Key Details

  • Available at:
    Parc Menai (Art and Design)
  • Course type:
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Level:
    6
  • Programme Area:
    Art and Design and Photography
    International
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: 6 years

  • UCAS Codes:
    W190
  • Awarding Body:
    Bangor University
  • Bilingual:

    33% of the course is available through the medium of Welsh.

Course Description

The course develops Fine Art practise with students developing specialisms that include painting, printmaking, sculpture, video and installation.

Level 4 modules

  • Materials & Methods 1
  • Concepts and Practice in Fine Art
  • Introduction to Visual Research in Fine art
  • Contextualising Art & Design 1
  • Site Context and Practice 1
  • Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Level 5 modules

  • Research and Practice in Fine Art
  • Contextualising Art & Design 2
  • Materials and Methods in Fine Art 2
  • Developing Studio Practice
  • Site Context and Practice 2

Level 6 modules

  • Dissertation / Imaginary museum
  • Independent study 1 - Research & Make
  • Locating Professional Practice
  • Independent study 2 - Exhibit

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Fees

Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • All students are expected to participate in study visits/excursions and should budget approximately £250 for this.
  • Annual £30 Studio Fee - contribution towards the cost of essential and bespoke consumables and materials utilised during the studio sessions.
  • Art materials required for independent study and practical modules - materials/ equipment lists are given at the beginning of Year 1
  • Additional transport costs for Gallery /Exhibition visits
  • Additional costs that may be needed for exhibition purposes.

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Incentive Scholarship

Find out more about the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Incentive Scholarship on their website.

For more information on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Scholarships, or for assistance in completing the application, please contact Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Branch Officers on – colegcymraeg@gllm.ac.uk

Start date

September

Entry Criteria

Language Requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Typical Academic requirements:

  • a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points in a main level 3 qualification, usually gaining a pass in at least one relevant subject which could include: A Levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, ACCESS to HE; or NVQ Level 3, Foundation Diploma, Foundation Studies, Access to HE; many additional qualifications from Wales, England and Scotland are accepted to support the UCAS points in addition to the relevant subject, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policies.

All places are subject to a satisfactory portfolio interview.

Academic Requirements to enter a programme at Level 5

Entry onto level 5 will be considered on an individual basis in line with GLlM credit transfer policy, based on previous successful study of 120 credits per level in a compatible qualification (within the time frame outlined in the policy). Or by supporting their application with the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policy.

All places are subject to a satisfactory portfolio interview.

Academic Requirements to enter a programme at Level 6

Entry onto level 6 will be direct for those progressing students from the GLlM Foundation Degree Art and Design to the respective GLlM Bachelor Degree (Hons) Fine Art for level 6 entry, after successful completion of the Foundation Degree.

Entry onto level 6, for external applicants, will be considered on an individual basis in line with GLlM credit transfer policy, based on previous successful study of 120 credits per level in a compatible qualification (within the time frame outlined in the policy). Or by supporting their application with the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policy.

All places are subject to a satisfactory portfolio interview

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.

Delivery

Studio and workshop projects, group critiques, lectures, tutorials, seminars and site visits.

Timetable

  • Full time: 3 days per week contact, 2 days self-directed study over 3 years
  • Part-time infill on full-time programme over six years

Contact

For specific course enquiries, please contact:

Helen Jones (Programme Leader): jones11h@gllm.ac.uk

Sera Williams (Administration): willia22s@gllm.ac.uk

For general enquiries about our degrees, please contact: degrees@gllm.ac.uk

Assessment

Formative Assessment takes the form of:

  • Individual Tutorials
  • Group Tutorials
  • Self Assessment
  • Peer Assessment
  • Group Critique

Summative assessments take the form of:

  • Portfolio
  • Blog Reviews
  • Viva
  • Dissertation/ Catalogue website
  • Presentation
  • Essay
  • Sketchbook
  • Final piece
  • Exhibition
  • Reflective statement
  • Dissertation proposal

Feedback

Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.

Progression

  • Further study to MA and PHD Level
  • Curator and Exhibition Officers in Galleries and Museums
  • Teaching (Primary, Secondary, and Further Education)- This Programmes does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but may provide an opportunity for graduates to proceed to QTS via a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or other QTS awarding route
  • Art Therapy
  • Arts Administration
  • Technical Support in Galleries and Museums
  • Freelance Filmmaking
  • Artist in Residence schemes in a variety of contexts
  • Running creative workshops

Campus Information Parc Menai (Art and Design)

Course description

The BA in Fine Art at Coleg Menai aims to be a challenging and exciting experience taught by practising artists with National and international reputations. This course offers learners the chance to explore personal themes, ideas and creative concerns through a wide variety of disciplines including: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and multimedia activity.

Creative futures modules develop various projects with external partners and organisations; these equip learners with an understanding of the wider opportunities for a vocation within the Arts sector.

Unit information

For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Materials and Methods 1 (20 credits, core)
Workshops are provided in Printmaking, Sculpture/3D and Digital/Time-based media which introduce a range of processes, materials and techniques with relevant health and safety instruction. This is supported through studio-based learning. (Portfolio 100%)

Concepts and Practice in Fine Art (20 credits, compulsory)
The Module encourages students to take creative risks and be curious as well as reflective in their approach to materials, processes and ideas. (Portfolio 80%, Blog 20%)

Introduction to Visual Research in Fine Art (20 credits, compulsory)
The module includes directed tasks in a group situation, individual development through tutorial and group critique. Students are introduced to a variety of materials to expand their capacity to realise ideas and utilise information gathering that can form the basis of individual studio work. (Portfolio 80%, Blog 20%)

Contextualising Art & Design 1 (20 credits, core)
This module aims to introduce learners to the historical and cultural nature of art and design through lectures, presentations and exhibition visits. (Essay 50%, Presentation 25%, Blog 25%)

Site Context and Practice 1 (20 credits, core)
This module introduces site and socially engaged contexts in contemporary fine art practice. The emphasis is placed on questioning practice by investigating the geographical, social and political factors that can be considered in the context of contemporary practice. (Portfolio 80%, Blog 20%)

Deconstruction and Reconstruction (20 credits, core)
The module focuses on the ways in which students can learn from the study of the art of the past. Students are required to investigate a chosen work in depth, whether in 2D or in 3D, through drawing and other forms of visual, historical and critical research. (Portfolio 80%, Blog 20%)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Research and Practice in Fine Art (30 credits, compulsory)
This module will encourage students to develop a critical investigative and analytical approach to the development and synthesis of theory and practice in their work and that of others. (Portfolio 80%, Blog 20%)

Contextualising Art & Design 2 (20 credits, compulsory)
This module builds upon the historical framework explored in contextualising practice at level 4. Contemporary practices of fine art practice are interrogated, debated and displayed. (Essay 50%, Presentation 25%, Research Folder on Blog 25%)

Materials and Methods in Fine Art 2 (20 credits, compulsory)
This module will build upon prior workshops provided in Lens Based media, Sculpture, Printmaking and Digital Media in level 4. (Portfolio 100%)

Developing Studio Practice (30 credits, compulsory)
This module promotes students’ effective use of the studio to develop their individual fine art practice; it builds on the experience gained within level 4. (Final exhibited practical work 80%, Reflective statement and Blog 20%)

Site Context and Practice 2 (20 credits, core)
This module supports students to enlarge upon their knowledge of a professional context for Art & Design practice. They will develop upon and enhance relevant strategies for planning, curating, exhibiting, and documenting work in a variety of ways, including publication and exhibition via analogue, digital and online media. (Portfolio with project proposal 50%, Blog documenting evaluation of exhibit project 50%)

Year 3 (Level 6)

Dissertation / Imaginary Museum (20 credits, compulsory)
This module aims to develop and consolidate a student's ability to undertake a major research project which is linked to their studio practice. It enables students to carry out an extended body of research on an agreed topic of their choice (appropriate to critical and contextual inquiry) which has currency in the realm of contemporary fine art / design practice. (An individual extended curatorial research project (inc 2,500 dissertation) or a 5,000 word dissertation that encompasses all learning outcomes 100%)

Independent Study 1 - Research & Make (40 credits, compulsory)
Students will plan, negotiate and bring to conclusion a body of work. Once a written proposal and work plan has been completed and discussed as viable the student will embark upon stages of research, experimentation and development, leading to a synthesis of their project. (Portfolio 100%)

Locating Professional Practice (20 credits, compulsory)
In this module students develop their exhibition skills and extend their ability to document and communicate their work in a way that is fitting to their individual professional goals. (Portfolio 75%, Viva/Presentation 25%)

Independent Study 2 – Exhibit (40 credits, compulsory)
This concluding module has as its main focus the degree show. It also marks a transition to life beyond university, for which the programme has been a preparation throughout. The degree exhibition will necessarily be considering methods of presenting work, critical self-evaluation, professional experience in working with an external gallery and developing individual and group communication and organisational skills. (Portfolio 75%, Blog 25%)

Would you like to apply for this course?

Part Time

The application system is currently closed. For further information, please contact the college.

Full Time

Applications are made through UCAS.

Awarding Body

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Full-Time course