Our Fine Art undergraduate course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to fine art across a range of disciplines, making use of our excellent resources for printmaking, painting, photography, digital arts, video and sculpture. You will build confidence with various media, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage our students to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
HP Laptop and software included with this course.
You will learn through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates, encouraging the development of your creative and critical intelligence and showing you how to integrate innovative thinking with practical ability. You will be able to explore and question the nature of any given medium and/or hybrid practices and you will have the opportunity to explore art as an instrument for social change and a way of improving our society and culture. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery.
To see a gallery of our students’ work please visit our flickr website.
All of our staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. We have regular visits from innovative arts organizations such as Artangel and internationally renowned artists including Richard Long, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Jenny Saville, Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Michael Landy, Richard Deacon, Ian McKeever and Richard Wilson.
Throughout this course, your ideas will be nurtured and developed by a close relationship with our team of specialists, visiting artists and other students. You will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills, thanks to the opportunities you will be given to move between media disciplines. There are also trips involved in the course, which have included France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA.
The Degree Show
Final year students display their work at the annual Degree Show at our Avenue Campus. Our Fine Art students deliver some stunning work.
Subject Futures Week
Our annual Subject Futures Week is an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for our students to explore the potential of their course and understand where their university experience can lead them beyond graduation. It offers a unique chance to network with high profile industry professionals from the arts, TV, film, fashion and more.
In your second year, the Professional Studies module will include the opportunity for a work experience placement. You could work as a gallery intern, artist’s assistant, art educator or curatorial assistant to name a few, and we can help you to arrange this. You could also incorporate this experience with your Major Critical Study in the final year.
Methods of Learning
We take a range of approaches to teach this course, to help you learn in the best way for you. A combination of studio practice, specialist workshops, visiting artists’ sessions, professional collaborations, lectures and seminars will give you theoretical and practical experience.
Theory is assessed through essays, assignments, a major critical study and presentations, while practical work is judged through studio presentations and exhibitions.
There will be two assessment periods. The first, around December to January, will be a chance for you to see how you are progressing and will not contribute to your final grade. The second, in May to June will be the official assessment for the year and will form your grade.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.
Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. If you have a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement you may be admitted onto year two or three of this course.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.
If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
|Number of Staff||1,611|
|Number of Students||11,984|
|Number of International Students||1000|
|Graduation Employment Rate||95%|
|Student Satisfaction Rate||89%|
|Academic Programs Offered||Undergraduate and Postgraduate|
|Mode of Programs Offered||Full time, Part time and Distance|
|Medium of Instruction||English|
|Average Tuition Fee for International Fee||GBP 12,000 - GBP 15,000|
|Proficiency Test for English Language||IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE|
|Financial Aid||Scholarships, Funds and Loans|
For all the prospective candidates for the institute, an estimated cost of living in the UK is as cpmipield below.
The tuition fee varies from one course to another. Following are some of the popular courses along with the tuition cost:
University of Northampton Undergraduate Courses
|BA and BSc Degrees||GBP 12,900|
|BSc Podiatry / BSc Occupational Therapy||GBP 13,900|
|BSc Nursing||GBP 15,750|
|Sandwich / placement Year||GBP 1,000|
University of Northampton Graduate Courses
|MA or MSc Degrees||GBP 13,750|
Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:
|Type of Expenditure||Cost (in GBP, per week)|
|Accommodation (includes basic facilities)||130 to 300|
|Food||36 to 52|
|Mobile phone||4 to 14|
|Books and supplies||Around 11|
|Clothing and personal care||16 to 26|
Basic Admission Requirements
The outcomes of the English proficiency tests taken by all of the international applicants. IELTS, TOEFL iBT, and Pearson PTE are acceptable tests. The minimal IELTS scores needed to get admitted are as follows:
|Academic Programs||Minimum Score|
|Undergraduate||6.0 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section|
|Postgraduate||6.5 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section|
|Research||7.0 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section|
|Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average)||MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452|
|Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK||£850 to £1,050 a month|
|Entrance Exams in UK||TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590|
|Work and Study in UK||Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.|
|Post Study Work Permit in UK||2 Year after graduation depending on the course.|
|Cost of Student Visa in UK||£348|
|Student Visa in UK||Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.|
|Intakes in UK||There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.|
|Top Job Sectors in UK||IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.|
|Economy in UK||Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal|
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