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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

To be an artist is to be attuned to difference, experimentation and openness, and to stage creative, experiential encounters between ourselves and the World. Art has personal, expressive, social and critical dimensions. It is as diverse in its materials, as it is in its outcomes. It disturbs, provokes and reframes, with wonder, vitality and verve. You’ll be taught by a team of professional artists who work with a diverse range of media and materials. You will be exposed to an eclectic range of practices, including painting, drawing, performance, image-making, sculpture, installation, film, digital processes, electronics and photography. This will enable you to refine your visual, performative and critical skills in order to cultivate a unique, distinctive and personal mode of contemporary artistic practice. We offer you the opportunity to: * Work in a lively and dynamic studio environment. You’ll be encouraged to develop your creative and conceptual thinking, whilst being supported by our widely experienced, specialist tutors and technicians. * Engage and experiment with the tools, technologies of other disciplines within the creative arts building to develop experimental and expanded modes of practice. * Be exposed to a range of inspiring guest speakers and participate in live sessions and workshops delivered by professional artists external to the university. * Use our links with industry and professional practitioners to gain the opportunity to take part in live projects, national competitions, awards and exhibitions. The course is part of a suite of three courses that includes Contemporary Art BA(Hons), Illustration BA(Hons) and the combined Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons). Art is an adventure. Your initial choice should excite you, but can be adapted throughout your time on the course. The Contemporary Art course has given me the confidence to grow as an artist and individual. I have had the opportunity to meet some inspiring artists and work alongside the most supportive tutors. While having the freedom to work on my own practice, I found that the art workshops helped me extend my artistic skills and knowledge. I would highly recommend the course. ~ Chloe Nightingale, Contemporary Art BA(Hons) 2019 graduate. Professional links and accreditation: During this course you can benefit from the opportunity to gain the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) (http://www.adobe.com/uk/education/certification-programs.edu.html) accreditation in addition to your degree, at no extra cost. This is a globally recognised accreditation awarded by one of the leading software package providers to the creative industries, so could be valuable in your professional career. This accreditation is attractive to a number of employers and so it could give you a competitive edge in the job market. To be awarded the ACA accreditation, you’ll need to pass an online test. Additional Costs: Basic materials (pens, pencils, brushes, charcoal, canvas and paper) are provided for students. However, if you choose to work with more specialist materials, you will need to provide these yourself. This could be anything from oil paints to building materials, software, DVDs, steel etc and depends on your choice of contemporary art practice. The estimated cost of specialist materials is £60 (Year 1), £100 (Year 2) and £200 (Year 3).

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Huddersfield

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, Kirklees, HD1 3DH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 86 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    142 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%



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