Contemporary Fine Art Practice FD

About the course

Explore and develop your creative skills with this fantastic opportunity to study in a dynamic and vibrant environment.

On this course you will be taught jointly by staff from the University of Bedfordshire and Central Bedfordshire College who provide strong mentorship as you develop your ideas and skills in studio-based workshops.

Work experience is central to this course, and you will undertake placements within the creative industries, further helping you by developing your professional skills.

You will be encouraged to work independently, exploring your own creativity and the contemporary fine art context within which it sits, culminating in a final creative project of your own devising.

Contemporary Fine Art Practice - FD - Central Bedfordshire College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W102
  • Campus Location - Central Bedfordshire College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn from expert tutors from two education institutions
  • Study in a dynamic, vibrant professional artistic environment
  • Develop your understanding of the relationship between practice and theory, and how your work fits in to a contemporary fine art context
  • Gain new creative skills in painting, printmaking, photography, digital media installation, performance sound and video
  • Explore the creative industries with opportunities for work placements; and enjoy support as you develop your own strategy for obtaining relevant employment at the end of your course
  • Challenge yourself with your final creative project
  • Benefit from a course that allows you to progress to a BA (Hons) Fine Art and/or explore career opportunities in galleries, museums, public and community art as well as becoming a freelance/self-employed artist

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • Developing A Visual Language
  • Foundation Studio Practice And Key Skills
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Modernism
  • Developing An Artistic Identity
  • Foundation Degree Project Planning Development And Work Based Learning
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Globalisation

Discover the School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and this was reflected when we came in the top 15 for Art and Design courses in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Studying in the School will give you personal access to a creative team of successful practitioners and academics who regularly publish, design and exhibit Nationally and Internationally, in art and design and, the creative industries. All are dedicated to teaching and the privileges this brings.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods used across the course include:

  • Coursework to include examples of photographic and possible video work, drawing, research portfolios, notebooks, research assignments, essays, contextual writing.
  • Assessments based on individual and group presentations.
  • Learning journals that include reflective writing as well as written reports. These may be part of your studio practice as well as part of work-based learning.
  • Portfolio reviews are a key means of assessing but they are also important for collating work for a professional portfolio. This instils in students the right attitudes towards professional work whereby you can use your portfolio to promote yourself in professional contexts.
  • Essays and reports feature in developing students writing skills, helping you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles and to develop academic writing skills. If progressing to the BA (Hons) Top-up at Level 6, after completion of your foundation degree, these skills will benefit in producing the final year contextual rationale for your major project.

Core art and design skills are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course and will be taken into account in all assessments.

The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge, receive feedback and develop, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments.

At the end of the course completion of the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse current fine art practice and communicate this, in both written and visual formats, as well as demonstrate a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional employability.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The foundation degree has an emphasis on strong vocational skills and academic relevance and will enable you to develop your creativity in order to gain relevant employment in the creative industries sector and/or the opportunity for further study in art and design at BA Level.

Employability skills are integrated into the course at both Level 4 and 5 and provide you with an awareness of the real-world context. As part of your course you will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate work placements/employment/worked-related learning as part of your course. A Work-Based Learning unit at Level 5, will help you to become more focused on managing your career.

You will be helped with the preparation of a professional portfolio; including a CV and social media skills needed to promote yourself in the art and design world.

Typical graduate destinations for fine art foundation degree students include:

Direct work within contemporary gallery spaces:

  • Museums
  • Public and Community Art
  • Freelance and Commissions

Work in related areas to design practice such as:

  • Illustration
  • Publishing
  • Arts Funding

Further study at BA (Hons) Level 6 on successful completion of your foundation degree.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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