• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Looking to find yourself and extend your knowledge and skills to develop your practice towards a future as an artist or a career in the arts and creative industries?

Our BA (Hons) in Fine Art could be for you. Our course explores arts practices as a multidisciplinary subject, using forms that are traditional and contemporary. You will have the freedom to define how your artistic methods and research methodologies are applied, how you find creative expression and grow your vision.

During the course you are supported by key educators, active researchers and a range of industry professionals across the Fine Art discipline. The course also includes professional practice which introduces you to a range of career pathways and options, preparing you for future employment in the arts and cultural industries.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


This course offers you the opportunity to engage with cutting edge approaches to material and visual practices, as well as those that challenge the boundaries of the field. This is done through conceptual, theoretical, cultural and ethical frameworks that underpin the contemporary arts, through practical workshops, studio-based practice and self-managed projects.

The curriculum for this course has been designed to help you develop your knowledge of Fine Art through experimentation, investigation, interdisciplinary practices, collaboration, socially-engaged practice, and draw from the intersections between analogue and digital approaches to making.

Your lecturers will provide you with current insight into the subject, as well as develop your learning through research, collaborative projects, industry briefs and external opportunities. This will help you refine your new skills, methods and knowledge to become critically engaged with your practice.

There will be clear emphasis on arts-based practice, where you will develop projects from concept to exhibition outcomes and be encouraged to adopt experimental approaches and methods. As well as this, due to the University’s connections with local and regional arts and cultural organisations, you will have access to involvement with projects in collaboration with some of the county’s galleries and museums, as well as other creative opportunities.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80-104 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Applicants will need to complete an interview and/or demonstrate portfolio work, further guidance is given on the portfolio advice tab.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • In-between Spaces: Intermediality and interdisciplinarity
  • Histories, Theories and Methods
  • Creative Sector: Participation, collaboration and socially engaged practice
  • Other worlds: Digital realms and virtual spaces

Year 2 Modules

  • Fine Art 2.0: Building a sustainable future
  • Critical Studies and Research
  • Beyond the Visual


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team


What are my career prospects

Our degrees are created with future employment in mind, to ensure that when you graduate your skills are desired and fit seamlessly with roles on offer. This gives you great employment opportunities upon completion of your course.

On graduating, you will be equipped to apply for jobs that demand well-developed creative skills across the arts and creative industries, or become self-employed/freelance and undertake work across a range of specialisms including:

  • Visual artist
  • Interdisciplinary arts practitioner
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Digital artist
  • Animator
  • Printmaker
  • Designer
  • Artworker
  • Image archivist or picture librarian
  • Image researcher
  • Visual Consultant
  • Studio or facilities managers
  • Arts workshop leader
  • Technician
  • Curation
  • Exhibition designer
  • Arts administrator
  • Arts management
  • Community arts worker
  • Arts social prescribing

If this sounds like the right course for you, apply here today.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.