Teaching and learning in 2021/22

If government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are required during the 2021/22 academic year, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning, in order to prioritise the safety of students and staff. For more details on changes to this course, see our planned undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

Our Foundation year in Art and Design is designed to provide you with an introduction to our range of subject areas, and to prepare you for the discipline of your choice. It will give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within the field. It begins in the first semester with the development of fundamental Art and Design skills, as well as practical exploration across all of the disciplines in our Art and Design Foundation programme. In the second semester, you are encouraged to specialise in your own discipline and are supported at this stage by tutors from your host course. You will also benefit from workshops in our high-end facilities, and from working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Your practical development is accompanied by modules in both semesters on foundational academic skills – skills that will be essential as you progress to your chosen full degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you'll be able to move on to study for the Fine Art Mixed Media BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

Our Fine Art Mixed Media BA is an innovative course which will give you the opportunity to explore and develop work across boundaries, within the ever-expanding contemporary fine art disciplines.

Our course enables you to work across disciplines or within the more traditionally defined areas of practice, while referencing relevant critical and theoretical debates.

You'll be 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 encourage creativity, individuality and personal growth, and once you've acquired the basic skills you can negotiate your own individual programme of study with tutors.

We select only the most dedicated and creative students who have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment that our course requires.

Based at our Harrow Campus, you'll work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity. 

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

You'll be taught by practising artists with national and international profiles working in and across the mediums of sculpture, painting, moving image, performance, photography and sound. Our exceptional team are supported by state-of-the-art facilities and workshops that are at the forefront of current technical innovation.

Our teaching and learning methods will encourage you to create a body of work characterised by personal commitment and an increasing sense of autonomy.

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

Fine art disciplines include:

  • Digital
  • Drawing
  • Installation
  • Intervention
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Moving image
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Sound

Top reasons to study with us

  • Your own studio space – You'll have your own fine art studio space for the length of your course in which to experiment with your practice
  • Dedicated facilities and technical support staff – You'll have access to specialist facilities including professional darkrooms and processing facilities, a photographic green screen and film studios, moving image editing suites, 3D workshops, digital facilities and traditional printing areas
  • Open supportive environment – We'll support you in exploring your fine art practice, using interdisciplinary mixed media and cutting-edge processes alongside traditional media
  • Develop your professional practice – You'll develop your professional practice via dedicated modules giving you direct practical experience, helping you decide on and pursue a career in the creative arts
  • Optional field trips – You'll have the opportunity to take part in field trips abroad and within the UK. Past destinations have included New York, Berlin, the Venice Biennale, the Kassel documenta
  • Learn through exhibiting – You'll exhibit your work regularly throughout the course, culminating in your degree show at the internationally acclaimed central London gallery space, Ambika P3

Course structure

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'll develop increasing insight into the exciting and diverse contemporary London art scene. 

In Years 2 and 3, you will continue to focus on your chosen area of practice. Experimentation and innovation are consolidated, and you'll 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, and you'll engage in fundraising, promotion and curation of this public event.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include (across 5 core modules): 

  •  Introduction to Academic Practice
  •  Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  •  Art and Design Explorations
  •  Making and Modelling
  •  Seeing and Doing

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of Media and Design

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Fine Art Mixed Media Practice
  • Creativity and Collaboration
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice Experimentation
  • Sources of Contemporary Fine Art Practice

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice 2.1 Exploration & Development
  • Concepts of Contemporary Art Practice
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice 2.2 Presentation
  • Contemporary Fine Art: Ideas & Form
  • Work Based and Placement Learning
  • The Critical image
  • Photography in Context

Credit Level 5

Between Year 2 and 3, you may also undertake an optional year-long placement. If you take advantage of this option, you’ll undertake an additional year-long industry placement module running parallel to your work placement, and your final degree award will be BA Honours Fine Art Mixed Media with Professional Experience.

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice: Research and Development 3.1
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Fine Art and Professional Practice: Realisation 3.2

Credit Level 6

Studying the Fine Art Mixed Media BA

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]


The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Build industry connections

Our dedicated professional practice modules will help you to develop strong links within the fine art sector in London and beyond.

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Be inspired by our graduates

Course alumnus Oscar Murillo was a collective winner of the Turner Prize in 2019.

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Show your work

You'll benefit from exhibiting your work regularly with us, culminating at our acclaimed gallery space Ambika P3 in the heart of central London. 

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Annka Kulty Gallery
  • Artists Damien Hirst and Phyllida Barlow
  • Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
  • Camden Art Centre
  • Tate Modern

Work experience

All of our students develop strong links within the fine art sector in London and beyond through our dedicated professional practice modules. Our teaching staff are active practitioners in their field producing and showing work internationally.

Artists and organisations where students have volunteered/worked during the Fine Art Professional Practice module in the past include: 

  • Blain Southern Gallery
  • Brian Eno, artist and musician
  • Camden Art Centre
  • CORE Arts Therapy
  • Dairy Arts Centre
  • David Zwirner Gallery
  • Elle Decor Magazine
  • Estorick Collection
  • Heath Robinson Museum
  • Hew Locke, artist
  • Guest Projects London
  • Kettle Yard, Cambridge
  • Larry Achiampong, artist
  • Limoncello Gallery
  • London Art Fair
  • Mark Titchner, artist
  • Matt Collishaw, artist
  • Milton Keynes Gallery
  • MIRAJ Magazine
  • Monster Chetwynd, artist
  • Richard Woods, artist
  • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • Rob Tufnell Gallery
  • Rose Wylie, artist
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Wei Hua, artist (in-studio, in China)
  • White Cube Gallery
  • Yinka Shonibare, artist

Job roles

This course will prepare you for a range of roles, including:

  • Advertising executive
  • Artist 
  • Arts educator
  • Curator
  • Features writer
  • Journalist
  • Gallery owner or director
  • Moving image production professional
  • Museum archivist

Industry links

Our fine art students are commissioned each year by Travis Smith, a City of London law firm, to provide works for display in the law firm's public-facing London offices.

In the past, students from both the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Art have visited our Fine Art Mixed Media BA course every year, delivering workshops and artist talks, offering a unique perspective of young, up-and-coming professional artists.

We have a wide range of guest speakers join us, which in the past has included:

  • Dan Hays
  • Dexter Dalwood
  • Francis Sommers
  • Grayson Perry
  • Hayley Newman
  • Ian Davenport
  • Jem Finer
  • Jeremy Deller
  • John Hill
  • John Smith
  • Karen Russo
  • Labita Clayton
  • Larry Achiampong
  • Laure Provost
  • Lindsey Seers
  • Maggie Ellis
  • Matt Collishaw
  • Molly Soda
  • Oscar Murillo
  • Phoebe Cummings
  • Rupert Ackroyd
  • Simon Faithful
  • Uriel Orlo

Graduate success

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Larry Achiampong

Fine Art Mixed Media BA - 2005

Larry has performed and presented projects at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Somerset House, Documenta 13 Kassel, BFI, David Art Foundation and MOMA Oxford. He completed a BA in Fine Art Mixed Media at University of Westminster (2005) and an MA in Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art (2008). He lives and works in London. "Thank you so much to the tutors for your support. If I hadn't done the video module in the first year, I'm not sure I would be making films like this - it's something I will never forget." 

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Oscar Murillo

Fine Art Mixed Media BA - 2007

Oscar was a collective winner of the Turner Prize in 2019. Solo exhibitions include South London Gallery and David Zwirner London. Oscar participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale and Forever Now at MOMA New York. "The University of Westminster was my very first experience of an incredibly supportive educational system that nurtured my desire to develop into the complexities of being an artist in today's world. This was due to the honest relationships I had with the tutoring cohort, my peers and, to my surprise, its positive distance away from the disruptive energy of the city of London."

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Mandy El-Sayegh

Fine Art Mixed Media BA - 2007

Mandy had a solo show at the Chisenhale in 2020 and has exhibited at Carlos Ishikawa, Carl Kostyal and the Sharjah Biennial 13, 2017. "The course helped me to gain a profound foundational understanding to develop my practice, as the tutors were invested in a way that is probably less common in other courses in London. I was offered a real freedom to experiment and make mistakes, but also got a good reality check into what it could mean practising art outside the institution. This, for me, was valuable."

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Course Leaders

Dr Elizabeth Allen

Assistant Head of School

Elizabeth Allen is a course leader for the Art and Design Foundation year.

Peter Dukes

Principal Lecturer

Peter Dukes is a Principal Lecturer in Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster, and a course leader for the Art and Design Foundation year. He studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, and was Course Leader for BA Contemporary Media Practice from 2006 to 2016. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently School Senior Tutor for Westminster School of Arts.

Raine Smith

Senior Lecturer

Raine Smith leads the Fine Art Mixed Media BA course.

His fine art practice spans 20 years and has led to him working with Tate Modern and Camden Arts Centre as well as exhibiting internationally.

His practice engages with lens-based media, such as photography, and sculpture.

Why study this course?

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Learn in an open, supportive environment

Explore your fine art practice while being supported by our academic and technical staff.

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Easy access to central London

Based just a 20-minute tube ride from the heart of the city, you'll be perfectly placed to access the work experience opportunities, potential collaborators and art scene of central London. 

Benefit from your own studio space

You can experiment with your practice in your own dedicated fine art studio space for the duration of your course. 

What our students say

Jack Evans

Jack Evans

Fine Art Mixed Media BA

"I had a really enjoyable experience during my three years at university playing with a range of mediums, without the pressure of restricting myself to a particular pathway - this allowed my practice to thrive somewhere between drawing and installation. The tutors are fab, with a huge bank of experience and knowledge of the contemporary art scene in London."

Kitty Tredwin

Kitty Tredwin

Fine Art Mixed Media BA

"I found the tutors some of the most inspiring people I have met while living and studying in London. As they have each led a life of art through different mediums and different artistic paths there is a great number of ways they help their students. I also personally found it really great to watch the tutors put on their own show in Berlin and London - they showed us how to work hard, how important it is to be invested in your ideas and how fun the real art world is outside of university."

Kavitha Balasingham

Kavitha Balasingham

Fine Art Mixed Media BA

"The studios are huge! Do not take them for granted, you will miss them when you are gone. There were also lots of artist talks. I had weekly one-on-one meetings with tutors to help my development. Some modules push you to work in galleries and learn more about the outside world. This course has helped prepare me for life after university, introducing me to lots of connections."

Online open days

Join us at an online open day or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DD
  • International Baccalaureate – 48 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP
  • BTEC Diploma – MP
  • Access – 48 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths Pass - IB Pass

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You will be required to submit a portfolio of practical work, which should include a selection of images of your Fine Art work. You should think about how you can collate/curate these images within your digital portfolio. We are looking to see your creative and experimental approach to fine art practice so look for work which demonstrates your passion and interest in fine art.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 48 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You will be required to submit a portfolio of practical work, which should include a selection of images of your Fine Art work. You should think about how you can collate/curate these images within your digital portfolio. We are looking to see your creative and experimental approach to fine art practice so look for work which demonstrates your passion and interest in fine art.

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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.


We provide dedicated, high-specification studios for our portfolio of art and design courses.

At our Harrow Campus, we have a suite of 3D making facilities which include metal fabrication, moulding and casting, wood and ceramics. There are additionally laser cutters and 3D printers, as well as a wood and metal store on campus, and we have a selection of tools available for loan.

You can also experiment in a range of media using all of the technical facilities the University has to offer. These include photographic studios and darkrooms, professional moving image production facilities including studios and dedicated edit suites, traditional printing processes including mono and silk screen printing, and dedicated digital facilities.

We have a wide range of professional photographic, sound and moving image equipment available for loan.

Student work

A selection of work created by our Fine Art Mixed Media BA students.

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Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.


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.


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

Optional field trips on this course and some fine art materials may cost extra.

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

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction of £4,500 per year, which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Additional costs

Optional field trips on this course may cost extra.

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

Teaching and assessment

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
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How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course location

Harrow is our creative and cultural hub, home to most of our arts, media and digital courses. It houses state-of-the-art facilities for every discipline, including project and gallery spaces, film studios, creative labs, collaborative learning spaces, and the creative enterprise hub.

Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, just 20 minutes from the city centre by train.

For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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