University of Chester

Programme Specification
Fine Art BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)

Fine Art

Fine Art (Wirral Metropolitan College)

University of Chester

Wirral Metropolitan College

Wirral Metropolitan College

Twelve Quays Campus


Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

3 Years FT 6 Years PT

7 Years

Annual - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Art and Design

Art and Design (2008)


Art and Design

Wednesday 11th March 2015

The programme aims to provide a stimulating, comprehensive and progressive Fine Art curriculum, which is attractive to both local and regional applicants: particularly those unable to move outside the region due to domestic and/or financial circumstances.

Programme Aims 

  • To provide a stimulating, comprehensive, and progressive programme of fine art study, which provides greater access to Higher Education for local people, especially mature students.  
  • To enable students to acquire and develop specialist fine art skills including printing, drawing, painting and making as a platform to engage with and contribute to wider forms of contemporary art practice and visual culture.
  • To provide students with a fully integrated programme of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to develop their own practice within a contemporary context and to acquire a range of analytical and media based skills for subsequent employment or personal development.
  • To enable students to develop independent learning by providing them with the critical skills and knowledge to deploy independent thinking, critical awareness of contextual frameworks and language to successfully progress their own fine art practice and professional ambitions including publication and display. 
  • To provide a student centred three-year or six year credit-based degree programme with intermediate exit qualifications, supported by tutors and employing a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies appropriate to the study and practice of fine art at undergraduate level. 

Key knowledge areas for this programme are a critical understanding of fine art practice and the application of appropriate criteria for evaluating artwork.  Students will develop a personal visual language and intent as a means of increasing self-knowledge and self- development through study and practice. Students will demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of historical and contemporary fine art practices and understand how to utilise knowledge and understanding in the development of individual methodologies of practice.

FHEQ Level 4

  • Develop an understanding of fundamental concepts underpinning the subject area, through studio practice and historical and contextual studies (AR4256, AR4257)
  • Demonstrate an emerging critical appreciation of modern and contemporary fine art practice (AR4256, AR4257)
  • Demonstrate understanding and effective use of basic vocabulary and evaluative criteria underpinning fine art practice (AR4256, AR4257)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and basic critical understanding of historical and contemporary examples of fine art practice (AR4256, AR4257).

FHEQ Level 5

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of research and information-gathering skills to identify, define and conceptualise problems and potential solutions through studio practice (AR5257, AR5258)
  • Demonstrate increasing confidence and ability in approaches to problem-solving and the practical application of complex methods and critical theories (AR5258)
  • Demonstrate increasing confidence and ability in articulating individual ideas, concerns and issues (AR5257, AR5258)

FHEQ Level 6

  • Demonstrate sophistication in critical analysis of primary and secondary source materials (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate critical evaluation of work using appropriately identified criteria (AR6256, AR6257, AR6259, AR6260)
  • Apply aesthetic judgements informed by increased technical skill and ability (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Demonstrate maturity in individual creative thinking and conceptual reasoning, informed by individual interpretations and analyses of complex models and theories (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Demonstrate refined critical and practical ability to articulate knowledge and ideas at a sophisticated professional level (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Students will have developed a high level of knowledge, understanding and critical awareness. (AR6257, AR6258).

Thinking and cognitive skills will be expected to develop across the three years of study. Students will be expected to demonstrate progressive understanding of the issues and debates relating to fine art practice. Students will demonstrate sound application of descriptive, analytical and critical language and enter into reasoned and substantiated review and reflection. Students will be expected to engage in critical debate in group situations including prepared contributions to seminars and practical crit sessions. Students will be able to articulate individual concerns and interests within the context of contemporary debates and historical precedent.

FHEQ Level 4

  • Develop an individual, intellectual approach to drawing as a fundamental method of visual research underpinning the development of concepts and ideas through Fine Art practice. (AR4256, AR4260)
  • Identify appropriate concepts and subject matter and their potential for development through intellectually coherent and sustained individual practice. (AR4257)
  • Demonstrate understanding and effective use of basic vocabulary and evaluative criteria underpinning fine art practice (AR4256, AR4257)

 FHEQ Level 5

  • Demonstrate ability to identify and investigate concepts through a skilful exploration of materials and imagery, coherent evolution of ideas and critical evaluation evidenced in development studies. (AR5257, AR5258, AR5259)
  • Develop individual practice-led research methods that are informed by knowledge and understanding of appropriate Fine Art methodologies. (AR5257, AR5258, AR5259)

FHEQ Level 6

  • Demonstrate confidence in individual creative thinking and conceptual reasoning, informed by individual interpretations and analyses of complex models and theories (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Demonstrate refined critical ability to articulate knowledge and ideas at a sophisticated  level (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Develop individual working processes and evaluative criteria demonstrating a level of critical rigour appropriate to their practice (AR6256, AR6257,) Option modules provide the opportunity to develop critical rigour within a variety of specialist areas.
  • Complete a resolved body of work which is technically proficient and which illustrates sophisticated intellectual thought processes and individual intent and judgement (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Evidence a sustained progression of a coherent and systematic process of inquiry through research and development work (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Acquire, develop and employ critical skills in: reading and interpreting artworks and texts; analysing diverse primary and secondary materials; formulating individual opinions and judgements informed by factual and interpretative data; and communicating complex concepts clearly and effectively through written, oral and visual language. (AR6256, AR6257)

Practical and professional skills are embedded throughout the programme. Students will develop appropriate levels of practical skill and dexterity in manipulating media, techniques and processes, informed by practical knowledge of the properties and behaviours of a range of materials. Increasingly and especially at level five and six students will initiate, plan and undertake the practical presentation of work in formats appropriate to professional Fine Art contexts and standards.

Students will acquire critical understanding and practical knowledge of drawing as a fine art practice, as a method of observational and experiential visual analysis, as a process of visualisation, as a method of problem solving and as a form of visual communication. Students will demonstrate proficiency and confidence in selecting and experimenting with materials, processes and techniques appropriate to Fine Art practice, with the purpose of communicating ideas.

FHEQ Level 4

  • Demonstrate confidence in selecting and experimenting with materials, processes and techniques with the purpose of communicating ideas. (AR4257, AR4258)
  • Develop appropriate levels of practical skill and dexterity in manipulating media, techniques and processes. (AR4257, AR4259)
  • Demonstrate creativity and competence in appropriate applications of drawing. (AR4256, AR4257, AR4258, AR4260)

FHEQ Level 5

  • Initiate, plan and undertake the practical presentation of work in formats appropriate to professional Fine Art contexts and standards. (AR5258, AR5261)
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective practical research and documentation skills, including: information gathering, visual inquiry, documentation and annotation. (AR5257, AR5258, AR5261)
  • Understand, acknowledge and apply safe and appropriate use of tools, materials and processes in accordance with correct Health and Safety applications. (AR5260)

 FHEQ Level 6

  • Develop practical strategies for achieving professional aspirations. (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Successfully complete a resolved body of work which is technically proficient and which illustrates sophisticated intellectual thought processes and individual intent and judgement (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Demonstrate consistent levels of technical and practical skill in visualising and articulating ideas through a coherent and sustained body of work. (AR6256, AR6257, and Option modules AR6259, AR6260, AR6261)
  • Develop individual working processes and evaluative criteria demonstrating a level of critical rigour appropriate to professional practice. (AR6256, AR6257, and Option modules AR6259, AR6260, AR6261)
  • Successfully complete a resolved body of work which illustrates sophisticated intellectual thought processes and individual intent and judgement (AR6256, AR6257)

The ability to communicate successfully and the deployment of specialist vocabulary and evaluative criteria underpinning fine art practice are essential skills at every level. Students are required to articulate acquired knowledge and critical understanding of historical and contemporary examples of fine art practice.

Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and gather appropriate source material for practical and theoretical research. They will use increasingly sophisticated critical analysis of primary and secondary source materials. Progressive written assignments will demonstrate increasing independence, clarity and confidence in constructing and articulating sound and informed opinion and argument. Written work will evidence the ability to apply aesthetic judgements informed by sound research and ability to analyse complex models and theories within an academic framework supported by accurate citation.

Throughout levels five and six students will demonstrate critical and writing skills enabling the clear expression of knowledge and ideas at a sophisticated professional level suitable for publication.

FHEQ Level 4

  • Develop research and information-gathering skills (AR4256, AR4257, AR4258)
  • Demonstrate growing confidence in constructing and articulating coherent and informed individual ideas and opinions in written, verbal and visual language(AR4256, AR4257)
  • Use Information Technology appropriately and effectively. (All Level 4 modules)

FHEQ Level 5

  • Demonstrate increasing confidence and ability in articulating individual ideas, concerns and issues (AR5257, AR5258)
  • Formulate individual judgements about quality and conceptual issues (AR5257, AR5258)
  • Demonstrate increasing sophistication in critical analysis of primary and secondary source materials (AR5257, AR5258)
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate critical evaluation of work using appropriately identified criteria (AR5258, AR5261)
  • Be able to construct and articulate sound and informed opinions and arguments (AR5257, AR5258, AR5261)

FHEQ Level 6

  • Employ critical skills in reading and interpreting artworks and texts; analysing diverse primary and secondary materials; formulating individual opinions and judgements (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Provide evidence of an informed contextualisation of work in relation to professional fine art practice through the presentation and critical evaluation of work, supporting materials and written work (AR6256, AR6257)
  • Work with others, contribute to the development and achievement of shared goals and adopt individual roles and responsibilities in relation to group tasks. (AR6256, AR6257)

The programme runs over three academic years, each year being divided into semesters. Criteria for progression through Levels 4, 5 and 6 relate to programme aims, stated Intended Learning Outcomes and module outcomes, and the accumulation of appropriate credits. The course complies with the regulations of the University of Chester and WMC and is delivered over three years (full-time) or six years (part-time).

Progression is enabled through group projects and structured delivery in Level 4, towards more independent study at Level 6. The majority of students progress to Level 6, completing with honours, although Certificate and Diploma exit awards are attainable.

Part-time delivery follows the full-time structure and credit requirements, but runs over six years. Individuals can negotiate part-time attendance appropriate to individual circumstances. Mandatory core modules and selected option modules enable the development of generic and subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding. Module outcomes support staged internal progression.

Absence of division between Fine Art disciplines allows attainment of Programme Leaning Outcomes (PLOs) through a broad range of practices. From the end of Level 4 (AR4257) onwards, students define individual methods of practice through negotiated individual learning plans, which effectively aid learning.

Options enable further development and attainment of understanding and skills within Fine Art disciplines. Selected from a limited programme of specialist studies, options complement the development of core module coursework.

At each level of the course two of the core modules include written assignments, which enable the development of critical knowledge and understanding of the History of Art and Theoretical Studies (HATS).

QAA Benchmarking Statements for Art & Design revised (2008) have been used to design the programme.


Level 4

Level 4 engages students in the basic vocabulary of fine art practice. Modules place emphasis on observation and information gathering through drawing (in its broadest forms) as a process of exploring individual ideas and as an aid to problem solving. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual research methods and encouraged to investigate different methods of exploring ideas and responding to project briefs through a variety of media and processes.

Students are required to participate in critical evaluations of studio work and critical and theoretical discussions about historical and contemporary issues and concerns relating to fine art practice through seminars and tutorials and gallery visits.

Contextual studies are delivered as an integrated lecture / seminar programme, which is directly related to studio practice.

Level 5

Building upon an emerging personal aesthetic and technical vocabulary together with specialist interests identified throughout Level 4, Level 5 modules place increased emphasis on the development of critical awareness, individual judgement and professional approaches to contemporary fine art practice. All students will undertake take the modules Fine Art Practice Two (AR5257), Fine Art Practice and Presentation (AR5258) and Gallery Practice and Professional Experience (AR5261) but will choose between an Option Studies module (Painting, Printing, Drawing, Lens Based Media) or the Critical Theory, Critical Writing (AR5260) theory based module to complete the required credits for this level.

At Level 5 students are expected to assume a greater degree of responsibility for their own learning therefore developing the confidence and transferable skills required for independent and self-directed learning is particularly pertinent.

Level 6

At Level 6, teaching aims to support students in the development of a more independent and professional approach to all aspects of fine art practice. Students will be encouraged to clarify individual interests and chosen specialist directions and to engage in sophisticated levels of critical and contextual study. Students will be challenged to develop and articulate a more rigorous and profound understanding of intentions enabling a consolidation of their contemporary fine art practice. They will be expected to produce a coherent, contextualised and resolved body of work for the final module which is weighted accordingly. Working practices at Level 6 are expected to demonstrate the high level of individual motivation required to sustain professional practice, employment, or post-graduate study.


Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
AR4256 4 Constructing a Vocabulary 40 Comp
AR4257 4 Fine Art Practice One 20 Comp
AR4258 4 Image Making and Manipulation 20 Comp
AR4259 4 Object Transformation and Manipulation 20 Comp
AR4260 4 Approaches to Drawing 20 Comp
AR5257 5 Fine Art Practice Two 40 Comp
AR5258 5 Fine Art Practice and Presentation 40 Comp
AR5259 5 Option Studies 20 Optional
AR5260 5 Critical Theory. Critical Writing 20 Optional
AR5261 5 Gallery Practice and Professional Experience 20 Comp
AR6256 6 Fine Art Practice Three 40 Comp
AR6257 6 Fine Art Practice and Publication 60 Comp
AR6258 6 Extended Critical Study 20 Optional
AR6259 6 Printmaking 20 Optional
AR6260 6 Drawing for Fine Art Practice 20 Optional
AR6261 6 Site Specific Art 20 Optional

Certificate in Higher Education (Level 4: 120 credits)

Diploma in Higher Education (Level 5: 240 credits)

Degree with Honours (Level 6: 360 credits)

The meeting of prospective candidates on open days demonstrates the college's desire to meet student's aspirations individually and recognises that individuality in the nature of their artistic ambitions. Applications to undergraduate programmes are made through UCAS and will normally be required to attend for portfolio interview.

For full details connected to college admissions requirements and procedures, reference should be made to the current Wirral Metropolitan Prospectus, their website and UCAS website. 

Single Honours (3 year programme)         

The profile of a typical entrant to this course will have studied one of the following programmes:            

BTEC National Diploma / Certificate (Art and Design): merit / distinction profile            

Irish Highers / Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including Art or an Art-based subject            

International Baccalaureate: 24 points including 4 in Visual Arts 

Appropriate Art Foundation Course, QAA recognised Access course, Open College Units or Open University Credits

Please note: A BTEC National Award or the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our offer.

Applications from mature students and from students from under-represented groups in higher education are also encouraged. Students from this group may have no formal qualifications or be returning to education. 

The Subject Benchmark Statement for Art & Design is available on the QAA website (

The outcomes discussed in section 23 are aligned with the Art and Design and History of Art, Architecture and Design Benchmark Statements (2008). The use of drawing for example is a particular feature of the course and reflects paragraph 3.4 of the Art and Design benchmark statement.

Drawing ability is regarded as a prerequisite skill for observation, recording, analysis, speculation, development, visualisation, evaluation and communication. Considerable importance is attached to the acquisition of technical skills in the use of discipline-specific materials and processes’.

Each module has a limited number of carefully selected Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs) that provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their abilities and achievements against those PLOs. The specific module outcomes combine through level progression to enable students to achieve the common characteristics stated as the threshold achievement for students completing the programme.

The characteristics are as follows:

  • present evidence that demonstrates some ability to generate ideas independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity
  • demonstrate proficiency in observation, investigation, enquiry, visualisation and/or making
  • develop ideas through to outcomes that confirm the student's ability to select and use materials, processes and environments
  • make connections between intention, process, outcome, context, and methods of dissemination.

 The PLO’s and progressive modular structure are also designed to enable the course aim of integration of studio practice, theory and professional practice. These aims reflect the benchmark statements that graduating students work will be informed by aspects of professional practice in their discipline. This will be evidenced at the threshold level by the knowledge and understanding of:

  • the broad critical and contextual dimensions of the student's discipline(s)
  • the issues which arise from the artist's or designer's relationship with audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers, and/or participants
  • major developments in current and emerging media and technologies in their discipline(s)
  • the significance of the work of other practitioners in their discipline(s).

At each stage of the programme subject specific skills are generalised or combined with transferable skills to become part of the student’s broader professional development. These skills are to be found across the range of Fine Art modules. At the threshold standard, an honours degree in art and design confirms that the holder has acquired technical knowledge and practical skills including the use of materials, media and techniques, combined with more general personal skills. At the threshold level students will have demonstrated they have some ability to:

  • exercise self-management skills in managing their workloads and meeting deadlines
  • accommodate change and uncertainty
  • analyse information and experiences, and formulate reasoned arguments
  • benefit from the critical judgements of others and recognise their personal strengths and needs
  • apply interpersonal and social skills to interact with others
  • communicate ideas and information in visual, oral and written forms
  • present ideas and work to their audiences
  • apply information skills to navigate, retrieve, and manage information from a variety of sources
  • select and employ communication and information technologies.


The programme team recognise the variety of learning styles within groups of learners and within the subject of Fine Art in particular. The need to provide a clear, transparent and equitable course of study that also allows for the development of individual approaches to creativity and the individual acquisition of professional skills is a key issue for the team. 

The integration of practice and theory is central to the teaching on the course. Module leaders (especially at level 5 and 6) ensure students take every opportunity to engage in real events as an aspect of learning. Module leaders set assignments, group activities and arrange for input from other professionals to ensure students experience live experiences and projects. Gallery Practice and Professional Experience, Option Studies and Fine Art Practice and Presentation at level 5 have all included visits and active engagement with professionals. The wealth of art galleries, exhibitions and events in the region are exploited to enhance programme delivery. The Level 6 HATS seminar programme is undertaken at Tate Liverpool or Liverpool Biennial. Many students undertook paid and voluntary work as artists’ assistants and exhibition invigilators, enhancing their professional development and experience. Annual international study visits offer a valuable opportunity for students to experience different cultures, seminal artworks and important collections. Successful trips have recently been undertaken to  Berlin (2011) Madrid (2013) and Nice (2014).  Students are given full guidance on gallery research and how to exploit visits to the full (Study Skills booklet).

The learning enables students to plot their progress against module criteria.

Mandatory core modules and selected option modules enable the development of generic and subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding. Module outcomes support staged internal progression.

Delivery progresses from structured formal teaching methods in Level 4, to facilitating independent and self-directed learning in Levels 5 and 6.

Level 4 introduces students to a range of Fine Art processes through a programme of specialist workshops. Core Modules encourage confident exploration of ideas through media experimentation. A structured life-drawing programme (Approaches to Drawing AR4260) develops drawing skills. A structured HATS lecture programme develops knowledge of historical and contemporary theories and practices. Research, information-gathering, and critical skills are developed through prescribed Journal assignments. Ability to undertake independent learning is demonstrated through the first individual learning plan (AR4257).

Level 5 guides students in developing individual interests and models of practice, identified in learning plans. Critical awareness and practical knowledge of professional contexts for contemporary Fine Art practice and exhibition are developed through Fine Art Practice and Presentation (AR5258). Students share collective responsibility for initiating, planning, organising and staging a public group exhibition. The work and professional experience generated by this live project is recorded and evidenced in Gallery Practice and Professional Experience (AR5261). Confidence and clarity in articulating interpretations and judgements are developed through journal assignments, including seminars in 'live' gallery exhibitions. Good opportunities exist to develop professional and transferable skills through this form of professional collaboration.

Level 6 supports students in confirming individual practices. Critical evaluation of individual approaches occurs through tutorials, group 'crits' and seminars, which challenge students to articulate concepts, intentions and knowledge coherently and professionally. Students undertake a focused and rigorous theoretical study appropriate to individual studio practice. Fine Art Practice and Publication (AR6257) enables the refinement of an informed body of work, presented at the final degree show. Professional aspirations are also developed through HATS study groups, seminars and individual professional development files.  

The individual learning plan provides an effective tool for clarifying student intentions and expectations, and evaluating learning. Learning plans include: a proposed programme of individual study; anticipated practical requirements; relevant research methods; expected learning outcomes and criteria for self-assessment. Students are encouraged to review, amend and adapt learning plans during modules. Learning plans, tutorial forms, and statements for assessment contribute evidence of independent learning, self-assessment and attainment.  

Designated module leaders coordinate teaching, learning and assessment. Option modules address specialist disciplines and are delivered by individual lecturers. The effectiveness of teaching and learning is monitored through lecturer discussion, team meetings and student feedback [Module Evaluation Forms]. Students receive a Module Handbook and an introduction from the Module Leader. Module aims, assessable learning outcomes, teaching methods, independent study guidelines, and assessment deadlines are discussed and published to ensure understanding. Further support and guidance is provided through individual tutorials, Level or module group meetings and seminars.

Individual tutorials monitor, evaluate and record student progress [Student Files]. The personal tutor role is vital in maintaining supportive student-tutor relationships. Tutors encourage and challenge students to critically reflect upon their learning and progress.


The Fine Art degree programme specifically supports those skills necessary to work within the Fine Art industry in particular and the wider Art & Design sector in general. The programme relates directly to the subject benchmark statements for Art & Design and facilitates the acquisition of those transferable skills within broader national industries. Within the programme structure particular modules at both level 5 and 6 are focused on the acquisition of skills related to employment, for example Gallery Practice at level 5 and the Degree Exhibition at level 6.  

The course has engendered over many years active partnerships with local schools, LEA's via the Aim Higher Initiative, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Williamson Art Gallery and the commercial sector; Lever research, Land Registry, DSM Ellesmere Port and Lees Lloyd Whitley plus the Liverpool Biennial Company. Many students from the programme have gone on to undertake Post Graduate study within Fine Art or other related disciplines. (Chester University, UCLAN, Manchester Metropolitan University). A significant proportion of graduates will choose to complete teacher training through PGCE or in alternative adult and community based teaching awards. 

Progression opportunities and anticipated employment options for graduates.            

To support student progression along with employment opportunities the course offers a series of professional development sessions. To evidence this aspect of the curriculum students are required to complete a Professional Development file. This file will include digital information, websites, blogs and other forms of promotion and networking and forms part of the evidence presented for the final module (Fine Art Practice and Publication AR6257).

The professional development programme is supported by both WMC staff and invited guest speakers. Students are made aware of the need to plan ahead considering what options are most appropriate to their current practice and how this can be best applied to a potential career. The Art world is notoriously difficult for new graduates and staff look to offer appropriate advice and guidance to individual students.            

Lectures offered to students include: 

· Gallery Applications and the specific need to research galleries that are dealing with work that has a resonance with the individual application.

· Ensuring students are aware of opportunities available to them, and where to source that information, grants, lottery funding, fellowships, funded research, appropriate publications and internet sites etc.

· Web sites and blogs.

· Undertaking commissions and the issues needed to be considered when working in the public realm.

· Gallery Education

· School placements and public workshops.

· MA Applications, talk by visiting lecturer.

· PGCE applications.

· A talk is also offered by the WMC Fine Art Fellows. 

Opportunities for professional experience are highlighted (working in schools, gallery locations and networking events) as the course progresses. Professional development and planning will be recorded in a Professional Development file at Level 6. The file in part identifies the further training needs for individual students. Students are encouraged to complete personal evaluation of skills in relation to the Professional Development talks presented at Level 6. 

The course is designed to support individuals’ personal, creative, and intellectual growth. The curriculum is designed to enable students to continuously develop their professional and personal development through personal development planning. At each level of the course students will evaluate and identify transferable skills. This is done through the completion of the journal (reflective statement) and statement for assessment (each module lists the activities and transferable skills undertaken by the students for the completion of that module).

The WMC Fine Art Fellowship offers graduating students the opportunity to continue and develop their practice for a further year. The Fellows offer their support, recent experience, to several areas of curriculum delivery. They are seen as an additional conduit between staff and student offering their recent experiences in support of current students. The Fellows use the year to further develop their practice and in many cases prepare for a MA Application. Upon completion of the Fine Art Fellowship they are offered an exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery.

Both Wirral Metropolitan College and the University of Chester are committed to the promotion of diversity and equality and the elimination of discrimination in all its forms. Both institutions will strive to develop fully the talents and potential of all its staff and students by ensuring that each is treated as an individual, fairly and with respect solely on the basis of their aptitude, ability and potential to pursue a course of study or to fulfill the requirements of a job, irrespective of age, disability, full time or part-time status, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.

The programme will be enhanced further through visits to local and regional art galleries and museums which could include FACT Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, The Bluecoat, The Tate Liverpool, The Whitworth Gallery and the Lady Lever Gallery. Staff in the department are actively involved with local artist co-operatives, organisations and initiatives, especially in the book arts field. The department has also developed a cultural exchange with Brigham Young University in the USA.

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