Fine Art BA (Hons)

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Available as Part Time and Full Time

Length of Study: 4 Years Full Time (included 1 year Foundation) / 5-6 Years Part Time
Award by: UON 
Start Date: September

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Campus
City Centre
Level
Undergraduate
Instructor
Penelope Demetriou
Semester
Fall
Credit
120
Method
Face-to-face

Our course gives you the opportunity to explore contemporary art approaches by using our excellent resources for painting, photography, digital art, video, printmaking, wood / metal workshops and sculpture. You will build technical skills with different media and materials, you will become a specialist in drawing, painting, sculpting, 3D works and installations, learn through historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. Students will be encouraged to attend live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course.

Throughout this course, your ideas will be guided and developed by a close relationship with our team of specialists, visiting artists and other students. You will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills, thanks to the opportunities you will be given to move between the other Art and Design courses and disciplines. There are also many art trips involved in the course, across and beyond Cyprus.

You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates, encouraging the development of your creative and critical intelligence and showing you how to integrate innovative thinking with practical ability. You will have access to everything you need to develop your own major work at a professional exhibition standard in your final year.

All of our staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. We have regular visits from innovative arts organizations and internationally renowned artists.

Our main and absolute objective is to create competent graduates, able to respond perfectly to any relevant industry requirements, but mostly to provide them with the appropriate skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field by creating exceptional results through their “dare full” conceptual and expressive style.

Other pathways are: Fine Art, 3D Design, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, Art Photography, Product Design, and Interior Design.

COURSE CONTENT

Our BA (Hons) Fine Art course offers you a stimulating environment where we will encourage you to develop your own concept through professional practice and your own technique. We will place an emphasis on technical skills development, balanced by creative exploration and conceptual investigation.

Over the first two years you will be introduced to the professional industry requirements and opportunities, and you will develop the appropriate practical skills in many traditional and digital techniques, which will lead you to define your own area of specialization and style. In the third year you will be able to start establishing your own working concept and to use selected media and techniques to get prepared and to produce your own impressive results in your final year as a professional artist presenting your own developed methods.

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

STAGE 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The 1st year of study is mostly investigational, experimental and research based, in order to start defining the perspectives of the fields of specialization. Technical workshops will take place so you start developing the appropriate practical skills that will lead you to better understand your course specifications and values, and you will be introduced technically and conceptually to the course and to industry expectations.

When you successfully complete our 1st year of study, you can proceed to the 2nd year of our Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art.

 

MODULES STRUCTURE

Specialization Roles in the Industry and Professional Practice – Contextual Studies (60 credits)

Module Code: FA/AD01/01

 

Design, Techniques & Processes Practice (part set assignment) (60 credits)

Module Code: FA/AD01/02

STAGE 2

During the 2nd year of your studies, you will learn how to use traditional tools and techniques of creating (like drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking), digital demonstrations (like photography, software design and film applications), and you will be introduced to art crafts, installations, film production and sound. You will be inducted into a wide range of creative disciplines associated with material exploration, new technologies and processes, as well as traditional methods and making crafts. You will use new materials, mediums and formats, and you will learn how to relate conceptual development to final work production. At this stage, you will identify your role in the creative industry, which will also be reflected in your personal practice by selecting and applying methods and techniques to your own working practices.

When you successfully complete our 2nd year of study, you can proceed to the 3rd year of our Bachelor’s Degree earning an HNC Diploma (BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design –Art Practice), as well. The HNC Diploma gives you the opportunity (a) to cash it in and earn a Diploma, (b), to continue for one more year and earn an HND (Higher National Diploma), (c) to continue your studies for two more years and earn a Bachelor’s Degree (from UoN, University of Northampton) at our College.

 

MODULES STRUCTURE

Understanding the Visual (20 Credits)
Module code: ART1012
The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a core set of skills in relation to the visual analysis of images and objects and to explore how artworks acquire meanings within a broader set of contexts. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical material and will be encouraged to develop effective research and written skills in addition to being able to articulate their ideas verbally.
 
Introduction to Media Practice (40 Credits)
Module code: ART1013
This module offers a introduction to studio practice. Students will be introduced to a range of briefs exploring materials practitioners concepts theories and approaches; and is expected to form personal procedures to developing ideas. Students will be assessed by the exhibition of artworks supported by a range of research materials.
 
 
Extended Studio Practice and Context (40 Credits)
Module code: ART1033
This module offers a introduction to studio practice. The student will be introduced to a number of different concepts theories and approaches; and is expected to form personal procedures to developing ideas. Students will be assessed by the exhibition of artworks supported by a range of research materials.
 
Introduction to Drawing as Fine Art Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: ART1039
The module introduces students to the discipline of drawing within the context of fine art as a multi-disciplinary activity but also acknowledges drawing as a self-defining activity which can become the sole focus of artistic output. Drawing is envisaged and explored not only as an activity that can contribute to a range of fine art activities but can also be created using a wide range of different fine art practices. Drawing materials tools process sketchbook activity artist research and conceptual approaches may all contribute to a body of work that is assessed through a portfolio submission.

STAGE 3

During your 3rd year, you will establish your own studio practice within our supportive environment. You will start creating your own concept through contemporary theory and enhance your professional studies by producing personal artwork, giving you the chance to engage in external and collaborative projects, preparing you for your future career.

During the 3rd year of your studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake some of your projects at the University of Northampton (UON) for a certain period of time (this is optional).

When you successfully complete our 3rd year of study, you can proceed to the 4th and final year of our Bachelor’s Degree.

 

MODULES STRUCTURE

Professional Studies (20 Credits)
Module code: ART2017
The aim of this 20 credit module is to provide students with a range of tools to inform their working knowledge of the creative and cultural industries. Models the promote the student’s own practice within these industries will be provided in order to further enhance professional ambition and communication.

 
Media Practice 2 (40 Credits)
Module code: ART2020
The module encourages breadth and depth in studio practice and into relevant concepts historical and contemporary contexts for practice to support their personal practice. By the end of this module the student is expected to be able to make informed choices about subsequent directions in personal work.
 
Fine Art Practice 2 (40 Credits)
Module code: ART2021
The module encourages breadth and depth in studio practice and into the exploration and application of relevant techniques processes and materials. Students are expected to establish and utilise a range of research methods and working processes relevant to their personal practice.
 
Themes and Issues in Contemporary Art (20 Credits)
Module code: ART2022
The purpose of this module is to provide the theoretical element at level 5 of the BA Hons Fine Art degree. It builds on from the first level 4 module ART1012 Understanding the Visual and prepares students for independent work on ART3016 in level six. As well as writing a 2000 word essay students will be expected to deliver a verbal presentation.

STAGE 4

For your final year, you will be in a position to develop your personal style and produce professional outcomes based on your own developed concept, ready to be presented to the public. Alongside practical work, you will undertake a major critical study which could be a traditional dissertation or another approach, giving you the flexibility to choose what is most useful for you and the career path you want to take. Your final work may be showcased at a public Art Show and/or at our Degree Show.

When you successfully complete the 4th (final year), you will earn a BA (Hons) Fine Art. You will become a professional Artist and fully equipped to succeed in the related industries. You will be fully prepared to lead in the field since the main target of our course, is to create graduates capable of becoming unique and exceptional.

 

MODULES STRUCTURE

Critical Study (20 Credits)
Module code: ART3018
The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a sustained independent investigation and analysis of a specific topic within the field of Fine Art. It will require the demonstration of advanced personal and independent scholarship skills on a topic selected and approved through consultation with staff. To this end the module will provide the opportunity for students to negotiate the form the outcome will take.

 

Professional Practice and Employability (20 Credits)
Module code: ART3019
The aim of this module is to provide students with a range of skills and strategies to prepare both their artwork and themselves for the external world. This will include developing the ability to professionally present artwork and manage the many other facets of exhibiting and making both artworks and ideas visible and available to a wider audience. They should build their working knowledge of the creative and cultural industries established at level 5 in Professional Studies.

 

Practice Exhibition (Fine Art) (80 Credits)
Module code: ART4013
This module makes complex demands on the student in areas of theorization production and dissemination of concepts and/or artefacts intended for intellectual and aesthetic consideration. It consolidates creative and theoretical interests through a body of work and exhibition informed by contemporary fine art practice and demonstrating an understanding of audience.

METHOD OF TEACHING

We take a range of approaches to teaching, to help you learn in the best way for you. There will be studio practice, group and individual sessions, specialist workshops, visiting artists’ sessions, lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. You will get feedback throughout the year, orally, in writing and online. In addition to the programme requirements, you will have the opportunity to attend any other specialization course (Fashion, Graphic etc.) workshop you want, at no additional charge.

ASSESSMENTS

Theory is assessed through essays, assignments, a major critical study and presentations, while Practical work is assessed through studio presentations and exhibitions.
There will be two assessment periods. The first one, in January, will be a chance for you to see how you are progressing and will not contribute to your final grade. The second one, in May, will be the official assessment for the year and will form your grade.

Students who do not complete the Honours Degree will be eligible for an Ordinary Degree in the named subject upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits. These can be from any Level 6 modules, whether identified as compulsory or designated.

THE DEGREE SHOW

Final year students display their work at the annual Degree Show at both our Freshart Campuses, in Limassol and Paphos, and some will be selected to participate in an external Art Graduate Show in a public art exhibition venue.

FACILITIES AND SPECIAL FEATURES

• The Fine Art area has specifically-designed studios and a range of high quality workshops to enable the production of 2D and 3D work
• Media Labs
• Photographic Studio and Photographic Dark Room
• Wood and Metal Workshop with Canvas Preparation Room
• Sculpting Workshop
• Print Making Room (including laser cutting)
• The Drawing Lab (Observational, still and life drawing)
• Bookable installation spaces
• Optional international study visits
• Modules to be optionally completed at the University of Northampton (UoN) are part of the curriculum

PROGRESSION COURSES

At Freshart College (FA) or at the University of Northampton in the UK (UON)
• Fine Art (MA) at UON

You could also continue along the academic route with a focused MA in any area of Arts and any area of Fashion and Textiles.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

When you graduate from this course, you will be well suited to work in these areas:

• Arts organizations
• Gallery management
• Exhibition curating
• Photography
• Journalism
• Teaching
• Art therapy
• Theatre scenery
• Film and television or other roles that value creative thinking
• Independent creative practice

WORK EXPERIENCE

In each year of your studies you will have the opportunity to attend the College Final Show, presenting some of your work. During your third year you might want to choose to combine a work placement as a gallery intern, an artist’s assistant, an art educator or curatorial assistant to name a few, and we can help you to arrange this as we have plenty of industry links and partners. We encourage you to take these opportunities, which can also be incorporated into your Major Critical Study in the final year. In your final year, you will have the considerable opportunity to exhibit your work at a professional level and live the first experience of being a professional artist.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Year 1 entry:

To enter year 1 of the course (of a 4-year course) applicants are expected to send an online portfolio and to have:

  1. 2 GCE A’ Levels at a minimum grade C, one must be from the Art & Design field.

or                                                                         

  1. School Leaving Certificate (Apolytirion) overall grade 16 or above.

 

We also value professional experience and alternative qualifications accordingly, where necessary.

Year 2 or 3 entry:

Students with a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD) or a relevant HND with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted into year two or three, accordingly.

 

A committee of specialist staff will review applications and might invite you for an interview (international students may be interviewed over Skype). A member of our academic team will discuss about your portfolio with you, your specialized skills, course details and your own expectations, and will also be ready to answer any questions you may have.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

How to apply

Depending on what and how you would like to study, you can fill in an online application form.

If you would like to apply for a full-time or a part-time study, distance or online learning, for undergraduate study, BA, HND, HNC, Foundation, please apply directly to the College.

 

Supporting documents for undergraduate courses

Please include the following documents with your completed application form:

  • Details of your English Language competence, for example, GCSE, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests or equivalent.
  • Certified copies of your school certificates and any other relevant qualifications. A certified copy is a photocopy that has an original, official stamp of your school, college or university on it.
  • At least one reference.

You can apply for any course at any time before the course starts. The normal closing date for applications is 15th of May. Late applications are accepted but are not guaranteed the same level of consideration as applications made before 15th of May.

 

Application Review and Decision

We will normally provide applicants with a decision within 30 days of the closing date. In case this should take longer, you will be notified.

If your application is successful and you are not required to attend an interview, you will receive a formal offer letter and further information about your course.

 

Changing my course once I have applied

You can change your course if you would like to, as long as you meet the entry requirements for the new course and there are places available. If the new course requires an interview you will need to attend this before being offered a place. You will have to submit your request to change your course in writing and send it by email to the admissions office.

APPLYING FOR DIRECT ENTRY INTO THE SECOND OR THIRD YEAR OF A COURSE

If you have completed academic studies that are equivalent to the first or second year of the course you are applying for, it may be possible to enter the course at the second or third year. You will need to provide a transcript or list of modules including how many credits they are worth. The Admissions Tutor will then consider the application.

PART-TIME STUDY

A lot of our courses can be completed part-time. Therefore, you can fit your studies around your life and we will make sure we shape your schedule based on your time availability. The majority of part-time courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.

Entry requirements

When considering applications for part-time study, we assess personal, professional and educational experience, preferably relevant, to ensure that the course is a good match for you. Entry requirements vary, so please check individual courses for details.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We encourage applications from all sections of the community, regardless of sex, marital status, age, responsibility for dependents, socio-economic status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

We work hard to ensure that, as far as possible, students with disabilities are able to study successfully with us. If you have additional needs, we advise that you contact the administration office or course tutor as early as possible, so that you can discuss your needs and visit the College to assess the facilities if necessary.

MATURE STUDENTS

We care about equal opportunity in education, so mature students will be highly considered on equitable terms, as we realize that life might have directed you to other specialized paths. Let’s fix it!

IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

We welcome applications from everyone and we know that relevant experience is just as valuable as qualifications. Whether experience is from your work, voluntary activities or independent study we still want to hear from you.

So, if you don’t meet all of the entry requirements for the course you would like to study, contact our Admissions team at the admissions email and let them know what other relevant experience you have.