|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£12,660 per annum|
|Full-time industrial placement year fee:||£1007 per annum*|
*Subject to yearly increases
About your course
The BA (Hons) Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University is unique in its focus on public exhibiting of artwork, and opportunities to work with local, national and international arts professionals, agencies and galleries.
- Taught by nationally and internationally-renowned artists who work with sculpture, painting, installation, video, performance, printmaking, site-specific practice, and art theory
- Opportunities to take part in national and international study trips
- Specialist workshops provide expert training and guidance in digital audio and video production, sculpture and 3D construction, digital studio photography and film, printmaking, 3D printing, textile work, and painting
- Teaching in the RIBA award-winning, purpose-built John Lennon Art and Design Building
The Fine Art programme at LJMU was an exciting experience and opportunity to develop my work in a professional and friendly environment. Great technical support and facilities enabled me to experiment with a variety of media and learn new skills. The course created possibilities to connect with various institutions and organisations which I am finding beneficial today.
You will be actively encouraged to work collaboratively with local professional agencies or galleries, including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Bluecoat, Metal and Royal Standard.
The degree averages around 50 public exhibitions a year compared to most degree courses that will not do more than a single degree show.
As Liverpool has more museums and galleries than any UK city outside London, there can be few better places in which to study Fine Art. Against this rich cultural backdrop, the Fine Art degree at LJMU has connections with a huge range of contemporary art institutions in the city including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial and FACT through the School's unique joint academic appointments with these significant organisations. All of these institutions directly support our work with students. We also work with major organisations in the UK and abroad such as Grizedale Arts and Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands.
This collaborative way of working will give you a real taste of the dynamic world of contemporary art, as well as giving you a chance to develop your ideas and learn how to present them as project proposals. Such experience is invaluable preparation for your future career, whether as a practising artist or working in a related field.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
If you decide to pursue a Fine Art degree at LJMU, you will join a friendly and supportive department in which you will be encouraged to develop your creative talent and to also view your own and others’ work with a critical eye. Continual peer review and the constant guidance of your tutors are designed to help you be the very best in your particular artistic discipline. The course also offers you a consistently high contact rate.
If you are passionate about producing and showing your artwork and would like to be involved in professional-standard art projects this is the ideal course to launch you into the world of contemporary art practice.
Boasting more museums and galleries than any other city in the UK outside London, Liverpool is rapidly becoming regarded as a European centre for contemporary art, while institutions like Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FACT and the Bluecoat all directly support our work. You can find out more on the Liverpool School of Art and Design Fine Art Degree Show and Fine Art students' blogs. These sites will give you a good idea of the kinds of activities undertaken as part of the degree and what it is like to study at LJMU.
Right from the start of your BA (Hons) Fine Art course you will be working with a professional arts agency or gallery in the city and showing your work in the public arena. Meanwhile, in your day-to-day studio practice you have the freedom to work in any media you choose, refining your skills and working on realising your individual vision, with help from your tutors who are always on hand to offer advice.
Every year we offer national and international study trip opportunities, and we also actively encourage you to seek work placements in the UK and abroad.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Building a Vocabulary
- Form and Purpose in Fine Art Practice
- Introduction to Criticality
- Practice and Experimentation
- Practice and Presentation
- Advanced Practice and Experimentation
- Advanced Practice and Publication
- Critical Research and Publication
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Regular tutorials, group reviews of your work and visits to local exhibitions and events will really help you to develop as an artist and place your work in a professional context. You will also be expected to attend a rigorous programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and critiques, and there will be ongoing training and workshops in digital audio and video production, sculpture and 3D construction, digital studio photography and film, printmaking, 3D printing, textile work and painting, supported by our expert technical teams.
Be supported throughout your course and beyond
Your tutors are nationally and internationally renowned artists and theorists, whose work spans a variety of media. Between them they have many years’ active involvement in major international art collaborations and are closely involved with some of the most prestigious contemporary art institutions in Liverpool. They include:
- Toby Christian, sculpture, installation
- Imogen Stidworthy, audio visual installation
- Rory Macbeth, sculpture and performance
- Kathryn Elkin, film, performance, installation
- Bedwyr Williams, performance, installation
- Neil Morris, contemporary printmaker
- Professor Jagjit Chuhan, painter
- Rick Creed, painter
- Patricia Mackinnon-Day, site-specific artist
- Peter Appleton, sound sculpture
- Dr John Byrne who regularly publishes writing on contemporary art
- Dr Mark Wright, FACT collaborative post
- Professor Joasia Krysa, Liverpool Biennial collaborative post
- Dr Michael Birchall, Tate Liverpool collaborative post
We regularly welcome distiguished visiting lecturers, such as Lorenzo Fusi, former curator of Liverpool Biennial and now Director of the Open Eye Gallery. You will participate in weekly lectures and tutorials from National and International visiting lecturers, including artists, writers, gallerists, and curators, as well as being involved in cross-disciplinary projects such as the 2016 project with Turner Prize winners Assemble.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment is 80% practical and 20% written work.
The primary methods of assessment are a presentation of your work to fellow students and staff or submission/installation of a portfolio of practical projects with supporting research and development work.
The way you do this depends on the kind of work you do, but we always ensure that the process is friendly and supportive and that portfolio submissions are done in the studio. Other forms of assessment include written essays, reviews, proposals, reports, a personal development planning folder and a CV and/or blog.
Your tutors will schedule individual tutorials to help you prepare for assessments, but they will also be continually on hand to help you evaluate your work and assess your progress. Verbal feedback is given during review and critique activities and at the end of individual tutorials.
You will also receive written feedback with an indication of your marks for reviews and presentations within three weeks of submitting work, although this may take longer if the marks go through an external moderation and approval process.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
- An enthusiasm for Art & Design based subjects
- Capable of discussing Art & Design issues
- The ability to analyse and reflectively criticise
- Visual awareness
Assessment of suitability to the course will be undertaken by review of a portfolio of work and interview. Further information about the interview process can be found at: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/applicant-login/interviews-auditions-and-aptitude-tests/faculty-of-arts-professional-and-social-studies
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: To include an Art/Design subject if no other level 3 Art/Design qualifications taken
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: At least 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in an Art and Design subject
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points, to include Visual Arts at HL
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points, to include Art at higher level and a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Additional entry requirement information
UCAS Tariff points accepted from the Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, and Art, Design and Media). Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.
The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.
If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.
Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.
As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.
For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.
The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.
Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.
The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
Opening lots of opportunities to develop your professional practice.
There are many opportunities for contemporary artists who are building their own professional practice. You may be able to apply for grants, and supplement your income by running workshops for galleries and museums, taking up residencies, working collaboratively with other artists and artists groups, managing projects within the cultural sector and curating exhibitions and shows.
New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (email@example.com)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes