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Excited to become part of the contemporary art world?

Are you creative, ambitious and visually curious? Are you ready to take risks, immerse yourself in contemporary art practice and develop what you think you know? Are you prepared to engage with critical thinking, embrace uncertainty and learn through testing and making?

Taught by leading artists, writers and curators and supported by specialist artist technicians, this course places you at its core. Your learning is tailored to your interests as you are guided through technical processes, studio production, studio critique, writing, work placements and exhibition making. You will take control and ownership of your learning and start to build your future. With our successful partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, this course will develop your identity as an artist, position you within an exciting and dynamic peer group and launch your career in the art world.

91% of students agree that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey, 2016)

Excited to become part of the contemporary art world?

Are you creative, ambitious and visually curious? Are you ready to take risks, immerse yourself in contemporary art practice and develop what you think you know? Are you prepared to engage with critical thinking, embrace uncertainty and learn through testing and making?

Taught by leading artists, writers and curators and supported by specialist artist technicians, this course places you at its core. Your learning is tailored to your interests as you are guided through technical processes, studio production, studio critique, writing, work placements and exhibition making. You will take control and ownership of your learning and start to build your future. With our successful partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, this course will develop your identity as an artist, position you within an exciting and dynamic peer group and launch your career in the art world.

91% of students agree that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey, 2016)

Course Information

UCAS Code
W100 BA/FA

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Arts

From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study in.

Art Department Image Gallery

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will be able to develop your visual and creative abilities alongside your analytical and practical skills through tutorials, seminars and technical workshops. Professional practice modules will help you to prepare for your future career.

You work alongside your peers in the studio, learning with them and learning from them, you will present work to your peers in group critiques and creative presentations, and collaborate with them by making public exhibitions together. Field trips to key national exhibitions, events and festivals such as the British Art Show or Liverpool Biennale keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the art world.

You receive ongoing feedback from lecturers and there are both formative and summative assessments throughout the degree, culminating in a dissertation and a degree show - a major public exhibition of your work.

Studying Fine Art BA (Hons)

Taught by leading artists, writers and curators and supported by specialist artist technicians, this course places you at its core. Find out what it's like to study Fine Art BA (Hons).

Interview and Portfolio Guidelines

We are interested in you as an artist and how we can support your learning and ambitions for the future. At Northumbria we interview all our applicants with their portfolio.

Degree Show

The degree show is a raw, exciting exhibition produced by our graduating Fine Art BA (Hons) students, demonstrating an extremely high level of creative achievement.

Fine Art Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Fine Art BA (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Arts BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Centred on contemporary art practice, you will learn from research-active staff, many of whom are leading artists, writers and curators with specialist knowledge across a wide range of media including sculpture, film, performance, painting, photography, sound and installation. Turner Prize and Northern Prize nominees are included in your teaching team, meaning you are learning from those at the top of their game.

Our weekly guest lectures provide you with an invaluable opportunity to learn from visiting national and international artists, curators and writers. These sessions are often followed up with one to-one or group sessions which give you the chance to ask specific questions related to your learning.

The practical elements of the course are fully supported by studio technicians, many of whom are professional artists in their own right.


Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Northumbria we make sure you have all the resources you need to develop your contemporary art practice. Your learning environment is centred around the studio and our workshops, supporting all mediums you might work in, be that print, digital print, dark room photography, moving image, sound, performance, painting, sculpture or installation.

Events, exhibitions, talks, performances, placements and work opportunities are offered to you, and there are plenty of opportunities to connect with the exciting Newcastle art scene. This includes Newbridge, The Northern Charter, BALTIC 39, Workplace, Vane, and our in-house Gallery North. The North East is booming and our innovative partnerships with outstanding arts organisations such as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art ensure you receive a compelling insight into the contemporary art world.


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University Library

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Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Arts BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will be immersed in a research-rich environment, which includes access to our four research studios, Colour Studio Northumbria, Paper Studio Northumbria, Talk Studio at Baltic 39, and Graduate Studio Northumbria. In the studios you will work alongside undergraduate and postgraduate art students and engage in unique cross-level peer networking.

Research-active academics within the department are specialists in a host of arts subjects including the study of art markets, nationalisms and transnationalism, cultural heritage and policy research, material culture and fashion and textiles. For your final year project you will be matched with an academic closely aligned to your area of specialism to ensure you have access to skills and knowledge at the forefront of your subject.


Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

We understand how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a headstart in your career, so we enable you to gain real-world experience in an arts setting with the option to spend a year in industry or take a short professional placement. Previous placements have included gallery and museum work in schools, art therapy, events management and production, or assisting artists in an exhibition or art production.

If you are looking to spread your wings whilst also building on your knowledge of fine contemporary art, there is the opportunity to study abroad at fine art institutions in Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, or the USA.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

On completion of the BA, many of our students move straight into work as practicing artists, with a number of graduates receiving critical acclaim for their work. Others move into related fields.

A Fine Art degree will develop your intellectual curiosity as well as developing the technical competency, critical thinking and analytical skills to excel in a career in the creative and cultural sector. Fine Art graduates are perfectly placed to move into roles in community arts; teaching; curating; arts management; assisting artists; gallery or studio management.

You will have the enviable opportunity to apply for graduate schemes such as Graduate Studio Northumbria (GSN), where you will have access to the resources and staff support needed to further develop your professional practice. You may also choose to further your learning on the Northumbria Master of Fine Art course, delivered in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and based in BALTIC 39.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fine Art BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fine Art. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be introduced to studio practice and creative research, providing context for your study in contemporary art practice, embedding essential intellectual and technical skills and competences.

Year 2

Year two You will learn to reflect and critically evaluate your work and develop an understanding of professional public exhibition and presentation.

Year 3

Year three Your final year culminates in your degree show exhibition together with the production of a dissertation that underpins your art practice.

Who would this Course suit?

If you are creative, independent and looking to push the boundaries of your art work whilst developing strong technical skills and immersing yourself in contemporary art then this could be the course for you. You’ll have your own studio space, use of workshops, technical facilities and access to experimental project spaces. You’ll need to be self-motivated, pro-active, hard-working and open to new challenges

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Interviews and Auditions: 
Interviews and auditions can be a daunting experience, this part of the UCAS application process can be an anxious time. UK students applying for creative courses have to develop either audition pieces, portfolios of work and practice interview techniques. If you really want that place at your university of choice you have to make sure you put in the ground work to secure that vital offer.

To support you through the process we held a Q&A session on the interviews, audition and portfolio processes. You can view the video online by visiting our ASKNU webpages: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/asknorthumbria

GCSE requirements
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC - BBBCC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language req

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.<

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

For International course fees please visit Northumbria University Fees for 2018/19

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are optional field trips that you may wish to participate in throughout the duration of your study. An approximate cost would be £150 per year. You should also be aware that there are some optional and mandatory costs associated with Degree shows, a guide would be in the range of approximately £300 per year.

 

FUNDING INFORMATION

Further information on managing your money at university

Find out more about funding and scholarships for undergraduate study

Find out more about International discounts and scholarships

Find out more about about fee liability for your studies.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are optional field trips that you may wish to participate in throughout the duration of your study. An approximate cost would be £150 per year. You should also be aware that there are some optional and mandatory costs associated with Degree shows, a guide would be in the range of approximately £300 per year.

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK undergraduate funding and scholarships information

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information

Click here for UK undergraduate tuition fee information

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Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AH4009 -

History and Theory of Visual Arts (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about key artistic practices, histories, theoretical concepts, themes and methodologies that have contemporary significance in terms of artistic activity. You will be introduced to different contexts in which art is produced, understood and disseminated, and to historical, theoretical and social discourses in which art has been situated and contextualised. You will develop an appreciation of the forms and diversity of historic and contemporary art practice and the ability to reflect critically on historical and contemporary art practices. The module will help you to develop competence in skills enabling you to undertake critical visual analysis, independent research and present findings through the medium of discursive writing. You will be exposed to a series of topics which are aimed to aid you in identifying a theme or issue of historical, theoretical or critical significance, and survey and assess available material on this theme or issue. This critical approach to the history and theory of art will inform and support studio activity at level 4 and further exploratory research and practice at level 5.

Lectures will explore major historical, theoretical and critical themes influencing the production and reception of art practice in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Topics covered in the lectures may include:

- concepts and context of the avant-garde
- Semiotics
- Psychoanalysis
- Surrealism
- Feminism
- Marxism
- Popular culture as art practice
- Art and technologies
- Photography and the image
- Art and the environment
- Social engagement
- Curating art and institutional critique

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VA4002 -

Professional Practice 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn how to demonstrate an appreciation of the breadth of contemporary art practice, through an understanding of artists’ methodologies, production and exhibition. This will provide you with a foundational framework for establishing your professional development. You will learn to express and articulate, verbally and through written form, a reflective appreciation of contemporary artworks, art practices and professional opportunities. Through the Contemporary Art Guest Lecture programme (CAGL) you will be introduced to a wide range of professional practicing contemporary artists, writers and curators, enabling you to understand and appreciate your position in the Art School and within formal arts education against their varied and multiple histories and trajectories through education into the artworld. Each guest offers you a personal narration of their career development and working methods, providing you with valuable insights into how careers in the artworld are forged. In semester 2 you will undertake an internal placement where you will learn directly from your peers, the final year Level 6 students. This provides you with first hand practical and intellectual learning around exhibition preparation and delivery and the transfer of work from the studio to the gallery. Through this you will learn and demonstrate good, safe working practice at professional levels and demonstrate practical and intellectual problem solving skills. The experience prepares you up for exhibition practice learning at Level 5 and is core instruction for your degree show exhibition at Level 6. This learning is also provides you with foundational practical and intellectual skills that will support you after graduation in your professional work.

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VA4003 -

Introduction to Art School Culture (Core, 80 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the Art School and support you in undertaking a dynamic learning experience through contemporary fine art practice. You will learn to develop and produce a range of experimental collaborative and individual artworks under the direction of academic staff through directed and self-directed approaches within studio, workshop and project space areas. You will learn to understand and recognise the range of views and the breadth of subject knowledge offered to you by the academic team, and you will learn how to use the studio confidently and independently with your peer-group, identifying and sharing interests, and expressing your ideas and critical observations freely and openly. Your learning is orientated towards you developing critical and reflective approaches to the production and display of practical outputs. Production is predicated on risk-taking, speculative enquiry, and curiosity, and is supported by a range of teaching approaches, through peer group working, individual tutorials, group critiques, seminars, lectures, studio and exhibition tours, and directed learning tasks. Through these you will be introduced to recent histories of the Art School, creative research strategies, contemporary artists, their practices, motivations and approaches, and the writings of artists, critics, curators and commentators. You will be instructed in theoretical and practical frameworks of contemporary art practice through painting, sculpture, photography, moving image and performance. You will also be introduced to a range of materials and technical processes through specialist instruction in elective workshops that support you in acquiring new skills and technical knowledge. Workshops are integrated into your studio practice enabling you to apply and test processes of making and to gain critical feedback from this.

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YA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Arts (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AD5003 -

Arts Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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Arts Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional, 40 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 40 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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HISTORY AND THEORY OF VISUAL ARTS 2 (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about key themes related to historical, theoretical, and critical developments in and influences on contemporary art practice relevant to an understanding of recent debates and developments. You will develop the ability to reflect critically on the historical and contemporary relationship of artists to society at local, national and global levels, and develop competence in skills enabling you to undertake critical visual analysis, independent research, and present findings through the medium of discursive writing. You will learn how to contextualise your own studio practice within the terms of history and theory in preparation for level 6 and the Extended Study in Fine Art module (VA6001). You will therefore be exposed to a series of topics which are aimed to aid you in identifying a theme or issue of historical, theoretical or critical significance that is relevant to your own particular concerns as a practitioner to inform and support further exploratory research and practice at level 6.

Lectures will explore major historical, theoretical and critical themes influencing the production and reception of art practice in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Topics covered in the lectures may include:

- modernity/modernism;
- postmodernity/postmodernism;
- gender, social and ethnic identities and the visual arts;
- the social construction of taste;
- public art;
- contemporary photography;
- performance;
- aesthetics;
- globalism, cultural exchange and art practice;
- video Art;
- intellectual retro chic; and
- the state of art education.

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Professional Practice 2 (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn to establish a wider independent appreciation, knowledge and understanding of the external professional contexts that frame and position the activities and production of the studio. You will learn to extend your understanding of the range of research-led enquiries that professional artists undertake, the breadth of strategies, approaches and methodologies they employ, the diverse social and geographic contexts of their production, and the scope of mediums and materials that they use. You will also learn to enhance your understanding of professional contexts within the contemporary artworld in relation to career pathways and professional opportunities. You will learn and develop through mentorship new practical, intellectual and technical skills in exhibition making, through the first hand experience of devising, developing, installing, hosting and documenting an experimental public exhibition.

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Theory into Practice (Core, 80 Credits)

In this module you will learn to independently progress a self-motivated, critically positioned studio-based contemporary art practice. Learning will be underpinned by the acquisition of new creative research skills orientated around contemporary art practice and related theoretical discourse. The module will allow you to develop a deeper critical understanding of the relationship between form and content in your work. You will learn to articulate and evidence your creative research skills in your independent personal studio enquiry. You will learn to independently identify and reflectively assess specific lines of enquiry and your evolving artistic position, and learn how to effectively communicate this to academics and to your peer group. You will learn to confidently present verbally and creatively a range of ideas and positions relevant to contemporary art practice through the module’s weekly seminar programme and its studio-based teaching. You will learn how to develop a professional understanding of appropriate technical and conceptual strategies for the production and presentation of your artworks, and you will learn advanced level technical skills in our workshop areas.

This module enables you to learn through the work of your peers and position your evolving practice against contemporary frameworks and theoretical ideas in current art practice. Through the learning you will develop the intellectual and practical skills required to start to assess your own work and studio position allowing you to take increasing responsibility for the development of your visual enquiry.

All of your learning underpins your studio practice with a strong subject specific knowledge base and the range of strategies aims to engender your confidence in identifying and understanding new knowledge in relation to your practice.
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Academic Language Skills for Arts (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Arts Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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Arts Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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Extended Study in Fine Art (Core, 20 Credits)

The 20 credit Extended Study in Fine Art at level 6 is the culmination of your development as an independent and critical learner through research writing and thinking about a topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. You will build upon the work you have done at L4 and L5 through research and writing a 4,500 word Extended Study on a subject related to your studio practice or any other aspect of visual culture in the broad sense that you wish to explore that relates to your fine art practice. The Extended Study is an opportunity for you to demonstrate not only your knowledge of a particular fine art subject in which you are interested, but also your skills in writing, researching and organising material, working independently, and using enhanced analytical and interpretative skills in presenting an argued case in written form: all skills which will benefit you in your professional life.

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Professional Practice 3 (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn to gain an advanced working knowledge of the artworld as a backdrop against which to explore and reflect on future career pathways. You will continue to learn through the weekly Contemporary Art Guest Lecture programme (or CAGL). At level 6 the CAGL acts as a learning tool to deepen and consolidate your objective understanding of the range of research-led enquiries that professional artists undertake. Through the CAGL, external placement activity and group workshops you will gain a greater appreciation of how subject specific and transferrable skills can be applied in contexts beyond your programme of study. Workshops will enable you to learn through a conversation-based network about how you can develop or diversify your knowledge and skills.
You will learn to understand and build a direct professional relationship with the artworld through discussion, intellectual enquiry and independent curiosity and through real world first-hand experience. You will learn to expand your experience and knowledge of the artworld, its diverse network of institutional, economic and social systems - both formal and informal - that form the ecosystem and community in which artists operate. Teaching will reflect the diverse and individual paths open to you following graduation and you will learn that there is no one-way of being an artist, of making it professionally, of applying your creativity, or of making a living within the artworld - each individual has to forge their own path. You will learn to recognise that fine art graduates are multi-skilled and go on to study and work in diverse roles within the artworld, the broader cultural sector and beyond.

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Synthesis (Core, 80 Credits)

In this module you will learn to develop an increasingly self-directed art practice that is underpinned by evaluative, critical and creative research strategies. The module is therefore focused on developing your independence as a fine artist, through the consolidation of your visual and intellectual skills, and prepares you for the presentation of your Degree Show exhibition at the end of the year. A sense of a practice-led, studio-centred enquiry is fundamental to the module’s overarching philosophy and content. Synthesis is a year-long 80 credit-module that provides you with the opportunity to holistically develop an individual, contemporary art practice that is critically positioned and that meets professional standards of production.

To this end, the module is designed to help you shape and synthesise your own ‘artistic attitude’ and to help you extend your understanding of conceptual and practical ‘attitudes’ to research and production. A fine art practice can take many forms and you will be supported in developing diverse, challenging and ambitious approaches to your artistic concerns. As the year unfolds you will take increasing responsibility for your learning. This will include:

• Material and technical decisions
• Testing methods and individual research strategies
• An understanding of your ‘audience’ and how others may ‘read’ your work
• Theory and context
• Acknowledging open-ended approaches to making and thinking
• Understanding how risk taking and uncertainty support your progression
• Professional approaches to production and exhibiting
As well as enabling you to capitalise on the knowledge and experience gained throughout the course, this module provides you with the opportunity to invest in a sustained programme of visual and intellectual enquiry, together with the acquisition of attendant skills, that will support you in your future career or further study.

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Academic Language Skills for Arts (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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