Wolverhampton School of Art

Sculpture and Environmental Art 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. www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2018/may/29/university-guide-2019-league-table-for-art

The Sculpture and Environmental Art course is located in a purpose-built school of art. In the spacious fine art studios and specialist workshops (metal, wood, glass, ceramics, bronze foundry) you will have the opportunity to develop a sustainable practice. The specialisation of Sculpture and Environmental Art aims to offer you the opportunity to concentrate on sculptural practices and artistic responses towards the environment, including psycho-geographical approaches.

As a Sculpture and Environmental Art student you will be encouraged to develop your ideas by investigating the potential of materials and spaces available in the school and its immediate surroundings. You will develop an understanding of contemporary sculpture and environmental art practice, through experiment, research and critical thinking. You will consider making work in response to a context or site, and in the public realm. You will have the opportunity to acquire skills in modes of practice ranging from traditional through to contemporary media and processes, from object-making, through construction, carving, casting, to time-based practices such as video, performance, installation, site-specific and digitally generated work.

What happens on the course?

BA (Hons) Sculpture and Environmental course 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.

The Sculpture and Environmental Art course aims to:

  • Encourage you to explore different media relevant to the development of your own work.
  • Support you to acquire specialist knowledge and practical experience of working in Sculpture and Environmental Art with the opportunity to develop ideas through into painting, 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.
  • Engage in a series of offsite and publicly facing projects to develop your professional skills and career aspirations.
  • Understand and locate your work appropriately within the broad and specialist contexts of your subject and research appropriate to your personal and career objectives.

Through the three-year course you will be encouraged to understand and adopt positions in relation to Fine Art practice enabling you to increasingly adopt and develop personally focused projects at level 5 and 6.

LEVEL 4

At level 4 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.

Offsite

During the first year you will take part in a range of onsite and offsite lectures and seminars in local and regional galleries and exhibitions. You will be encouraged to engage and respond to exhibitions, visiting artists and study trips.

LEVEL 5

At level 5 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 external partners through a series of ‘Off Site’ projects and increasingly debate theoretical positions within your practice.

LEVEL 6

As a Level 6 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). 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. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The practice of Sculpture, Environmental Art and Social Practice has a long and illustrious tradition in the Wolverhampton School of Art (est.1851) with notable staff and alumni including Anish Kapoor and Cornelia Parker. As a student in Sculpture and Environmental Art you will be able to engage with all the diverse disciplines of contemporary Fine Art practice (including painting, printmaking, conceptual and social practice, film, video, performance, installation and photography) whilst gaining a specialist and deeper learning experience in the specific fields of sculpture and environmental art.

The subject area has well established connections with regional museums and galleries, as well as artist-run studio and project spaces, which provide opportunities for students to exhibit and respond to external sites and briefs at a professional level.

The Sculpture and Environmental Art course is located in the purpose-built Wolverhampton School of Art. You will have a top floor studio space of your own in the spacious Fine Art facilities and join a stimulating community of fine art practitioners where you can test ideas and discuss decisions/ motivations/ media processes in relation to your individually negotiated themes and practices. Our vibrant, well used studio becomes the base for your increasingly independent and personally-focused learning.

The BA (Hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art Course:

  • Is a diverse and vibrant course which embraces a wide range of specialist media and creative practices including painting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practice, film video, photography, performance and installation.
  • Is taught in unique purpose-built, spacious and well-equipped studio spaces, supported by a wide range of workshops and facilities.
  • Provides access to an exceptional set of workshops including a 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 course 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

As a Sculpture and Environmental Art student you will be encouraged to develop your ideas by investigating the potential of materials and spaces available in the school and its immediate surroundings. You will develop an understanding of contemporary sculpture and environmental art practice, through experiment, research and critical thinking. You will consider making work in response to a context or site, and in the public realm. You will have the opportunity to acquire skills in modes of practice ranging from traditional through to contemporary media and processes, from object-making, through construction, carving, casting, to time-based practices such as video, performance, installation, site-specific and digitally generated work.

The 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.

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.

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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature 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 gov.uk 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 (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/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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