Course Information

BA (Hons)

3 years School of Fine and Performing Arts Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) W101

100% of Lincoln Fine Art students said they were satisfied with this course overall, according to the National Student Survey 2016

95%of graduates are in work or further study six months after finishing this course according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2014/2015), as provided by


The BA (Hons) Fine Art degree focuses on the artist as a socially responsive, publicly-aware practitioner operating within physical, intellectual and digital networks and referencing local, national and global artistic platforms.

The programme explores contemporary art that moves within and beyond the traditional Gallery to embrace a range of non-traditional sites, with assessments designed to prepare students for professional life. The course emphasises individual creativity and artistic intelligence, and aims to introduce students to the fields of Live Art, performance, installation and digital media, as well as catering for painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking.

At Lincoln, students have the opportunity to work both within a dynamic studio culture and to extend their creative work and ideas into new and unexplored areas. Students also have the opportunity to join study trips. In previous years there have been trips in the UK and abroad, which introduce significant work and new ideas. Costs relating to these trips are outlined in the Fees Tab.

Academic staff are often practising artists and writers, who guide and support students through their development as an artist. Lincoln Fine Art academic, Dr Angela Bartram was an artist in residence at the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, New York and is part of the Live Art Development Agency’s forthcoming DIY project.

How You Study

In the first year, students are encouraged to experiment with different media, digital practices and Live Art, and begin to identify key areas of personal interest. The programme’s emphasis on public engagement is introduced, with early opportunities to show work beyond the studio.

The second year addresses subjects, spaces and representation in fine art. Examining the language of individual practice in the development of visual interests, it offers students the chance to explore studio and external engagement in the City of Lincoln.

In the third year, professional practice and site-based modules come together, concentrating on the individual development of reflective practices, and culminating in the Final Year Degree Show.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment will include finished artworks and documentation, presentations, essays, catalogues and evaluations. For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

You will be invited for an interview and will have the opportunity to show your portfolio of work to a member of teaching staff.

Applicants should be able to rationalise the work in their portfolios, clearly express their ideas and opinions to demonstrate their interest and involvement in Fine Art


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Fine and Performing Arts Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, including grade B from an A Level art, design or media studies related subject.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 5 at Higher Level from an art, design or media studies related subject.

BTEC Extended Diploma in an art, design or media related subject: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in an art, design or media related subject: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

You should also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language, or the equivalent.

Applicants will need to complete a successful interview.

Mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work, will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1


Frameworks is a practical module that aims to introduce students to a range of approaches to making artwork in dialogue with others. It highlights the programme's technical facilities and offers professional skills in the capture, composition and formatting of digital documentation.

The module is partly based in the studio but also operates across the wider University campus in order to engage with its diverse publics. Students are expected to experiment with making artwork in response to a Live Brief on the theme of 'the public', while also receiving training in technical equipment and software through demonstrations, and take part in seminar discussions on art made in dialogue with others.

Students have the opportunity to develop digital documentation skills in order to highlight the process behind their practice.

Provocations and Imaginations

This module examines and debates key artistic movements through their social, cultural and historical contexts. An academic skills component aims to assist students with the transition to Undergraduate study, focusing on writing and presentation skills at university level.

The module explores and analyses the contexts of three outward-looking contemporary art movements of the last hundred years: Dada, Happenings and Performance Art, and Relational Art. Researching and interrogating these movements' social, cultural, critical and historical contexts, students will be expected to respond to and debate the programme's key theme of contemporary art's public engagement.

The Fine Art Body

This module focuses on the subject and roles of the body in contemporary art practice. Students will have the opportunity to work with a range of media, materials and practices, provocations, processes and potential outcomes to produce their own Finished Artworks focusing on the body as subject or object.

The module will study bodily precedents in art practice and focus on the body and its image/performance through a series of skills workshops underpinned by a contextual element exploring the body's identity in contemporary art. Workshops will include The Performing Body, Composing the Mediated Body and Dirty Bodies: the abject body in contemporary art.

The Gallery

The Gallery is examined as a culturally constructed and contested institution and asks students to propose and explore its physical and virtual alternatives.

Focusing on artists and theorists who foreground the gallery as a subject for enquiry, students will be expected to respond to a Live Brief to produce Finished Artworks for public, campus or virtual spaces.

Level 2

Beyond the Gallery

Beyond the Gallery is a live brief project that offers all students the opportunity to produce Finished Artworks for a public, off-campus venue.

Working with collaborative partners to provide site-specific exhibition/commission experience, the module is also assessed by a Catalogue in which students document and critically position their art, process and contexts.

Bodies of Practice

This module constitutes the whole of the first semester of the second year, in which students can concentrate on developing their artistic practice to produce artwork while broadening and strengthening the documentation of their art. The module concludes with a large exhibition and marks the half-way point of the programme.

The module continues the dialogue between identity and practice begun in The Fine Art Body in year 1. Examining the impact of politics, environment and social change, it asks how these public dialogues can influence the bodies and identities of artists, and how artists are able to make use of these impacts in their art. The module also engages with modes of exchange, current climates and artistic identities within global contemporary art.

Cultures and Atmospheres

This module aims to support students in their development as producers of public knowledge. Dialogic artistic methodologies are examined through cultural, critical, philosophical and ethical frameworks. Small groups of students choose an aspect of contemporary art from which to generate a public Seminar, as well as individual Proposals for their Level 3 Critical Report (Ingenuities and Originalities).

The module makes vital connections between theorists, ideas and practices, enabling students to continue their skills development in order to become imaginative, reflexive, and creative thinkers and practitioners.

Public Project 1 (Option)

Public Project 1, an optional 30 credit module in Semester B, is a live brief project that offers students the opportunity to facilitate artwork with Lincoln service users of Addaction. Addaction is a national drug and alcohol charity offering support to people to be able to make positive behavioural change. Addaction’s work encompasses community support, education, help for those in the criminal justice system, mental health services, family and employment support.

Students considering a career in arts-led intervention will gain invaluable experience of planning, training for, delivering and evaluating a participatory art process with vulnerable adults.

Level 3

Illuminations: Public Practice and Exhibition

In this module students are expected to develop, finish and exhibit signature artworks in a gallery or negotiated venue appropriate to their practice. Supervision of a Producer's Portfolio aims to support the student in creating professional representation of their practice in the media of their choice.

Refining and consolidating students' practical specialisms, the module situates individual practice at its core, and supervises the fundamentals of making in terms of criticality, process and materials to produce Finished Artworks for a professional, Public Exhibition.

Ingenuities and Originalities

Ingenuities and Originalities asks students to develop the individual research project they proposed at the culmination of the Level 2 research module Cultures and Atmospheres.

Assessed through a digital-only submission of 5,000 words, it allows students the freedom to experiment with the visual and artistic form of the critical page by including and treating text, image (moving and still) and audio.

Exploring the art of criticism and how to market their critical outputs as well as the traditional skills of writing for critically engaged readers the module expands students' subject-specific and transferable skills.

The module will allow students whose practices operate solely in digital forms to continue experimenting and developing their repertoire of artefacts. Students who wish to produce a more traditional academic thesis (for instance, those who might be planning to continue their studies at postgraduate level) will be able to embrace this form with equal support, while continuing to innovate with the presentational style of their Critical Report.

Locating Practice

Locating Practice is an exploration of site-based approaches to Fine Art delivered in the City of Lincoln and its immediate surroundings. This Module develops the practical and theoretical dialogues in The Gallery and Beyond The Gallery and reframes them in the context of the wider physical world outside the traditional Gallery.

The module aims to prepare students for the demands and timescales of independent practice and its professional evaluation.

Subjects include Audio, Art and The City, Walking and Performance as Art, Pervasive Media and Digital Practices, the Located Body and Evaluating Practice.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

A range of artists and professionals are invited to deliver lectures and tutorials as part of the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts’ visiting artists programme. Recent speakers include Natasha Kidd, Tom Morton, Mark Titchner, Jordan Baseman and Ming Wong.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Each Fine Art student has studio space in our £11 million purpose-built Art, Architecture and Design Building, which comprises studios, workshops and Project Space Plus, a public gallery. For sculptors, there are facilities for wood, metal, plaster, plastics and resin work. Print designers have access to acrylic resist etching, digital imagery and screen printing equipment, while photographers have access to photography, video and animation facilities.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to develop a variety of technical and critical skills in preparation for a career in a broad range of art-related careers including gallery curation, freelance practice, arts administration, art therapy and teaching.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

Most students will need to buy materials appropriate to their practice. These might include (but are not limited to): paint, sketchbooks, wood and other relevant materials. Materials costs for this course will depend on the medium you choose to work in, but will typically range from between £100 – 500 per year.

There is currently a Materials Fund from which each student in the Second and Third Year of the course can claim up to £145, to subsidise the purchase of appropriate materials for their practice. Students in the First Year of the course will be able to join one subsidised study trip (including transport, accommodation and admission charges as appropriate).

Optional study trips may also be available, and the full costs of these will be incurred by the student where offered. These range from approximately £20 for a day trip to £400 for an international trip of between three and five days. All costs incurred need to be paid upfront. Participation in study trips is not graded.

Related Courses

For aspiring photographers and moving image makers, Lincoln's BA (Hons) Photography degree offers an artistic learning environment that values creative expression. Students have the opportunity to learn from academics who are experienced practitioners with active links to industry.
The BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree encourages students to become skilled visual communicators and provides the opportunity to work on project briefs that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions using a variety of media.
With established links to the Association of Illustrators, the BA (Hons) Illustration degree aims to enable students to develop their own unique visual signature style and encourages them to prepare for the competitive world of professional illustration.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []


Course Showcase

  • Facilities - BA (Hons) Fine Art

    Fine Art is situated in a modern creative hub, made up of lecture theatres, studios and exhibition spaces. It forms an important part of the cultural quarter of both the University and the city of Lincoln. Courses housed here include Design, Performing Arts, Architecture, Animation and Interactive Design.

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    All students are allocated a studio space and can have access to a wide range of workshops and facilities to support their studies. There are a number of resources available within the sculpture provision, which allow for work with wood, metal and plaster, as well as more contemporary materials such as plastics and resin. Photography, video and animation are accessed through digital technology and can be processed in computer suites located through the School.

    All workshops are staffed by full-time technicians, who are also available to help students make stretchers and other supports for painting. They can also provide advice on paint applications and appropriate grounds.

    Chapatti Wife

    Success at the EM15: East Midlands Graduate Project

    Fine Art Graduate, Gaganpreet Gill Gagan Kaur was featured at this year’s EM15 at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, with a workshop titled Chapatti Wife.

    ‘Chapatti Wife’ focussed on how to be an ideal Indian housewife and invited participants to make Chapatti and Chutney. The workshop also aimed to develop a collaborative performance with the participants to perform for the camera.

    Photo by Joe Dixey

    The School of Fine and Performing Arts Magazine is our opportunity to share with you some of the remarkable work that takes place in our department, from ground-breaking research, to community projects, to the incredible successes of our students. 

    End of Year shows

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    The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []