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.
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 provide you with opportunities to learn about 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.
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.
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.
You will have the chance to gain 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 deadline, presenting ideas, budgeting and meeting the expectations of clients and contractors.
Coventry University 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, printmaking, performance, photography, collage and 3D sculpture.
International experience opportunities
Our teaching is underpinned by a worldview of contemporary art; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum.
You will be able to 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. Additional fees and application process may apply to Trips and placements. Such opportunities may also be limited in number of participants.
You will also be given opportunities to engage with international students throughout the world, working on Online International Learning (OIL) projects.
Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to produce professional outputs which can be exhibited in public and used to target publishers, agents, media organisations, competitions and potential employers.
There are a vast number of career paths that can emerge from a degree in Fine Art and Illustration, for example, our students increasingly adopt a portfolio approach to their careers, working on a freelance or commissioned basis. They have gone on to work as practising artists, freelance illustrators, gallery curators, designers and teachers. Patrick Simkins, now a freelance artist himself, went on to work as an official ‘BT Storyteller’ artist for the London Olympics and Paralympic Games very soon after graduating.
We aim to teach you the skills to develop independent thought, innovation, imagination, critical reflection and confidence in your practice, as well as transferrable skills suitable for employment across the full breadth of the creative industries. Whether your career goals include publishing or exhibiting, working for clients or as a self-sufficient artist or all of them – you should be able to apply your skills in a variety of contexts and do so with confidence.