Develop your full potential and creative identity as a professional in this industry, with this Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice. Nurture your vision as an artist and build your portfolio of specialist skills, combined with real practical experiences and work projects in the ideal creative environment.

Blend traditional and innovative arts media throughout the course, including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, installation, time-based, virtual and lens-based media. Follow your passions, identifying and directing your own career pathway as an artist, and complete work-related experience that’s personal to you – from specific commissions to project management, group exhibition organisation and curating skills, sound and image editing in the media-related industries, event arts, teaching and web design, or working as part of an inter-disciplinary creative team.

You’ll benefit from visiting lecturers, a diverse range of practitioners and strong, cross-discipline opportunities on this industry focused, well-established degree, building the key skills and knowledge you’ll need for success in the sector.

Northenden Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2020
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced tutors –

Rachael Addis Tutor/Practicing Artist- Studied at The Royal Academy of Arts Masters Programme in Fine Art

Janet Worral Tutor/ Practicing Artist- Studied at Manchester Metropolitan, Masters Embroidery/ Fine Art

Alexia Grantham- Digital and Graphics Specialist

Andrew Piper- Digital and Graphics Specialist

Anne Brennan- 3D and Ceramics Specialist

Andrew Mossley- Visiting Artist, Curator and Photographer

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
You’ll need to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and skills in art & design.
Interviews typically last about half an hour.
Your portfolio may be submitted electronically in a Blog
Skype interviews can be arranged for overseas/applicants.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Developing Themes (30 credits)
Enhance your studio practice as part of independent contemporary art practice based work, research and evaluation, building on skills learnt in the Exploring Visual Language unit.

Year 1: Exploring Visual Language (30 credits)
Develop your response to concepts and interpretations and strengthen your abilities to communicate visually and explore material properties in response to a theme.

Year 1: Methods , Material and Experimentation (30 credits)
Explore the properties of media and materials, the use of technology and the process methods faced during the practice of art and artistic processes.

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Focus on developing and re-enforcing your critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills, as you prepare and plan for both graduate level study and a future professional career.

Year 2: Exploratory Practice (30 credits)
Explore and define your own personal practice, developing a personal voice and understanding of processes working within defined context.

Year 2: Live Contexts (30 credits)
Take part in live projects and/or an industrial placement, demonstrating your ability to research, plan and produce outcomes to a professional standard.

Year 2: Practical Based Research Project (30 credits)
Complete your own research project that complements your discipline-specific knowledge, choosing your own area of professional practice.

Year 2: Self Directed Final Project (30 credits)
Develop your own creative scenarios and submit a ‘Statement of Intent’, with the underlying philosophy that will be used to generate your own project brief.
Berger, J. (2008) Ways of Seeing
Pipes, A. (2008) Foundations of Art and Design
Sturken, M. and Cartwright, L. (2009) Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
Cohen, D. and Anderson, S. (2012) A Visual Language: [Elements of Design]
Davidson, M. (2011) Contemporary Drawing: Key Concepts and Techniques for Today’s Fine Artists
Gage, J. (1995) Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction
Gage, J. D. (2000) Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism
Godfrey, T. (2014) Painting Today
Hodge, N. and Anson, L. (2016) The A-Z of Art: The World’s Greatest and Most Popular Artists and their Works
Ingledew, J. (2011) The A-Z of Visual Ideas: How to Solve any Creative Brief
Klanten, R., Krohn, S. and Lindberg, S. (2013) The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art
Krysa, D. (2014) Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform
Quinn, B. (2013) Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design
Ross, L. (2014) Language in the Visual Arts: The Interplay of Text and Imagery
You could be assessed via a range of methods, including:

• Portfolio
• Coursework
• Exhibition work.
You’ll have a wide range of opportunities open to you in the Creative Arts industries, and can follow a rewarding career in many areas, including:

Illustration, self -employed artist, curators, designers and concept realisers, artist in residence, surface pattern, textiles design commissions, publicly funded, education including teaching, gallery and outreach education, community workshops, creative events industries, web and interactive design, arts management, creative consultancy, games design, academic research.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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The College supplies some materials for specialist workshops, e.g. Printing inks, clay, wood. If you extend your practice in a specialist area such as 3D or textiles, you’ll be required to fund the cost of specialist materials.

You are required to purchase your own basic art materials for the course typically £100 per year.

Students receive 200 free credits for printing. You may have to purchase additional credits, approx. £30 per year.

Trips- There will be a cost for trips and Exhibition visits. This will include residential trips costing approximately £100 - £150 per trip. In previous years, students have been to London on gallery visits and to Ambleside, Lake District for Environmental Art Workshops. International trips are optional and will be charged accordingly.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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