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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Fine Art

Programme code:BA-AF/3YUCAS code:W150
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Richard Bell Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

ABB (or equivalents) plus a satisfactory portfolio

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Art and Design; History of Art, Architecture and Design

Programme specification:

Students must study a total of 120 credits per academic year.

The uniqueness and prestige of the Fine Art course at the University of Leeds lies in its integrated practice/theory content and its reputation for producing high calibre and critically aware artist graduates.
A distinctive feature of the BA Fine Art Degree Course is that it is fully embedded within the interdisciplinary ethos of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. The main focus for Fine Art students is to develop an ambitious and creative practice, informed and enriched by a parallel programme of Art History and Cultural Studies Modules. Beyond subject specific concerns, students are encouraged to use the different perspectives developed in studio and classroom to look afresh at the separate disciplines. This truly interdisciplinary approach means that students will be able to employ modes of thought and technologies specific to the studio and workshop in order to engage creatively with the more formal demands of academic writing; and vice versa, to employ modes of thought and technologies specific to art historical and cultural enquiry to inform, contextualise and inspire studio practice.

This particular fine art programme has both a national and international reputation and continues to draw high calibre students with a commitment to theoretical and practical research and a desire to develop and process their ideas in both collaborative and independent situations. Students will be introduced to the complex nature of contemporary art practice, in a variety of media, and develop critical and analytical skills.

Students are encouraged to find their own direction as artists, whether they are working within a traditionally accepted discipline or across different media, in challenging boundaries of contemporary fine art practice. Concurrent Art History and Cultural Studies modules question modes of representation through a critical examination of the way art and visual culture has been perceived, interpreted and often misinterpreted.
The programme allows students to work across all fine art media with on-site facilities for digital media, painting, photography, printmaking and 3D processes.

The diversity of contemporary Fine Art practice will be addressed through critical debate, studio-based seminars and crits, student presentations, lectures and technical workshops. A range of teaching strategies will be applied and a collaborative relationship expected between students and tutors.

Studio tutors are practising artists, writers and curators contributing to national and international exhibitions and publications.
Similarly, the Visiting tutors and Lecture Programme, comprising established artists, curators, writers and theorists with national and international reputations, will offer a diverse and rich input in the programme.

The final year of the degree focuses on a curated exhibition assessment where the students develop professional practice skills through the interaction and mediation with outside agencies, sponsors and the media. The work assessed will be a culmination of intense research activity developed through critical dialogue and production. For those who find that their course work is leading them into a more historical/theoretical arena, an option is available at Level 3 to undertake a higher proportion of historical and theoretical study.
Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for up to 1 year at Year 3 in a diverse range of international institutions, through the Erasmus and Junior Year Abroad schemes, by transferring on to our 4-year International Fine Art programme.

The programme will allow for the appropriation of skills for employment as a professional artist, designer or craftsperson, curatorial skills for development in gallery and museum environments, and the broad range of opportunities now available within multi-media and creative industries. The high level of theoretical input a nd academic rigour also provides a basis for career routes in publishing, journalism, PR, film and television.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF1014Elements of Visual Culture I20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1015Elements of Visual Culture II20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF1019Professional Practice (Introductory)20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF1050Introduction to Studio Work30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1051Studio Work 230 creditsSemester 2

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

ARTF2040Studio Work
Pre-requisite for: ARTF3205
60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40-60 credits from the following optional modules

ARTF2003The New York School20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2024Country Houses and the (Re)Construction of the Heritage Industry 1880-195020 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2028The Wanderers. Critical Realism in Nineteenth Century Russia20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF2044Cinema and Culture20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2047Image, Music, Text: Reading Roland Barthes20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2049The State of Utopia20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2051Seeing in Asia20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2052Showing Asia20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2053Venice: Image and Imagination20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2054State of the Art: Contemporary Perspectives in Art, Science and Technology20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2055Variant Modernism20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2056Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARTF2060Ecologies of Medieval Art20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2064Live Issues and Contemporary Art Practice20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2065Post-Colonial Critique20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF2069The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies, Meanings20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2074African Art I: Context Representation Signification20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2092The Museum20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2094Art, Power and Portraiture20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2117The Avant Gardes20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2126Danish Golden Age Painting20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF2200Borromini and the Roman Baroque: Skill, Knowledge, and Material’s Potential20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2205Renaissance / Anti-Renaissance: Critical Approaches to Early Modern Art in Europe20 creditsNot running in 201920

Candidates may study the following optional module

ARTF2800Careers Preparation for Arts and Culture20 creditsSemester 2

If taking ARTF2800, students may not enrol on any discovery modules

Discovery modules:

Students may take 0-20 credits of discovery modules

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF3020Professional Practice Level 320 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3060Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARTF3205Studio Work60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 30/08/2019


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