BA Hons Fine Art Top-up

Key Course Information

The top-up degree programme has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full BA honours qualification.

The programme will aim to enable the students to build on the experiences gained in the HND, ensure that they are informed and critically aware and provide an environment where they can freely research, experiment and explore the diverse disciplines identified as Fine Art.

Teaching will take place in a studio setting where there will be an emphasis on making and exploring fine art. Students will also be given the opportunity to study the critical and contextual dimensions of fine art practice in the form of weekly art lectures, seminars and workshops. They will be encouraged to develop their thinking and understanding to become independent and critically aware practitioners.

There is an opportunity to show work at the end of year Degree Show. The college provides good sized personal workspace and lots of tutor contact. The course consists of 4 units: the two larger units are practical, and two are written.

Tutors are practising artists and include: Greg Rook, Erika Winstone and others. Specialist tutors within the college also contribute to the course.

What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)  This course is equivalent to the 3rd year of a university degree. Applicants are expected to have successfully completed an HND or Foundation Degree in Art & Design (or related discipline) and have a strong interest in contemporary art. You also need good levels of writing skills in English and basic computer skills.

What does the course lead to?  
After this course you can go on to study an MA qualification or enter employment as a self employed practising artist, fine art photographer, professional printmaker; or become involved in curating, museum and gallery work, teaching, creative consultation, community arts work, arts management and administration; or other areas of the creative industries including advertising, film and video production, software design or self-employed designer. Employers from a range of industries, who are seeking flexible, self-motivated and creative individuals, seek out Fine Art graduates.

Where will I study?  
In the Carlyle studios on the top floor of the Carlyle building on Hortensia Road. Some lectures will take place in the main (new) building next door.

What are the facilities and equipment like?  
The studios contain personal work spaces, a small range of tools and equipment. Mac computers, a scanner, digital video and still cameras are available. Students have free internet access through the library.

How much should I study outside class?  
You will need to carry out independent research in the studio, at home and visiting galleries; plus some written work will need to be produced outside of course hours.

How is the course assessed?  
Units have deadlines and assessments take place throughout the year. Your grades will be discussed with you and written feedback is given. A range of assessment methods are used including group critiques, individual tutorials, marking of written assignments, a final show, etc.

Are any course materials online?  
Project briefs and course documents are placed on the student intranet for students to access throughout the year.

What books and equipment do I need?  
You will need to buy your own materials and equipment. Further information will be given at the start of the course.

What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?  
All students make a contribution to the collective costs of mounting the course exhibition.

What do I need to bring to the interview?  
You will need to bring a substantial portfolio of work containing recent examples of your work. You will also need to bring any sketchbooks and a selection of drawings from observation. In addition you will be asked to bring along a recent essay or other example of your written English e.g. an exhibition review.

UK and EU students are eligible for a student loan (and maintenance loan). The loans do not need to start to be repaid until you are earning £21,000 per year. College advisers can assist with applications. Further information is available on our website. 

Kensington and Chelsea College National Scholarship Programme (NSP)Kensington & Chelsea College will be awarding scholarships to 2 Higher Education students starting in 2014/15. Each student awarded a scholarship will receive a fee discount totalling £2,000. The award does not have to be repaid and is in addition to any other loans and grants that students might receive. For further Information, please contact our Student Finance Department on: 0207 573 5334 or 1516 

Entry Requirements  
All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:

  • Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
  • Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
  • Meet the course entry requirements
  • Provide a reference
  • Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old

How to apply
click on the blue ‘Apply Now’ button and complete the online application form and you will be invited for interview

Supporting our learners  
Being a student at KCC, means you can expect a caring friendly inclusive learning environment. We will support you throughout your studies with us. Our students benefit from: Tutorial Support , Information Advice and Guidance , Counselling and personal support , Access to learner support services , Libraries at Wornington and Hortensia providing collections of books, journals, DVDs and access to PCs and on line learning materials

Financial Help  
Financial support may be available to you, including a student loan. Please contact an Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) advisor on 020 7573 5325 who will be able to give you further information. 

Additional Learning Support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties  
KCC is committed to improving access to learning for all our students. Please tell us if you have any access requirements at any stage of the application process. The additional learning support team can provide help and information regarding your individual needs. For example, the team can provide information on hearing loop facilities, communication support (e.g. BSL), dyslexia support, physical access, equipment/software (e.g. JAWS). If you would like to discuss learning support please phone 020 7573 5308. Further information about our services is available at www.kcc.ac.uk/inclusion/.








Chelsea Centre

25 Sep 2017 –June 2018



10am – 5pm

G Rook

and team


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