This course is no longer accepting applications for 2023 entry
Why study Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Take a virtual tour of this year's Fine Art degree show
- 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
About your course
The BA (Hons) Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University is unique in its focus on making artwork and presenting artwork.
Boasting more museums and galleries than any other city in the UK outside London, Liverpool is a rich cultural field and home to institutions like Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Bluecoat and Walker Art Gallery.
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. You will be offered advice on exhibiting your work with in-depth insight into the field of curating. The programme will allow you to gain confidence and to work at professional standards of practice.
"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."
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
This programme opens 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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Building a Vocabulary
The aim of this module is to introduce you the role of collaborative and individual practice within the culture of Fine Art. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches in order to develop and produce contemporary Fine Art practices.
Form and Purpose
This module will introduce you to self-directed contemporary art practice and familiarise you with a broader context of contemporary Fine Art issues and introduce you to the notion of studio practice towards the production and distribution of contemporary Fine Art practice.
Introducing Criticality 1
You will critically reflect on your own engagement with Fine Art practices, relating to your own studio practice via the upkeep of a blog and writing of an essay.
Introducing Criticality 2
You will critically reflect on your own engagement with Fine Art practices, relating to your own studio practice via the upkeep of a blog, writing of an essay with self reflection skills.
Practice and Experimentation
This module aims to increase your ability to learn your own unique practice within the wider context of the Visual Arts and to develop the practical and critical skills relevant to this practice through experimentation and analysis of successes and failures.
Practice and Production
Within this module you will consider the appropriateness, mode and situation of media used in Contemporary Fine Art Practice so that you can consider the role that audiences play in the production and distribution of contemporary art practice.
The aim of this module is to advance your critical independent understanding of historical Fine Art practice, methodology and context to relate your personal interest to your own studio practice through the upkeep and presentation of a blog and writing of an essay.
This module requires you to critically and professionally reflect on your engagement with art both historically and contemporaneously, using a variety of theoretical approaches to explore issues of representation in visual culture, with particular reference to class, race, gender and disability. This is related to your own studio practice by the upkeep and presentation of a blog and writing of an essay.
Study Semester Abroad - Fine Art
The aim is to provide students with a semester of study at an approved overseas partner that will replace one semester of their LJMU programme at level 5.This is a semester of full-time study at an approved higher education institution which will replace one semester of level 5 study at LJMU. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be an appropriate substitute for the modules being replaced. Assuming successful completion of this semester, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the semester abroad.
Advanced Practice and Experimentation
This module will equip you with an awareness of postgraduate courses, career focus/professional practice through developing a personal development portfolio. You will focus on various ideas of research towards the development of contemporary Fine Art practice.
Advanced Fine Art Practice and Production
The aim of this module is to equip you with the practical, intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary for careers as professional artists, by producing and distributing contemporary Fine Art practice in a public setting at a professional level.
Critical Research and Publication
This module will help you develop the ability to plan and propose a sustained research project. During the module, you will be required to plan, implement and complete a sustained piece of practical or applied research which critically and theoretically locates the development of your own art practice. In doing so, you will promote the application of specific and transferable skills in a professional environment.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
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.
The degree offers opportunity for students to present their work in exhibitions during the 3 years of study, 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 is near a huge range of contemporary art institutions in the city including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, Walker Art Gallery and FACT.
Our renowned teaching staff, including artists, curators and writers, can provide key career advice by drawing from their own strong track records, many of whom have worked internationally and continue to do so.
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.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Prof Joasia Krysa
Prof Joasia Krysa
I am a practising artist specialising in performance art and experimental writing with a specific interest in production constraints, editorial methodologies, and socially and politically framed subject areas such as sociolinguistics, violence, and the temporality of traumatic experience. My current practice-research projects reflect on improvisational collaboration methods in performance, and respond to the methodological potentials of autistic language use.I teach on the studio module for second and final year students of BA Fine Art, and I'm module leader for the Critical Research and Publication module for final year students. As a visiting academic to post-graduate programmes across the UK, I develop workshops that explore experimental writing as research practice methods for masters-level and doctoral candidates. I'm a short-course tutor of Hybrid Writing for the public literary organisation, Arvon Foundation.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
Rated a Top 10 Art School in the 2021 Guardian University League Tables.
Cross-disciplinary learning in art and design subjects takes place in the Liverpool School of Art and Designs John Lennon Art and Design Building, based in the Mount Pleasant Campus. Here students studying a variety of disciplines, including Architecture, Art in Science, Exhibition Studies, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, History of Art and Museum Studies and Interior Architecture, will have the opportunity to develop their work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within a stimulating and critically demanding environment.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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