Fine Art Mixed Media BA Honours
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2016
|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.
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.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
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
Year 2 and Year 3 (Credit Levels 5 and 6)
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
- Work Placement/Professional Practice
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.
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.
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
This innovative Fine Art course was one of the first courses to actively facilitate students gaining an insight into the professional context of practice through placements, and has an outstanding track record.
Many of these placements lead to future employment but most importantly students gain a first hand insight into some of the exciting possibilities within the expanded field of the creative industries.
As well as the placement that students undertake they will actively participate in exhibitions throughout the course gaining invaluable experience into life as a practicing artist.
Fine Art Mixed Media Degree Show, Ambika P3
Work placement – professional practice
The placements students undertake are very individual and important in identifying future career options. The following are some examples:
- Galleries: Whitechapel, White Cube, Camden Art Centre, ICA, Paradise Row, Arcade Gallery, Kate McGarry, Gasworks, Showroom Gallery, Fieldgate Gallery, Five Years, De La Warr Pavilion, South London Gallery, Rifle Maker, Meinblau Berlin, Orange Dot Gallery, and Frieze Art Fair.
- Shadowing artists: Franco B, Yinka Shonibare, Hayley Newman, Simon Patterson, Charles Avery, Anthony Gormley, Richard Wilson, Alison Wilding, Stephen Pippin, Helen Chadwick, John Isaacs, Brad Lachore, Richard Woods, Jem Finer, Gayle Chong Kwan, Mark Tichner, Keith Wilson, Stuart Cumberland, Luke Gottelier, Liane Lang, Ian Davenport, Brian Griffiths, Shezad Dawood, Varda Caivano.
- Art organisations: Artangel, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Slow Release, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Camden Arts Centre, Museum of Everything, Arts Council, British Council, Grizedale Forest.
- Community projects: Brent Council, Camden Art Centre, Waltham Forest.
- Post Production: Glassworks, Imagination, Lux (Shacklewell Lane), N.O.W.Here Lab (Bethnal Green).
- Periodicals: Art Monthly, Frieze.
- Education: Chisenhale, Camden Arts Centre, Primary/ Secondary Schools.
- Publishing: BookArtBookShop Hoxton, Centre for Fine Art Print Research.
Exhibition Gallery Meinblau, Berlin
Students upon graduation have gained employment across the broad range of contemporary fine art opportunities but also within the wider creative industries including:
- Art Criticism
- Art Education
- Art Practice
- Art Therapy
- Community Projects
- Electronic Imaging
- Exhibition Management
- Film Production
- Gallery Directorship
- Gallery Management
- Graphic Design
- Independent Events Co-ordination
- Opera Companies
- Script Writing
- Website Design
- Exhibition Management
Exhibitions are a central element of the course and you will approach this aspect as professionals, undertaking the curation, fundraising, publicity and promotion for each event. There is a history of innovation and excitement that accompanies course exhibitions and prestigious venues have included:
- St Pancras Chambers
- Ambika P3
- The Tannery
- Dace Road
- The Mall Galleries
- Hoxton Market
- London Student Radio
- London Gallery West
- Meinblau Berlin
Student exhibition at Usurp
Throughout the programme you are taught by practising artists and this is augmented by talks from visiting artists, curators and writers.
You will attend prestigious exhibitions of the teaching staff, encouraging a fluid and dynamic exchange of ideas and approaches to practice.
Speakers have included: Franco B, Ian Davenport, Tracy Emin, Isaac Julien, James Lingwood, Runa Islam, Jem Finer, Jeremy Deller, Martin Parr, Michael Petry, Marcia Farquhar, Simon Patterson, Brian Griffiths , Doug Fishbone, Dexter Dalwood, Keith Wilson, Richard Woods, Saskia Olde-Wolbers, Edwina Ashton, Varda Caivano.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.