Exeter College

FdA Fine Art

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Exploring Materials (ECFA102)

      This module provides the opportunity to investigate a range of materials and processes and offers instruction in their safe and appropriate handling. Students will be encouraged to experiment with, enhance their knowledge of, and combine, a variety of materials. Work will be made in a combination of group and individual activities.

    • Introduction to Fine Art Methods (ECFA103)

      This module introduces the course and a range of relevant processes, materials and techniques appropriate to Fine Art practice. It aims to introduce institutional frameworks and to affirm the identity of the course as a whole. PDP will be established and the notion of Fine Artist as practitioner, employee or employer will be investigated. Seminars and workshops will underpin the activity.

    • Studio Practice 1 (ECFA105)

      This module offers students the opportunity to explore how the body has been defined through art practice and to make work inspired by that knowledge base. An illustrated seminar acts as an introduction and students will use emergent ideas to develop themes in one or more of the fine art disciplines; 2D practice (paint, print, textiles), 3D practice (sculpture, textiles), photographic practice or sited practice.

    • Art in Context : Theory (ECFA117)

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Thematic Studio Project 1 (ECFA116)

      This module requires students to respond to a personal theme through the exploration of one of the following fine art disciplines 3D (sculpture and textiles), 2D (paint, printmaking, textiles), photography, sonic, time based or site specific practice. The work will be supported by student seminars which will inform a developing awareness of ideas.

    • Working in the Environment (ECFA208)

      This module will generate an awareness of how artists have worked with their surroundings and will offer students the opportunity to engage in work which is sited in the natural/urban environment. A seminar programme will inform students of Site Based Practice to support the development of their practical work.

    • Professional Development (ECFA222)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for professional practice including the exercise of responsibility and decision making, the ability to engage in critical reflection of the industry and the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    Optional modules

    • Time Based Practices (ECFA112)

      An introductory and practical module which introduces Fine Art Time Based Practices. Through a specified theme, seminars and workshops introduce examples of contemporary practice which relates to film, video and photography and to a range of relevant concepts, processes media and techniques.

    • Site Based Practices (ECFA113)

      An essentially practical module which begins with a seminar and workshops to introduce the student to examples of current practice which relate to contemporary Site Based Fine Art. Students will also be introduced to a range of relevant concepts and sustainable processes, media and techniques which will support them in the development and siting of their work.

    • Sonic Art Practices (ECFA114)

      Student will undertake an introductory and practical module which introduces Sonic Art Practices. Though a specified theme, seminars and workshops introduce examples of contemporary practice which relates to sound, music and to its application within a Fine Art context, students will also be introduced to a range of relevant concepts, processes, media and techniques.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Negotiated Studio Practice (ECFA209)

      Students will develop their studio practice. This involves them in the production and presentation of a proposal for making work. Students will negotiate studio practice with their tutor, the practical outcome being determined through discussion and the communication of ideas.

    • Continuing Practice (ECFA220)

      This module supports the realisation of personally developed work, and should reflect the advanced development of practice. A series of seminars, lecturers and collaborations, will promote deeper understanding of practice, and give the supporting information necessary to develop within the discipline as it relates to both academic and personal direction in art practice.

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
For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 
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 Exeter 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. 

Please contact Exeter College to apply for this course:

Exeter College
Hele Road

Tel: +441392400500
Email: info@exe-coll.ac.uk

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 Exeter College

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