that you will submit at the end of the module. The document will allow you to clarify the intensions of your final body of work, outline the research context, understand professional practice aspects such as timing, planning, health & safety and other measures needed to be considered in the work towards the realisation of your final body of work.

The FA6011 Planning Studio Practice serves and sustains the BA Fine Art course, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level. Students are expected to reflect upon and represent the complexity of critical and creative relationships between and across the body of work undertaken in Level 6, including in the Critical and Contextual Studies dissertation.

By developing and sharing methods of enquiry and professional practice skills - through a journal and project proposal - the aim of this module is for you to acquire knowledge of contemporary art research in such a way that will be enable you to deploy critical thinking with accuracy. By planning and communicating methods of enquiry to peers in advance, one of this module’s objectives is to enable you to identify potential obstacles and solve complex problems throughout the initiation and production of your projects. The module will also enable you to demonstrate skills of reflection and evaluation of concepts and methods of enquiry and the analysis of materials and techniques in the body of work, via a public dialogue with a specialist audience - your peers.

What our students say

"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."

Elizabeth Vicary

“I am really grateful for all of the support and encouragement provided during my three years at the School of Art, Architecture and Design 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 School of Art, Architecture and Design and I really benefited from learning in this environment.”

Grace Radford

Where this course can take you

Many organisations value a Fine Art BA graduate’s creativity very highly and you’ll be joining our proud list of alumni, 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.

Important information about this course

We're committed to continuously improving our degree courses to ensure our students receive the best possible learning experience. Many of the courses in our School of Art, Architecture and Design are currently under review for 2023-24 entry. We encourage you to apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and if there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our art, architecture and design courses to better reflect the needs of employers and ensure you're well-equipped for your future career.

Additional costs

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 applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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