Fine Art

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code W100
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


Top reasons to study with us

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    4th for Art and Design

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  • 6

    6th for Art and Design Graduate Prospects

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  • Your own studio space, available 24/7

Why Lancaster?

  • Take a highly distinctive programme that combines fine art practice with the study of contemporary ideas and modern art movements
  • You’ll have your own dedicated studio space available 24/7 from day one
  • Work with tutors who are practicing artists and scholars, exhibiting and publishing across a range of fine art ideas and mediums
  • Join a supportive community of staff and students committed to thinking about and making art relevant to today

Ready to sharpen your skills and techniques in the medium/s of your choice? Develop your artistic expression with meaning and skills relevant to contemporary art. Discover how art can erupt and disrupt in the most unusual places.

Bring your ideas to life

Discover how wide-ranging fine art can be in the 21st Century with this dynamic degree. With seminars and lectures in history and theory, we’ll help you decide your values and the type of work that is important to you.

You'll have the opportunity to work across painting, drawing, sculpture, digital, live art and their hybrids. Through technical workshops and practical demonstrations, you’ll gain an intricate understanding of different mediums and how they can be exploited to express concepts and ideas.

A thriving creative community

Your tutors are professional artists who are exhibiting, curating and writing across a range of art and ideas. You’ll join them in a community of thinkers and makers, that is both highly creative and intellectually vibrant.

As well as refining your practical studio skills, you’ll also become a critical reader and examine how contemporary art is constantly developing new and exciting ways of looking at the world.


In the first year, there is a focus on increasing your knowledge and skills in your major degree subject. You will also have the option to complement your degree studies with a module in a 'minor subject'. Please contact the department for further details.


By the time you finish this course, you’ll be equipped with a sophisticated understanding of fine art. You’ll also have carefully honed your own independent style under the guidance of leading practitioners in the field.

You might pursue life as an artist or pursue a wide range of careers in the creative economy, including roles in:

  • Curating
  • Exhibition management
  • Museum and gallery management
  • Artefact conservation
  • TV and film scenography
  • Art event management

The mix of academic and creative skills you develop at Lancaster will also prepare you for postgraduate study after this degree.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level Art and Design or one other humanities subject considered desirable but not essential

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Portfolio Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio before being made an offer. The department will contact applicants to request the portfolio. The portfolio should include imaginative, expressive and analytical work as well as objective drawing.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Foundation Courses Art Foundation Courses are not an essential requirement for this degree. Please note Foundation Courses are considered but not accepted in lieu of our academic entry requirements.Level 3 Art Foundation courses are considered on a case-by-case basis alongside two A levels at grade B or above.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.






Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

UK International
£9,250 £23,750

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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