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The Fine Art Programme focuses on contemporary art and practice and theories that inform it. This is a studio-based programme that approaches art practice in an investigative and experimental way. The ethos is pluralistic in approach, enabling students to specialise or work across media in such areas as painting, sculpture / installation, printmaking, video, photography, performance / installation. The emphasis is on establishing a personal direction through both process and critique.

The programme is progressive in outlook, fostering openness to new learning and emergent forms of practice, giving students the perspective to place both themselves and their work in a broader global context.

The aim of the course is to direct the student towards independent study by encouraging a studio practice based on debate, collaboration, enquiry and risk taking. The programme is structured to generate a synthesis between practice and theory. Through the shared experience of generating, discussing and testing ideas, students establish an understanding of the creative process and theoretical issues that inform it. This understanding is facilitated by lectures, visiting artists, tutorials and group seminars.

With the help of Internationally trained teaching staff and practising artists whose expertise covers painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography and printmaking students will be encouraged to explore their contemporary context, respond to shifts in culture and reflect on their own positions as creative forces. There is a lively and diverse lecture programme where visual artists, poets, art critics and curators explain their practice to the whole student group, encouraging debate and exciting discussion.

Course structure

Year 1(Level 4)

The learning experience is focused through a series of short ‘themed’ projects that enable the gaining of skills in fundamental techniques and processes. Investigation into ‘colour’ and ‘sculptural techniques’ will help underpin intellectual understanding of materials and their properties through a series of workshops. A weekly lecture programme and 1-1 tutorials with staff and visiting practitioners will consolidate the understanding of artistic activity and further contextualise the individual position. ‘Series and sequence’ and ‘working in collaboration’ will allow the rolling forward of personal investigation into new realms, culminating in an essay of tutorial reports of 1500 words and an essay of research interests of 1500 words and an end of year show.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Fine Art Studio Practice
  • Fine Art Studio Practice 1.1 L4
  • Critical and Cultural Studies L4 A: Visual Arts
  • Working in Collaboration L4 B
  • Fine Art Studio Practice 1.2 L4

Year 2 (Level 5)

The second year of the programme will focus more on equipping the student with research skills that help to situate the developing practice within a wider cultural context. Continued workshop programmes will aid the acquisition of skills. Professional practice and career progression will also begin in year 2. The critical studies module will require the submission of 2 research papers of upto 2000 words each.

Core modules (starting from 2013/2014)

  • Fine Art Studio Practice 2.1 L5
  • Critical and Cultural Studies L5 B: Visual Arts
  • Fine Art Studio Practice 2.2 L5
  • Enterprise and Employability 2.2 L5 A
  • Enterprise and Employability 2.3 L5 B

Year 3 (Level 6)

During their final year leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts students can study either in Moscow or in the UK depending on their choice.

Degree Studio Work Development 3.1
The module requires students to identify personal strengths and interests and act on this knowledge to generate practical work and to begin to locate and evaluate this in relation to contemporary art practices. Students have the opportunity to test their ideas by presenting work to audiences, including visiting professionals, and to engage in debate and critical evaluation at group seminars and tutorials. Presentations by visiting professionals about how to manage your practice after graduation. Students are expected to work autonomously, exercise initiative and self-direction.

Degree Fine Art Studio Practice 3.2
The module requires students to identify personal strengths and interests and act on this knowledge to generate practical work with clarity of vision and ambition. Students have the opportunity to test their ideas by presenting practical work to audiences including visiting professionals and engage in debate and critical evaluation at group seminars and tutorials.

Students are also expected to utilise knowledge and understanding of a range of professional contexts for practice in relation to audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers, participants and co-creators in preparation for employment or postgraduate study. Extra-curricular activities and entrepreneurial endeavours relating to professional practice are encouraged.

The end of semester presentation of practical work is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to make work that engages the audience and reflects emerging debates in contemporary fine art. Students demonstrate skills in critical evaluation, selection and presentation together with the ability to collaborate effectively with others in the preparation for the final exhibition.

Critical and Cultural studies Degree Essay Report
The content of the module will be student-generated in that each student will bring their identified interests to the sessions. Studies on this module are characterised by an emphasis on independent learning but the student's research project will be supported through a programme of lectures, seminars, tutorials and learning support materials which will enable students to negotiate an essay/technical report topic, frame their area of enquiry questions, locate the relevant sources, develop and apply critical skills to their area of interest. The assessed element of this module consists of a 6000 word essay.


Course director: Ian Charlesworth

Student work

Fine Art Degree Show, the final exhibition of BA Fine Art students – OBJECTS3, 2014

Admission requirements and processes

To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and  the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course.

Acceptance is based on the results of portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days following the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if the student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits are compared with the number of credits which are necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.

Applications are accepted from March until August 31st, 2016.

Classes begin in September, 2016.

Period of study

Full-time - 3 years

Part-time - 6 years

Tuition fees

Full-time GBP 5,100/year*

Part-time GBP 3,250/year* 

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.


*This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.  

What documents are required if you apply

  • Online application form 
  • Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications
  • 2 photos 3х4 cm
  • Copy of your passport
  • Personal statement

Entry examinations

Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

  • English exam
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced.

For Russian residents, interviews are conducted according to the schedule which you can find on our FAD page. The schedule of entry examinations for the BA courses is the same for applicants who apply for the Foundation Art & Design Course (go to the course page).

For international students we can organise the skype interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.

Required level of English

IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
  • FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.

Required portfolio

The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.

Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.

Download presentation with examples and recommendations for portfolio development (PowerPoint, 3,9 Mb).

Interview procedure

Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known artists to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.

Please contact if you have any questions: or +7 (495) 640 30 15


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