Contemporary Art BA(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Contemporary Art focuses on current fine art practice, from painting and sculpture through to performance and the moving image.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

W900

Places available (subject to change)

70 across the suite of Contemporary Art and Illustration courses

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472114

About the course

From painting and sculpture through to performance and the moving image, there are lots of ways you can express yourself creatively. Our Contemporary Art BA(Hons) course gives you the opportunity to learn about current fine art techniques and practices in a stimulating environment. As the course is flexible, there’s plenty of scope to find the best route for you.

However you like to get creative, we want you to become highly skilled in your chosen approach. And no matter how complex or ambitious your ideas, we’ll give you the support and expertise to help you get them down on paper, film or whatever other media you’re using.

Our studios are inspiring places, where you’ll be encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently. We’ll give you the chance to experiment, to realise your ideas and to work on your professional presentation skills too. What’s more, at the end of the course you should have built up transferable skills to help you secure a great career.

Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum. So we’ll encourage you to see your work in context. We’ll introduce you to the current debates and issues in the contemporary art scene. And you might be able to go on field trips too. In recent years our students have visited locations like The Whitechapel Gallery in London, Tate Liverpool, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield.

The course is part of a suite of three courses that includes Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons) and Illustration BA(Hons). Whichever one you enrol on, you can switch to any of the other two courses while you’re here, with the agreement of your tutor. We really are truly flexible, as we want you to develop your own path. You only have to apply for one course from the suite, but you could go off in any direction once you get here.

The tutors are all established practitioners with a passion for their subject and commitment to their students. They will have high expectations of you and support you to achieve them in a learning environment based on respect, trust and collaboration.

Professor Derek Horton, &Model Gallery, Leeds and Visiting Professor of Contemporary Art, Birmingham City University School of Art

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students within the area of Contemporary Art and Illustration have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: House of Illustration - London; Venture Arts - Manchester; Mini Me Card Company - Skipton and Plum Pudding Publishing - Surrey.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

During my time at Surface Gallery I learnt invaluable skills which allowed me to curate and co-ordinate a solo exhibition for an award winning photographer!

Megan Bonser

Megan Bonser, Contemporary Art BA(Hons), placement with Surface Gallery, Nottingham

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.

You will also be required to attend a satisfactory interview, when strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of your portfolio.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Create Your Future

UCAS Create Your Future


Have a truly immersive experience as course leaders, current students, and industry specialists answer your questions and give advice at this interactive event.

Experience first-hand performances and catwalk shows that bring your future to life, and give you a taste of what you could expect. If you are interested in a creative future, this event will help you decide on your next steps.

Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 October 2017
London ExCel
Stand 70

Tuesday 21 - Wednesday 22 October 2017
Manchester CCC
Stand 48

Find out more

Course Detail

Core modules:

Studio Practice 1

The module will concentrate on promoting an in-depth and disciplined approach to the breadth of contemporary practices in contemporary art and/or illustration. The focus is on exploration and experimentation, in both ideas and materials, as a broad introduction to approaches to practice. You will be encouraged to draw upon existing knowledge in order to begin to establish the frameworks within which to operate as a creative practitioner. You will be encouraged to engage in processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, lens-based media and 3D work, and examine these processes in relation to your personal conceptual and critical development. (100% portfolio).

Studio Practice 2

Building on your experience during the first term, this module continues to promote research and experimentation in the production of practical work. You will be asked to draw upon knowledge and progress gained in Studio Practice 1 in order to extend the range of your visual practice. Debates and issues within contemporary practice will continue to inform your thinking and development, and you will begin to recognise a range of contexts in which you might work. You will continue to develop a structured and self-critical methodology in relation to your studio work. (100% portfolio).

Contemporary Practice in Context 1

This module introduces you to vital discourses and debates surrounding the influences, production and critical reception of contemporary art and/or illustration. We will explore the culture of the subject with reference to a wide range of images, artefacts, selected texts, film excerpts, reviews and exhibitions. We will help you to learn to recognise and appraise key conventions and contexts and apply that knowledge in the studio, in discussion, and in a series of written formats which recognise the breadth of creative and critical styles deployed by today’s practitioners. This will help to develop your confidence and ability to demonstrate your understanding of and engagement with contemporary art and/or illustration. (100% contextual portfolio).

23% of the study time on this course is spent in tutorials, seminars, workshops, lectures etc.

Much of the work on this course is studio-based, and teaching is delivered through a combination of group tutorials, workshops, live projects, lectures, contact with visiting artists, optional UK based study trips, seminars and individual tutorials.

Your assessment will include verbal and illustrative presentations of your practical and developmental work, written work for contextual analysis and assignments, plus self-assessment and evaluation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University. Study trips may include visits to galleries, museums, and exhibitions.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

A selection of work from Contemporary Art students
You can see work from across the School of Art, Design and Architecture on our gallery page.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
 
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.
 
* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

80%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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