Taught course

Fine Art

University of Derby · School of Arts

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least second class) in a related subject, or equivalent. After you have submitted your application we’ll ask you for a digital portfolio and a written statement describing your practice and ambitions. You may also meet with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio in person.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Throughout the course, you will critically reflect on your personal practice, develop your awareness of the relationship artists have with national and international cultural industries, curate exhibitions, and consider the public reception for both general and specialist audiences. We will nurture your independent learning and ngagement with scholarship, which may lead to further study at MPhil or PhD level.

You will explore complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound conceptual judgements and communicating your ideas clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. We will encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professiona level. You will also continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level.

Contemporary fine art practice embraces a wide and diverse spectrum of activity and our team have expertise in the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, film and video, installation work, environmental art, public art, performance, textual work, artists’ books, curatorship, and exhibition organisation.

We also have expertise in critical theory, art history, philosophy of art, art criticism, and journalism. All members of the teaching staff are practising artists, writers, or theorists and members of research groups within the School. Represented on the team are a Reader in Fine Art and a Reader in the History and Theory of Art. Several members have experience of supervising PhD students, while others are external examiners for other UK art and design institutions. Many have successfully bid for research funding, enabling the continuation of personal research endeavours, as well as projects that feed back into the curriculum to enhance the student experience. The research groups for Digital and Material Arts and Design and Visual Communications will provide you with opportunities to hear about the latest research conducted by academics in the School of Art and Design.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in study visits to regional and national museums and galleries, exhibitions, symposia, and conferences.

Information for international students

You will usually need a qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree (lower second or above). For equivalent qualifications from your country go to www.derby.ac.uk/international/applying

Fees and funding

UK students
£580 per 20 credits
International students
£12,000 for the full programme

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Rodger Brown
+44 (0)1332 590500