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BA (Hons)Fine Art

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UCAS code: FA01
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a fine art degree at Solent University

Nurture your talent for painting, sculpture or applied art, guided by a passionate team of artists, curators and theorists, in a supportive, creative community.

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    invested in a dedicated art and design school
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    out of 130 institutions for assessment and feedback (NSS 2023)
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    in the top 20 best student cities (StudentCrowd, 2023)
  • Access to a range of dedicated specialist workshops. You will also be allocated personal studio space.
  • Showcase your work at on-campus and external exhibitions.
  • Strong industry links to organisations in Southampton and beyond, including John Hansard Gallery, Showcase Gallery, City Art Gallery, Aspace Arts, God’s House Tower and Aspex Gallery.
  • Learn from highly skilled industry professionals with recent and extensive experience in research, exhibition, publications and commission-based work.
  • Regular guest speakers and live art events bringing artists and performers into the fine art studios to perform just for you.
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment for world-leading research in media, culture and the arts – you will learn from experts in their field.
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Course overview

This course embraces all possible ways of making and thinking about fine art practice. You will be taught new skills and techniques and will learn how to use a variety of mediums in order to produce art to a very high standard. You will have the opportunity to pursue the mediums, ideas and processes that you are most passionate about.

We will nurture what is particular about you and your practice to support you to cultivate your artistic talent and grow into confident and original thinkers and makers.

Our dedicated fine art studios are equipped to enable you to reach your full potential. You will be allocated your own studio space and will have full access to a range of dedicated technical workshops, including a sculpture workshop with metalwork, welding, woodworking and casting equipment; a print-making workshop with intaglio, dry point, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and letterpress facilities; a digital print workshop with high-quality large-scale print facilities, high-end scanners and the latest software; and photography darkrooms and studios.

You will also have the opportunity to use our media academy facilities, boasting Mac suites with the latest design software, as well as a media store containing high-definition cameras, video cameras and sound equipment.

The course has strong industry and community links and you will be given the opportunity to engage in an ambitious programme of professional development alongside your own individual artistic practice. You will create an online profile and curate and show your work in group exhibitions at professional galleries within the city.

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BA (Hons) Fine Art 2023 degree show virtual tour

Any questions?

Contact UK admissions

Email: 023 8201 5066

Contact international admissions

Email: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

Course features

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

The Fine Art course at Solent University is ideally suited to students who want to become strong and independent creative practitioners. It is an excellent choice for those who want to acquire and develop the practical and professional skills needed to succeed within the creative industries.

Applicants should demonstrate a basic level skill set in artistic mediums, and some level of contextual understanding of art practice.


What does this course lead to?

The course prepares you for a wide range of exciting career paths including, professional artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker, photographer, film maker, illustrator, art lecturer, school teacher, art therapist, curator, art critic, art journalist, art director and art entrepreneur.

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Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You will be allocated personal studio space within our specially designed and recently refurbished artists’ studios, and have access to a range of dedicated specialist workshops. Facilities include: our sculpture workshop, with metalwork, welding, woodworking and casting equipment; our print-making workshop, with intaglio, dry point, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and letterpress facilities; a digital print workshop with high-quality, large-scale print facilities, high-end scanners and the latest software; as well as photography darkrooms and studios.

You will also have access to our media academy, featuring Mac suites outfitted with the latest design software, and a media store containing high-definition cameras and video cameras, sound equipment and more.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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