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Art, Design and Fashion

Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) Top-Up

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2023 and last for one year.

Entry requirements

  • A portfolio of creative design work produced in the last two years, with a 1,500 word proposal of study and creative intentions. Your portfolio must demonstrate skills and consideration of key concepts and influence explored within your practice
  • A completed HND, FdA or equivalent Level 5 qualification in a related subject
  • We welcome applications from students with prior learning and or previous experience. Evidence should be submitted through the application process

You will achieve

BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice

Awarding Body

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Validated by The University of Hull

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

Students accepted onto the BA (Hons) Fine Art Top Up programme will join our third year students in the growing arts community. You will have open access to our facilities to explore and investigate your ideas, encouraging independent and critical thinking in your chosen field. A clear outline of your intention, established at interview, will form the basis of your submission through a series of negotiated projects.

Course content

Critiques with staff and visiting artists will form the basis of assessments and course progression. A dissertation will support your developing portfolio of work. Students will be expected to exhibit throughout the year and complete live assignments.

Our studies programme will broaden the context students place their ideas, providing a solid grounding in art history to establish a critical understanding of their developing practice. You will explore key themes, ideas and contexts focused on your areas of interest. This includes opportunities to attend extended cultural visits and excursions to exhibitions nationwide. You will be encouraged to engage with professional opportunities through submission of work to exhibitions, events and public facing opportunities to develop your professional confidence.

Modules will be assessed through student exhibitions, studio output, presentations and critical writing. Students will engage with a program of critiques with peers and staff in order to encourage critical thinking and analysis.

You will need a range of equipment to complement our inventories. We recommend a decent digital camera, SD card, drawing materials, swan scalpels and a good steel ruler. Day-to-day materials are available to buy in the department.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Progression includes moving into a career as:

  • Artist
  • Technician
  • Printmaker
  • Animator
  • Lecturer
  • Painter
  • Curator
  • Designer

You can also go on to further study.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. See the Government website for up-to-date details.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) Top-Up

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