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Contemporary Art and Professional Studies

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Contemporary Art and Professional Studies
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
University Centre Weston - Knightstone Campus
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WV44
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as A Level Art and Design or another creative subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

Our cutting edge approach to creativity will prepare you for a career as an art practitioner.

  • Develop professional and entrepreneurial skills such as self-promotion, exhibition and curation.
  • Explore a variety of media including print, fine art, sculpture, installation and digital media.
  • Develop and refine your own unique creativity.

Applauded for its cutting edge approach to creativity, this work-based course allows you to capture what is most unique about yourself and how you respond to this creatively.

We place emphasis on professionalism and entrepreneurship, allowing you to find your niche in the contemporary art world, target a given audience, promote and curate your work for exhibition and sale, and work confidently alongside other creative professionals.

"Not many degrees offer the depth of professional work-based theory and practice that this course offers, I find the diversity of the course intriguing."

–Helen, Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation Degree) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Through this course, you’ll develop robust practical and intellectual skills, and focus on entrepreneurship and creativity. We introduce you to professional and commercial skills, including finance, negotiation, business and marketing, as well as helping you build a network of contacts in the sector.

As you progress through the course, you’ll be able to concentrate on your specialist area(s) of creative practice, and engage in work placements alongside other creative individuals. You’ll experiment with a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media. The course culminates in an exhibition of your work, which you’ll professionally promote and stage.

Course structure

  • Year 1
    Experiment with different media, developing your own area(s) of interest.
  • Year 2
    Concentrate on your specialisms and engage in extensive work-based learning and external activities.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through portfolios, journals, presentations, essays and practical work. There is no formal examination.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through workshops in a variety of 2D and 3D media, alongside studio-based and contextual modules. You’ll take part in lectures and seminars, 1:1 and group tutorials, demonstrations, work placements, critiques, cultural visits, and projects. We also make use of visiting creative professionals to deliver guest lectures.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as Weston General Hospital, Apex Sculpture Park and the Order of St John.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Centre Weston. You’ll be allocated your own dedicated workstation and display area in our specialist studios, which is yours to use throughout the year. You’ll also benefit from access to exhibition space, darkrooms and digital facilities.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as A Level Art and Design or another creative subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of a selection of creative work alongside an example of your written work, which should be a contextual analysis of approximately 1,000 words. Your creative work should demonstrate how your skills and ideas have developed over time, and your creativity and personality should be evident. The portfolio could include drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, design development, written notes etc. Remember that you are not submitting everything you have done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact our admissions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

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