7th November 2002




The future of fine art education in Hull has been safeguarded by the announcement of a new degree course to be launched by the University of Lincoln.


A new BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art (Video, Sound and Digital Imaging) has been developed by the Hull School of Art & Design and will be launched at the newly refurbished Queens Gardens campus in September 2004.


The new course will replace the current Fine Art degree which has suffered from a serious decline in student numbers over the last four years.


“We have reinvented our fine art degree to make it progressive, innovative and appropriate for the 21st century – a top ten course for a top ten city,” said Professor Vincent Shacklock, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design.


“The new degree will be unique, distinctive and exciting, reflecting new trends in art  and building on those creative areas in which the city of Hull is at the forefront.


“There’s an arts culture in Hull which is embodied by organisations such as Hull Time Based Arts and the Root Festival. That exciting dynamic resonates in the city and we’re building on that with this vibrant new degree programme.”


The new course will give students opportunities to work in two and three dimensions to produce works of art involving sound, installations, video, photography, animation, digital imaging, interactive work and performance.


Traditional disciplines such as painting and sculpture will continue to be offered at Hull College through the foundation degree in Creative Arts which is validated by the University of Lincoln.


Professor Shacklock promised further capital investment in new equipment above and beyond the £2m which has already been earmarked for refurbishing the Queens Gardens campus in Hull.


Recruitment to the present Fine Art degree in Hull was suspended this year because of the small number of applications. The university has pledged that all students on the existing degree will be supported in full in completing their degree at the Hull School of Art & Design.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk