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Fine Art BA (Hons)

A fine art degree course at Teesside University provides studio-based learning that allows you to specialise in painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and/or new media. You have open access to all media workshops to develop your personally defined project themes.


W100 BA/FA

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Course overview

Foundation year Work placement

Fine art at Teesside University

Hannah Stothard talks about her experiences of studying fine art

What makes our fine art degree stand out?

Your own studio space, lectures with established artists, art form specialisms, technical workshops and an international art gallery.

What you learn

Develop your work as an artist from drawing to digital media, bookbinding to printmaking, screens to sculpture, canvases to community projects. We support all art forms – you have access to industry-standard technical workshops and are taught by practising artists and curators.

By studying a fine art degree here at Teesside University, you have your own studio for the duration of your course - a personal space to make, experiment and think critically about your work in a supportive environment with your peer community. Working both on your own and in teams, you can specialise or cultivate multimedia exhibitions. You gain insight from visiting international artists, and learn effective research and reflection techniques.

Career opportunities

This fine art degree develops your artistic and professional skills, preparing you for a career as an artist, curator, primary or secondary teacher, or art therapist. You can work in roles across the cultural sector – museums and galleries, community wellbeing and education projects, creatives businesses of all kinds.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

You study at our School of Arts & Creative Industries, led by Teesside University and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), an international contemporary museum and gallery. You gain a full artistic experience, learning in a social space that inspires dynamic ideas, fuels collaboration and allows you to build local, national and international networks with industry professionals for your future fine art career.

Top three reasons to study fine art at Teesside University

1. As an art gallery and a university, our students contribute to making a museum, not just taking a degree course.
2. You are taught by accomplished and award-winning practising artists, writers and curators.
3. You work in your own individual studio with lots of space to develop your ideas.

And you may be eligible for a £2,500 Marston Scholarship

We are in the top 50 in the UK for our Art & Design courses in the Complete University Guide 2023. (

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Curatorial Methods

You are introduced to curatorial practice and approaches to forming curatorial displays. Through sessions in the MIMA classroom, you explore methods of curatorial research, considering different styles of producing an exhibition format. You reflect on exhibition histories, inclusive of multiple voices, and develop knowledge of contemporary curatorial practices as well as artist-led curation. You work with the MIMA programme team through exhibition tours and conversations about gallery hangs and interpretation approaches.

Developing Studio Practice

You undertake a self-authored project and develop a body of work that begins to establish your studio practice. You are encouraged to explore different making processes, looking towards identifying particular areas of focus. By thoroughly researching a variety of artists and thinkers you begin to identify ideas and concerns that may underpin your practice and consider the context within which this begins to operate.

Drawing and Printmaking

You explore and expand your approaches to visual investigation and representation through drawing, image and printmaking. You create visual language through observation, response, emotive expression and visual enquiry, experimenting with ideas generation and establishing new ways of looking and thinking.

MIMA History of Art, Design & Architecture

You are introduced to key art, design, architectural and cultural histories that are central to studying a creative subject. You explore a range of contexts and influences including art historical, ecological, critical theory, industrial, technological change, social and political movements, examining the changing face of art and design and informing your future research.

Skills and Studio Practice

You are introduced to a range of materials and skills workshops where you explore techniques and strategies to art making and developing a studio practice. Assignment briefs encourage you to explore different ideas and perspectives, sometimes using specialist equipment.

Working in the Creative Industries

Explore opportunities available in the creative industries, how to start a career path and vital employability skills including networking and digital presence. You learn about the structure of the sector and how it operates locally, nationally and globally, debating the role of policy and the importance of sustainability.


Year 2 core modules

Art and Place

You combine theory and practice to examine the challenges facing contemporary societies, and undertake small-scale projects that explore social, political and ecological changes around us. You develop the aims and forms in negotiation with module tutors. The outcome could be a collaborative project that explores the process of making work in a wider context such as: shopping centres, schools, outdoor parks, and other social settings.

Career Context

Develop your understanding of building a career in the creative industries through key skills in creative leadership, collaborative entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Expanding Studio Practice

You broaden your knowledge of art making processes and develop a self-initiated project that investigates ways to form a distinct artistic voice. You are encouraged to experiment and explore art making as a process of enquiry alongside the production of objects, while discussions and group critiques develop your critical thinking skills.

Global Future Contexts

Further investigate a range of contemporary social, environmental, technological and ethical issues to inform all types of art and design practice. You broaden your understanding of creativity as a practice-based form of contemporary social discourse and explore a variety of issues through the development, production and presentation of potential future scenarios.

Sustaining Studio Practice

You focus on studio making through a deeper investigation into contemporary art practices. You begin to probe why certain decisions are made and how to contextualise your own artwork while examining contemporary practices. Realisation of an independent artistic agency and a deeper knowledge of art practice is demonstrated through a new body of work. The body of work demonstrates an expertise in making and resolving artworks to a more finished state.

Working with the MIMA Collection

Using the MIMA collection, you question the role of collecting and responding to historical narratives of artmaking. Through conversations with the MIMA curatorial team and sessions in the MIMA classroom, you examine ideas of display, mediation and presentation. You question the ways in which narrative, interpretation and experiences beyond the gallery can help the curatorial experience and consider the categorisation of objects both materially and contextually.


Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.


Final-year core modules

Art, Theory and Context

You examine approaches to written and visual communication that present key ideas and concepts underpinning a practice-based research project. You establish and investigate a research question through relevant research methods – the outcome is a critical text and small artifact, to demonstrate appropriate skills in academic and reflective writing as well as practice-based research methods. The essay and artifact, not limited to any specific medium or research area, must demonstrate a progression in focus and explore relevant artists and ideas to current debates in contemporary art theory and practice. The written element must also consider the placement and curatorial context of the artifact.

Final Studio Project

You build upon and consolidate your practice through the development and management of a project. You test out ideas to help determine the trajectory of your future practice in preparation towards the final major project.

Major Research Project: Fine Art (Exhibition)

This module is the culmination of all your previous learning, bringing a body of work to a point of professional resolution to showcase to a public audience through the degree show. This is achieved through the creation of a body of work that draws together the practical and theoretical concerns that underpin an advanced understanding of your studio practice and explores innovative and appropriate ways in which this new work is presented and engages with a wider audience.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

An academic staff team of specialist practitioners and theorists work in partnership with a weekly programme of visiting artists to ensure you have access to a diverse and extensive range of fine art expertise. You have contact with artist-led agencies, have the opportunity to establish a support network for arts practice and undertake study visits (including Erasmus student exchange) directly related to your personal research. Studio tutorials throughout the programme are designed to help you develop clear and realistic objectives for continued professional development and employment. Individual and independent learning priorities become an integral component in each study module and are supported by a fully established Negotiated Learning Plan at all levels of the programme.

How you are assessed

The continuous assessment structure allows key assessment deadlines to be located at the mid-point and end-point of each academic year.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry
96-112 points, including a creative subject, from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications. Consideration is also given to students without formal qualifications but with evidence of practical art and design experience at an appropriate level. Applicants may be invited to share a portfolio where applicable to show creative skills in fine art.

Applicants are invited join us on campus for an applicant day, enabling you to see our fine arts facilities, meet staff and students and learn more about studying at Teesside University.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year.

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied at higher education level (for example, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or one or more years at degree level at another institution) you may request direct entry to Year 2 or year 3 of this degree.

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio/written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Fine art graduates move forward into an increasingly broad range of professional futures including postgraduate study in visual art at Teesside University (MA Fine Art) and education through Graduate Teacher Training and Recruitment, acquire sponsored fellowships and arts-based residencies (facilitated by DigitalCity and Tees Valley Arts), develop independent practice through locally based studio groups (Saltburn Artist Projects, Navigator North and Platform Arts), work as curators for gallery-based exhibitions (The Heritage Gallery and Python Gallery), take advantage of local and regional opportunities for additional professional development (a-n and Arts Council England, North East) and, as self-employed artists, become professional cultural practitioners.


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Other course routes

Foundation year

Study this course with a foundation year if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1.

BA (Hons) Fine Art (with Foundation Year)

Work placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.

Work placements


Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£15,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: W100 BA/FA
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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2023/24 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates

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