Weymouth College

FdA Contemporary Fine Art Practice

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Foundations of Studio Practice (WEYM1050)

      This is an introduction to the course and the studios, a fast paced and highly explorative project utilising drawing to developing a range of creative responses from a range of stimuli. Varied approaches to drawing will develop and evolve a range of ideas, contextualised by examining other artists. Critical discourse will be encouraged to enable peer learning and a culture of reflective practice to be established.

    • Fine Art Printmaking (WEYM1051)

      This module is designed to allow students to develop the basic skills of a wide range of print making processes, before experimenting and pushing chosen processes further. An open and contemporary approach to print making will be adopted, allowing for interdisciplinary and conceptual approaches to be taken. Students will study a range of printmakers, and will be encouraged to reflect on the works produced.

    • Fine Art Painting (WEYM1052)

      This module aims to explore a range of approaches to painting and the associated medias and techniques, to allow the students a broad understanding of the discipline and a breath of knowledge to allow them to make their own work. It will cover the basics of painting, making paint and stretchers, through technical approaches to painting and explorative and conceptual approaches to making painting.

    • Fine Art Sculpture (WEYM1053)

      This module aims to introduce students to the underlying principles and knowledge to allow them the confidence and opportunity to work within the discipline. Students will explore form through working with a range materials and processes, to develop their work and creative ideas. The approach is to be open to a range of outcomes which may range from relief to installation based work.

    • Context of Practice (WEYM1054)

      This module allows the students to begin to explore the context in which they would like to think about their work, it is a mix of theory and practice. Students will be expected to challenge their preconceptions through explorative making, utilising process, media and concepts which are excited by, this will be supported by research to inform and contextualize and stretch their practice.

    • Professional Practice (WEYM1055)

      The aim of this module is to extend students knowledge of professional practices within their specialist area and to relate these to personal goals and career opportunities. To introduce students to different ways that artists and designers work and make a living, so they can make informed choices about relevant opportunities.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Personal Context (WEYM2046)

      This is a research based module which asks students examine a range of subject matters to base their work around, and runs in parallel to the studio based Conceptual practice module. Research will encompass art and other subject matter, utilising a range of written and visual techniques. The conclusion is to put forward a research question to explore within their remaining Level 5 studio practice.

    • Conceptual Practice (WEYM2047)

      This module allows students to explore generating work in response to the research being made in the Personal Context module. Students are encouraged to use a wide variety of ways to make work and to radically explore their ideas through this. It is an opportunity for them to test ideas and processes in preparation for putting forward a project to explore in the remainder of the Level 5 studio time.

    • Development of Fine Art Language (WEYM2048)

      This module aims to allow students the opportunity to explore, and develop the visual language within their work. Their practical work will need to be supported by critical analysis of the language being used by a broad range of artists both historic and contemporary. They will have to actively reflect upon creative studio practice and adjust and develop it according to their own personal intentions.

    • Fine Art Studio Practice (WEYM2049)

      Explore and develop creative practice, working to a self-defined brief and informed by research from the Visual Language module. Students will develop their ability to work on a sustained project, learning to manage resources and time while developing practical and critical skills. The work will further establish their creative identities which will be showcased in the end of year exhibition.

    • Curation and Exhibition (WEYM2050)

      This module aims to develop students skills and understanding in the process of exhibiting art work and its communication within the wider public domain.

    • Business Practice (WEYM2051)

      This module aims to develop students skills and understanding of business practice related to art and design, as they prepare for the transition from study to employment or freelance work.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Weymouth College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Weymouth College

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