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  • Objectives
    BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw encompasses a wide range of approaches to making art. You will have the opportunity to vary the media in which you work according to your individual development as an artist. BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw encompasses a wide range of approaches to making art. Its open-ended structure recognises that definitions of art are not pre-established and that artists are constantly re-defining what art is: art practice is likely to involve the blurring of boundaries and to be porous in regard to disciplines and orthodoxies. Diverse views are encountered and contested yet the contribution made by each individual is readily noticed and valued.
  • Entry requirements
    For entry on to the course you will be expected to have successfully completed Foundation Studies in Art & Design and possess two A-levels and three GCSEs at grade C or above. We also welcome applicants with qualifications equivalent to these. As part of your application you will also be asked to submit a portfolio of your art and design work. The University of the Arts, of which Byam Shaw is a part, has a commitment to improving access to education for those without formal qualifications. Therefore we also consider applicants who are able to show evidence of experiential learning, which is equivalent to the required formal qualifications.
  • Academic Title
    BA Fine Art - Byam Shaw
  • Course description
    BA Fine Art - Byam Shaw


    Stage 1

    In the first year you will be encouraged to identify your particular interests by establishing independent studio practice, while familiarising yourself with contemporary art through library research and visits to exhibitions. Workshops will give practical and theoretical support to your studio work and introduce you to the range of materials, approaches and facilities the course offers.

    Stage 2

    In the second year the workshops will give you the opportunity to explore new materials, techniques and approaches. There are studio based group discussions which will help you to develop critical and communication skills. There is an optional study visit to a European or American city; to date we have arranged visits to New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Venice.

    Stage 3

    The final year will see you moving towards a more concentrated programme of work and gaining further experience in organising your studio practice and documenting your work in preparation for your final assessment. To complete the Art History and Theoretical Studies programme you will be asked to research and write a dissertation of between 5000 and 7500 words, which will constitute an independent research project.

    An exhibition of work in the Concourse Gallery, accompanied by weekly seminars, will help you in preparing for your final degree show, with studio-based group tutorials providing a forum for discussion and final decision making.

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