University Clearing News!

Thinking of pursuing the arts at university level? Check out our annual list of clearing recommendations and follow your dreams! [by Dorothea Moore]

BA (Hons) Acting – Falmouth University, Cornwall

Touted as the best arts university in the UK, Falmouth offers bright and breezy, seaside campuses spread out along the Cornwall coastline – what’s not to like?  Actress Dawn French remains the university’s first ever Chancellor which adds to the institution’s strong academic links.  Stats show that 94% of graduating alumni find themselves either in work or in further study within 6 months of finishing their course.  The Acting degree itself takes 3 years to complete, and enables you to become ‘a trained actor in a climate of creative energy, constructive challenge, and support.’.

BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing & Media – Winchester University, Hampshire

Winchester University undergraduates are guaranteed a room in halls provided they accept their accommodation offer within 48 hours.

With an Entry Requirement of 104-120 UCAS Points, this course is eminently accessible.  Winchester University is one of the oldest academic institutions in the UK and has had the time to develop strong industry links.  Every year, fashion students are able to showcase their best work in the city’s Fashion Week festival, culminating in a runway show featuring A-list guests!  The college also boasts robust postgraduate arts provision, with the added benefit of pre-approving any Winchester undergraduate for a masters degree in their chosen field – providing they get the appropriate entry requirements of course!

BA (Hons) Computer Games (Art) – Solent University, Southampton

Boasting an ultra-modern, vibrant campus, this relatively new university is nestled amongst parkland in the coastal city of Southampton.  With easy transport links to the M3 and M27, this institution attracts Hampshire residents alongside national and international undergraduates.  Art Today were fortunate enough to be granted a 1-to-1 tour last Summer, and found the learning environment most impressive.  This particular course usually requires 112 UCAS Points, but the college advises contacting them to discuss gaining a place if you have not managed to secure those precise grades (deadline 20th September).  Should students desire, they can choose to take on an academic work placement during this course, meaning a head-start when applying for jobs upon course completion.

BA Modern Languages and History of Art and Visual Culture – Royal Holloway College, University of London (Egham, Surrey)

‘Babylonian Marriage Market’ by Edwin Long, c. 1875. Bought for the Royal Holloway Victorian Picture Gallery in 1888.

This course has clearing places this year and features a novel way of continuing both language study and your Art History education.  This skill set can be especially useful in the fields of curatorship, valuation and preservation, to name but a few.  The course takes 4 years full time, and includes the opportunity to spend your 3rd year working, studying or teaching abroad.  Set in the unsurpassable Egham campus – the architecture of the main building is based on a French chateau – arts students have the enviable chance to forage through the college’s own extensive art collection to support their studies (including works by Frith, Millais and Burne-Jones) housed in the Grade-1 listed, Victorian Picture Gallery.

BA (Hons) Fine Art – Painting/Printmaking – Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

An art class set in the Antiques’ Room, Glasgow School of Art, in the Victoria era.

Set in a melting pot of culture and art history to rival any city in the world, Glasgow School of Art boasts some illustrious alumni.  From Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Norman McLaren; Jenny Saville to Pam Hogg – many a prominent artist cites this institution on their CV.  This year, the college features painting and printmaking in its clearing courses selection.  Taking 4 years (full time), the course is particularly pertinent to those students wishing to focus on a career in the visual arts.  Applicants can choose to start the course as an undergraduate first year, or a pre-degree foundation year student.

BA (Hons) Music and Sound Recording – University of York, Yorkshire

The University of York BA (Hons) in Music and Sound Recording costs £9,250 per year.

York is one of the most beautiful cities of culture in the UK, offering a plethora of musical enterprises to immerse yourself in.  The Music and Sound Recording course offers a placement year option (which could be abroad), as well as the opportunity for offer-holders to visit the campus before confirming their place.  In the final year of this course, students are encouraged to complete an independent project, enabling them to ‘develop a substantial piece of creative, technical or scholarly work which will be presented to professional standards.’.  The percentage of assessment dedicated to coursework is high, with only 17% of final-year assessment being practical exams.




[Credits:  Feature image – Royal Holloway College Founder’s Building (taken by Frida for Art Today);;;;;;;;]


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