What will I learn?

Course description

Students will gain the fundamental knowledge, critical awareness and practical skills which are essential for all Arts students. Our emphasis is on building your confidence and fostering your creative potential. Supported by a dedicated team of professional staff, you’ll learn in a stimulating studio environment where you can explore and experiment with materials, processes and ideas.

The Year Zero route provides a smooth transition to degree courses in the Arts disciplines at the University (see list in 'about this course'). Ours is the most comprehensive programme of its kind in the Midlands.

This course is the first stage of a Bachelors Degree – it is not a standalone course. Following the successful completion of the year you'll then progress on to the first year of your chosen degree:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art


Once you’ve successfully completed Year Zero, you can progress to the first year of your chosen degree at Derby. For most students, Year Zero reaffirms and strengthens their subject choice. There is, however, the flexibility to transfer specialism with the support and agreement of our teaching team.

The course is the ideal introduction to degree level studies as you’ll gain subject-specific knowledge coupled with an awareness of general art and design themes, issues and debates. Thanks to our excellent track record for nurturing talent, Year Zero students often go on to graduate with first class honours and to pursue successful careers within a wide range of art and design disciplines.

Which department am I in?

Department of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,045.00 (14,50,122) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022


Main Site

Kedleston Road,


DE22 1GB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

At least a grade C at A level in either Maths, Physics, Science or another related subject (or equivalent qualification)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of Derby offers below pathways course for this subject

About University of Derby

As an ambitious and modern university, Derby offers high-quality, real-world learning experience to students.

  • Number one UK Modern University for multicultural learning
  • Gold rated by Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Top 10 for Postgraduate Student Experience*
  • Top 10 for international student learning experience*