Art, Design and Fashion

Fine Art Practice BA (Hons)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts again from September 2022 three years.

Entry requirements

  • A portfolio of creative design work including sketchbooks and preliminary work.
  • GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above
  • 64 UCAS Points from either subject relevant A Level or BTEC equivalent qualifications or
  • Access – an Access to HE Diploma or
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma – Pass

We welcome applications from students with prior learning and or previous experience. Evidence should be submitted through the application and interview process.

International students must have a minimum Individual English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 overall (minimum 4.5 per component) or equivalent is required for our HND and Degree programmes and a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 per component) for our degree programmes (Level 6).


You will achieve

BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice.

Awarding Body

Validated by The University of Hull

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

Students accepted on the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme will study a range of modules that encourage questioning alongside creative and critical thinking. Modules will draw from a range of disciplines throughout the programme in order to encourage an interdependent Fine Art practice. Practical workshops will include: painting, ceramics, photography, drawing, printmaking, artists books, multimedia, 3D design, sculpture, digital media and VR.

Course content

Students will engage in a range of practical workshops to build responses to established modules. Experienced staff and practicing artists will hold regular critiques and tutorials with students from across year groups and programmes to develop interdependent and critical thinking. Presentations, critical writing and practical investigation will encourage you to explore the boundaries of media, technologies and materials.

Art History and critical thinking workshops will help develop responses to themes and ideas that emerge from your developing practice. 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.

Exhibition of Year One and Year Two BA (Hons) Fine Art 2020

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

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


This qualification will allow you to pursue a range of careers including:

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

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

Extra information

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:

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.

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For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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)

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