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Fine Art (Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)

BA

Fine Art at DJCAD provides a springboard to the world of contemporary practice. Throughout the course you will engage with the world through new conceptual, special, textual and material processes. You will develop the skills needed to function as an informed and successful artist.

Why study Fine Art at Dundee?

Fine Art's position within a world class university creates exciting opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and teaching. Our programmes are enriched by the diverse backgrounds and multicultural perspectives of our students. Innovation and creativity are key to our success, preparing our students for a wide variety of careers in creative practice and industry.

Our students work with drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking performance, film, photography, digital and computer bases, imaging, moving image, sound, artists books and creative writing. Some students focus on a single discipline whilst others deploy a multidisciplinary approach.

Facilities and workshops

Fine art students have access to well equipped workshops for wood, casting and welding and a printmaking workshop with facilities for etching, screenprinting, lithography and digital printing.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • produce a work of art to a professional standard
  • manage your own projects to reflect your artistic expression and individual philosophy with good time management and self-reflective critique

Who should study Fine Art?

You:

  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Independent
  • Imaginative
  • visually stimulated
  • experimental

You want to:

  • develop your technical ability
  • learn professional practices
  • develop critical and self-critical understanding

Student exchange

The academic perspective is enhanced by opportunities for you to study abroad through exchange schemes that operate with centres of excellence in many European and transatlantic countries.

In addition, the department normally organises an overseas study visit for all Level 3 students.

Art & Media Programme

Fine art is one of three courses that comprise the art & media programme (art, philosophy, contemporary practices, art, philosophy, contemporary practices, time based art & digital film). This programme has an already established reputation as the only interdisciplinary arts curriculum in Scotland. The bringing together of three distinct pathways under the art and media programme offers a broad educational experience and access to a wide range of staff expertise while also allowing you to gain deep knowledge and expertise in your chosen subject pathway of fine art.

For examples of student work, staff profiles, and news from Fine Art, visit the DJCAD website.

Related courses

Teaching & Assessment

Our teaching staff also work professionally as artists and fine art researchers, nationally and internationally, instigating projects, exhibitions and events from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

The Honours degree programme is based on a core of studio skills, practical techniques, methods and materials, underpinned by critical understanding of the work. Drawing, painting, sculpture, print, digital and computer-based imaging, photography, video, performance, installation and artists' books are explored by fine art students. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged for students whose ideas and interests cross the boundaries between media.

How you will be taught

Throughout the four year programme, studio work is strongly supported and contextualised through the study of relevant History and Theory. Contemporary attitudes and issues are discussed and developed through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and group critiques
  • (Enhanced by an introduction to Professional Practice)

All programmes have written elements which are fully integrated with practice.

The School is firmly committed to the principle of individual tutorial support, delivered by a wide range of specialist staff, themselves practising artists. Senior students are allocated a personal tutor whose role is to negotiate an appropriate programme of work and to support them in the development of their individual research and studio practice. Students have access to all School staff.

The majority of teaching takes place in the studios and is a combination of:

  • one-to-one tutorials
  • group critiques between students and studio staff
  • joint critiques between students and studio staff and critical and contextual study staff

Further enrichment comes from a programme of visiting lecturers. Students in recent years have greatly benefited from close access to exhibitions, lectures and workshops at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

What you will study

Level 1

Students can enter Fine Art after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course (apply for course WW12) or on successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course or equivalent (apply for course W100). This is normal for many art and design courses.

In the Art and Design (General Foundation) course you will learn the core values which will enrich and expand your personal visual language, preparing you nicely for a further 3 years in Fine Art.

Level 2

  • Foundation of Contemporary Practice
  • Technical skills and workshops
  • An introduction to Critical and Contextual Studies

Level 2 broadens your understanding of the creative possibilities for personal development. We will also introduce you to the wide range of facilities we offer and you will begin technical training. You will also attend Contemporary Practice courses where you will begin to understand the practice of art in todays society.

Level 3

  • Self-Directed Practice: Experimentation and Investigation
  • Professional Practice Placement
  • Elective modules such as Materiality and Meaning, Contemporary Portrait, Printmaking, Ephemeral Practices, etc
  • Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution

In level 3 you begin to take ownership of your own learning. You will develop a relevant programme of study and research with multi-disciplinary options. You will develop your professional knowledge and your technical ability. You will also be given the opportunity to take part in a cultural trip or an exchange programme to gain an understanding of art from a different country and widen your horizons.

Level 4

  • Honours degree studies
  • Professional Practice, Presentation and Exhibition
  • Dissertation
  • Degree Show Exhibition

In your final year you will work entirely on your own personal project. From start to finish you will create a work of art to professional levels. You will exhibit your project at the end of the year at the Dundee Degree Show. You will also complete a cohesive dissertation.

How you will be assessed

Work is assessed twice a year, at the end of each semester, while individual reviews offer the student additional guidance.

Careers

Fine Art encourages independent thinking, imagination and interdisciplinary skills, qualities that equip graduates at all levels for future careers and which potential employers value. Our graduates have found their career paths in many areas of the visual economy and in related professions.

Dundee graduates have developed careers in exhibition curation and gallery management, working in and establishing artists' organisations, in art administration and project management. Our graduates enter all industries that require visual skills and knowledge, including the media and the film and entertainment industries.

The course has a strong record of producing graduates who have gone on to establish successful careers as artists, exhibiting and making work nationally and internationally. Many have also pursued careers in teaching in community, school, further and higher education, while continuing their own practice.

Susan Philipsz graduated with BA (Hons) Fine Art in 1993. She was awarded the 2010 Turner Prize and continues to receive critical acclaim for her art.

Sara Aziz graduated in 2010. Since that time, she has taught art at some of the top schools in Lahore (Pakistan) and is currently working as a Studio Manager for world renowned artist Rashid Rana.

Simon Reekie graduated in 2004. Since that time he has exhibited in London, Scotland and Chicago. He writes: "I was awarded a Fulbright Postgraduate scholarship which helped fund an MFA in drawing and painting at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. This was a wonderful experience. I was exposed to yet more ideas and viewpoints, and I taught undergraduates at the Art Institute which was a great experience. My MFA show was picked up by a gallery in Chicago and I am currently making work for a solo show at the gallery."

Postgraduate study

Significant numbers of Fine Art graduates progress to taught postgraduate programmes in the UK and abroad. Some continue further on the academic track to undertake practice-led or theoretical research at doctoral (and post-doctoral) level.

Some graduates choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level on our taught Masters degree or PhD programmes.

Enterprise/Freelance

Others have gone on to freelance and establishing their own successful businesses. Extra curriculum activities such as the Enterprise Gym help students cultivate entrepreneurial skills. The Greenhouse Business Pre-Incubator facility provides ambitious students with an office space to explore their business idea.

Entry Requirements

Students applying for Fine Art must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Fine Art.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Selection notes

All applicants must submit a comprehensive portfolio of art and design work. The qualifications listed below may be modified for an applicant presenting an exceptional portfolio.

Students are selected by assessing the contents of a portfolio of work that should convey a measure of creative, practical skill and intellectual/enthusiastic engagement in the practice of art and design.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

BA/BDes Art & Design Specialisms Level 2 Entry

Qualification Typical Grades Minimum Grades
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects BB (Advanced Higher) + BC (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Other Foundation Degree in Art & Design
Other HND in an Art & Design subject
Essential Subjects Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).
All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and visit to the course.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at AH
EDEXCEL A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
All qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All qualifications should include a relevant Art & Design subject & a literate subject. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required, and an interview may be required.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

Courses starting September 2015

BA/BDes Art & Design Specialisms Level 2 Entry

Qualification Grades
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Other Foundation Degree in Art & Design
Other HND in an Art & Design subject
Essential Subjects Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).
All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and visit to the course.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at AH
EDEXCEL A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
All qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All qualifications should include a relevant Art & Design subject & a literate subject. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required, and an interview may be required.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £13,000 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

Students applying for Fine Art must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Fine Art.

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BA/BDes Art and Design (General Foundation Level 1 entry) (1 year only) WW12 View KIS data for this course
BA Fine Art (Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture) W100 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


Admissions procedure

All applicants must submit a comprehensive portfolio of art and design work. The qualifications listed may be modified for an applicant presenting an exceptional portfolio.

Students are selected by assessing the contents of a portfolio of work that should convey a measure of creative, practical skill and intellectual/enthusiastic engagement in the practice of art and design.

What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

The level of achievement required for entry to this programme will normally be demonstrated by a comprehensive, yet edited portfolio which is likely to contain drawing, painting, documentation of 3D works, related studies, collages, photographic material, sketchbooks, notes and other material appropriate to your studies so far, material which should reflect your creative and imaginative interests.

Students who have completed a recognised Foundation course or equivalent may apply for advanced entry to second year.

Tips for your application

Your portfolio should be thoughtfully compiled.

International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

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