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BA (Hons) Fine Art: Computational Arts

University of the Arts London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
26 September 2022
University of the Arts London

About this program

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Computational Arts

BA Fine Art: Computational Arts opens up a reflexive understanding of time and space as generated from avant-garde moving image practices to begin to innovate from a creative digital perspective. The course begins by testing and questioning the potential and impact of emerging technologies on visual culture and their societal implications.

Questions of identity, systems and agency form the theoretical foundations of this course. Students are encouraged to consider how coding can be used more widely, perhaps as a tool for social change. The course will open up opportunities to explore and develop decolonial practices and critically question cultural inequalities.

The course is delivered in partnership with the Creative Computing Institute (CCI) and some of the course units are delivered within CCI. You do not need to know how to code to apply to this course. There are many low-tech paths into computation, including immersive sound. The course will introduce you to new and exciting technologies that are changing the interface between art and culture. It will open up this evolving field through a series of projects.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

  • IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to fine art and computational art
  • Unit 2 - Creative coding and practice
  • Unit 3 - Computational ideas into practice
  • Unit 4 - Activating practice

Year 2

  • Unit 5 - Working for a context
  • Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices
  • Unit 7 - Machine learning
  • Unit 8 - Audiences

Year 3

  • Unit 9 - Practice and articulation
  • Unit 10 - Practice and presentation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

BA Fine Art Computational Arts is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 30 teaching weeks. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.


  • Tuition fees for Home students are £9,250*
  • Tuition fees for International students are £23,610*

*This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.


  • Exhibitions
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Group projects
  • Lectures and talks
  • Live, practical and research led projects
  • Peer review
  • Reflective journal
  • Self-evaluative writing
  • Seminars
  • Studio work
  • Workshops

Continuing studies

All our students have the opportunity and are supported in exhibiting their work to an external audience. During the second year, all students will also be invited to collaborate and network as well as take part in a variety of seminars and workshops hosted by a variety of external arts organisations. Graduates will have acquired a range of attributes associated with self-directed learning as well as well key skills in computing that could be applied in a variety of professional industry contexts.

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings®, for the fourth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

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