BA Fine Art
Develop as an artist, refine your own practice, explore new and emerging art forms, and take part in a wide variety of exhibitions and events – both in the UK and abroad – with our BA Fine Art degree.
At Reading School of Art, you'll have the opportunity to:
- build on your practical skills
- explore the practice, theory and history of art
- benefit from our approach to the subject, and particular focus on contemporary art.
In this three-year course, you’ll experiment with a range of subjects and media, exploring painting, sculpture (such as welding and casting), and printmaking, as well as digital media. This combination of practice and critical reflection will enable you to develop, articulate and sustain your own creative practice.
Your learning journey will be guided by our internationally respected teaching staff, who 91% our students consider good or very good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2023).
At Reading, we also offer a four-year BA Art degree, designed for students that have A-levels or other post-16 qualifications but have not studied a foundation diploma in Art and Design. BA Art also allows you to explore modules in other creative fields or wider university subjects. Please contact us if you require advice on which course is most suitable for you.
Your learning environment
Our studios offer a creative, lively and stimulating environment in which to develop the skills you’ve already acquired.
As well as your own dedicated studio space, that you can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, There's always a high level of activity in the studios with events, workshops to help you explore different media, screenings, performances, and exhibitions taking place regularly. You can also explore our student-run gallery and experimental project spaces.
Our new School of Art building opened in September 2023 and is the perfect spot for exploring different media in our workshops and exhibiting your work whist being near the centre of our Whiteknights campus.
Our staff are actively involved in the arts and highly connected with the creative world beyond the University, meaning you’ll be exposed to a wide range of experience, expertise and career opportunities. You’ll be assigned a studio tutor who will help you focus on developing your individual and professional practice, working towards your final project and dissertation in the third year.
Your learning journey
Regular field trips to national and international museums, art institutions, exhibitions and galleries will give you the chance to consider the diverse conditions in which art is created, displayed and received.
You’ll also gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and events. Open debate and constructive criticism are actively encouraged, and you’ll learn to confidently and openly discuss your work with peers and teaching staff.
The degree is structured into three parts. Throughout each, you’ll receive training and academic guidance to help you grow as an artist and deepen your expertise. In particular, Part 2 and 3 allow you to focus on your own individual study path and play to your interests and strengths, as you engage in a choice of complementary modules, a comprehensive exhibition, and a written dissertation.
Develop your skills
The course is designed to further your skills, both critically and practically. You’ll learn to:
- reflect the relationship of art practices to their global histories, discourse, and contemporary relevance
- share knowledge of the diversity of art practices, materials, media, techniques and processes
- use materials, media and techniques in informed, effective and skilful ways to enhance sustainability, responsibility and safety
- select and present art practices and outcomes using appropriate and effective methods
- apply concise written and oral communication skills, including analysis and discussion of viewpoints.
Our practice-based assessment methods provide inclusive and diverse combinations that enable you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge relevant to your individual creative practice and strengths.
You’ll be assessed via a range of methods, including:
- portfolios of practice
- peer-review presentations
- reflective journal writing
- essays and reports.
- This will culminate in a written dissertation and an end-of-year group exhibition of your artwork.
As well as taking advantage of Reading School of Art’s partnerships, you’ll be encouraged to undertake placement opportunities and work with different artists and designers at events and exhibitions.
Past students have undertaken internships at Studio Voltaire and Frieze Art Fair, performed at the ICA, taken part in an Arts Council-supported film project at the Museum of English Rural Life, and participated in an international exhibition at the Seoul Institute of Arts in South Korea.
Others have participated in external exhibitions such as Urban Utopia, a partnership between Fine Art and Deutsche Bank where 35 students curated their work in the new Capitol building, Bracknell, and an exhibition at the Beaconsfield Gallery in London.
You’ll also have the chance to experience life in another country and apply to study abroad. Reading School of Art has links with universities in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, France, Switzerland, and Finland.