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Foundation Degree in Fine Art - North Devon

Level 4-5
Course Code:
HEB012 / W101
Brannams Campus
Two years, full time; three years, part time.

This course develops skills and ideas within fine art. Study includes practical and theoretical work embracing individual and group activities. Issues of employability are discussed and embedded in the course in terms of self-employment, employment or a combination of non-art work and artistic activity.

The course is designed and focused on finding the student's creative voice. In the first year, we develop a working methodology; a series of reflections on your work that really help evaluate and make the best of your ideas. The second year is much more about you working as an emerging artist, developing your practice and theories; assessments at this stage are more pauses to reflect.


A body of work prepared at each stage forms the core of assessed material, this is supplemented by written documentation, peer co-operation and other submissions made by students. We begin with an introduction that explores what fine art making is in the 21st century, starting with traditional modes of expression like painting, then progressing to ideas about installation and time-based media.

Briefs given or devised by you, encourage you to look at many ways of working, together with developing themes that you may wish to explore through fine art. Underpinning this practical work, we look at theories relating to 20th and 21st century fine art and explore a breadth of professional guidelines designed to help you function as an artist in the wider world, including working in the public domain.

The first year (or stage one) is made up of modules that provide an introduction to fine art practices, brief and assignment development, technical learning and work-based learning, all reinforced with historical and contextual backgrounds. The second year modules reflect development as an emerging artist, and whilst there are assessment points, they are really opportunities to reflect on past work and determine future directions.

The second year (or stage two) has a professional practice element providing you with a range of information that will be useful when your education has been completed. The final module of the course involves the students putting on a collaborative exhibition that runs for a month. This is held in our own Goodwin Gallery and Brannams studios and is mounted, marketed and developed by the students.
Assessment of practical work is undertaken at the end of each module where you will present a body of work to two members of staff and a fellow student, after which the mark for that module will be decided by the staff, yourself and the fellow student.
Candidates should have 32 UCAS points, preferably in an art-related subject. Applications are welcome from students with non-traditional or non-academic backgrounds; however, you may be asked to submit further evidence to support your application. A portfolio of work is required for presentation at interview. This could be wide-ranging in content and should demonstrate your potential as a fine art student.
Upon successful completion, students may be able to progress to the third year of the BA (Hons) Fine Art at Plymouth University. You may also be able to progress to the part-time BA (Hons) Professional Development (Creative Industries) qualification delivered at Petroc. This qualification is held one day a week for two years, enabling you to develop your practice whilst completing your foundation degree. Please note there is a progression application deadline and places may be subject to availability.
Our degrees are studied in purpose-built facilities at our University Centre at our Brannams Campus. The University Centre also includes our own Goodwin Gallery that has national and local exhibitions, and The Factory, an 800-capacity music venue hosting a diverse programme of events.
On the first day, you need to have a hard-backed A3 sketch book and a variety of drawing materials, an open mind and a sense of humour.

Foundation Degree in Fine Art - North Devon
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