University Of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a strong and distinctive institution. It makes major contributions both to the national system of university education and to its local and regional communities.

Since university designation in 1992 the university has experienced a decade of steady progress. Student numbers have grown from 11,000 to 20,000, and the number of academic awards made each year from just under 3,000 to over 4,500.

External assessments of the quality of teaching and of graduate employment have ranked among the strongest in the country, and the recent national assessment of research found more Brighton staff working at international standards of excellence than in any other ‘new’ university.

The university has an enviable reputation for supporting students as individuals within a new 'mass' system. We have worked hard at improving the quality of our working environment, with nearly £100m of capital development, including new libraries on three of our four campuses.

We have cemented productive partnerships with the public service and local authorities, with bus... [ Read All ]


United Kingdom

University of Brighton, Grand Parade
Phone: +44 (0)1273 600900

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Our Aims

The University of Brighton seeks to:

discover, test and apply knowledge effectively, creatively and responsibly;
be an accessible, dynamic and responsive community of higher education, enhancing lives, communities, disciplines and professions; and
secure the best possible outcomes for its students, staff and partners.  

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Location and Getting there

The Brighton campuses are located in the city centre at Grand Parade, and to the north of the city in Moulsecoomb and Falmer. There is also Varley halls of residence, which is located between Moulsecoomb and Falmer.

The Eastbourne campus is located to the west of the town centre in three main clusters: Darley Road, Hillbow and Welkin.

The Hastings campus is situated a three minute walk south of the train station.  

Department and information about the department

The academic programme in Fine Art includes four undergraduate specialist BA courses in Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Critical Fine Art Practice, one postgraduate MA course in Fine Art and opportunities for post-graduate research for MPhil and PhD awards.

Fine art constitutes overlapping practices and disciplines, defined by distinct modes of production critical reflection, distribution and exchange. It has a history and tradition which is subject, in modern times, to change and redefinition.

Fine Art at Brighton is distinctive in maintaining, at undergraduate level, a secure base in particular fine art disciplines such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, critical theory/expanded media. This approach is complemented by broad and specialist historical and critical study.

The post-graduate MA course in Fine Art offers the opportunity for many different approaches to be tested and brought together under a common programme of study intended to develop individual professional practice,
research skills and further inquiry. Staff are also involved in supervising PhD students.

Staff also practice as artists, w...  [ Read All ]

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Information For  Undergraduates

The University of Brighton is one of the few higher education institutions in the UK that offers subject specialist degrees in fine art, providing separate undergraduate degrees in Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Critical Fine Art Practice.

Fine Art Painting BA(Hons)
Fine art painting offers the most direct and responsive means of expressing and developing visual ideas. The simplest to the most complex of issues concerning the human condition define the parameters of painting. Building on the history and tradition of painting, the course seeks to question and redefine its role in a changing society.

Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons)
Fine Art Printmaking stimulates exploration, ideas, imagination and intellectual inquiry. Its evolving position in contemporary fine art practice provides artists with a unique range of traditional processes, while embracing the challenge of the latest developments in digital technology.

Fine Art Sculpture BA(Hons)
Within the gallery and public art context, sculpture continues to be at the forefront of developments in the visual arts. This course ranges from traditional approaches to mater...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

At Postgraduate level there is an MA in Fine art.

Fine Art MA (PGDip)
This course meets the needs of mature disciplined artists wishing to develop work through interaction with professional practising staff and an informed, ambitious peer group.

In all of these courses, the learning experience over the three years is guided by a team of established practitioners, historians, writers and specialist technicians, supported by eminent and emerging visiting artists. Tutorial advice and guidance is based on individual student needs and aspirations, encouraging critical independence and self-determined studio practice. Small group seminars and student-led discussions form an important element of the learning experience. Studio practice is continually supported by a lecture and seminar-based Historical and Critical Studies programme.

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Student Facilities

The Faculty of Arts & Architecture enjoys a long-established reputation as an international centre of excellence in the creative arts, architecture, design and humanities. All subject areas offer a range of full and part-time programmes of study from undergraduate through to postgraduate MPhil and PhD. Located in the centre of Brighton the Faculty provides a unique environment in which to study. The Faculty’s Centre for Research and Development (CRD) supports research of international significance and resulted in the award of a grade 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001). It is also home to significant Archives and hosts the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Art Design & Media (ADM HEA) and was also recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design in 2005, (CETLD).  

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We aim to ensure that all our students have access to well-priced, good quality accommodation, either in halls, university-managed housing or in the private sector.  

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