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Overview

The Fine Art (with Foundation Year) (Hons) programme at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), based at Spike Island, an internationally renowned contemporary art venue on Bristol's harbourside. Part of UWE Bristol's City Campus, it offers a vibrant creative environment, free studio space and a range of work and volunteering opportunities.

Thousands of visitors and art professionals attend our annual Degree Show, offering an excellent platform to showcase your work. You will also have access to excellent facilities at Bower Ashton Studios.

Choose from two pathways - Fine Art or Art and Visual Culture.

Fine Art develops your practice in areas such as painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, print, time-based or digital media.

Art and Visual Culture critically engages you with your practice through the production of artworks and written text, underpinned by theoretical perspectives.

All our staff are active practitioners, with the conceptual, technical and professional skills to support a variety of approaches.

Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our City Creatives. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Showand graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

Our students are regularly selected for fellowships and national competitions, including the New Contemporaries, a platform for emerging artists.

Past students recently took part in the Royal Academy Premiums school show at the RA Museum.

Many go on to careers as artists, designers, curators, arts administrators and educators, or to postgraduate study such as master's degrees or teacher training.

Careers / Further study

Our graduates pursue careers as artists, designers, curators, arts administrators and educators.

They are regularly selected for fellowships and national competitions such as the New Contemporaries, a platform for emerging artists.

Others progress to graduate study at MA and/or PhD level, or teacher training.

Accreditation

Accreditations and partnerships:

  • Spike island
  • Arnolfini

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Fine Art
  • Exploring Practice in Fine Art
  • Critical Perspectives
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience 
  • Developing Practice in Fine Art OR Developing Practice in Art and Visual Culture
  • Creative Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

Pathway Courses

Some international students may need additional education in order to qualify for a degree. In conjunction with its partner organisation, Kaplan International Pathways, the University of West England, Bristol offers a number of entry route options for students, including undergraduate and postgraduate pathway courses.

A pathway course offers complete preparation for university-level study, and is taken at the UWE Bristol’s International College. Upon successful completion of their course at the required level, students planning to progress are guaranteed a place on their chosen degree.

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The funding that you are eligible for depends on your fee status, the type of programme you are studying and when you start your UWE Bristol studies. 

Please note: To be considered for a scholarship, you must hold an offer to study at the University and fulfil certain eligibility. The scholarship availability, amount and eligibility will depend on the country and/or region that you come from.

For the best chance of being considered for a scholarship, we recommend that you apply early for the course that you are interested in studying.

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