Congratulations on your offer to study within the Art department at Barnsley College. We are delighted to welcome you onto the Fine Art Practice BA (Hons).
The Art team is looking forward to meeting you in September for Freshers’ Week. We have activities planned to familiarise you with the course and enable you to settle in before teaching begins.
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.
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)
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.
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. Penguin. London.
• Lack, Jessica. (2017). Why Are We ‘Artists’? 100 World Art Manifestos. Penguin Modern classics. London.
• Brown, K. (2016) Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice. London. IB Tauris.
• Rucki, Eva. Noel, Sebastian. Freyer, Conny. (2008) Digital By Design. Thames and Hudson. London.
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.
The following sites will be useful to familiarise yourself with:
The following pages will be useful for reading and utilising:
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:
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 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.
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.
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.