Fine Art BA (Hons)

This course is in clearing with spaces available

This course is in Clearing with Spaces Available


Course options

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UCAS code: W100 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 9250 Per year
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 6 years
    • Pro-rata full time fee
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 14580 Per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: W108 64 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 9250 Per year
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 14580 Per year

What makes this course different

  • 1st in London

    Our art courses ranked 1st in London in six categories including “Teaching on my course” & “Learning Resources” (National Student Survey 2023, Results published 10 August 2023)

  • Purpose-built facilities

    You’ll work in your own personal, purpose-built studio space and in well-equipped workshops that cater for fine art, from 16mm film to print making to bronze casting.

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  • Highly rated by our students

    97% of students surveyed on this course responded positively to questions on “The Teaching on my Course” in the 2023 National Student Survey. (NSS 2023, Results published 10 August 2023)

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Course modules

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The foundation year is perfect if you want a degree in fine art but you don't meet the standard entry requirements. First, we prepare you for your degree during the foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject, then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Professional Life (Mental Wealth)

Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes & Skills

Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice & Portfolio

Art & Design Contextual Studies

As first years, you will be introduced to elective workshops involving specific and multidisciplinary skills that will allow you to  grow  in many areas. Alongside these electives, will be modules that help you contextualise your ideas and practice as creatives. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work  externally at the end of the term.

Design Investigation 1

Design Integration 1

Contextual Studies (Creative Writing)

Research into Practice 1

Experimentation and Application 1A

Experimentation and Application 1B (Animation)

During your second year, you will become more independent practitioners in your studio and become involved in teamwork learning. Practical and contextual modules will enable you to enhance your creative skills. A discursive environment gives you the space to build up your confidence with fellow students and external guests. 

Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)

Design Investigation 2

Contextual Studies 2

Design Integration 2

Advanced Experimentation and Applications (Animation)

Advanced Practice

Optional placement

The  third year  is where you focus your ideas and practice as independent creatives. Preparation  for your next step beyond university  is supported by practical and contextual study modules. There will be opportunities to test your ideas in external spaces and engage with external projects.

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3 (Rising East)

Integrated Technology

Independent Major Project Part A

Design Investigation 3

Research into Practice 3 – Contemporary Practice in Fine Art

Research into Practice 3 – Extended Research Project

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

As graduates, you will leave as confident and well-connected creatives. Many of our students win places on postgraduate courses run by RCA and the Royal Academy. Other students set up their own studios or businesses in the creative industries.

Industry links

You will benefit from our close links with the vibrant East London creative scene and all major art venues in the city, as well as learning hands on from practicing artists.

Graduate employers

Graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as Securitas, Paperchase, Cass Art, Ark Brunel Primary Academy, House of Fraser, Peacocks and Yours Clothing

Job roles

Students have found work as curators, teachers and in arts administration.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

Many of our students win places on postgraduate courses run by RCA and the Royal Academy. Or you can stay at UEL and study our MA Fine Art or Prof Doc Fine Art.

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How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as game labs, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Guided independent study

    We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

    Academic support

    You will attend weekly seminars, individual tutorials, specialist workshops, Detour Ahead, Cultural  Manoeuvres  and  guest lectures. 

    These series of interactive events have involved artists, such as:

    • Richard Wentworth and his Concertina project   
    • Eileen Perrier
    • Gretchen Andrew
    • Ruth Beale 
    • Eileen Simpson 
    • Ben White 

    These sessions are part of the unique visual arts subject area teaching that takes place at the University. It allows students to engage with  other  creatives and understand different practices and support each other while learning alongside teaching support  from  staff.   

    You will have  a  studio space  and  we have a range of fantastic  workshops and project spaces  where you can  experiment  to advance your thinking. It is a discursive environment structured to allow you to build your  confidence and take risks.  Studio spaces are  open late  every day of the week including weekends to allow as much use as possible. 

    Dedicated personal tutor

    If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, academic tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help you achieve your potential.

    You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs feature centralised helpdesks.

    UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).


    Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
    The approximate percentages for this course are:

    • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
    • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
    • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible.

    Class sizes

    The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work.

    You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year depending on your course.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group work, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. 

All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. You will always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face-to-face assessments.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


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What our students and staff say

Fine Art Graduates
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UEL. It was a life-changing experience. The course furnished me with so many positive experiences and is a huge benefit to me as an artist. If I could give current UEL students one piece of advice it would be: keep working at what feels right for you."

Ann Haycock

Fine Art, BA (Hons)

Textile design ACI
Art and Design at UEL offers everyone a chance to operate in an economy which is moving further and further into the realms of the creative industries."

Joe Pleass

Graphic Design