For those of you who want to work in the fields of graphics, IT, media, film, fashion and advertising, a course in fine arts helps you build a solid foundation in the creative arts.
Many leading universities in the UK offer good fine art courses for international students. But you should ideally choose a programme that integrates traditional art forms with new mediums or forms of expression such as film, computer imagery and printmaking. It is also equally important that your college encourages you to develop individual portfolios and provides opportunities for you to publicly exhibit your work.
A bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts lets you study painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and digital media, and to specialize in the area that interests you most.Some colleges allow you to customise the programme to suit your interests. Your progress is supported by tutorials and workshops in different media such as photography and computing. Lectures, seminars and study visits usually provide a contextual background to your work.
You could either specialize in a single subject such as sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles, art history, etc., or combine two or more in an interdisciplinary degree.
BA Fine Art graduates often go on to do their master’s in subjects such as fine art, film, communication, art history, landscape architecture, gallery and museum studies, literature and broadcast journalism. This is because a degree in fine arts opens up a lot of creative career paths for students. Many graduates work as artists or pursue related careers like critics and teachers.
A Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) is usually research-led and aims to extend your knowledge and application of fine art practice. You get to develop creative dialogues with the faculty and fellow students, and are allowed to test out ideas within a professional environment. While a BA (Hons) degree is between three to four years, an MFA degree is usually two years in duration.
Universities in the UK offer excellent purpose-built studio space to their students to give them sufficient personal studio practice. A wide range of internationally acclaimed artists and curators teach at UK universities.
UK is home to numerous art galleries and exhibitions and offers students’ a diverse and lively art scene to explore. London itself offers numerous well-known art galleries such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Britain and the National Gallery, which is a major attraction for international students around the world.