Welcome to HE Fine Art Practice

Meet the Team

Hello and welcome to Barnsley College HE. We are delighted to welcome you to our department.

Your teaching staff:

To begin your preparation for the course, please read this page which contains important information to ease you into life at Barnsley College Higher Education and your course.

If you require any further information specific to your course, please feel free to contact us via email at the addresses above.

We look forward to meeting you at enrolment and hope that you enjoy your studies with us.

Induction schedule

Our aim is to ensure that you know what to expect from the course and provide advice and guidance on what you need to prepare for your studies. There will be activities that you may want to get involved in, both across the department and within Barnsley College, and we will let you know more about these when you enrol.

Enrolment checklist

Proof of qualifications

You must be able to produce certificates to prove that you have achieved the following:
• English at Level 2 or above (or approved equivalent)
• Mathematics at Level 2 or above (or approved equivalent)

In addition, the Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) course has it’s own specific entry requirements and qualifications that you will need to show evidence of achievement when enrolling. For further information, visit the Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) course page.

Please bring proof of all your qualifications (original certificates) to your enrolment session. You will not be able to fully enrol on the course unless these have been presented to Barnsley College and failure to produce these will delay any loan payments, if eligible, being paid.

If you find that you do not have the original certificates, you will need to obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment.

Please check with the school or college you attended for information on contacting the relevant awarding body.

Preparation and Preliminary Reading

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own copy of the following books, which will be used as set texts and will be useful throughout your Fine Art course:

• Gombrich, E.H. (2005) The Story of Art (16th ed.) London. Phaidon Press Limited.
• Berger, John. (1972) Ways of Seeing. London. Penguin.
• Lack, Jessica. (2017) Why Are We ‘Artists’? 100 World Art Manifestos. London. Penguin Modern classics.
• Brown, K. (2016) Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice. London. IB Tauris.
• Rucki, Eva. Noel, Sebastian. Freyer, Conny. (2008) Digital By Design. London. Thames and Hudson.

Study Skills

These books will also be very useful and available in the library at the Church Street campus, though it is recommended that you purchase your own copy of at least one Study Skills text:

• Burns, T and Sinfield, S. (2003). Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University. London. Sage.
• Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook (Third edition.). Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan.
• Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan.

Internet and online resources

The following sites will be useful to familiarise yourself with:


Digital resources

The following pages will be useful for reading and utilising:

International arts venue in London
International contemporary art venue 
Digital arts practice

Personal development opportunities

There are a number of opportunities available to you within the department. The more experience that you can show on your CV the better chance you have of impressing future employers or places of study. The following are typical of the opportunities offered within the art department each year:

Industry talks

We run a scheduled programme of talks from different experts in the field of employability or subject specific skills within your area. Throughout the year talks include ‘Preparing for your Career’, ‘Previous Student: Work Experience/Career and Study Decisions’, ‘Enterprise’, ‘Social Media Branding’, ‘Effective Applications’ and ‘Preparing for Job Interviews’.

Support sessions

Support is available throughout the year in a variety of ways. Lecturers will provide tutorials on a scheduled basis to complement your module structure and be available within taught sessions. The study skills department, located in the library at the Church Street campus, is available to help you with specific research tasks, to proof read and inform your research.

Employability opportunities

There are events throughout the year that you will attend and showcase in. Exhibitions at the Cooper Gallery, The Civic and at the Church Street campus will provide opportunities for external agencies and employers to see what art students have been exploring and experimenting. We engage in external projects to exercise your creative abilities on a professional level.

Student representatives

Each year you will be given the opportunity to become a student representative and present the views of your cohort at student panels and course committee meetings. Those wishing to extend this opportunity may wish to apply for the Students’ Union representative roles as they become available. This is a fantastic role to show on your CV as there are many transferable skills linked to the work involved.

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