BA (Hons) Fine Art

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    The aim of the programme is to provide a challenging and stimulating education through contemporary fine art practice. With a focus on ‘making’, the practical nature of this course enables you to establish an artistic identity and to situate your artistic practice within the wider creative arts industries. We aim to equip you with a range of practical making skills underpinned by a theoretical awareness of visual culture, so you can analyse, and critically reflect upon, your visual outcomes.


    Projects will include collaboration with peers, outside agencies and galleries and also include self-initiated schemes of work. We recognise the importance of engaging with nationally and internationally successful artists to share their practice and experiences with students. Artists such as Alexis Harding, Claire Mitten, Simon Hitchens and Day Bowman have all shared their insights with us. In addition to our End of Year Degree Show, students fundraise to showcase their work to industry at events such as Free Range or City galleries.

    The modules studied may include:
    • Idea and Materiality
    • Sustainability
    • Studio Practice
    • Making Meanings
    • Value and Context
    • Creativity and Collaboration

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

    For more information about regulations and policies relevant to studying with the Open University please visit our Wider Information Set page.

    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Assessment is by 100% coursework, and we undertake continuous modular assessment. Studio and site-specific projects are a major part of the course, complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are also assessed by means of a live project or work placement, as well as on curating an exhibition.

    This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.

  • Career Progression

    Employment opportunities for Fine Art graduates are many and varied, including creative arts practice, arts administration, teaching, curating, and arts therapy. Many of our students establish their own studios as artists or craftspeople, while others progress to postgraduate study in a related discipline including MA and PGCE programmes.

  • Entry Requirements

    Typically entrants will possess:


    • 80 UCAS points from a full Level 3 qualification
    • Or an equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma – DM)
    • Or a Pre-degree Access Diploma
    • Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply
    • GCSE English


    Once you have applied you will be invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio. For more details please visit the course page on our website.

  • Costs

    £7800