At its core, Fine Art is about communication, innovation, challenge and application. It is about exploring individual potential through visual possibilities and theoretical questions with an awareness of the increasingly complex, media-saturated and context-aware global arena. Our Fine Art degree is for those who have the desire to work hard and the ability to explore ideas through a wide range of media. The Department is driven by its aim to encourage and enable you to engage with issues and practices across a broad fine art spectrum.
The Fine Art degree at Liverpool Hope is delivered through three main components: Studio Practice, Art and Design History, and Professional Practice. This combination of studies will equip you with the essential skills to establish yourself as a professional artist, or work in the wider creative industries. Study with us and you will have access to excellent dedicated studios and workshops with a good balance of traditional and new media. The Art and Design History element of the curriculum provides a systematic understanding of Art and Design practices and theories with a strong emphasis on critical thinking.
Through partnerships with cultural organisations such as Tate Liverpool, FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technologies) and National Museums Liverpool, you experience an enriched curriculum with visiting lecturers and international artists contributing to your learning experience.
Teaching on this degree is delivered in dedicated studio spaces where you will have group projects, one-to-one tutorials and independent studio time. The Art & Design History component is delivered through lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also spend time in the studio for practical sessions, and you have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
In your first year, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are expected to spend a number of hours each week working in the studio and studying independently, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have. Independent museum and gallery visits form an essential part of your primary research activities.
You are assessed through practical/visual outputs and portfolio exams, personal research and documentation (contextual/personal journals and sketchbooks), essays, and written exams. The Professional Practice component of the degree is delivered in years two and three, culminating in a final year practical presentation outside of the University.
Feedback is provided frequently through formal and informal processes including tutorials, indicative assessment, self assessment and group critique. You can also book a one-to-one tutorial with your tutor.
In your first and second years, as well as the topics listed below, you will also have study/writing/research skills sessions, as well as fieldtrips to North West venues and lectures from guest speakers. You start to prepare for your final year dissertation in your second year. You also have the opportunity to take part in an international study field visit and the Cornerstone Festival special events programme.
You will be introduced to the subject through a range of exciting and
challenging studio projects including painting, sculpture, sound, drawing, collaborative installation and a project in the public realm.
You gain an understanding of the applications and uses of drawing, including life drawing.
The development of visual awareness and critical skills that will improve your practice through group critique, one-to-one tutorials and talks by visiting artists. You reflect upon your progress, and the work of others, in Contextual and Personal Journals.
You are given opportunities to develop technical skills through Induction sessions in wood, metal, plaster, print, colour theory, stretcher-making, 3D modelling, plus a session delivered at FACT on the use of Raspberry Pi’s with an introduction to programming for use in fine art practice.
An exploration of key themes from antiquity to the late nineteenth century.
A more in-depth look at an aspect from the themes and issues topic.
You will look at how artists and designers work in the past and present, with a strong focus on Liverpool and the Northwest.
In discussion with studio lecturers, you will write an independent research proposal for your practical work. Although your research topic may change, you will discuss general research methods with your tutor and begin to explore an individual and autonomous direction to your studio practice.
You gain an understanding of the relevant skills needed for the creative industries, including the preparation of an internal exhibition, fundraising, exhibition planning, and curating.
A look at some of the key themes from this period.
You will study a variety of specialist topics, including adventures in Realism: Radical British Art in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Studio practice in year three is led by your individual research direction. You will receive regular support and guidance via one-to-one formal and informal tutorials from studio lecturers who are professional artists and skilled educationalists. Group critiques with peers and tutors, indicative and self-assessments support you in developing a personal visual language in full knowledge of the field of production.
You will keep contextual and personal journals to position your studio practice from an informed and knowledgeable perspective and reflect upon your progress in the studio.
Delivered by professional artists, this topic provides you with employability skills for the creative industries, culminating in an exhibition or event in a public venue in Liverpool that is organised and delivered collectively by the Year Three student group.
An opportunity to apply for the HOPE+FACT Production Residency/artist in residence. This is a professional, fully funded two-month residency with technical and professional support from FACT which culminates in the presentation of the work made in one of FACT’s exhibition spaces.
An exploration of key themes, including a variety of guest speakers such as Sally Tallant from Liverpool Biennial, Maureen Bampton from Bluecoat Display Centre, and Darren Pi from Tate Liverpool.
You explore key concepts such as taste, beauty and the philosophical idea of nature and function, and Critical Writing such as writing about practice, exhibition review, and artist’s statement.
You produce a 5,000 word research project on a topic of your choice, which will relate to, and inform, your studio practice. You will be guided with a Supervisor from Art & Design History and a second Supervisor from the studio lecturing team.
|UCAS Tariff Points||120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications|
|Access to HE||120 - 112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|Subject Requirements||All applicants are required to attend an interview, bringing a portfolio of your work with you.|
|Specific Country Requirements||Select your country|
|IELTS||6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5|
Fine Art has an enviable record for graduate employment. Many of our recent graduates have begun careers in lecturing, teaching, art therapy, gallery administration and curating, television, theatre, exhibition work, artist residencies, community and public arts. Graduates also go on to run their own successful businesses and studio workshops.
The degree generates autonomy, creativity and lateral and critical thinking as well as other highly desirable practical and intellectual transferable skills that genuinely prepare you for the world of work. The integrated live projects provide valuable experience of working in the professional arena and create professional contacts with potential future employers.
A significant number of Hope graduates successfully progress to postgraduate courses each year.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2019/20 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as your tuition fees, you also need to consider the cost of materials, which is approximately £200. There are also costs for optional fieldtrips, you will be told about full costs with plenty of notice.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.