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About the course

Develop, define and perfect your skills as a professional artist at one of the top creative universities in the UK. Taught by practising artists and with purpose-built professional studios, a creative environment and opportunities for hands-on experience Solent University’s fine art degree will help you explore your creative potential.

Professionally oriented and driven by a passionate team of artists, curators and theorists, you’ll be encouraged to develop your skills and understanding of creative context and theory while being given the space to explore your own interests.

Our dedicated studios in the School of Art, Design and Fashion are equipped to enable students to accomplish their talent through craft. Students are allocated personal studio space and have full access to a range of dedicated specialist 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.

Fine art students also have free access to our media academy, which boasts Mac suites with workstations all installed with the latest design software, as well as a media store containing high-definition cameras and video cameras and sound equipment.

The course’s strong industry and community links has allowed previous students to engage in an ambitious programme of professional development alongside their own individual artistic practice by developing an online portfolio and designing and running a group exhibition at a professional gallery within the city. Previous students who have wished to focus their career on community arts projects have had the opportunity to deliver short arts-based educational workshops within the community through the University’s partnerships with local schools and hospitals.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Students study under the guidance of a team of highly skilled industry professionals who have recent and extensive experience in exhibition and commission based work and are supported by excellent teaching and studio facilities.

What does this course lead to?

The course is designed to nurture your unique approach and help you grow into a professional artist, film-maker, photographer or performance artist, but also provides support in developing a wide range of exciting career paths: art critic, art journalist, writer or poet, theorist, lecturer, school teacher or art therapist.

In previous years, fine art graduates have had the opportunity to apply to become artists-in-residence. Funded and supported by the University’s School of Art, Design and Fashion, the Graduate Artist in Residence Award provides graduates with the time, money and space to make and exhibit new work over the summer as they begin their careers in the arts industry.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s fine art programme is suitable for students from both an A-level and BTEC background. Students refine their practical skills while learning vital artistic contexts and creative industry skills.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W100
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Optional study trip and materials in year one: £350.
Optional materials in year two: £100.
Optional printing and binding a dissertation in year three: £110.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

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How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Practice
  • Process
  • Participation
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Context

Year Two

Core units
  • Context
  • Practice.

Option one

  • Practice
  • Independent Study or Negotiated Study.

Option two

  • Live Project or Professional Development.

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year Three

Core units
  • Practice
  • Exhibition
  • Dissertation.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Atsuhide Ito academic profile Atsuhide Ito Course Leader View profile
Nicola Chamberlain academic profile Nicola Chamberlain Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Simon Clark academic profile Simon Clark Associate Lecturer View profile
Alexa de Ferranti academic profile Alexa de Ferranti Associate Lecturer View profile
Dafna Talmor academic profile Dafna Talmor Associate Lecturer View profile
Daniel Crow academic profile Daniel Crow Associate Lecturer View profile
Emma Tod academic profile Emma Tod Associate Lecturer View profile
Greg Palmer academic profile Greg Palmer Associate Lecturer View profile
Sarah Filmer academic profile Sarah Filmer Associate Lecturer View profile
Benjamin Lower academic profile Benjamin Lower Technician Instructor View profile

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.

Solent’s cross-disciplinary collaborative culture encourages students to work on exciting shared projects with other students in areas such as illustration, graphic design and photography, fashion, film, and performance.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Art therapist
  • Art critic
  • Art educator
  • Art writer
  • Art director
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Art technician
  • Researcher
  • Film-maker.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial role

Industry connections

We have strong partnerships with regional and national arts agencies. You will have opportunities to exhibit your work in professional art galleries, run curatorial projects, deliver educational workshops and provide arts-based therapeutic workshops within the local community.

We have a vibrant programme of visiting speakers and regular live art events, which bring artists and performers into the fine art studios to perform just for you, while the professional development unit in year two provides a unique opportunity to work alongside professional artists and curators to organise and curate a show for a public space in Southampton city centre.

We also work with partners such as Lower Hewood Farm arts organisation to offer an ‘artist in residence’ experience for our students, so they can test ideas in a rural environment where students and professional artists can come together to concentrate on their creative activities.
IMT Gallery in London has been showcasing challenging artworks for the last ten years, and now works closely with Solent students, while Southampton-based ‘A Space’ provides residencies and other professional and creative opportunities for our students and graduates.

The University’s Showcase Gallery also offers an opportunity to work at the gallery whilst studying, which offers invaluable insight into how a gallery operates and the role of an arts administrator. We also run a graduating student residency at Showcase, where selected artists from our third year graduates receive professional exhibition space.


In the second year you’ll engage in an ambitious programme of professional development alongside your own individual artistic practice, developing an online portfolio and designing and running a group exhibition at a professional gallery within the city. Depending on your personal career aspirations, you can also choose to deliver short, arts-based educational workshops within the community through our partnerships with local schools and hospitals.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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