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The School of Fine Art is well known for outstanding BA and MA courses taught by leading exhibiting artists, published critics and art historians.

Our highly committed teaching practitioners inspire students to become the future thinkers, producers and inventors of the arts.

Workshop teaching in large and impressive studio spaces supports a shared culture of research for both students and staff, strongly informing the ethos and identity of the School.

This is founded on strengthening technical skills and individual creative flair. Our aim is to inspire and encourage students to freely question and challenge the boundaries of Fine Art practice, exchanging ideas and crossing over into new disciplines and areas of research.

World-renowned artists such as Tracey Emin and Jayne Parker are alumni. More recently Jack Lavender, who graduated in 2009, is one of several successful alumni given solo shows in major London galleries.

Students enjoy excellent and distinctive experiences at our two campuses in Farnham and Canterbury.

Both house important gallery spaces, each of which has a strong reputation for exhibiting nationally and internationally significant work. Students regularly curate and show their work in these spaces and externally. In fact, the location of both campuses within easy travelling time of London sees staff and students frequently exhibiting in the capital.

Our Courses at UCA Canterbury and UCA Farnham are rich in their own distinctive culture and opportunities, each benefiting from a particular regional creative dynamic. In Canterbury this is based on close relationships with the region’s creative institutions and networks, for example the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

In Farnham students benefit from both close proximity to the vibrant London arts scene and relationships with regional museums and galleries, including, for example, the Watts Gallery where graduating students regularly undertake residencies.

We have high quality resources and facilities, which enable students to be very ambitious in what they seek to achieve, allowing them to reach their maximum potential. Workshops covering everything from bronze casting to time-based practices and supported by highly skilled technical teams, offer wide ranging technical and material opportunities for our students to explore and develop their creative ideas.

Our programme of visiting artists is essential in creating an exciting hub of ideas and debate. Recent visiting artist talks include Gustav Metzger, Marin Creed, Adam Chodzko and Ian Sinclair.

Take a look through our School’s website. My course teams and I will be happy answer any questions you may have about our courses, facilities and the university.

Best wishes,

Ian Parker
Head of School – Fine Art

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