Course Details

Course Overview

Students accepted onto the BA (Hons) Fine Art Top Up programme will join our third year students in the growing arts community. You will have open access to our facilities to explore and investigate your ideas, encouraging independent and critical thinking in your chosen field. A clear outline of your intention, established at interview, will form the basis of your submission through a series of negotiated projects.

How long is the course?

This course runs for one year.

What qualification will I achieve?

BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice.

What will I study?

Critiques with staff and visiting artists will form the basis of assessments and course progression. A dissertation will support your developing portfolio of work. Students will be expected to exhibit throughout the year and complete live assignments.

Our studies programme will broaden the context students place their ideas, providing a solid grounding in art history to establish a critical understanding of their developing practice. You will explore key themes, ideas and contexts focused on your areas of interest. This includes opportunities to attend extended cultural visits and excursions to exhibitions nationwide. You will be encouraged to engage with professional opportunities through submission of work to exhibitions, events and public facing opportunities to develop your professional confidence.

Where will I study?

You will study at our Church Street campus, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will need a range of equipment to complement our inventories. We recommend a decent digital camera, SD card, drawing materials, swan scalpels and a good steel ruler. Day-to-day materials are available to buy in the department.

How will I be assessed?

Modules will be assessed through student exhibitions, studio output, presentations and critical writing. Students will engage with a program of critiques with peers and staff in order to encourage critical thinking and analysis.

What can I do next?

Progression includes:

  • Artist
  • Technician
  • Printmaker
  • Animator
  • Lecturer
  • Painter
  • Curator
  • Designer
  • Further Study

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email  You can also speak direct to the Curriculum Leader Evan Wood on 01226 216 443.

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