This vibrant programme will facilitate your involvement in contemporary visual art and build on your previous academic skills and knowledge. It will encourage open and exploratory thinking whilst equipping you with the experience and skills needed to evolve into a professional artist. The qualification is taught at West Kent College's University Centre in Tonbridge and is awarded and quality assured by the University of Kent.
The programme prepares you for professional practice and engagement in the cultural sector. You will study a combination of practical, theoretical and professional modules that will encompass transferable skills to improve your employability.
Designed and taught by practising contemporary artists, the programme has developed many links with galleries, artists and curators in the south east of England to give you a real advantage when embarking on a career in the arts.
The programme embraces the rich history of the subject and the vibrancy of current debates to allow you to develop a unique creative identity relevant to contemporary practice.
The programme will enable you to convert your Level 5 Foundation Degree or HND qualification into a Level 6 BA (Honours) Degree with either a year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
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Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree or HND in fine art or a related discipline at Merit or Distinction level.
The College will also consider applicants who have completed 240 credits in a degree programme in fine art or a related discipline with achievement equivalent to a Merit profile in a Foundation Degree or HND.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take 'elective' modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
HA635 - Visual Research and Working Methodologies (30 credits)
HZ564 - Dissertation (30 credits)
HA637 - Fine Art Professional Practice (15 credits)
HA692 - Fine Art: Identity, Synthesis and Exhibition (45 credits)
A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme. This will contribute to the cost of: - Funding a programme of visiting contemporary artist lectures; - maintaining and updating the department’s resources and equipment; and - basic materials and equipment, including paper, charcoal, paint and pencils. This fee is currently set at £30 per year for students enrolled on the full-time mode and £15 for students enrolled on the part-time mode. You will be encouraged to make regular visits to galleries and contemporary art spaces during the course of the programme. These visits will facilitate your burgeoning knowledge concerning the developments of contemporary fine art in the south east of England. You are advised to budget for the cost of travel and admission (where applicable).
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.Search scholarships
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
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Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
Some graduates of this programme have embarked on postgraduate study, whilst others have progressed to relevant employment, with some specifically going on to become practicing artists, lecturers, teachers, gallery assistants, arts administrators, art technicians and curators.
Following receipt of your application, the College will invite you to an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of your work, including some examples of written work (eg an essay or proposal from your previous studies). The interview and your portfolio will help the College assess your suitability for the programme. They will also consider your UCAS application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.Find out more about how to apply