Reasons to study Fine Art BA (Hons) at DMU:
- Fine Art has been studied in Leicester for over 100 years
and today’s course maintains the high standards of education established in 1897
- Excellent facilities and workshops
to ensure you have dedicated studio space throughout the course
- The course offers flexibility
enabling you to specialise in one discipline or opt for a broad pattern of fine art study
- Taught by research-active practising artists
in order to help you develop as an artist
- Networking opportunities
created through connections with Leicester’s creative community, and establish keys links for networking
- International opportunities
to study through the ERASMUS scheme in France, Holland, Belgium or Spain during your second year or through #DMUglobal
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials available at no cost
to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
In the first year you will study options in: painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and photography. In addition, you will study drawing and contextual and professional studies. The second year develops your individual studio practice in one or more of these areas. You have the opportunity to explore a range of approaches to fine art via projects, workshops and self-directed study. In the final year you negotiate and develop your individual creative practice, culminating in an exhibition, part of DMU’s Festival of Creativity.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to Fine Art: Painting
- Introduction to Fine Art: Printmaking
- Introduction to Fine Art: Sculpture
- Introduction to Fine Art: Lens-based & Digital Media
- Contextual and Professional Studies 1
- Studio Practice Development
- Contextual and Professional Studies 2
- Art Practice and Presentation
- Contextual and Professional Studies 3
Facilities and features
Fine Art Studios
Individual studio space and well-equipped workshops cover the practical aspects of printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, digital media techniques and the skills associated with contemporary approaches to painting. This is supported by skilled technical staff and a wide range of academic staff. An art materials shop is conveniently located on campus where you can buy a wide variety of art materials to help you with your studies.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
In your second year you will complete a professional project that may involve or lead to a placement. This might involve mounting an exhibition of your art work in a gallery that is open to the public. Other students undertake work placements in schools, galleries and creative businesses.
In addition to the professional development that is integrated into our core curriculum, you will also benefit from our close links with regional arts organisations such as Two Queens gallery or the Handmade Festival of art and music, which have resulted in several placements over recent years coordinated through the faculty’s placement office.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
The international context of Fine Art is an essential part of the course. Since 2014 Fine Art students have been able to benefit from subsidised foreign study trips, including destinations in New York, Cyprus and Venice. We plan to continue to offer regular study trips abroad through this innovative and subsidised scheme. Alongside the visits students have the opportunity to study in France, Holland, Belgium or Spain for part of the second year.
Watch our #DMUglobal Fine Art at the Venice Biennale video.
The course is designed to develop the skills that you will need to compete in a professional creative market. As an integral part of the course you will leave with an externally facing website of your work, which is essential in securing creative portfolio work.
The creative thinking skills that you develop on the course make you employable in a wide range of art and art-related careers. Some pursue postgraduate study and develop careers as professional artists or designers, others have careers in teaching, arts administration, conservation and restoration, art therapy, theatre design, film and television production, illustration, publishing, gallery management and the crafts.