BA (hons) Fine Art

Fine Art is a subject for ambitious and motivated students who wish to explore and interpret their experience of the world through physical or ephemeral objects, writings or actions. At CSAD we offer contemporary Fine Art practice that is innovative and current but which is mindful of its historical context and informed by traditional skills. Our programme is intended for those whose ambition is to practice as a professional artist, to work as a professional in the creative industries or in education.

Fine artists need both technical skill and creative insight as they work to convey complex themes from an original perspective. At CSAD, you will develop these skills through an engagement with materials within a studio practice culture. You will begin by exploring the materials of the contemporary fine artist; such as paint, wood and metal or photography, video-installation, performance, or print. You may elect to study techniques employed within other disciplines such as digital design technologies, ceramics or sound. You will also develop your understanding of art history and theory, as well as the links between art, science and philosophy. In doing so, you will be continuously refining your own position and practice. Equipped with a broad range of valuable skills and access to your own studio space, you will work with the academic staff in defining and developing your interests and practices.

Equipped with a broad range of valuable skills and access to your own studio space, you will work with the academic staff in defining and developing your interests and practices

The structure of the course enables you to acquire an awareness of entrepreneurship and professional practices, undertake a work placement within industry, carry out research with one of our Professors, or travel to study fine art in countries where the traditions are very different. Some of our students also opt to travel and study in Europe under the Erasmus scheme.

In the third year the emphasis is on developing your studio practice to a professional standard for exhibition. This is supported by a dissertation, which could take the form of a business plan or a critical review, preparing the way for your career on graduation. The choice is yours, and it’s there to help realise your ambitions – whether that is to continue your personal development through further study, build an audience for your work or to develop you practice towards curating and criticism.

On this course you will need to be disciplined, motivated and organised. Full engagement will result in you gaining the skills, confidence and critical ability required of a professional artist in the 21st century.

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Course information on this page relates to September 2016 entry.

Key Facts

UCAS code: W100
Course length: Three years full-time.
Subject Leader: David Fitzjohn;

For course specific enquiries please contact Admissions tutor David Fitzjohn:

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Download a BA Fine Art prospectus here

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Cardiff School of Art & Design,
Cardiff Metropolitan University,
Llandaff Campus,
Western Avenue,

Tel: +44 (0)29 2020 5898

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