Fine Art

BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Fine Art

We understand that it may be difficult to pinpoint right now the exact direction you wish to follow in your studies and subsequent career. That is why we have introduced a new entry route, BA (Hons) Fine Art. The course will allow you to study the fine art practice in Year 1 before choosing your course when entering Year 2.

Throughout Year 1, you will be provided with tutorial guidance to help you identify where your strengths, weaknesses and motivations lie. This will support you in making the most appropriate choice for your intended area of study for the rest of your time at university.

1st in Scotland for graduate prospects in Art (Guardian University Guide 2022)

1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Art (National Student Survey 2022, *excluding colleges, small, specialist and private institutions)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

Year 1

You will develop fundamental core skills and knowledge of Fine Art Practice through studio projects, lectures, seminars and specific subject related technical workshops in drawing, printmaking, photography and contextual and critical studies.

Years 2-4

You will choose one of the following courses before entering Year 2:


We have on campus and virtual events to help you find out more about study, student experience and future career paths.



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.

Detailed Module Information:

Learning Methods

You will engage in a series of multidisciplinary experiences that will give you a greater understanding of the critical, creative and professional skills that you will need to flourish.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - average 30 students per group, 4 hours per term
  • Seminars - 8 students per group, 4 hours per term
  • Tutorial - one-to-one sessions, 4 hours per term
  • Project Supervision - average 30 students per group, 4 hours per term
  • Demonstration - average 15 students per group, 4 hours per term
  • Practical class or workshop - average 30 students per group, 6 hours per term
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - average 30 students per group, 60 hours per term
  • Independent Study - average 30 students per group, 340 hours per term
  • External Visits -10-20 students per group, 1-2 days per term
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - variable depending on individual project

How long is a BA (Hons) Fine Art course?

The duration of a Fine Art degree is 4 years. This includes lectures, workshops, independent study and other activities.

Independent Study

Throughout the course, particular emphasis is placed on your development of independent learning through self-directed design project/s. In Year 4, you are required to study independently with the emphasis on supported study through tutorials, seminars, critiques and exhibitions.

Staff Delivering on this Course

There is a combination of academic and technical staff teaching on this course, all staff having specific expertise in one of the named routes and are active researchers or practicing artists within the subject.

Expert practitioners in the industry contribute to course as Professional Associates, the ‘Life After Art School’ lecture programme and through the Guest@Grays programme, which invites national and international artists and designers to speak about their work and aspects of essential professional skills acquisition.

There is also input from Graduate in Resident artists, PhD and master's students.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 3 group critiques

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 3 group critiques

Year 3

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 2 project outputs
  • 3 group critiques

Year 4

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio


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 Inclusion 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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

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

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



In year 3, Term 2, you will have the opportunity to undertake up to 4 weeks work experience within one or more placement experiences. This will enable you to gain first-hand experience and a real insight into professional practice. We have longstanding agreements with a range of organisations both in the city of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and beyond including Peacock Visual Arts, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, The Carbrach Heritage Trust and GHAT (Grampian Hospital Arts Trust).

There is also opportunities for you to apply for open call placements in preparation for Year 4. Each placement is financially supported and the Student Placement and Support Manager will support you in finding placements.


In Year 3, Term 2, there is the opportunity to undertake a period of international study exchange with our partner colleges across Europe, Canada and the US.

Job Prospects

Is Fine Art a good career choice?

Your career choice will depend on the path you choose from Year Two of the course.

Previous BA Fine Art graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Freelance Artist
  • Community Arts
  • Educational Art Assistant
  • Graduate in Residence

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 archival work, gallerists, video & TV, arts administration, teaching and community arts.

There is also the option of extending your academic experience through postgraduate study at Gray’s School of Art or other postgraduate institutions.


What is needed for a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree?

Entry to Year 1

SQA Higher: BBC to include Art & Design (or a related subject) 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 e.g. History).

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).

All applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) will be invited to attend a portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

Alternative Qualifications

Those who may not hold the standard qualifications listed are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate/relevant creative work, qualifications and/or life experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the Student Admissions Service for further advice and guidance.

A portfolio review/interview is still a requirement for this category of candidate.

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.

International Students 

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 Requirements

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:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £15,450

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 1 year Year 1 £15,000

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident 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:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Service and we'll do our best to help.

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