Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,080 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

This innovative course was one of the first to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop work across boundaries, within the ever-expanding contemporary fine art disciplines. It encourages creativity, individuality and personal growth, and once you have acquired the basic skills you can negotiate your own individual programme of study with tutors.

You are encouraged to bring highly individual approaches to studio practice, coupled with an emphasis on experiential learning; these are the defining factors that have established the course at the cutting edge of contemporary practice.

We select only the most dedicated and creative students who have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment that the course requires. Our exceptional team of practising artists teaching theory and practice are supported by state-of-the-art facilities and workshops that are at the forefront of current technical innovation.

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

The course enables you to work across disciplines or within the more traditionally defined areas of practice, and relevant critical and theoretical debates are referenced to support this.

This studio-based course provides you with a permanent space, depending on the type of work you engage with as you progress through the programme.

The teaching team are all practising artists with national/international profiles working in and across the mediums of sculpture, painting, moving image, performance, photography and sound. Teaching and learning methods encourage you to create a body of work characterised by personal commitment and an increasing sense of autonomy.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials (individual and group), presentations, crits, workshops, and gallery visits and talks. 

Course structure

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four to eight years.

The course emphasis on creativity and individuality is supported by regular tutorials and studio discussion. This encourages you to explore different approaches to practice, coupled with technical introductions and workshops, enabling you to conceive increasingly ambitious projects.

Contemporary fine art practice is the focus of debate in both lectures and the studio, supported by the programme of visiting artists and lecturers. You will develop increasing insight into the exciting and diverse contemporary London art scene. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice – Experimentation
  • Contexts of Contemporary Practice
  • Introduction to Mixed Media (Fine Art) Practice
  • Material Light
  • Reconsidering Drawing
  • Sources of Contemporary Practice

Credit Level 4

In Years 2 and 3 the focus is on your chosen area of practice; experimentation and innovation are consolidated, and you will undertake a work placement within the creative industries to test your emerging aspirations.

Contextual studies, theory and practice are allied, with you defining the topic through tutorial discussion for your Dissertation. The final year culminates in the degree show.

You will engage in fundraising, promotion and curation of this public event, which currently takes place at Ambika P3 at the University’s Marylebone Campus. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Art/Science Collaboration
  • Concepts of Contemporary Fine Art
  • Contemporary Art Ideas and Form
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice – Exploration and Development
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice – Presentation
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice – Realisation
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice – Research and Development
  • Creative Encounters
  • Dissertation
  • Work Placement/Professional Practice

Credit Levels 5 and 6

Electives

 
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As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels - BB/CCC
  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - MMP
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

Portfolio required. Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

 

 

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)

Portfolio required. Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Alumni are working across the broad range of contemporary Fine Art opportunities but also within the wider creative industries. Some of the areas that our former students are working in are below:

  • Animation 
  • Archives
  • Art Criticism
  • Art Education
  • Art Practice 
  • Art Therapy
  • Community Projects
  • Curation
  • Electronic Imaging 
  • Exhibition Management 
  • Film Production
  • Gallery Directorship
  • Gallery Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Independent Events Co-ordination
  • Journalism
  • Opera Companies 
  • Script Writing
  • Website Design 
  • Exhibition Management 

"The course is going from strength-to-strength, with a very good selection of tutors who represent key discourses in theory and practice presented within an open and discursive framework that includes professional practice as well as theory and practice modules. Students’ practice represents some of the best developments within London art schools, with students increasingly going on to take key positions within the art world at large."
–Shezad Dawood, Artist and Lecturer

The Mixed Media Fine Art BA was the first fine art course to actively facilitate students gaining an insight into the professional context of practice and has an outstanding track record of exciting placements. These have included:

Galleries

  • Fieldgate Gallery
  • Five Years
  • De La Warr Pavilion
  • South London Gallery
  • Rifle Maker
  • Meinblau Berlin
  • Orange Dot Gallery
  • Frieze Art Fair
  • Whitechapel
  • White Cube
  • Camden Art Centre
  • ICA, David Zwirner
  • Paradise Row
  • Arcade Gallery
  • Kate McGarry
  • Gasworks
  • Showroom Gallery

Shadowing artists

  • Franko B
  • Yinka Shonibare
  • Hayley Newman
  • Simon Patterson
  • Charles Atlas
  • Anthony Gormley
  • Richard Wilson
  • Alison Wilding
  • Stephen Pippin
  • Helen Chadwick
  • John Isaacs
  • Brad Lachore
  • Richard Woods
  • Jem Finer
  • Gayle Chongkwan
  • Mark Tichner
  • Keith Wilson
  • Marcia Farquhar
  • Stuart Cumberland
  • Luke Gottelier
  • Liane Lang

Community projects

  • Brent Council
  • Camden Art Centre
  • Waltham Forest

Art organisations

  • Artangel
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Britain
  • Camden Arts Centre
  • Museum of Everything

Facilities

Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design provides dedicated, high specification studios for its portfolio of art and design courses, with additional facilities for print, wood and metal work, resins and plaster, drawing, animation, lens based and digital media.

At the Harrow campus, we have a suite of 3-D making facilities which include

  • Metal fabrication
  • Moulding and Casting
  • Wood
  • Ceramics

There is additionally a laser cutter, as well as a wood and metal store on campus, and we have a selection of tools available for loan.

Student work

Images from the 2016 degree show for Fine Art Mixed Media students, held at Ambika P3.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £2,080 (price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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