Fine Art BA (Hons) (W100)


Coventry University

Fine Art 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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Innovation and imagination are the hallmarks of our fine art teaching; this practice-based course will challenge and inspire you, developing the creative, technical, critical, reflective and enterprising skills to forge a successful and sustainable career in contemporary art.Take our virtual tour
With access to a range of workshops, industry-standard software, photographic and media resources, you will have the opportunity to explore individual and collaborative 2D, 3D and 4D practices in our spacious studios, experimenting with digital, intermedia and traditional art forms.

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, Academy Award nominations, Penguin book cover prizes, D&AD and Sky Arts awards. Fine Art graduates have been recipients of the Independent Vision Award for Curatorial Achievement, awarded by Independent Curators International in New York, nominated for the prestigious VG Foundation award at the Annely Juda Gallery, London and runner up in the national Gilchrist-Fisher Painting Award.

You will be taught by practising artists, art historians, and writers who have exhibited at the Prague Biennale, the Royal Academy of Arts, Kwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Conflux Festival in New York. 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

Contemporary fine art practice incorporates a range of approaches, modern and traditional, autobiographical and personal, issues or research-driven. You will 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:

Our goal is to encourage experimentation, enquiry and analysis within a variety of media and technologies. As such, in your first year, you will undertake a series of structured projects, designed to develop your skills across a range of art media and introduce you to a range of contemporary approaches to art practice. 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 designing an exhibition of your work with your peers, building your knowledge of the professional realm of art practice.


  • Art Introductions 1 and 2
  • Contextual Introductions
  • Contextual and Professional Introductions 
Year two:

In the second year, we will continue to support you in your creative development, considering your creative practice in relation to sites, situations, locations and contexts of display and experience.

We will challenge you to consider the role of the artist in society and how your creative practice contributes to the larger world of culture and knowledge, helping to enhance your global perspective. For example, you will devise and undertake a two-week external project liaising with community organisations such as The Pod, Coventry’s City Council Mental Health provision, City Arcadia Gallery, or working with community groups such as Hearsal Earlsdon Residents Association on the Earlsdon Arts Trail. We also aim to introduce you to nationally and internationally acclaimed artists through both our FACETS programme of talks and the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Schools scheme) and you may be invited to work on projects and attend events hosted by these practitioners.

The opportunity to participate in an overseas study trip in the second semester (subject to additional costs and application) further develops your understanding of the contribution of art from on a global perspective.

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: Globalism, Travel and Migration; Representation and Reality; Institutions, politics and encounter; Making Meaning and the Rhetoric of Skill.


  • Art Explorations 1
  • Contextual Explorations
  • Contextual and Professional Explorations
  • Optional modules 
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 studied in Madrid in Spain, Bologna in Italy, California in USA and Seoul in South Korea. Students on placement have gained experience running an art residency programme in Cyprus, taken up a position as researcher for a series of exhibitions and events at Vivid Gallery in Birmingham and joined the audience engagement team at Walsall New Art Gallery to deliver print and drawing workshops.


  • Study Abroad
  • Professional Placement 
Final year:

By the final year, you will be working independently, exploring individual or collaborative interests to produce self-initiated art projects.

In the final stage of your course, you will research, develop and produce a substantial body of work in your final project, suitable for external exhibition and distribution. The year culminates in you presenting your final body of artwork at the Faculty-wide Degree Show, which is open to the public. In the past students have worked collaboratively to extend this opportunity by transporting their degree show artwork to London to present it at the Free Range Exhibition at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Past students have undertaken practical projects that, for example, explored the threat/decline/erosion/instability in the natural world through a range of material investigations; playfully investigated language and translation through sound and participatory works; and created a series of paintings that reflected on how personal experiences of cultural and geographic displacement can be communicated through montage and the dislocated painted image. These students’ dissertations contextualised these themes and their practical investigations within a broader critical framework.


  • Art Consolidations 1
  • Contextual Consolidations
  • Professional Consolidations 3
  • Optional modules 

Why choose this course?

Our degree mixes cutting-edge with traditional technologies to reflect the evolving world of contemporary art.

With an emphasis on interdisciplinary and international practice, we will encourage you to become a highly skilled and self-sufficient practitioner with good working habits and a clear understanding of the placement of your work within historical and contemporary social, political and cultural contexts.

We offer a rich experience of guided assignment briefs, self-initiated projects, national or international competitions, ‘live’ projects, and both internal and external exhibition opportunities. Typical graduate portfolios include: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, digital media, moving image production and socially engaged practice. Socially engaged practice is work such as Ai Wei Wei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ installation exhibited in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall or the activist, community work of the collaborative art group Assemble.

Preparing you for graduation and the world of work, from the outset we aim to develop the professional skills associated with evaluating, exhibiting and distributing your work, which will 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 having opportunities to showcase your work within a range of external spaces in the city and the wider West Midlands region, such as the final year Interim Exhibition at FARGO Gallery, the level 3 Student Auction at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and the level 2 group exhibition Bourn at the Stryx Gallery in Birmingham’s Eastside, culminating with the final public degree show, which can attract a very large audience of professional artists, curators, cultural and creative organisers and gallerists as well as friends and family.

We have strong links with many regional arts organisations, for example, the Mead Gallery at the Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry ArtSpace Projects, Coventry Collective//Pod, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry Contemporary Art Biennale and New Art West Midlands. Our commercial partners include Warwickshire NHS Trust, the Coventry Building Society and Severn Trent Water, which runs an environmentally-themed tri-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 FACeTS (Fine Art at Coventry Talk Series) aim to 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 may also be invited to take part in 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 which includes taught sessions on Globalism, Travel and Migration and provides opportunities to engage with students, staff and artists from a culturally and geographically diverse range of backgrounds.

Each year we also offer study trips abroad (subject to additional costs and application), previously to Berlin to visit gallery’s such as Hamburger Bahnhof and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Foam Gallery and Venice to view artworks and attend events at the Venice Biennale which represents artwork from 86 different countries in national pavilions, and for the first time this year, also includes a Diaspora Pavilion.

Students are also sometimes invited to participate in projects run by our AA2A artists. They also benefit from the rich research culture in the department, potentially being invited to assist with staff research projects as studio assistants, conference delegates and workshop participants.

Our connections with the Canal Basin Trust mean that students have the opportunity to undertake studio visits and meet the artists working there to hear directly from them about their developing artworks.

Some of our students run the Student Union Art Society which provides a thriving programme of art related social events for students across the campus, such as visits to exhibitions and Drink and Draw evenings. This is a great way for students to connect with other students outside of their own course around a shared interest in art appreciation while also expanding their knowledge. 


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: 

September 2018

  • £9,250 (per year)

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