Fine Art

Why should you study this
Fine Art degree?

This exciting degree is truly equipped to facilitate and develop interdisciplinary and specialist approaches to Fine Art. We are able to provide you with a landscape of outstanding natural and industrial spectacle, and offer a learning environment that teaches and encourages high levels of technical skill, conceptual rigour and contextual awareness.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

UCAS Code W101

UCAS Tariff 96 (2018 start) | 112 (2019 start)

Duration Three years

Our Fine Art degree will introduce you to a wide range of disciplines and material processes that represent the multi-media, inter-disciplinary nature of much contemporary Fine Art. Our tailored learning experience means that we are then able to technically and contextually support your art-making across a number of disciplines or enable you to specialise around a single discipline such as Painting or Drawing.

We will help you to develop a subject matter and creative language that is personal to you and nurture an ongoing understanding and appreciation of contemporary and historic fine art practice and theory. Within the context of the North East’s thriving arts scene, we also have a professional studies programme that adapts to supports your academic and career ambitions.

Students have gained work experiences in studio, gallery and teaching assistance, and have interviewed or had meetings with professionals including education officers, art therapists, curators and numerous professional artists.

This programme is enriched by a range of art professionals that have included:

  • Richard Forster – Artist whose work has been purchased by the Tate Gallery London and Metropolitan Museum New York
  • Claire Davies – International Video Artist
  • Ian MacDonald – Renowned photographer who has exhibited widely in England and whose selected prints are held in many public and private art collections, including the Victoria and
    Albert Museum
  • Mark Jackson – International Curator and Co-founder, IMT Gallery and Director Gallery North
  • Dafna Talmor – International Photographic Artist
  • Christine Midgley – Art Educator and Judge for the Marsh Award of Public Sculpture
  • Matt Roberts –International Curator, Artist and Mentor. Writes for The Guardian on the arts scene across England.
  • Godfrey Worsdale – Director of Henry Moore Foundation
  • David Rickard – International Sculptor

You can find out more about our exceptional fine art staff here

What will you study on Fine Art?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • 2D Practices including Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
  • 3D Practices including Assemblage, Casting, Installation and Site Specific Art
  • Digital Practices including Photography, Scanning, Editing and Video Production
  • The content, form and context of your work in relation to the work of other Fine Art practitioners through debate and analysis

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • Your individual personal practice
  • Confidence in directing your own work and understanding its context
  • Your Professional practice through live assignments, work experience and collaboration

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • A honed exhibition of personal practice
  • Work for competitions and commissions
  • Dissertation which will enrich and inform your practice
  • A plan for life beyond your degree

As well as training you to be a practicing and exhibiting artist who might undertake commissions, this degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

  • Teaching and Lecturing
  • Arts Management and Administration
  • Curation
  • Exhibition Design
  • Illustration
  • Residencies or Commissions
  • Roles in Museums, Theatre, Film and Crafts
  • Publishing and Arts Journalism
  • Advertising and Marketing


Students get their own dedicated studio space throughout their three years of study free of charge.

The programme will introduce students to a wide range of Fine Art processes including:

  • Painting, drawing and collage
  • Print processes including, etching, screen printing, digital fabric printing
  • Sculptural processes including casting and mould-making, carving and modelling, wood construction and assemblage, welding and metal fabrication.

‌Digital photographic and video processes including editing and printing techniques and the use of graphic drawing tablets.

Fine Art’s location within the context of a dedicated art college has also enabled and encouraged students to explore and gain expert tuition and technical support in processes including, textile techniques, book-binding, the use of photographic dark rooms and studios, graphic software packages and letter press printing.

I chose to study at CCAD for the untold opportunities that I would have being part of a true Art School that offers their students the opportunities they need to
be ready for a successful life in the Arts.

Zoli Fodor-Jordan
Second year (Level 5) student


QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


96.7% of 2016 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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