Develop your individual practice, explore and experiment with new processes and media, and engage with contemporary practice and theory by studying for our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Cambridge School of Art.
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At ARU, studying Fine Art allows you to experiment with your creativity, explore materials and processes, and discover which media best communicate your ideas.
We encourage creative risk-taking, and you’ll have to the chance to explore many new practices and artistic platforms, including photography, printmaking, performance art, film and video, digital media, installation and site-specific approaches. Take a look at some of our students' work.
Our tutors, who are all professional artists, and expert technicians will be on hand to support you.
Here at Cambridge School of Art you’ll be hands-on in your own studio space from the very start of your course. Our studios are based around our digital and traditional exhibition space, the Ruskin Gallery, and you’ll work closely with fine artists in other years and with students from across our creative community. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get time, guidance and support from our team of practicing artists, dedicated to your creative development. We’ll support you to experiment with materials and across a range of different media, processes and techniques as you develop confidence and build a substantial portfolio of work.
We learn outside the studio too, with visits to local exhibitions, galleries in London and international trips to centres of contemporary art such as Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and the Venice Bienniale.
Throughout the course there are opportunities to collaborate and exhibit your work and it’s a great way to develop professional skills in curating, event management, marketing and promotion.
Our students have recently held exhibitions at Cambridge ArtSpace and created site-specific installations at the Institute of Astronomy, the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Technology. You’ll also showcase your work in our graduating degree show and, as a (Hons) Fine Art student, you’ll also be considered for our annual Supanee Gazeley Prize, a £3,000 award for the best Degree Show exhibition.
All our students are invited to attend the lecture series run by our Fine Art Research Unit, exposing you to contemporary debates in fine art practice. You’ll also study the history and theory of fine art, giving you a solid grounding for careers in the creative and cultural sector, such as curation, arts administration, or arts publishing and journalism – as well as teaching and education.
With an eye on your future career, you’ll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience. Our students recently took part in a live brief with Cambridge Grafton Centre, using their available unit space to develop and curate an artist-led exhibition. Our course options also allow you to take an optional placement year.
Course Leader: Benet Spencer
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Tian Young, "The boat" - miniature diorama based on the film "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"See more of our Fine Art students' work
Ian graduated from our BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2015, and has since been awarded many high profile commissions and awards, including the Art Laguna Prize.Discover how our degree helped Ian's art practice
MA student and BA graduate Francesca was shortlisted for the Global Design Graduate Show 2023 in collaboration with Gucci.See more of Francesca's work
Chloe Culley was a winner in the Freelands Painting Prize 2023 with her work Untitled (Red), and also picked up the Supanee Gazeley Art Prize at our degree show.See more of our award-winning students
Graduate Ian Wolter began a residency at the National Army Museum, London, to work on a portrait bust of a serving Grenadier Guardsman.Read more about Ian and our other alumni success
Fine Art student Jennifer talks about her experiences of developing her creative practice at Cambridge School of Art.
Becoming Them, mixed-media installation, 2020
Structure, oil and acrylic on wood, 45 x 40cm, 2021
Merging Melancholy, image transfer and acrylic thread on canvas, 55 x 60cm, 2020
Study IV Monochrome Barneys, oil on board, 30 x 30cm, 2020
Contact 1, 2, 3, video still, 2022
Swirl, oil on canvas, 84cm x 60cm, 2020
Photoluminescent Room, mixed-media installation, 2021
The Library of the Future, site specific installation, 2020
Tell Me What To Do, acrylic paint on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 2022
Hear from course leader, Benet Spencer, about what it's like to study on the Fine Art course at ARU.
Ella Luben talks about how studying at Cambridge School of Art has helped her develop the tools and confidence she needs to be a professional artist.
BA (Hons) Fine Art student Jessica talks about her experiences on the course.
As well as our dedicated fine art studio with your own workspace, you’ll have use of facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Alternatively, take a guided tour and meet our students.
Our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree opens the door to many different creative and professional opportunities.
As a student at ARU, you’ll have opportunities to exhibit your work, and develop professional skills in curating, group work, event management, and marketing and promotion. Our modules cover professional practice and include live briefs, and there’s careers and employability support on offer from day one. You can be sure you’ll develop skills and experience you need to stand out.
As a graduate you might work in fine art practice, community arts projects, prop and set making, art therapy, or museum and gallery administration and education. Or you could pursue creative roles in advertising, art direction, marketing, digital content production, as well as lecturing and teaching.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"ARU was my first choice in terms of facilities, equipment, environment, tutoring and I particularly loved the printing room."Francesca Gagni
BA (Hons) Fine Art studentFrancesca's story
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