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Wolverhampton School of Art

Painting and Printmaking with Foundation Year

BA (Hons)

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

Why choose this course?

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Art or Digital Media BA (Hons) or BDes (Hons) degree courses, which include Fashion, Fine Art, Furniture Design, Glass and Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Paint and Print Making, Photography, Product Design, Sculpture and Environmental Art — The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Arts and Digital Media.

Wolverhampton's Art courses were ranked 27th out of those offered by 67 providers in the Guardian League Tables 2019.

The practice of Painting and Printmaking has a long and illustrious tradition in the Wolverhampton School of Art (est.1851). As a BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking student you will be able to engage with all the diverse disciplines of contemporary Fine Art practice (including sculpture, conceptual and social practice, film, video, performance, installation and photography) whilst gaining specialist and a deeper learning experience in the specific fields of painting and printmaking.

The aim of the Painting and Printmaking course is to support you to explore both traditional aspects of painting and print as well as to make new alliances with other media and digital imaging techniques. The school of art boasts extensive traditional printmaking studios where you can work in a variety of print mediums and a significant digital print resource. The school also maintains traditional black and white and colour photography dark rooms that may inform your development as a fine art printmaker. The spacious painting studios provide you with the space and time to develop your practice to an ambitious and professional level. A team of professional artists/teachers will support you through workshops and in tutorials to develop an engaged and critical position for your practice.

The Painting and Printmaking 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.

What happens on the course?

BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking is assessed on 100% coursework.

The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/ external projects in the public domain.

Studio and workshop culture is core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week.

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.

Our academic and technical staff team are available to support your studio work outside of timetabled sessions, ensuring access to advice and support for your studies is available throughout the week. Additional technical workshops allow you to learn, develop and hone your skills.

You can also expect to receive support and guidance in the area of Personal Development Planning, enabling you to understand and develop your skills during your transition from student to practitioner; readying you for employment effectively and successfully.

The course is structured over three years and each year is divided into two year- long 60 credit modules. This framework is designed to provide opportunities for full and part-time study and to allow students the time and space to develop their own specialist approach to Fine Art over an extended time frame.

Students are assessed 100% on their coursework and are supported to progress and achieve their potential through careful tracking by staff in project feedback sessions, personal tutorials and formative assessment points. Each module has two points of formative assessment that provide key performance indicators for the student and staff teams to use in personal development planning. Assessment reviews and tutorials will be used to assess progress, galvanise the student to understand and map their own learning journey and to use this information to improve their indicative grades and project work. The assessment strategy has been designed to provide students with a number of opportunities throughout the year to test their work against the learning outcomes and to further develop aspects of their practice before receiving a final summative grade for the module. These formative reviews will also be used by staff to trigger university and subject support mechanisms for students who are not achieving at an appropriate level before summative results start to affect progression and achievement at each level.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching, and Fine Art provides opportunities from Level 4 to experience and engage with professional and industrial contacts. At Level 4 students are encouraged to encounter and experience all aspects of their specialist area and further embed themselves into the subject through visits and speakers. At Level 5 students will have the opportunity to experience professional practice and will work on subject-specific briefs led by external clients/organisations. At this level there will also be an emphasis on off-site/live projects/placements that offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Level 5 is designed to give students the opportunity to risk take and experiment within their subjects but also to meet and network with other students across the School of Art. Level 6 emphasises self-negotiated projects and provides students with the time and support to develop their individual voices as artists and designers. There is also provision for interdisciplinary teams working together on ambitious final outcomes where appropriate, and student will be supported to maintain placement learning and external networks established at Level 5. In addition, the University offers a Career Development Week each year, which is intended to provide cross-curricula activities that enable students to extend or galvanise their skill and employability goals.

Alumni of the course work as artists and/or have chosen to pursue careers in Fine Art - related disciplines such as art education, curatorial positions or art therapy.

A principal aim of the course is to enable students to understand and locate their work appropriately within the broad and specialists contexts and research appropriate to their personal and career objectives. This is reinforced through specific vocational projects throughout the course: all students are involved in a level 5 Off-Site Project. The Level 5 scheme enables students to develop professional relations and to showcase their site-specific work outside the university. The Creative Industries Project (level 6) presents a broad range of speakers from different areas in the Fine Art creative industries who offer first-hand accounts of careers as independent artists, art curators, gallery educators, art therapists and teachers.

All of our students have the opportunity to engage with an additional ‘Employability Award’ associated with their degree, and a high percentage of our students achieve the gold standard as a result of our employment-focused curriculum.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The School of Art houses a range of purpose built studio spaces and workshops with an extensive range of professional equipment not available in schools and colleges. Students at the School of Art are taught by practicing artists and designers working in academic and technical roles. These specialist practitioners teach both fundamental skills, support experimental and speculative practice and ensure practice is underpinned by knowledge and awareness of contemporary contexts.

The BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking Course:

  • Is taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field. You will have the opportunity to work alongside these artists and learn both core material handling skills in these areas and to develop these practices into your own visual and conceptual language of painting and/or printmaking.
  • Is part of a diverse Fine Art community with a vibrant studio culture; as a student you will develop your work alongside practitioners from across the spectrum of Fine Art practice including sculpture, film, performance, photography and social practice.
  • Is taught in unique purpose-built, spacious and well-equipped studio spaces, supported by a wide range of workshops and facilities. See Facilities
  • Provides access to an exceptional set of workshops including bronze foundry, a stone carving yard and a fully functioning glass blowing workshop through to the very latest audio-visual computers, digital manufacturing techniques and prototyping hardware.
  • Has gained an excellent reputation in our student satisfaction surveys, in 2015 our Fine Art courses scored a rating of 93% satisfaction among out students, putting us among the top Fine Art courses in the country.
  • Graduates go on to set up their own studio spaces, work in galleries, schools, community arts and many other professions, with high employment figures within six months of graduating.
  • Maintains a vibrant space for studio practice. As a student on the course you will have your own studio space and make work alongside other lecturers and artists. We run a host of one-to-one, group and lecture sessions, public lectures, a visiting speaker program and regular international study trips.
  • Is designed to provide you with the best possible creative education centred on employability and student support. At each level two yearlong modules allow you to experience and engage with projects of increasing complexity and varied timescales that reflect the breadth and flexibility of the contemporary Fine Art world.
  • Provides a carefully structured approach that encourages independent learning supported by an integrated delivery of contextual, theoretical, technical and practical skills.
  • Members of the National Association of Fine Art Education

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Christian Mieves

A principal aim of the course is to enable students to understand and locate their work appropriately within the broad and specialists contexts and research appropriate to their personal and career objectives. This is reinforced through specific vocational projects throughout the course: all students are involved in a Level 5 Off-Site Project. The Level 5 scheme enables students to develop professional relations and to showcase their site-specific work outside the university. The Creative Industries Project (Level 6) presents a broad range of speakers from different areas in the Fine Art creative industries who offer first-hand accounts of careers as independent artists, art curators, gallery educators, art therapists and teachers.

The Fine Art subject area equips students with a wide range of skills and experiences appropriate to positions within the cultural and creative industries. This includes verbal and written communication, project management, creative thinking and problem solving, group work, self-directed research and independent learning, reflective and evaluative processes, making and directing skills, marketing, promotion and presentation strategies. The course aims to support and develop students’ vocational awareness and provides opportunities for educational placements and professional practices. Students build relationships to galleries, schools, art and health sector and the wider creative industries both through vocational modules or off-site projects. Specific career’s advice services offer extra support in the development of your general skills and your career.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design grade P, UAL Diploma in Art & Design grade M
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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