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BA (Hons) Fine Art with Printmaking

Our Fine Art course is exciting and deeply rewarding, it will continue to develop your interest in the subject and grow your passion.

The programme allows students to specialise on printmaking from the outset.

Relating theory and practice, students will make new links and relationships between materials and visual representations to create new insights to the cultural context in which we live.

This specialist route in printmaking combines the freedom to explore studio and workshop practice through a disciplined range of skills and techniques.

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Course Length:

3 years Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Art Foundation Diploma

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

(Fine Art at B)

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM - DMM

Access to HE Diploma (Fine Art) - Pass with 15 level 3 Merits.

Interview: You will be required to bring your portfolio and to discuss the development of your work and your interests and inspirations in Fine Art.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

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Student view

Pippa Tucker
BA (Hons) Fine Art with Printmaking
Since completing my degree at The University of Chichester I have been squeezing as much art into a working life as possible! Selling my work at the degree show was a huge confidence boost, encouraging me to keep making work outside of the University environment. Studying on the BA Fine Art course was an invaluable experience, giving me the time, space, skills and resources that I needed to develop a personal style and become a ‘real artist’! I am continue to make work about nature and the Environment which I sell through my website ( I hope to keep developing and improving my work to build a career as a practising artist.

Course content

We recognise that many Art students want to specialise from the outset of their degree, focusing the development of skills in one clear discipline area.

The printmaking programme enables you to become a specialist in traditional print media and to extend your work into more contemporary electronic processes. Your work will be guided by a range of approaches that give professional technical instruction alongside personal initiative and independent learning. We will encourage you to develop an intellectual curiosity, and a sense of adventure, with an ability to deal with the unpredictable.

In the first year students will initially be set a series of research and drawing based activities that will drive the students’ ideas towards a self-directed practice, greater independence, and by the final year, the attainment of a distinctive vision.

Lectures and seminars along with the peer group critique in the studio, support independent, self-directed work. Students will learn to create their own negotiated pattern of work as they move towards an exhibition for their degree show in their final year.

Trips to museums and galleries in London and other cities take place throughout the academic year. 

We offer you the opportunity to exhibit your work outside of the artOne building. A series of selected work is hung in the general public spaces and provides a professional showcase for your work. As well as these public spaces there is the opportunity to show work in the University’s Otter Gallery.

Main Studio and Workshop Skills and Activities will include:

  • Silkscreen
  • Etching/intaglio
  • Relief print
  • Block printing
  • Mono-print
  • Combined media
  • Photo based processes - digital processes are also integrated into the area, linking Photoshop and other digital media with the range of print methods.
  • Drawing: Drawing is seen as important element in the development and realisation of ideas and is the basis of the initial studio work at level one. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

The Art department are situated in the dedicated artOne building comprising outstanding studio and workshop facilities. It is an exciting place to study, providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment for the production of original new art work.

The well-equipped workshops and studios provide environments for you to create experimental, inventive and ambitious work.

PRINTMAKING students have access to a specialist print workshop with silk screens and etching tables, a flat press bed for relief prints, and light box for photo etching and screen print.  

The main studio space in the purpose built artOne building provides individual studio spaces for all students as well as bookable spaces for installation, performance and projection work. 

All full time BA students, and part timers doing the ‘studio practice’ modules, will be allocated their own personal studio space from which to carry out self-directed projects and art work. All students also have access to workshop areas and technical support in the key disciplines of the Fine Art programmes.  The workshops reflect the range of options across the various degree programmes. A distinctive aspect of the department is that of individualized working areas in the studio space.

Where this can take you

Fine Art graduates from the University of Chichester are immensely employable. Employers always stress that the qualities they most want to see from graduates include skills such as creativity (which could lead onto using your initiative, decisiveness, problem-solving, innovation, adaptability, imagination and the ability to generate fresh ideas) and good communication skills.

The Fine Art degree course here prides itself in embedding creativity (in all it's components) and communication skills centrally within the degree programme. The course offers students further key skills that are both useful for artists but, more importantly, are life-skills that will help them in varied employment situations.

The course provides the opportunity to develop skills across a broad range of areas and become resourceful, reflective learners, finding creative solutions to new problems with the ability to be self-disciplined and able to work independently. ‘Creativity’, thinking ‘out of the box’, and good communication skills (visual, verbal, and written) are all key skills that employers are seeking, and these are fundamental skills developed by Fine Art.

Students will develop the ability to:

  •    reflect critically on their own learning
  •    show self direction, manage their own time, and take personal responsibility
  •    identify and solve problems
  •    anticipate and accommodate change
  •    show initiative and use good working practices
  •    demonstrate interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a group
  •    research, communicate and present ideas in verbal, written and visual forms
  •    source, manage and present information through IT systems

What can I do with a Fine Art Degree from Chichester?

Recent graduates have gone on to become successful Practicing Artists, Art Educators, Primary & Secondary School Teachers, Lecturers at Further and Higher Education, Art Administrators/Managers, Art Therapists, Art Historians, Critics, Journalists and Environmental Collaborators.

Discover more about the success of our graduates.

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Fine artist - expresses ideas in a visual format such as paintings, installations, sculptures or drawings. Some fine artists also work in or with other media such as film. Work may be commissioned by clients or initiated by the artist.
  • Community arts worker - works on artistic projects in a specific location with designated groups such as ethnic minorities or young people. The aim is to channel energy and creativity, often in those people for whom there are few other cultural or social outlets.
  • Printmaker - designs and produces prints by transposing the original image onto different surfaces and materials such as woodcuts, lithographs, silk screens. This is painstaking work, often using traditional rather than electronic processes.
  • Secondary school teacher - teaches art, craft, design and technology to students aged 11-18. Works within the National Curriculum and towards examinations such as GCSE and A-level. Encourages pupils to interpret creative themes, use a variety of equipment and explore ways of harnessing their imagination and expanding practical skills.
  • Further education lecturer - teaches art to over 16s, either in a formal college setting, preparing students for academic and vocational exams or in adult education, where students may be older and taking leisure courses. The core of this role is similar to that of Secondary school teacher.
  • Higher education lecturer - teaches fine art to those over 18 in universities or similar institutions. Through lectures, workshops and tutorials, prepares students for high-level qualifications. Might specialise in a particular sub-discipline. The role is academic as well as practical and may involve supervision of Masters and PhD candidates.
  • Museum/gallery curator - acquires, tends, houses and interprets art works and artefacts for short-term exhibitions or for standing collections. The current emphasis of the job is on facilitating wider public access and developing themes to encourage this.

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Art therapist - uses art-related activities to help people suffering from physical or mental conditions, emotional health problems or learning difficulties. The therapy may aid recovery or improve the quality of the patients’ lives.
  • Arts administrator - supports, initiates and develops arts and cultural activities within a particular venue or geographical area. May focus on one field, such as exhibiting visual arts, or work across different forms such as music, art and performance.
  • Commercial art gallery manager - combines business awareness with artistic insight by running a space where creative works are shown and sold. Balances bringing new artists or art forms to public attention with what is commercially viable. Liaises with artists, makers and clients, coordinates events, supervises sales and marketing.
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer - plans, organises, markets and administers permanent or temporary exhibitions. This may involve generating ideas that will attract visitors, acquiring or borrowing items and helping to design and develop the space being used.

Work placements

It is vital that students are prepared for some of the things the contemporary art world will throw at them on graduating. We have developed a programme in which second and third year (level 5 & 6) students focus on aspects of professional practice and vocational experience.

Some students may want to be Art Teachers in the future, so in level 5 we’ll find work experience opportunities in schools to enable them to test out if this is what they really want. Other recent students have worked on site-specific commissions, community arts projects, and work placements with local galleries and museums (admin and marketing and gallery education), residencies in schools, creating a virtual Art gallery, Art sales, Exhibition & Event development, and Business plans for self-employment.

The experience is invaluable in terms of working to time and budgetary constraints, and in dealing with the public. In level 6 this can develop into a written ‘case study’ of a particular professional practice.

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Studio Practice 1 (Double)
  • Studio Practice 2 (Double)
  • Workshop 1
  • Workshop 2
  • History Of Art 1: Avant-Garde And Modernism
  • History Of Art 2: Art Contexts And Themes

Year Two 

  • Studio Practice 3 (Double)
  • Studio Practice 4 (Double)
  • Workshop 3
  • Workshop 4 - external projects (work placement)
  • History Of Art 3: Discourse Analysis 1
  • History Of Art 4: Discourse 2 - Site Agency And Display

Year Three

  • Dissertation OR 'Essay And Vocational' followed by Professional Practice
  • Exhibition A

Teaching and assessment

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to learning through core and optional modules that build to form an incremental approach to fine art practice. The development of knowledge and skills is encompassed through the use of a wide range of materials, media and processes in studio and workshop activity to develop your practical skills and subject knowledge. The integration of the historical, critical and theoretical debate and inquiry provides you with the ability to contextualise your work within academic frameworks.

Throughout your degree modules are delivered in a number of different ways including:

Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples, FAL 120 Workshop 1, FAL 130 Workshop 2,

Double module: A double module (30 credits normally) delivered in each semester for studio based learning at levels 4 and 5: Teaching is by tutorial, small group discussion, cross level peer group learning: FAL 100 Studio Practice 1, AL 200 Studio Practice 3

Triple module: Exhibition A (personal study 1) (level 6); A triple module (90 credits) is a year-long module that enables you to develop an in depth studio practice. Teaching is by tutorial, small group discussion, cross level peer group learning lectures and visiting artists.

Theory modules: Integrate critical theory, history of art with research skills to support degree level study and is strongly linked to fine art studio practice.  Teaching and learning is by illustrated lectures, small group seminars and presentations.

External project and social engagement: A single module (15credit) at level 5 to develop skills in professional practice in an external setting and to expand fine art practice towards future employability: Workshop 4

Professional practice: A single (15 credit) level 6 module that provides professional engagement through the preparation of materials relevant in the support of career development.

Visiting artists lecture series: A cross level lecture programme of national and internationally renowned artist provides insight to professional fine art practice

Daily access to in the purpose built fine art studios and specialist workshop facilities enables and encourages independent study with access to the safe use of technical resources in the production of high quality artwork. The experience of a wide variety of materials and processes provides the opportunity to discover new ways of working and to explore different specialisms .

Additional Costs

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Portfolio Preparation

We try to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We want you to be relaxed since this is when we are most likely to see the ‘real you’.

We want to find out about your art practice, your artistic preferences and your opinions about art but we will not be trying to catch you out with obscure questions. Be prepared, but don’t panic!