Fine Art BA (Hons)

About the course

The Fine Art BA (Hons) degree course at De Montfort University offers flexibility, enabling you to specialise in one discipline or opt for a broad pattern of fine art study. It has been studied in Leicester for over 100 years and today’s course maintains the high profile education established in 1897.


Reasons to study the Fine Art BA (Hons) degree course at DMU

  • Opportunities to study painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing, performance, video, photography and digital media, and to specialise in one or more areas

  • Excellent facilities and workshops, with dedicated studio space throughout the course

  • Graduate progression record to London Colleges, such as the Royal College of Art, the Slade and Goldsmiths

First year studies include options in painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, digital media, drawing and contextual and professional studies.

The second year develops individual studio practice in one or more of these areas. The course allows you to tackle a range of approaches to Fine Art via projects, workshops and self directed study.

In the final year you will negotiate and develop your individual creative practice, culminating in an exhibition.

Employability and professional practice are a component of the course throughout all three years. A professional project forms part of the final year and typically might involve an exhibition or placement. It is possible to study abroad in Europe during part of the second year. Exchanges in Europe are organised through the Erasmus programme with universities in France, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Also, a short study visit to a major European or US city normally forms part of the second year.

Key facts

UCAS course code:  W100

Duration:  Three years full-time, six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 280 points with a minimum of 180 points from 2 full A levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • National Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or  Literature at grade C or above. 

We also accept the BTEC  First Diploma plus two GCSEs  including English at grade C or above

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview (please see our Fine Art portfolio advice| for full details).

Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our international students portfolio page|.

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

Individual studio practice, group projects, workshops, group criticisms, lectures, seminars, study trips and one-to-one tutorials form the basis of this studio-based taught course.

Course modules

Year one

  • Introduction to Studio Practice
  • Contextual and Professional Studies

Year two

  • Studio Practice Development
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 2

Year three

  • Art Practice and Presentation
  • Contextual and Professional Studies 3
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Academic expertise

You will be taught by a team of research-active practising artists, whose international exhibitions have included Kyoto, London, Sydney and Milan.

Graduate careers

The course develops technical and critical skills associated with creativity in fine art to a high standard. Graduates are equipped for a wide range of art and art-related careers. Some pursue postgraduate study and develop careers as professional artists or designers, whilst others enter a variety of fields including teaching, arts administration, conservation and restoration, art therapy, theatre design, film and television production, illustration, publishing, gallery management and the crafts.

Fees and funding

2014 entry

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year

Learn more about fees and funding information 2014|


Learn more about our Undergraduate scholarships and awards| information.


Individual studio space and well equipped workshops cover the practical aspects of printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, digital media techniques and the skills associated with contemporary approaches to painting. This is supported by skilled technical staff and a wide range of academic staff.

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at|

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Awards and competitions

Fine Art students have shown at a major exhibition held at Ingenious Media in London. Competition success includes selection for the National Art Mercury Prize and award to a second year student to exhibit in Berlin alongside a group of renowned artists.

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Portfolio advice

Fine Art BA (Hons) portfolio advice|

Portfolio advice for UK/EU applicants|

International applicants should refer to our School of Arts portfolio advice|

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