Experience a multi-disciplinary course offering a unique opportunity to explore ideas and making through both cross-disciplinary and specialist projects.

Our course focuses on developing skills across technical, conceptual, contextual, personal and professional areas, with a curriculum informed by current debates surrounding the production, presentation and consumption of contemporary fine art.

You will work in a spacious studio environment offering dedicated workshop facilities for Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, and Advanced Digital Production in two and three dimensions.

Acquiring a wide range of transferable skills, you will be equipped for a diverse range of careers within the creative and cultural industries.

There are five named degree awards, including Contemporary Art Practice; Photography; Printmaking; Moving Image; or Sculpture, which you will choose at the start of your final year. Industry-linked projects, European exchanges, design internships and live competitions are an integral part of our course.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

WW61

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 Years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

Gray's School of Art

Overview

Year 1

Developing rudimentary core skills and knowledge of Contemporary Art Practice through studio projects, lectures, seminars and specific subject related technical workshops including:

  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Moving Image
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Contextual & Critical Studies

Year 2

Extending core skills in Contemporary Art Practice through thematic and technically driven projects, enabling the development, through intensive research methods, of personal contextual interests and emerging narratives.

Year 3

Consolidates skills acquisition and extends personal direction and contextual knowledge through self-directed work programme. Emphasis is placed upon attainment of professional skills in relation to external contexts. This stage offers the opportunity for professional placements with industry and exchange programmes in Europe and North America.

Continued access to school wide workshops develop work in line with personal direction.

Year 4

You decide your named award at the beginning of this academic year (this can be reviewed in Semester Two).

An independent learning year enables a synthesis of practice, combining the technical, visual, conceptual and contextual. This culminates in a body of work for public exhibition and a written thesis. 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Creative Principles & Methods
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Semester 2
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Core Fine Art Studies
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Fine Art Contexts
  • Studio Practice: Core Skills - Identifying Focus
    Semester 2
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Fine Art Contexts
  • Studio Practice: Core Skills - Developing Focus
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Exploring Critical Themes
  • Studio Practice: Identifying Self-Direction
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Standard
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Research & Enquiry
  • Studio Practice: Developing Independence
  • Professional Skills: Disseminating Practice
    Route B - Exchange
  • International Study: Fine Art
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Independent Studio Practice
    Semester 2
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Independent Studio Practice
  • There are five named routes or pathways:

    • Contemporary Art Practice
    • Contemporary Art Practice (Printmaking)
    • Contemporary Art Practice (Moving Image)
    • Contemporary Art Practice (Sculpture)
    • Contemporary Art Practice (Photography)

    There are also studio based learning activities running parallel with Contextual & Critical Studies and specialist external projects with partners in the City and shire. Group activities feature through exhibitions, publications and public art activities.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 39 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 8 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • One to one
    • 30 mins per week

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately 39 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Demonstration

    • Approximately 15 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 39 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Supervised time in studio / workshop

    • Approximately 39 students per group
    • 10 hours per week

    External Visits

    • Approximately 39 students per group
    • One week study visit to Orkney, Helmsdale or Tallinn (optional).

    Independent study summary

    In Year 4 you are required to study independently with the emphasis of supported study through tutorials, seminars, crits and exhibitions.

    The learning plan throughout the year involves several pieces of written work including statement of intent, artist’s statement, publication statement and Degree Show proposal.

    You rehearse context of work at Pre-Degree Exhibition prior to final presentation in June.

    Staff delivering this course

    There is a combination of academic and technical staff teaching on the course. Contemporary Art Practice students use all school wide workshops and computer labs.

    Academic staff have specific expertise in one of the named routes and are all active researchers within the school and university as a whole.

    The course has input from GUEST@GRAY’S lecture programme with selected speakers contributing to studio programme.

    Our students also utilise university wide technical facilities and are exposed to a range of staff from other schools, dependant on their statement of intent.

    Facilities

    • Mac Suite with Soundproof Recording Booth
    • Specialist Mac Suite
    • Printmaking Suite
    • Sculpture Studio
    • Photography Studio/Darkroom
    • 3D Workshops
    • Microscopy Suite
    • University Library
    • 3D Printing
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • One Written Assignment, including essay
    • Three Project Outputs
    • One Report
    • One Dissertation
    • One Portfolio
    • Three Group critiques

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    GCE A Level: BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    IB Diploma: 24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Alternative Qualifications: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during open days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3, subject to meeting conditions criteria and successfully passing the selection. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, Design & Media). All advanced entry applications with the appropriate qualifications will be invited to attend an interview. Download a copy of our portfolio guidance

    Interview/Portfolio Review: Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

    Non Standard Entry: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during Open Days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Up to 25 weeks compulsory practice per year within two to three placement experiences.

    You may be eligible for a bursary with some expenses depending on individual circumstances/location.

    The Student Placement and Support Manager will allocate placements throughout Grampian, Orkney and Shetland for all students.

    ERASMUS student exchange visits are optionally available in Year 3, for a visit to healthcare settings in a European country. This includes, Finland, Norway, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. This is for a 12 week period and provides some of you with a fantastic opportunity to experience healthcare in another country.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9367 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    The course aims to equip you with core skills and aptitude for employment in a wide variety of careers.

    You may develop your individual creative practice through exhibitions, residencies, public art projects and many other forms of arts-related activity. Options include independent production, publishing, advertising, curatorial and archive work, picture research, video and TV, arts administration, teaching and community arts.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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