Develop, define and perfect your skills as a professional artist at one of the top creative universities in the UK. With purpose-built studios, an expert teaching team and opportunities to build professional experience, Solent University’s fine art degree will help you explore your creative potential.
Professionally oriented and driven by a passionate team of artists, curators and theorists, you’ll be encouraged to develop your skills and understanding of creative context and theory while being given the space to explore your own interests.
Our dedicated studios in the School of Art, Design and Fashion are equipped to enable students to accomplish their talent through craft. Students are allocated personal studio space and have full access to a range of dedicated workshops including a sculpture workshop with metalwork, welding, woodworking and casting equipment; a print-making workshop with intaglio, dry point, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and letterpress facilities; a digital print workshop with high-quality large-scale print facilities, high-end scanners and the latest software; and photography darkrooms and studios.
Fine art students also have free access to our media academy, which boasts Mac suites with the latest design software, as well as a media store containing high-definition cameras, video cameras and sound equipment.
The course’s strong industry and community links has allowed previous students to engage in an ambitious programme of professional development alongside their own individual artistic practice by developing an online portfolio and designing and running a group exhibition at a professional gallery within the city. Previous students who have wished to focus their career on community arts projects have had the opportunity to deliver short arts-based educational workshops within the community through the University’s partnerships with local schools and hospitals.
What does this course lead to?
The course is designed to nurture your unique approach and help you grow into a professional artist, film-maker, photographer or performance artist, but also provides support in developing a wide range of exciting career paths: art critic, art journalist, writer or poet, theorist, lecturer, school teacher or art therapist.
In previous years, fine art graduates have had the opportunity to apply to become artists-in-residence. Funded and supported by the University’s School of Art, Design and Fashion, the Graduate Artist in Residence Award provides graduates with the time, money and space to make and exhibit new work over the summer as they begin their careers in the arts industry.
Who is this course for?
Solent’s fine art programme is suitable for students from both an A-level and BTEC background. Students refine their practical skills while learning vital artistic contexts and creative industry skills.