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 the University of Plymouth. 

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Fine Art Materials and Processes (EXEC1169)

      Within this introductory module, students will become acquainted with the course ethos and with guidance, will investigate a range of materials, processes and techniques relevant to fine art. The intention is to support confidence through the development of observational and experimental drawing and in the safe and appropriate handling of materials and equipment, whilst encouraging experimentation and discovery in relation to the potential of material properties

    • Studio Practice (EXEC1170)

      This module provides opportunities for students to develop skills in observation and representation, critical thinking and ideas development, communication and presentation. Illustrated seminars will explore how the elected topic has been defined through art practice and students will apply the skills and knowledge gained to investigate the themes and realise their ideas

    • Critical Studies 1 (EXEC1171)

      This module will introduce students to artist’s practice and the debates, issues and theories that accompany their work. Lectures and seminars provide an overview of the evolution of 20th Century art movements and their contemporary relevance. The topics discussed are scheduled to coincide with relevant practical aspects of this programme. This module introduces investigation and academic conventions of essay writing

    • Professional Engagement (EXEC1172)

      This module is designed to enable students to identify and engage with professional practice and acquire transferable skills for future working environments. Students will participate in a range of opportunities provided by the college and with our industry partners and will be supported to create their own opportunities

    • Research and Development (EXEC1173)

      Focused on the advancement of research skills and concept development, this module Introduces the importance of and the relationship between; in depth subject research, philosophical enquiry, creative process and critical analysis, in the development of ideas. Lectures, seminars and tutorials will progress these skills and students will apply their learning to generating a proposal

    • Time and Place (EXEC1174)

      A practical module in which students navigate the complexities of executing a proposal and realising work beyond the studio. Lectures and seminars will investigate durational and site-based art practices and the exploration of the concepts of time and place in contemporary art

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Practice in Context (EXEC2038)

      Seminars, lectures and workshops will introduce students to arts practices that engage others in the making of the work and functions outside of the gallery context. This practice can be described as participatory, socially engaged, relational and this module will also consider artists roles in community, environment and health settings. Students will consider how their practice could function in a new context

    • Negotiated Practice (EXEC2039)

      This module engages students in the analysing the direction of their practice and the production of a proposal for making work. Students will discuss and evaluate ideas with their tutor and through this negotiation, determine practical outcomes

    • Critical Studies 2 (EXEC2040)

      A programme of lectures, independent reading of texts and discussion seminars that explore contemporary art through theory and practice. Students select an area of study that relates to and informs their own practice, and go on to produce a written account that evidences their research and discusses the questions raised

    • Professional Development (EXEC2041)

      Artist talks workshops and gallery visits are programmed in addition to seminars with the intention of encouraging students’ engagement with a range of professional art contexts. Students are supported to identify a relevant placement within which they can gain understanding of the arts sector, experience of professional frameworks and practices and enhance their own career prospects

    • Developing Practice (EXEC2042)

      This module supports increasing focus on evolving practice, working towards the realisation of a body of work that reflects advancement of process, critical reflection and professional public presentation. A series of seminars and tutorials will promote deeper reflection and understanding necessary to develop within the discipline both academically and in relation to personal artistic direction

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.

Fees, costs and funding

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.

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. 

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

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.
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