Degree Show Opening

Fri 8 June 2018, 6 PM Everybody Welcome!

Welcome to Fine Art Wolverhampton

The Fine Art  course at the Wolverhampton School of Art is a practice-led community of artists. We explore the tools of studio based production, fusing making and material-led thinking with critical and contextual investigation and research. We provide students with time and space to independently shape the direction of their practice, working alongside students to consider art and the role of artists within contemporary society.








A practice-based approach to learning and teaching in purpose-built  studio spaces.

Enhancing the student experience and expanding practice and thinking through international trips.



Working with the public realm, employability and enterprise are essential parts of the course.




Material practices:

High class  extensive facilities and workshops linked to  technical expertise.

more info

Contact  the  Fine Art course leader

  • Year 1

    You will be encouraged to play and experiment with media and materials, find your feet in the studio and uncover alternative ways of making and thinking about art practice. Specialist workshops in printmaking, wood, metal, digital media and ceramics will underpin and push your work in new directions

  • Year 2

    Progressing from your first year of study, relationships between ideas and making are challenged further in the studio and through contextual studies. This year you will also undertake an off-site project - working in the public realm, in response to a site or context so that you may acquire skills in project development and working as an artist.

  • Year 3

    This year is focused towards realising who you are as an artist and where you can apply the skills for your future. You will complete an ambitious body of work that will be exhibited in the Degree Show.



Laura Onions


Lecturer Fine Art


Gavin Rogers

Art in the Public Realm

Senior Lecturer Fine Art

(Art in the Public Realm)


Paul Harrison

Installation and Video Art

Fine Art

(Installation and Video Art)

Dr Christian Mieves


Course leader Fine Art, Senior Lecturer Fine Art (Painting)


Sarah Byrne

Fine Art + Foundation

Graduate Teacher - Fine Art & Foundation


Dr Simon Harris


Senior Lecturer Fine Art (Printmaking)

Dr Dean Kelland


Course Leader MA Fine Art and MA by Research (Art and Design)

Dr Euripides Altintzoglou

Photography, Sculpture

Senior Lecturer Fine Art (Photography, Sculpture)


Maggie Ayliffe


Head of Visual Arts, Senior Senior Lecturer Fine Art

Dr Alexei Penzin


Reader in Fine Art (Theory)


The members of staff teaching on the Fine Art course come from a range of backgrounds and experiences working as artists in different contexts. Take a look at the staff profiles below and do not hesitate to get in contact with us.





Housed in the Wolverhampton School of Art - a purpose-built art school which opened in 1969. Studios are located on the top floor to take advantage of the light and airy space and the extensive workshops and facilities can be found throughout the building. From ceramics and glass, printmaking, wood, metal and plastics workshops and photography darkrooms. Visit us on an open day to have the full tour.




Recent study trips to Berlin (2015), Venice (2015), Amsterdam (Nov 2016), Madrid (March 2017), Venice (Nov 2017) have attracted a high number of  Fine Art students. Students joining the trips benefit from exploring art in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums. The regular trips also have an extremely positive impact on the studies and the artistic development of the students.





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As part of the Off Site Projects students take part in a professional experience with partnered venues in the art world. A series of Off Site Projects underscores the importance of planning, organising and presenting work in a professional context and enable you to engage with your art community by hosting an exhibition, be an artist in residence or work in a school.


2017/18 partners and venues include e.g. Funny Things Festival Wolverhampton; Stryx Gallery Birmingham (an artist-led studio and exhibition space in Digbeth); Grammar School Wolverhampton; Past venues included Black Country Museum, Old Post Office, Cannock Chase.






“I have found the organised trips a lovely surprise and addition to the course”


BA (Hons) Fine Art Year 1 Student 2017/18




“I have noticed a significant change in the process and execution of my work since I finished sixth form”

BA (Hons) Fine Art Year 1 Student 2017/18





"Dirty Practice was informative, inspirational and productive. I’ve found the experience invaluable… without the workshop I would probably have struggled to get going during the first few weeks of the new semester, taking time to get back into the swing of things, now I’m itching to get back into the studio…excited at the prospect of hitting the ground running."



2. Year BA student Fine Art



Just to say how enjoyable the painting workshop was – nice to get a buzz out of working with a group.  I thought this was a successful idea with a lovely positive attitude and social interaction with a superb mix of creativity, discussion, crits, fun, excellent refreshments which acted to bring us together and all topped off with an exhibition that really showed the variety and range of work –  all produced within an active week.  The cost was also set within an affordable range which seemed to be reflected in the popularity of those who took part. Well done. Former Fine Art MA Student     Many thanks once again to you, Christian, Simon and your team, for a brilliant week. Let me know if you repeat this next year as I would really like to be involved again if you have availability. Alumni, Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton   “Attending this course has really been life changing for me”BA (Hons) Fine Art Year 1 Student 2017/18  



MA Fine Art/MA Art & Design by Research

Amazing things can happen at art school. Amazing things can happen on a Masters programme. Sometimes it seems that those amazing things are somewhat intangible or maybe taken for granted. So what does it mean to be a Master of Art? What is it exactly that you master over the duration of the course? All of our students here engage with techniques and methods of production that they have been previously unfamiliar with and examine ways in which those new strategies may or may not feed into their practice. They engage with conceptual issues that have arisen from previously unfamiliar research material and interrogate the implications of applying those concepts to their practice.

Our students test their work externally on suspecting and unsuspecting audiences and scrutinize the results in order to gauge exactly where the work they produce sits in the world. These experiences are to a certain extent a given though, this is what they should do…here on the MA Fine Art & MA Arts & Design by Research courses when we consider what it is to master a subject it is in what they shouldn’t do that counts as much. When an artist steps out onto a ledge, just far enough so that it feels slightly dangerous, far enough to feel out of their comfort zone and where control is uncertain - a moment of risk is created. In this moment they are in a place where something really exciting can happen. Along with all those shoulds and shouldn’ts harnessing that moment of risk is what being a master is about. What students prove here is that amazing things happen at their art school…at our art school.

MA Fine Art/

MA Art & Design by Research

more info

Contact  MA Fine Art Course leader


If you want to speak to us, meet a member of staff, arrange a visit to an open day or sit down to have a chat about your work over a cup of tea,.... get in touch.


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