The Fine Art course aims to offer an open ended and practice–led approach to learning with students working from conceptual ideas through to the tools and materials of studio production. The course aims to fuse practical and material led practice with critical and contextual exploration. This fusion will enable you to develop a sustainable model of practice as a professional artist and teach you a range of transferable skills relevant to careers in the creative industries. At all levels of the course, you will work alongside practicing artists and researchers who aim to teach through their specialist fields.
The Fine Art course aims to:
- Encourage you to explore different media relevant to the development of your own work.
- Support you to acquire knowledge and practical experience of working in painting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practice, film video, photography, performance and installation.
- Provide you with the opportunity to observe, discuss and take part in a sustainable model of studio-based practice alongside artist/practitioners who are engaged in their own work.
- Enable you to develop an individually negotiated Fine Art practice informed by a relevant theoretical and contextual framework.
- Develop critical and analytical skills in historical and critical research and writing.
- Understand and locate your work appropriately within the broad and specialist contexts of your subject and research appropriate to your personal and career objectives.
BA (Hons) Fine Art is assessed on 100% coursework.
The curriculum is delivered through a series of tutorials, lectures, seminars and specialist workshops which will give you the opportunity to develop your independent practice.
Studio and workshop culture are core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and through experience of external exhibitions in the public domain.
All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement (sandwich year) option. A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies.
In the first year you will have the time and space to evolve ideas in relation to current debates and concerns within visual art. You will be learning and acquiring the fundamental skills of Fine Art practice with close support from subject specialist artists/teachers through a combination of specialist workshop-based learning and studio practice, supported by seminars, tutorials and lectures. A more detailed outline of the modules can be seen below.
In the second year you will have the opportunity to broaden and test your art practice as part of a sustained studio culture. You will engage with the art community and increasingly debate theoretical positions within your practice. This is supported by advanced workshops that are led by the academic staff and seek to broaden your conceptual and contextual knowledge in specialist fields of contemporary art. Currently we have six advanced workshops to choose from. A more detailed outline of the modules can be seen below.
In your third year student you will develop a more independent and outward facing approach to Fine Art practice. A concentrated period of studio practice will give you the confidence to independently manage your studio time, conduct and resolve ideas in your practical work and learn to present yourself confidently as an emerging artist in the outside world.
Exhibition by Fine Art & Photography students Wolverhampton School of Art
Workshops are a major part of the learning experience at the Wolverhampton School of Art, stretching an understanding of practical skills whilst coming into contact with material, cultural, social, historical and contemporary issues.
This exhibition brings together work produced by BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Photography and MA Fine Art students who took part in an Advanced Workshop programme of their choice between September 2020 - May 2021.
Fine Art Staff
Course Leader: Dr Simon Harris
Hi, I’m Simon the course leader for the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree. I have been the course leader since 2019 but my connection to the Fine Art course is much longer. I enrolled on the Fine Art Degree at the University of Wolverhampton in 2000 as a mature student, previously I had been a full time staff nurse and went part-time to pursue the degree. Since then, there has been no turning back, I continued to work part time as a nurse whilst study Fine Art and completed both a MA and PhD. In 2015, I took a full time position as a Senior Lecturer at the University becoming the course leader in 2019. My practice and research are centred on painting, printmaking and experimental photography. I have the privilege to work with a fantastic academic team all of which are practicing artists exhibiting both nationally and internationally.
Top row (left to right)
- Maggie Ayliffe, Head of Wolverhampton School of Art, ‘Lip Service’
- Euripides Altintzoglou, Senior Lecturer, ‘All the info is in the title’
- Annie Benton, Graduate Teaching Assistant, ‘OMG It’s Radical Feminist Barbie’
Middle row (left to right)
- Sarah Byrne, Academic Coach, ‘Chinese Burn’
- Simon Harris, BA(Hons) Course Leader Fine Art, ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler’
- Paul Harrison, Senior Lecturer, (Wood and Harrison) ‘Night and Day’
Bottom row (left to right)
- Dean Kelland, MA Course Leader Fine Art, ‘Failing Down Slowly, Performance’
- Laura Onions, Lecturer, ‘Writing Otherwise’
- Gavin Rogers, Senior Lecturer, ‘The Newbridge Project: Ocean Blue Eel on Wheels’
Wolverhampton School of Art Graduate Showcase 2021
We are delighted to announce our end of year graduate showcase highlighting the work of our final year students in Art, Design and Screen based subjects.
Degree Show page
British Art Show 9
We are delighted to announce that the Wolverhampton School of Art has been selected as one of the venues for the prestigious British Art Show 9! In what is a major boost and sign of recognition for arts and culture in Wolverhampton, we are proud to be hosting this prestigious touring exhibition in January 2022 along with Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
BA (Hons) Fine Art
Wolverhampton School of Art
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