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CERT HE Fine Art: Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

Programme Description


UCAS Code: C22

Course Code: CAPD

A recent addition to our portfolio of university level programmes is the Certificate of Higher Education.

This is a Level 4 stand alone qualification that is basically the first year of our Degree Programme which is focused on Fine Art practices. The course can be studied on a full time basis over one academic year, or part time over two years and will enable those students who are unable to commit to studying for a full BA Honours degree.

Studying traditional subjects such as still-life and figure painting, students learn through experimentation in a fun and inclusive teaching environment to manipulate paint, drawing and printmaking. Representational drawing skills through close observation of real life are given equal significance to conceptual approaches for making contemporary fine art.

Painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, site-specific art and cross-disciplinary fine art are embraced in this expansive discipline to enable specialisation, and to address individual preferences and the possibility of working across boundaries and technologies to pursue your personal interests.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  1 year full time, 2 years part time

 Jobs Well Campus 

Programme Features


The staff are professionals with ongoing and international exhibition profiles. Our art school offers you individual workspaces and specific studios for life-drawing, painting, and a dedicated print studio for woodblock, stone lithography and etching.

The course supports the development of your studio practice with an emphasis on craft and skill. Lectures and contextual dialogue enables you to position yourself and your practice in terms of art history and contemporary critical thought, so that you will be equipped with the tools to map and research your own interests. Opportunities for public exhibitions and events prepare you professionally for a wide range of potential careers. All these skills are transferable across a range of professional contexts.


Programme Content


A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises of seven modules: Painting & Colour Theory, Painting and Mixed Media, Printmaking, Oil Painting Processes, Developing Visual Language, Learning in the Digital Era and Creative Project.

Progression & Employment


Once you have successfully completed the Certificate of Higher Education, you could progress to level 5 of the full degree if you chose to do so.

Upon completing the full BA (Hons) Degree (years 2 & 3) students have gone on to various employment routes such as self-employed artist, entrepreneur, educator, scene designer, art therapist, public sector worker, exhibition curator, art critique / journalist, art-researcher, post graduate study (MA, PhD), philosopher, innovator etc.


Method of Assessment


Assessment is on-going through workshop plenary-sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment including aural and written feedback.

Entry Requirements


Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.

All full time applicants need to apply online through UCAS.

Part time students apply through the college application system https://www.colegsirgar.ac.uk/index.php/en/application-form 

Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. 

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Additional Costs


There are no additional studio fees. However, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for specialist materials, printing and for course related excursions.