Exeter College

FdA Fine Art

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ECFA102 Exploring Materials

      This module provides the opportunity to investigate a range of materials and processes and offers instruction in their safe and appropriate handling. Students will be encouraged to experiment with, enhance their knowledge of, and combine, a variety of materials. Work will be made in a combination of group and individual activities.

    • ECFA103 Introduction to Fine Art Methods

      This module introduces the course and a range of relevant processes, materials and techniques appropriate to Fine Art practice. It aims to introduce institutional frameworks and to affirm the identity of the course as a whole. PDP will be established and the notion of Fine Artist as practitioner, employee or employer will be investigated. Seminars and workshops will underpin the activity.

    • ECFA105 Studio Practice 1

      This module offers students the opportunity to explore how the body has been defined through art practice and to make work inspired by that knowledge base. An illustrated seminar acts as an introduction and students will use emergent ideas to develop themes in one or more of the fine art disciplines; 2D practice (paint, print, textiles), 3D practice (sculpture, textiles), photographic practice or sited practice.

    • ECFA117 Art in Context : Theory

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • ECFA116 Thematic Studio Project 1

      This module requires students to respond to a personal theme through the exploration of one of the following fine art disciplines 3D (sculpture and textiles), 2D (paint, printmaking, textiles), photography, sonic, time based or site specific practice. The work will be supported by student seminars which will inform a developing awareness of ideas.

    • ECFA208 Working in the Environment

      This module will generate an awareness of how artists have worked with their surroundings and will offer students the opportunity to engage in work which is sited in the natural/urban environment. A seminar programme will inform students of Site Based Practice to support the development of their practical work.

    • ECFA222 Professional Development

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for professional practice including the exercise of responsibility and decision making, the ability to engage in critical reflection of the industry and the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    Optional modules
    • ECFA112 Time Based Practices

      An introductory and practical module which introduces Fine Art Time Based Practices. Through a specified theme, seminars and workshops introduce examples of contemporary practice which relates to film, video and photography and to a range of relevant concepts, processes media and techniques.

    • ECFA113 Site Based Practices

      An essentially practical module which begins with a seminar and workshops to introduce the student to examples of current practice which relate to contemporary Site Based Fine Art. Students will also be introduced to a range of relevant concepts and sustainable processes, media and techniques which will support them in the development and siting of their work.

    • ECFA114 Sonic Art Practices

      Student will undertake an introductory and practical module which introduces Sonic Art Practices. Though a specified theme, seminars and workshops introduce examples of contemporary practice which relates to sound, music and to its application within a Fine Art context, students will also be introduced to a range of relevant concepts, processes, media and techniques.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • ECFA209 Negotiated Studio Practice

      Students will develop their studio practice. This involves them in the production and presentation of a proposal for making work. Students will negotiate studio practice with their tutor, the practical outcome being determined through discussion and the communication of ideas.

    • ECFA220 Continuing Practice

      This module supports the realisation of personally developed work, and should reflect the advanced development of practice. A series of seminars, lecturers and collaborations, will promote deeper understanding of practice, and give the supporting information necessary to develop within the discipline as it relates to both academic and personal direction in art practice.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Exeter College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Exeter College

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