The Fine Art Diploma is split into three levels and has a maximum intake of 20 students per level. If undertaken full time then the course would take three years.
Students can choose to focus on cross-dimensional media, 2d, 3d and 4d (or time based media).
Studio practice is taught by studio tutors who begin the development of a broad range of skills and techniques, introduced through intensive Components of group study in Levels 1 and 2.
Art History & Theory
Enhances students’ theoretical knowledge of the visual arts and contemporary arts culture. Each student is encouraged to develop their critical faculty and to situate their practice within the broader context of the visual arts debate, participating in seminars, lectures, exhibition visits and essay writing.
Contextual & Critical Studies Components are aimed at developing a student’s research interest through the completion of their dissertation. The area of study should reflect and support their studio practice and situate it within the wider context.
Gives students an understanding of how to document and present their work through a range of contemporary and digital media. Various workshops and sessions by specialist artists during levels 1 and 2 enable students to understand how digital languages could benefit their development and provide them with the tools to implement them.
Equips level 2 and 3 students to confidently establish their artistic practice. The subject explores areas of marketing, arts law, tax, portfolio presentation, websites and sources of funding.
At the Art Academy drawing is considered a fundamental and is a core subject of study for all level 1 and 2 students, exploring observation, creativity, composition and mark making, with an emphasis on how we understand, perceive and respond to the world.
Can I do the Diploma course part-time?
Yes, there is a flexible Part-time Diploma programme. You can vary the number of days you do per week each term, but typically students attend 2½ days a week and take 2 years to complete each level of study.
If I do part-time weekday courses, can they count towards a Diploma?
If you apply to do the Diploma we will consider other courses you have taken and decide whether to credit you with that course. Part time courses can also build towards a Certificate qualification – see Certificate Courses for details
Are scholarships, bursaries or student loans available for the Diploma course?
Not for the first 2 levels, but the Academy can offer advice on possible sources of funding for students. Contact us to discuss.
Do you take mature students for the Diploma course?
Yes, the age range is quite wide and applications from mature students are welcomed.
Do I need to have done formal art training before applying for the Diploma?
No, but the Diploma course is for those intending to make art their full-time occupation, so selection is made mainly on commitment to the course of study. We will though take some account of your ability and prior experience.
What is the structure for paying fees for the Diploma course?
Fees must be paid in advance – full details can be found on the Fees pages
Can I take a Diploma in just Sculpture or Painting?
The course allows students to focus on either painting or sculpture, or to study both. For a more in-depth look at the curriculum, see the Course Content tab.
Is the Diploma recognised or accredited?
Students from the Academy’s Diploma course have gone on to do an MA at another college, or have entered the third year of a Fine Art BA course. The Academy is in the process of making links with other higher education institutions offering accredited degree courses in order to facilitate this process. See also ‘Why we are independent’ for more on this topic.
How does the Diploma differ from a BA?
The qualification that we offer is an in-house diploma. Our assessment panel always includes an external assessor from a London university. We offer a diploma, rather than a standard government-recognised BA or MA qualification, for a number of reasons:
We offer a very high level of tutored hours for the students which we feel is fundamental to providing the best possible education. Accredited courses cannot afford to do this, as the cost of compliance with all the requisite paperwork is so high that they have to drastically reduce the number of tutored hours, or raise the fees to an unrealistic level.
A course within that system is heavily influenced by it and has to fall in line with the structures, values and guidelines laid down by it. Our course is unique and has been very carefully considered and tested. We have no wish to lose valuable aspects through changing our accreditation.
As a professional artist, your most important assets are your portfolio and your previous experience. Very rarely is an artist asked what qualification they have. We therefore focus our attention on building portfolios and giving students as much experience as we can within our programmes.
Regarding job prospects, our Diploma is specifically designed to prepare and equip students to undertake a profession in Fine Arts. In this respect, your portfolio and experience will be the central focus. In addition to building skills and techniques across a range of disciplines, our programme includes in depth modules in Professional Development, Marketing, Art as a Business, etc to ensure students are able to translate their creative practice into a viable work life.
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