This course prepares you for a career in fine art, as well as offering direct entry to the second year of a related full degree course after you’ve successfully finished it.
Delivered at our highly respected partner institution, Birmingham Metropolitan College, you’ll also be able to take advantage of all the benefits of being a student of Birmingham City University.
Across both years of this HND course in Fine Art, you will develop your creative skills and be fully prepared for further study or employment.
Our Business and Professional Practice modules give you a genuine feel for the reality of working as an artist, and will equip you for the challenges of a professional and successful career.
Our full degree graduates include award-winning professional artists, art therapists, curators, teachers and professionals within Birmingham's thriving creative industries sector.
“Great course which enables me to gain an education in fine art while pursuing my own interests and obsessions.” Victoria Platt
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We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
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120 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 1 A Level
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||DD at A-Level or 120 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 1 A-Level|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||MP - 120 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||PPP - 120 UCAS points|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||D - 120 UCAS points|
|BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design||Pass|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||24 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 UCAS points - Higher Levels|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||120 UCAS points- two Advanced Highers grade DD|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||Pass = 120 UCAS points, only considered in combination with other Level 3 qualifications|
|If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
|EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2016/17|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||24 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 1 A Level
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|HND||Sep 2016||FT||2 years||£4,850 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|HND||Sep 2017||FT||2 years||TBC|
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.
The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
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We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
The first year explores themes including the development of fine art language and drawing.
You will consider historical and contextual referencing, and examine sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking.
Drawing in A Fine Art Context
Contextual and Cultural Referencing
Ideas Generation and Development
Exhibition of Artwork
In your second year, your drawing skills come into sharp focus as you examine curating and participating in exhibitions.
Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Management of Art Exhibitions
Ideas in Context
Personal Development through Drawing
Development of Fine Art Identity
Site-Specific Fine Art
Commissioned Fine Art Work
Throughout your studies you’ll strengthen your own fine art identity and enjoy applying your own creativity in modules that cover site specific art and specialist studio practice.
Almost 80% of respondents to the National Student Survey praised the enthusiasm of Creative Arts and Design staff, and the clear way they explained their subject.
If you are an international student applying for a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. There is a charge for applying through UCAS - please see the UCAS website for full details and methods of payment.
Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY. This should be clearly marked on your application form.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
The Fine Art Undergraduate – HND gives you direct entry to the second year of a related degree programme following successful completion, such as our Fine Art Undergraduate - BA (Hons).
When you study with us you’ll focus on your creative development while growing your resourcefulness and confidence, leading to a wide range of options.
Past students have gone on to roles as freelance fine artists, or you could find opportunities in arts administration, or work as a curator.
Recent graduates have found positions with employers such as Burberry, Cadbury, Channel 4, Fused, Games Faction, Joshua, Kino, Marks & Spencer, National Theatre, Nike, Rotodex, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA, The Mill and more.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Past students have gone on to roles as freelance fine artists, or you could find opportunities in arts administration, or work as a curator.
Recent art and design graduates have found positions with employers such as Burberry, Cadbury, Channel 4, Fused, Games Faction, Joshua, Kino, Marks & Spencer, National Theatre, Nike, Rotodex, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA, The Mill and more.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.
The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.
So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.
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International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Birmingham School of Art (an impressive purpose built Grade 1 listed example of Venetian Gothic architecture) was the first major renovation project undertaken by the university (£5.5m refurbishment). The School provides an incredible resource for the production of art and its associated fields of study. The building has a range of facilities available including studios, workshops, specialist art and design library, bookable spaces, lecture/seminar rooms and ARTicle Gallery.
Located next to the city centre’s Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the School is just a five-minute walk from the new Library of Birmingham and Ikon Gallery.
Students benefit from an environment which thrives on the everyday interaction of education, culture and professional practise.
Our studio spaces make excellent use of height and light, and a special screening system allows each full-time student a dedicated area to work in throughout their course.
Workshops include one-to-one technical support and operate throughout the building, allowing you to develop ideas and skills working with print, wood, metal, plaster, photography, video, textiles, 3D printing, laser cutting and prototyping.
The School of Art library contains a wealth of artists’ biographies, catalogues, art and design magazines and DVDs, all of which are updated throughout the year. The library is also linked to others across the University so you can order any additional materials you might need.
A new student-led social space, designed by School of Art students, is a great place to relax, grab a coffee, and catch up with friends. Students also display their work, host film showings and private-view receptions in this space.
There are purpose-built spaces throughout the building to present your work, including areas for cabinet, wall and floor pieces, and installation project rooms.
ARTicle, our professional art gallery space, has proved a huge success and offers a diverse and exciting variety of shows every month.
You will also be able to use facilities at our nearby Parkside Building, a new five-floor campus site packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social ‘collision spaces’ where you can share ideas with students and staff from different courses.
All of our staff are practising artists, designers and writers, ensuring you will receive access to the latest thinking, activity and professional networks.
Mona Casey co-ordinates Slice, which circulates work through exhibitions, publications and online. She is also co-director of The Event, a bi-annual presentation of artist-led galleries and projects in Birmingham.