10th February 2003




The University of Lincoln has confirmed that its Fine Art course in Hull is to close once existing students have completed their studies.


The university is committed to providing a fully resourced, high-quality experience for students remaining on Fine Art programmes in Hull as they are phased out.

Collaboration with Hull College will continue to deliver a growing Art and Design provision in Hull.


Approximately 600 FTE students are currently enrolled on the eight design programmes offered by the Hull School of Art and Design, including Illustration, Animation and Graphic Design. These high quality and viable programmes are not under threat.


“The existing Fine Art programmes in Hull fall a long way short of covering their basic costs and are being heavily cross-subsidised by other courses in the university,” a spokesman explained.


“Following a review by a group chaired by the Head of Fine Art and including Fine Art staff the decision was taken to close the course. The meeting of the Academic Board of the university on 5th February 2003 subsequently endorsed this decision unanimously.”


The Fine Art course in Hull has struggled to attract sufficient applications from prospective students in recent years and recruitment to the course for September 2003 was suspended in November last year.


The Fine Art Department in Hull currently has 69 FTE (full-time equivalent) students.


The university will now work with Fine Art staff to explore the scope for relocation into other areas of the university including the successful and expanding design programmes in Hull.


Plans for a £2 million refurbishment of the university’s Queens Gardens campus, where art and design courses are taught, will go ahead as scheduled.


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

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


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