Fine Art and Illustration BA (Hons) (WWC2)


Coventry University

Fine Art and Illustration BA (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 60%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury 55% 55%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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Based firmly on studio experimentation and practice, this exciting degree exploits the synergy and crossover potential of the disciplines of fine art and illustration within a historical, professional, cultural and contemporary context, successfully blending traditional personal creative investigation with modern day commercial art.

We will encourage you to be imaginative, ambitious and resourceful, which should prepare you for the challenges of an unpredictable world. Following successful completion you should have the skills of an illustrator-artist with the creative, critical, reflective and technical skills to develop innovative, idiosyncratic and imaginative forms of visual communication.

For over 150 years, our creative community has played a major role in shaping cultural, political and social lives all over the world. Our graduates have won animation Oscars, Turner Prizes in portraiture, Academy Award nominations, Penguin book cover prizes, D&AD and Sky Arts awards. Some of our academic staff of this course in the past have exhibited at the Prague Biennale, the Royal Academy of Arts, Kwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Conflux Festival in New York and their work can be found in collections such as the Arts Council of Great Britain, Tate Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum Beelden aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.


Course information

Designed with the modern-day artist in mind, this course will let you experience and gain essential skills and knowledge in two distinct art disciplines, while exploring new and exciting ways of combining techniques from both to create a body of work that is truly distinctive.

We focus on providing you with the support to find your unique creative voice, so that you can develop an amazing body of work to demonstrate your subject matter and individual identity to greatest effect. We will also teach you what to do with that work in order to pursue a successful career in the arts via a series of business and marketing workshops in your final year. These provide a thorough understanding of topics such as branding and presentation, marketing and social media, commissions and pricing, exhibiting, legal issues and ethics.

Contemporary fine art practice incorporates a range of approaches, modern and traditional, autobiographical and personal, issues or research-driven. You should consider these throughout your studies, as well as the wider social, political and cultural debates that inform and enrich art, your own and that of others.

Year one:

The first year will concentrate on developing your drawing, painting, sculpting and idea generation skills with some brief-driven work. These are intended to enable you to become more self-directed in your studies, more readily able to identify and deepen personal interests and concerns. You will complete the year by having the opportunity to design an exhibition of your work with your peers, building your knowledge of the professional realm of art practice.


  • Fine Art and Illustration Introductions 1
  • Studio Practice 1
  • Contextual Introductions
  • Contextual and Professional Introductions
Year two:

In the second year, we aim to continue to support you in your creative development, considering your creative practice in relation to sites, situations, locations and contexts of display and experience. You will be introduced to industry inspired briefs as well as ‘real client’ briefs, which could take the form of commissions, exhibitions or competition briefs. For example, one recent project tasked the students with creating a live theatre poster with three winners chosen for publication, while another involved a street artist visiting us and hosting a live art battle event with the winning students painting a mural with the artist.

As you work your way towards your final year, you will be encouraged to consider the larger themes, histories and ideas that contextualise the production and reception of your work. You will be encouraged to become cognisant with current trends and debates, such as post-disciplinary art forms and digital practices.


  • Fine Art Explorations 1
  • Studio Practice 2
  • Contextual Explorations
  • Contextual and Professional Explorations
Placement year:

After your second year, you have an opportunity to undertake a sandwich year studying abroad or on professional placement. In the past, students have visited Universidad Europea de Madrid in Spain and Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany.


  • Study Abroad
  • Professional Placement
Final year:

You should aim to be working independently by the third year, exploring individual or collaborative interests to produce self-initiated art projects. You should focus on creating a professional body of work, aimed towards your chosen career path, by working with subject specialists to create bespoke projects best suited to your needs.


  • External Practice
  • Major Project
  • Contextual Studies Consolidations

Why choose this course?

Taught by highly acclaimed artists and practitioners, our course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to art and illustrative practice, grounded in historical context, yet inspired by contemporary trends; it is designed to empower you to produce personal and expressive portfolios that demonstrate the highest standards of creative agility and technical prowess.

We will provide a strong foundation in material processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and digital media, at all times emphasising your developing individual creativity. Through a rich and varied experience of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national or international competitions, ‘live’ project or concept visualisation briefs, installations and exhibitions, you will have the opportunity to sample elements of professional practice, such as interpreting and responding to briefs, scheduling, working to deadlines, presenting ideas, budgeting and meeting the expectations of clients and contractors.

Coventry has a long and distinguished history of studio-based delivery; you will have access to industry-standard software, workshops and studio environments. Typical graduate portfolios might include digital imagery, drawing, painting, print making, performance, photography, collage and 3D sculpture.

Preparing you for graduation and the world of work, from the outset we will supply you with the professional skills associated with evaluating, exhibiting and distributing your work, which should become more visible to the outside world as the course progresses and your confidence grows. You will first share work in a ‘safe’ environment, making use of the two formal gallery spaces within the University, later showcasing your work in our final degree show and exhibiting alongside 3,000 other new graduates at New Designers in London, the UK's most important exhibition for emerging design, which attracts visitors from the world of art and design.

We have strong links with many regional arts organisations, for example, the Mead Gallery at the Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Art space, Coventry Collective//Pod, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Earlsdon Festival. Our commercial partners include Warwickshire NHS Trust, the Coventry Building Society and Severn Trent Water, which runs an environmentally-themed annual student art commission with the chance for six students to display their work in the company’s state-of-the art Operations Centre in Coventry.

Our acclaimed FACETS talks provide an opportunity to hear direct from some of the most innovative contemporary artists and creative practitioners from the UK and beyond – recent topics have explored current changes in cultural opportunities across Eastern and Western Europe, post-object art practices in the context of digital media and the impact that artists can have on their environments.

You will also be invited to take part in regular study trips to exhibitions and events such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern, White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Ikon Gallery, Digbeth First Friday, Liverpool Biennial and British Art Show and many others. 

International experience opportunities

Our teaching is underpinned by a worldview of contemporary art; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum what examples of course content from a global perspective? Any international themes/topics covered on course that we could mention in more detail?

You will study alongside students and staff from many different countries, enhancing your global perspective and intercultural competence. Each year we also offer study trips abroad, previously to Berlin, Paris, Prague and China.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students throughout the world, working on Online International Learning (OIL) projects.


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: 

September 2018

  • £9,250 (per year)

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