This two-year programme will prepare you for involvement in the dynamic cultural sector. Designed and taught by practicing contemporary artists, the programme has developed many links with galleries, artists and museums in the south east of England to give you a real advantage when embarking on a career in the arts. This qualification is taught at West Kent College's University Centre in Tonbridge and is awarded and quality assured by the University of Kent.
Applicants should hold a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points from one of the following qualifications:
- BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject at grade MPP or above
- Two A Levels at grades CC or above, including a relevant subject
- BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Pass grade or above
- An equivalent qualification in a relevant subject
Although not a mandatory requirement for entry to the programme, students' aptitude for study at this level and their future employment prospects will benefit from holding GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above (or an equivalent level 2 qualification).
Mature applicants (those aged 21 years or over at the start of the course) who do not hold one of these qualifications but who possess relevant experience or skills, and who can present a portfolio of work which demonstrates their creative potential, are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
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.
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 2 years full-time
A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme. This will contribute to the cost of: - maintaining and updating the department’s resources and equipment; - basic materials and equipment, including paper, charcoal, paint and pencils; and - venue hire for the final off-site module in the second year of the programme. This fee is currently set at £50 per year. You will also be required to participate in visits to Maidstone Museum and a gallery space and we advise you to budget approximately £50 to cover the cost of travel for these visits.
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
The programme builds skills and confidence through live engagement with professional exhibiting and presenting work to an audience. The curriculum covers a blend of practical, theoretical and vocational subjects with many transferable skills that will improve your employability.
Teaching is geared towards identifying and developing your individual art practice. One-to-one studio tutorials are central to this experience and you will have access to at least one tutorial of 15-30 minutes each week. Each term of the programme also features demonstrations of skills, workshop sessions, practical seminars, art history lectures and talks by visiting professional artists. You will be assessed by the continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year. Practical coursework will be assessed either as a portfolio of work or exhibition. Contextual studies will be assessed by essays and verbal presentations. Work-based learning will be assessed by a blend of reflective essays, verbal presentations and presenting work for exhibition in a live, professional context.
The teaching staff consists of practicing artists with national and international exhibiting reputations. They also have wide experience of teaching fine art on other programmes at prestigious universities. You will be allocated a personal work space within a dedicated fine art studio. There are excellent facilities for 3-D, printmaking, photography and digital media. he programme has an excellent ratio of staff to students which will ensure that you receive significant weekly contact with teaching staff in the form of tutorials, seminars, lectures and demonstrations.
The delivery of the programme is flexible to allow you to build your studies around employment and personal responsibilities. All teaching material is available online through virtual learning resources. The second year focuses on exhibiting work and you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in a professional context in a museum and gallery. You also have the opportunity to explore in greater depth the vocational possibilities associated with fine art practice.
The programme typically involves an average of 12 timetabled hours over two days per week for the duration of each 30 week academic year. You will also be required to devote time to self-directed study outside of timetabled hours; this will vary according to assessment deadlines and modules ongoing but on average you should expect this to account for 10-20 hours per week. The College’s studios, learning resource centre (LRC) and technicians are available throughout the week for self-directed study and you will be encouraged to make as much use of these resources as your time allows.
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.
The majority of students progress to the Colleges BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Fine Art to convert the Foundation Degree to a full undergraduate honours degree. This can be achieved with a year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Thereafter, students may progress to postgraduate study, such as a Masters degree. A number of graduates progress to relevant employment, with some going on to become practicing artists, lecturers, teachers, gallerists, 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.
Applications should be made through UCAS using the following codes:
Institution Code: K24
Course Code: W104
Campus Code: W
If you are applying for courses based at Medway, you should add the campus code K in Section 3(d).
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