The ethos of Fine Art at the Cyprus Academy of Art is founded on enabling students to develop a contemporary artistic practice over the course of a FT or PT programme, which culminates in them becoming a professional in the field.
The course starts in the studio. All tutors are practitioners. Our philosophy centers on making.
Learning and Teaching on the programme
• Is student-centered.
• Facilitates innovative approaches to working with materials.
• Tests habitual ways of seeing and depicting.
• Questions established hierarchies of knowledge.
• Develops professional expertise.
The staff members of the Cyprus Academy of Art Fine Art department reflect a diverse range of interests through their own established practices.
Their work is presented nationally and internationally, and covers Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography & Moving Image, Sound & Performance.
The diversity of the staff body and spatial resources of the Cyprus Academy of Art enables great multidisciplinary flexibility in the delivery of the course. Different technical skills can be pursued further in dedicated workshop areas, staffed by technicians whose valuable expertise is integral to the delivery of the course.
Length of Study:
3 Years, Full Time
Level of Study:
Fall / Spring
In the first year, you’ll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.
Studio Practice 1
This unit introduces innovative approaches to making and thinking about fine art. It engages you in the experience of contemporary art-making in such a way that understanding is broadened and deepened, and habitual ways of thinking and making are challenged.
Context and Display
This unit introduces models of production, dissemination and reception in contemporary art practice and situates these within wider intellectual, cultural and global contexts.
History and Theory
This unit introduces historical and theoretical research as an approach to inform an understanding of art practice. In this context, the History and Theory unit introduces a range of approaches, discourses and models found in recent and contemporary art practice and explores these within wider intellectual, cultural and global contexts.
Studio Practice 2
Studio Practice 2 focuses on your choice of context(s) within your studio work (narratives, subject matters, materials, processes). While these may remain tentative and flexible, the focus is on the production of a substantive body of studio work showing evidence of consistency and investigation into contextual parameters, supported by developmental studies and a written statement.
The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.
Contemporary Art Practice 1
Contemporary Art Practice 1 develops you individual practice within a more specialised and collaborative studio and research environment. Teaching on the unit is delivered through a number of tutor-led groups, each group representing a range of skills and practices.
Contemporary Art Practice 2
Contemporary Art Practice 2 is a continuation of Contemporary Art Practice 1, emphasising the focusing and refining of your studio work as a specialised practice, underpinned by creative and innovative approaches in the context of contemporary art.
The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.
Degree Show Development
This guides you towards your final graduation through the development of an individualised and critically informed practice. Within the unit, you’ll create a body of work that stands as a position statement on your practice and your expected approach towards the degree show exhibition.
Dissertation or Combined Dissertation/Critical Reflection
You’ll undertake a substantial period of self-directed research on a subject related to the historical, theoretical or critical concerns of your discipline. And you’ll develop a range of research skills appropriate to your chosen topic. You’ll be expected to articulate a clear, cogent and sustained argument in an extended piece of writing that conforms to academic conventions and demonstrates an understanding of the subject area through analysis and evaluation.
This unit is aimed at a summation of the critical writing and research skills you have acquired throughout the course. Operating alongside the Degree Show Development unit, it is integral to the development of a critical context for your practice as you progress towards your degree show. The unit explores academic research skills, methodologies, compositional and editing skills that will allow you to produce a concise and informed critical argument on a subject that relates to contemporary art practice. You are encouraged to be ambitious and intellectually creative in your approach. You are expected to produce a written text, supported with visual references where appropriate, that has the same degree of resolution and rigour that your degree show will have, with a particular emphasis on the structure and presentation of the text.
You’ll work towards the creation and presentation of a body of self-initiated work. This is informed by current issues in contemporary art, and will be presented at the degree show exhibition.
For further info on how to apply or any other queries you may have please call our Admissions team on 7000 52 50 or fill in the contact form below and a member of staff will contact you as soon as possible.
That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us; and we can help.
Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out.
More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here, along with specific portfolio requirements for this course.
Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements** for this course are:
• 112 UCAS tariff points from accepted qualifications or
• Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4) or
• Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma or
• Merit at UAL Extended Diploma or
• 112 UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
• Secondary School leaving Certificate e.g. Apolytirion
And four GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).
Other relevant and equivalent level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds apply.
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.