Fine Art

Since the establishment of the Academy of Art in 1823 there has always been a tradition of high-quality, fine art teaching at the College. From 1944 to 1964 the College offered the old National Diploma in Design in Fine Art, Illustration and Printmaking with an excellent record of students progressing to the Royal College of Art in London.

During the national reorganisation of art colleges in 1964 the College failed to gain approval to offer the new degree-equivalent course, the Diploma in Art and Design, during a period which saw severe rationalisation of smaller colleges around the UK.

In 1983 a one-year Fine Art Tutorial course was established as a specialist programme and quickly became popular with students seeking a specialist fine art course. A second part-time tutorial year was soon added in 1984-85.

The course team running the Fine Art Tutorial course developed the programme and this work led directly to the approval by the University of Central Lancashire of a Diploma in Higher Education in Fine Art in 1991. This was followed a year later by the validation of the very first degree-level course at Cumbria College of art & Design. This was the BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

1997 saw the first MA offered in Contemporary Arts Practice. Many students have gained national and international reputations. One of our most successful students, Keith Tyson, who studied on the Foundation course, went on to win the Turner Prize in 2002.