Foundation Degree (FdA) Applied Fine Art Practice

Course overview

The course develops a broad range of applied fine art practice skills in painting sculpture, drawing, digital, photography and related practices.

The focus of this course is hands-on, applied art with a complementary art theory programme, which focuses on late twentieth century art history and current debates within art theory.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Fine Art Media Skills (40 Credits)
  • Art in the Twentieth Century (20 Credits)
  • Lens and Time-Based Skills (20 Credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Life Drawing (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 5)

  • Fine Art Contemporary Practice (40 Credits)
  • Art in Context (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Art in Context (20 Credits)
  • Work Related Learning Project (40 Credits)

Entry requirements

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level. We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Applicants will be asked to prepare a portfolio of work, which should be simply mounted and accompanied by preparatory work.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through studio sessions with feedback and constructive critique, as well as through practical workshops, demonstrations, formal lectures, seminars, visits, and individual and group projects.

Progression & careers

A foundation degree in Applied Fine Art Practice can lead to the following types of jobs:

  • Working in local schools (nursery, primary and secondary) and colleges
  • Arts and event management
  • Working with community groups

The course equips you with a range of transferable skills including communication and analysis. These skills are valuable to many different types of employers who look for people with proven creativity and initiative.

In addition, successful completion of the course guarantees you a place on the final year of BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Sunderland, allowing you to ‘top-up’ your studies to an honours degree.

Awarding body

This programme is offered by Tyne Coast College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

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Student numbers

In order to help ensure that the student experience is maintained at a high level across the life of partnership programmes, there is a minimum of 12 students required to enrol in year 1 of each programme offered by TyneMet College in partnership with the University of Sunderland in order for it to run. In the event that this minimum is not reached, the University reserves the right to either close this programme and withdraw offers made on it or, if appropriate to the programme, apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers. If the programme is closed, the University will use reasonable endeavours to help affected students switch to a suitable alternative programme or alternative HE provider if they wish to do so. If a decision is taken to apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers, consultation will take place with affected students. Conditions may include things like studying some of the programme at a different venue or merging study with other similar programmes where there is overlap. If these conditions are not acceptable to all students, the programme will close.


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