This degree provides an ideal opportunity to nurture your love of painting. You’ll study both abstract and figurative painting traditions during practical workshops with demonstrations by painters, technicians and conservators.
London Met was ranked 4th in the UK for fine art and photography by The Guardian's university league tables.
With access to both life drawing classes and workshops, you’ll produce work in a range of mediums and develop a strong understanding of how painting crosses other media. Taught by painters who have exhibited internationally, you’ll also visit artist studios in London, painting shows across England and learn to understand exactly how drawing is fundamental to any painting practice.
You’ll explore oils, acrylics, watercolours and spray paint, and investigate how different paints are made. You’ll examine how contemporary painters use long-standing traditions in mark-making, processes and techniques, and consider colour theory as used in painting now and in the past.
In the first year, you’ll spend your time among other painting students learning how to propose and develop your own painting projects. In the final two years you’ll develop your skills in a themed painting studio taught only by painters, where you'll have your own work space to experiment, develop your ideas and show and talk about your work. These studios are chosen at the beginning of your second and third year.
Uniquely, this painting degree offers a professional practice strand, which allows you to learn how professional painters make a living while developing a work-related learning placement during the summer break in your second year. This means you’ll graduate well-equipped to make your way as a painter. All painting students at London Met are taught how to self-organise in the art world, giving you the knowledge to market, frame, photograph, pack and hang paintings professionally. Throughout the course your paintings are tested in display and in group critiques, and you’ll end the final year by exhibiting a series of your paintings as well as publishing an exhibition catalogue with your peers.
You’re taught by a very special group of painting tutors including Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Michael Stubbs. Each one of them is an experienced and innovative art academic with an international reputation and an excellent record in exhibiting.
You'll be assessed through a portfolio of practice, written and illustrated work. There are no examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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 don't have traditional qualifications or can't 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.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language 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.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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:
Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS) Level 4 aims to orient and critically engage students in the history and theory of their discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice.
The module helps students to reflect on what they see, and to read connections between different ideas that have shaped their discipline. In particular the module investigates how thinking and articulating ideas about practice in their field might be framed – for example in relation to history, the economy, society and the environment, or through theory and practice.
The module introduces students to a range of academic skills needed to produce a graduate-level study in their final year. It helps students to develop their own interests, and to reflect on and take responsibility for the development of their own learning. This includes surveys in the history of their discipline, research and writing workshops, seminars, library sessions, visits and tours in addition to guided independent learning.
Focusing on the student’s own evolving fine art or photographic practice, the FA4P01 Project Work 1 module provides an opportunity for students to develop projects, responding to cross-module art or photography briefs, using technical skills developed within those projects and relating to research and methods of enquiry undertaken for those projects within other modules during the year. The module considers the relationship between method, medium and meaning, with reference to relevant theory, as well as traditional and contemporary practices.
The module FA4P01 Project Work 1 is shared by, serves and sustains the awards in the BA Fine Art, BA Fashion Photography, BA Painting and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level, including the Critical and Contextual Studies modules.
Students are encouraged to develop as autonomous learners, taking increasing responsibility for the progress of their project work. All project briefs relate to themes in CP4013 Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (Art). Students will be expected to consider and construct critical connections between Level 4 modules.
This module aims to enable students to develop key skills of interpretation and knowledge in the development of individual art or photographic practice. Through assigned briefs and projects, the module aims to provide a framework to develop concepts and principles in visual practice relevant to contemporary debates in art or photography. Building upon skills acquired in the other studio practice module and the subject-specific module on this level, the module aims to facilitate learning in the selection, testing and informed use of materials, equipment, facilities, research and processes relevant to their enquiry into and interpretation of the theme of a given project. One key objective of the module is to give the students opportunities to present their project work to an audience of peers. The module also aims to put students at the centre of the formulation of group ethics in the studio - defining under supervision their own rules about how practitioners are to conduct themselves and help each other in their work and study, mutual respect and self-regulation of codes of practice. Finally, the module aims via guided independent study to be the vehicle for regular trips in which the students will experience how professional practitioners choose to address different audiences.
The FA4008 Techniques: Fine Art module introduces students to and engages them with a range of art media and approaches to artistic production. Focusing upon key skills and concepts, the module introduces students to relevant materials, processes and techniques for the development of ideas and artefacts, enabling students to make quick, heuristic connections between intention, process, and outcome.
The module involves a series of demonstrations and exercises, introducing and developing basic artistic skills and techniques relevant to Fine Art practice. Allied with the FA4007 Visual Intelligence module, the module supports an applied understanding of visual and technical literacy through development of project work, negotiated between tutor and student.
In the FA4008 Techniques: Fine Art module students are expected to look for and construct relationships between and across modules. Students are encouraged to test out and explore different methods or enquiry and approaches to practice through one or more of the established Fine Art disciplines of painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, installation art and mixed media.
FA4008 Techniques: 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 4. Students are expected to investigate and develop critical and aesthetic working relationships between and across the Level 4 modules.
This module aims to enable students to test the methods of art enquiry introduced in other modules by applying art processes and art media techniques effectively, with students learning to organise tools and materials and use workshop equipment with fluency and control. The module aims in this way to give maximum opportunities in the practical aspects of art-making, allowing students to show respect and consideration for artworks by their careful installation and finishing, with attention to professional storage of artworks and the construction of packing cases with protective interiors. A key objective of the module is to allow students time to use these skills in the organisation and curating of an art exhibition in a venue outside the art school and university.
In the module FA4007 Visual Intelligence, processes and methods of enquiry are explored in art and photography. Students are supported to undertake a range of exercises and short experimentation projects, following tutorial guidance and on-going discussion.
The module enables students to explore and test a range of approaches, for example close observation; data collection; recording; analysis and communication. Work on the module is informed by lectures, practical workshops, group critique and individual tutorials that consider the role of materials, techniques and cultural contexts in the development of a visual intelligence and visual language.
The FA4007 Visual Intelligence module is delivered holistically in Level 4 with the FA4P01 Project Work 1 module. The module is shared by, serves and sustains the awards in the BA Fine Art, BA Fashion Photography, BA Painting and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level, including the Critical and Contextual Studies modules.
The FA4007 Visual Intelligence module aims to enable students to develop, test and evaluate key skills and knowledge in critical thinking in the concepts, principles and methods of enquiry in art or photography, particularly in context for practice. A key objective is to allow students first to set out and then to describe to an audience of their peers the context and the parameters of a method of enquiry for making in art or photography. Practical skills, techniques and processes will be linked to key concepts that constitute the language of art, drawing, photography and other lens-based media in relation to critical research and applied experimentation through development of project work. Critical debate around ways of seeing and making in the module aims to equip students with the visual intelligence that will support them in development and positioning of their own work. Crucially, the module aims to introduce students to effective planning for all study in the level.
Year 2 modules include:
Critical and Contextual Studies 2 continues to orient and critically engage students in the history and theory of their discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice. It builds on studies undertaken in Level 4 and prepares students as 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 continues to situate the student within the process of constructing knowledge about their discipline, its history, context, and its professional and ethical dimension. It rehearses the analytical and discursive skills students need to become knowledgeable about the authorities, objects and methods in their field; to understand the roles, locations and responsibilities of important players whilst examining the broader ethical questions relevant to their discipline; and to become conversant with current debates across the subject area. This process may be approached from the point of view of the producer or consumer, the critic or the professional, the academic or the practitioner.
Students are encouraged to think creatively and to take responsibility for the development of their own learning. The module recognises that the student is also an active contributor in the process: what students bring to the construction of knowledge counts – and how effectively they construct this knowledge depends on how well they understand the field of their discipline.
The FA5006 Methods and Enquiry 1 studio practice module consists of thematic workshops and group-initiated projects in an art or photography studio practice setting. These provide an opportunity for group work, research and collaboration, including work with outside agencies where appropriate, as well as for individual art or photographic practice. In investigating method and enquiry in practice, the module will reflect upon trends in current practice as well as historical models. Case studies and seminar sessions with practitioners are intended to encourage engagement with and understanding of the character, institutional and professional practices of art or photography.
The FA5006 Methods and Enquiry 1 module is delivered holistically in Level 5 with the FA5P01 Project Work 2 module. The module is shared by, serves and sustains the Honours awards in the BA Fine Art, BA Fashion Photography, BA Painting and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level. Allied to Critical and Contextual Studies modules, the intention is for FA5006 Methods and Enquiry 1 to inform approaches to the Dissertation in the later (Honours) Level 6.
The module aims to enable students to develop key skills and knowledge in critical thinking as well as in the concepts and principles of art and photography. Through experiment with or testing of new abstract concepts or approaches or methods of enquiry in new situations in an unprompted way, this module’s objectives are to enable students to develop the skill of applying what was learned in the studio to novel situations in a work environment. The module also aims to provide students with information about method and enquiry for later recall in the application of critical thinking for the building of the conceptual and contextual boundaries within which they then create and make their own work. This element of the curriculum also aims to develop the key Art & Design skill of making strong, decisive judgements about practice through regular reflection on and evaluation of learning, as well as the general transferable skill of collaborating well with others in a group on a collective objective.
FA5007 Professional Practice 1: Fine Art is a module specific to the Fine Art subject, based on learning by doing, thinking through making and facilitation by networking in contemporary art practice. 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 or art buyers. Technical competence is enhanced and advanced while exploring the range and application of Fine Art practice in the realisation of group and individual projects.
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, equipment, materials in private and public space, this module’s objectives are to enable students to develop the key cognitive skill of applying what is learned in the art studio to novel situations in the presentation and display of work to new audiences or a wider public.
The FA5P01 Project Work 2 studio practice module encourages and facilitates development of practical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice in art or photography in the realisation of group project briefs and of an individual project, presented to peers at its outset and finished by submission deadline for a summative assessment. The module builds on the skills, key concepts and principles of art or photography introduced in Level 4 and now applied with relevance to the world of work.
The FA5P01 Project Work 2 is delivered holistically in Level 5 with the FA5006 Methods and Enquiry 1 module. FA5P01 Project Work 2 is shared by, serves and sustains the awards in the BA Fine Art, BA Fashion Photography, BA Painting and BA Photography courses and is 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 at this diploma level.
This module aims are to enable art or photography students to develop key skills and knowledge in working with others successfully, experiencing how others work in different contexts, as well as understanding different audiences for art or photography and how contemporary practitioners address those audiences. The module aims to provide a vehicle for study trips to places where art or photography practice is put to work. In enabling students to experience and understand how groups work, the module aims to provide learning in how to agree, apply and police common codes and ethics around art or photography studio practice. A key objective of this module is to help art or photography students learn the requirement for planning and managing time in their practice, both in project and in life/work balance.
Year 3 modules include:
Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS) Level 6 results in an independent dissertation. It builds on two years of undergraduate study or previous experience that critically engages students in the history and theory of their discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice.
Students undertake an enquiry into a topic of their own choice and, based on this enquiry, develop a sustained critical study in support of their practice, building on techniques and knowledge developed in previous years and previous experience. This study demonstrates the student’s ability to thoroughly research a topic, use appropriate methods of investigation, and work in a methodical and organised way to develop a coherent argument. It affords a sophisticated instrument for interrogating, testing and presenting ideas, and encourages the student to deploy and develop a variety of skills to show how well they can conduct and present a critical investigation.
The module rewards criticality and innovation, and provides a platform for ambitious independent work. To this end, it offers individual supervision designed to support the student’s learning. The subject matter of the dissertation can be theoretical, technical, or historical. In terms of format, the dissertation may be envisaged in different ways and can include visual, technical or other non-written material which may form the subject of the enquiry and comprise an integral part of the whole.
The dissertation may be practice-based and include field-work and primary research in its methodology; or it might be academic and theoretical in its outlook and draw predominantly on secondary sources. Its form and approach can reflect a broad range of discipline-specific approaches based on discussion and agreement with the supervisor and/or course leader.
FA6P01 Major Project marks the summation of the programme of studies in four undergraduate courses or on previous experience. The project comprises a major piece of independent study, produced under supervision and guidance. The purpose of the major project is to demonstrate the application and integration of the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course.
The module requires the student to frame appropriate questions for their project, followed by a period of research and development, culminating in the submission of a final body of work using ideas, techniques and processes at the forefront of art or photography, determined by the scope and character of the initial aims and objectives of the project. The module will be supported by a series of project planning workshops. On this basis, the module will require the student to frame the project in contemporary terms and be able to justify in a presentation the methods employed in its execution, including the conceptual and practical aims of the project and its intended audience or reception.
The FA6P01 Major Project module is shared by, serves and sustains the Honours awards in the BA Fine Art, BA Fashion Photography, BA Painting and BA Photography courses and is delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level. Students are expected to reflect upon and present 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.
The module aims to allow students to show they have acquired coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of fine art or photography, able to deploy critical thinking with accuracy by developing and sharing the context for their project, and able to write a substantial statement about their project in clear terms that a non-specialist audience will understand.
By planning and communicating to peers the framing of appropriate questions, method of enquiry and context for their project in advance, one of this module’s objectives is to enable students to have the solid background and clear information to make decisions about and solve for themselves complex and unpredictable problems encountered in a project they have initiated and executed themselves.
The module also aims to enable students to demonstrate skills in public reflection on and evaluation of their reasons for coming to university, their professional development over their time before university, during their time in Higher Education and what they envisage for their career after they leave university, all via a presentation to a specialist audience - their peers. The module aims to allow students to show how they can manage project time professionally, and so give themselves plenty of time to evaluate, edit and finesse their project as a result.
The FA6010 Methods and Enquiry 2 module supports intensive research and development towards the realisation of a major art or photographic project in the parallel module FA6XXX. The module involves students in presenting a plan for a major art or photographic project; establishing method of enquiry; research and testing approach to practice and project management.
During the module, students test out working methods, clarify their intentions, and frame their project in a contemporary context. The module involves an extensive period of independent research practice and development, to be documented and reflected on at fixed intervals before a final evaluation.
The FA6010 Methods and Enquiry 2 module is shared by, serves and sustains the Honours awards in the BA Fine Art, BA Fashion Photography, BA Painting and BA Photography courses, 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.
The module aims to allow students to show they have acquired coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of art or photography, able to deploy critical thinking with accuracy by developing and sharing method of enquiry over the course of a major project.
By planning and communicating method of enquiry to peers in advance, one of this module’s objectives is to enable students to make decisions about and solve complex and unpredictable problems encountered in a project they have initiated and executed themselves.
The module also aims to enable students to demonstrate skills in reflection on and evaluation of concepts used in method of enquiry and judgements made over materials and techniques in project, via a public dialogue with a specialist audience - their peers.
FA6008 Professional Practice 2: Painting is a subject-specific module supporting students to further develop their professional and academic skills, including their practical and conceptual understanding of the codes, conventions and issues associated with curatorial display. 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 includes lectures and workshops to support students to present an exhibition proposal, a working document that they will continue to develop, test and revise over the course of the year. A schedule of tutorials, supervision, technical input and workshops, as appropriate are available to enable students to realise their plans in the form of a Degree show exhibition at the end of the module.
The FA6008 Professional Practice 2: Painting module serves and sustains an award on the BA Painting course only, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core studio practice modules on Level 6. Students are expected to investigate and develop critical and aesthetic working relationships between and across the Level 6 modules.
The module aims to let students show they have acquired coherent and detailed knowledge of specific skills in curating and exhibition display in painting and are able to deploy critical thinking with accuracy in developing and obtaining a wider, non-specialist audience from outside the art school for their artwork, as shown in both physical and virtual spaces.
In mastery of the organisation of tools, equipment, materials, space and human resources for an art exhibition in a public space, one of this module’s objectives is to enable students to develop key transferable skills in negotiation of individual presence in a group environment and in creation, adaptation and acceptance of group ethics in a shared space.
The module also aims to provide students with work-related learning about social media platforms and websites to develop wider public and new audiences for painting, with a view to creating and updating a sustainable legacy of art career assets to aid employability.
Graduates of this course may go on to further research or study, or choose to work in cultural institutions or commercial galleries as an artist, curator or consultant. There will be employment and self-employment opportunities in art/culture journalism, as well as in education.
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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23 May 2019
Cass Fine Art tutor co-curates avant garde alternative to Eurovision Song Contest.
Fine Art student awarded a fellowship and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.
15 - 17 May 2019, 3-6pm
Open Field Artist in Residence Programme. Private View: 9 May, 5-8pm.
1-21 March 2019
Exhibition by eight artists who also teach at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
Cass Fine Art Professor Bob and Roberta Smith presents BBC Radio 4 programme exploring the relationship between text and art.
28 February – 13 April 2018.
Cass lecturers Michael Stubbs and Andrea Medjesi- Jones feature in new exhibition at Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.