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BA Fine Art overview

The opportunities the course offers, such as supporting students to apply to open shows and the advice given on all the other business concerns, provide the starting point they need to go out and concentrate on their practice once they graduate.

Kara Chatten
Head of Audience Development, Axisweb


This course encourages originality and independent thinking, providing students with high skill levels through its excellent teaching. Teaching staff are all practising artists and scholars, using their expertise to deliver a curriculum in areas including: painting, print, sculpture, hybrid, drawing, video, sound, performance, text, curation and installation. Learning and creative work takes place in beautiful purpose built studios, excellent workshops and the teaching, research and laboratory spaces of the University. In addition, students have access to a range of flexible spaces for their own exhibitions, events and projects.

We are interested in the varied ways that students can operate as artists, either individually or collectively. A multidisciplinary approach allows you to develop skills that are appropriate to your way of being an artist. Theory and practice are combined and students develop impressive contextual knowledge through our teaching.

Making connections with national and international organisations is a crucial part of how we help students to embrace their potential for continuing creative work and gaining employment after graduating. Recent initiatives include students working with artists and curators at Wysing Arts Centre, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, Camden Arts Centre, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, firstsite in Colchester and Arts Laboratory Berlin. Our weekly lecture series invites significant artists, curators, gallery owners and critics to talk to students. Recent visitors to the course include 2013 Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, Cornelia Parker, Cécile B Evans, 2006 Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner, Jack Strange and Jerwood Painting Fellows Susan Sluglett and Anthony Faroux. Gallery Directors and curators from Grand Union, Cell, Limencello and Gasworks have contributed to strategies for employability within the curriculum. The Gallery at NUA has recently shown work by Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George, Rachel Whiteread and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

Being part of our creative community provides three years (or four years for Year 0) of experimentation, challenge, development and professionalism, enabling you to gain confidence as an artist and independent thinker.

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Student work

Visit the Fine Art 2014 Degree Show website.


Documenting all the success stories to come out of NUA.

Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Bruce McLean
    Performance Artist and Painter
  • Cosmo Sheldrake
    Multi-instrumentalist Musician, Composer and Producer
  • David Mackintosh

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.


The course at NUA gave me confidence in my work and when I graduated I knew how I wanted to progress and in what direction I wanted to take my work.

Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as artist Amy Rogers.

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Campus Resources

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Course Leader Q&A

Our staff are all practising artists. The staff teaching and the expertise is something that makes our course different and, I feel, unique.

Course Leader Carl Rowe answers your frequently asked questions about the course.


Teaching Staff

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.



The city is a hub of creativity including brilliant music venues and museums. It’s a perfect city to develop my interest in community and public art.

Robert Grayson
Fine Art student

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