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BA (Hons) Painting and Printmaking with Foundation Year

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.