The 2 year full time programme in Fine Art Practice involves the pursuit of visual languages and imagery that have meaning and significance for the artist. The students will investigate areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital applications, film, performance, textiles and photography, and have the opportunity to develop their own ideas through appropriate projects.
Students who follow this pathway have the opportunity to develop their own work as an independent practitioner and are regularly given the chance to exhibit their work in various places.
What makes the Foundation Degree in Fine Art Practice at HRC special?
This course allows students to develop in depth understanding, by working both independently and collaboratively with other discipline areas such as Graphic Design, Three Dimensional Design and Visual Merchandising and through practical studio practice.
You can learn while you earn; we have a Creative Enterprise Pop-Up Shop that 'pops up' at youth markets in the local community, within shops and empty shop units, at external exhibitions at both local and London venues as well as having an online presence. The day to day running of the shop contributes to the Work Based Learning module and is managed by a team of students. This is a great experience and excellent opportunity to develop and enhance your entrepreneurial skills and promote yourself as up and coming designer by marketing and selling your own products.
You will also have the opportunity to manage, curate and finance your own exhibitions both independently and collaboratively; exhibiting your work professionally in our in-house David Gentleman Gallery as well as at external venues.
You will have your own personal studio space allow you to experiment and develop your practice. You will have smaller class sizes, more tutor contact and extra support if the need is identified.
You will learn in subject specific studios and workshops with access to the latest equipment supervised by trained technicians. Equipment available to students includes a laser cutter, a 3D printer, enamelling/pewter kiln, silversmithing tools, screen printing table, vacuum former, heat press, printing presses, Mac/PC suites and a photography studio.
What do our students say?
"Not only did this course help to develop my employability skills but it also gave me more confidence and a better idea of what I wanted to do as a career".
We're proud that many of our students have found employment across the creative and culture industries; as professional artists who exhibit and undertake commissions, as community-based creative practitioners, curators, arts administrators and educators. Transferable skills mean our students are well equipped for the creative professions.
What can I do next?
On successful completion of the programme you will be qualified to level 5 and prepared for a career and/or progress your studies to top up your degree to a BA Honours at level 5/6 in Fine Art, Contemporary Design Crafts (Multi-disciplinary), Illustration, Photography, 3D Games Art and Design at the University of Hertfordshire or other institutions, and you will be supported by college and University staff in making your decision.
What will I be doing?
This programme addresses the thinking processes, attitudes and skills that are common to all creative activities. It provides a structure that enables you from a variety of starting points to develop your own creativity within a context provided by the industries and organisations that utilises this creativity.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.
In addition, you will be exposed to the application of creative and cultural skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work based learning project negotiated with an employer in year two.
Modules of study for the FdA Fine Art Practice programme are:
- Creative Problem Solving (HRC) - 30 Credits
- Creative Languages (HRC) - 15 Credits
- WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills (HRC) - 30 Credits
- Historical and Contemporary Context (HRC) - 15 Credits
- Creative Vocational Practice (Fine Art Practice) (HRC) - 30 Credits
- WBL Project: Professional Practice (HRC) - 30 Credits
- Contextual Studies (HRC) - 15 Credits
- Cultural and Ethical Debate (HRC) - 15 Credits
- Final Major Project: Fine Art Practice (HRC) - 30 Credits
- Portfolio Development (Fine Art Practice) (HRC) - 30 Credits
You will have the opportunity to take part in our enrichment programme which includes trips to galleries, museums and exhibitions in and around London in addition to UK residential and overseas visits to enhance your personal, creative and academic development. Previous visits have included New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Praque, Valencia, Bilbao and Iceland. These visits are not mandatory and the costs will be additional to your course fee. You will be given sufficient notice in order to budget for these trips. Visit our Instagram @creative_hub_enterprise to follow our current students exciting creative exploits.
How will I be assessed?
This programme is assessed from 100% course work throughout the two years. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme with tutor, self and peer assessment with a University Exam Board at the end of each semester.
48 UCAS points.Applicants who can demonstrate previous relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.
What do I need to bring?
It will be necessary to buy materials to complete project work, build a kit of equipment and purchase a variety of books, publications and trade journals. We will give guidance before the course starts as to what the basic kit should include and where you can purchase these items.
£6,165 per annum is the fee for Foundation Degrees in 2019/20. Full and part- time students are normally eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. See www.gov.uk/student-financehttp://www.gov.uk/student-finance.