Art

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - available through the Creative Arts programme

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Creative Arts
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Course length
Three years full-time. Part-time available.

UCAS codes

Using our list of 'possible combinations', choose which creative arts combination you'd like to apply for. You'll find UCAS codes specific to that combination on the course's webpage.

Entry requirements

Typical entry for this course would be A Level grades BCC including Grade B in Art and Design or related subjects preferred.

Applicants will be invited to interview and will be required to bring high quality portfolio.

View typical offers for more information.

Be dynamic and combine two arts subjects for a broad experience of creative practice.

  • Study and combine two areas of creative practice.
  • Taught by staff who are practising artists and researchers.
  • Excellent workshops and technical support.

Art is studied as a subject within the Creative Arts course, so you’ll select another subject to study alongside it. The way subjects interact varies, so the shape of the course depends on the subject you combine with Art. For example, if you decide to combine Art and Creative Writing the subject may function differently than if you study Art and Dance.

Possible combinations

You’ll choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Art:

What you'll learn

Overview

You can study and practice in a wide range of disciplines from painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, graphic arts, textiles, performance and drawing. As the course progresses you’ll find the emphasis is placed on you; you’ll pursue your own areas of interest, with support from specialist academic and technical staff.

Your first year concentrates on developing your practical skills and thinking. Through practical projects and lectures on art theory and history you’ll gain new knowledge and hands-on experience.

In years two and three we’ll encourage you to develop your individual areas of practice and contextual research through weekly group seminars, critiques, lectures and individual tutorials.

Course structure

Year 1
You'll choose core modules from your two Creative Arts subjects (some of which may be compulsory) along with optional modules. Attend practical project led workshops and historical and contextual studies lectures, complemented by optional modules in etching, silkscreen printing, photography, drawing and ceramics.

Year 2
You'll continue your two Creative Arts subjects and will undertake self directed studio practice in your chosen areas.

Year 3
Complete self directed studio practice, working towards your degree show exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by portfolio submissions and exhibitions. At various stages of the course you’ll be required to give presentations, curate exhibitions and work collaboratively.

As part of your historical and contextual studies programme, you’ll be required to demonstrate your understanding and research through short written tasks and group presentations.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught by staff who are practising artists and researchers through technical demonstrations, individual tutorials, group critiques, lectures and seminars. Teaching takes place in workshops (year 1) and individual studio spaces (years 2 and 3).

You’ll benefit from a programme of visiting speakers who’ll talk about their own practice and their experience working as contemporary artists, ceramicists, curators, printmakers, photographers, designers, makers and publishers within the creative industries.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Norway, Germany, Japan, Australia and the USA.

Field trips

You’ll have opportunities to participate in regular field trips across all the Creative Arts course modules. As a department we run at least four London study trips per year. We also organise international study visits to places like Berlin, Paris, New York and Venice (please note that you’ll have to pay for some study visits).

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities for you to undertake work placements as part of the wider Creative Arts professional practice programme. Past Art students have worked with artists such as Gavin Turk and Martin Creed.

Careers

Graduate careers include:

  • self employment as practising artists and makers;
  • curatorship;
  • gallery administration;
  • teaching;
  • illustration;
  • art administration;
  • community based art work.

Competitions and awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in competitions such as the Porthleven Prize and the Gane Trust Travel Grant among many others. Our students have been nominated for, and won, awards such as the Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the Royal West of England student drawing prize.

Each year we offer three prizes to our second and third year students:

  • The ‘Beyond the Studio’ Student Prize for Entrepreneurship in Art;
  • The Outstanding Art Student Prize;
  • The Excellence in the Creative Arts and Contemporary Arts Practice Development Prize.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The subject is taught in workshops and studios at Dartmouth Avenue and Sion Hill.

Workshops you’re able to work in are: paint prep, woodwork, metalwork, sculpture, casting, plastics, etching, screenprint, photography, 3D print, digital print and bookbinding.

We run free evening life drawing sessions at Dartmouth Avenue in winter and spring terms.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £65 each module
Year 2 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £70 each module
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
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £70 each module
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
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £65 each module
Year 2 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £70 each module
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
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £70 each module
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
Material 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 2018
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £65 each module
Year 2 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £70 each module
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
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £70 each module
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
Material 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

We’re looking for creative and committed individuals who are curious, reflective and interested in their subject areas. You should be able to take risks and have an open mind. We value the ability to think critically and reflectively just as much as we value the ability to create.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - A Level grades BCC including Grade B in Art & Design or related subjects preferred. Applicants will be invited to interview and will be required to bring high quality portfolio
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points will be required in addition to evidence of further experience in Art & Design.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Access courses accepted in addition to evidence of further experience in Art & Design.
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design) - Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design) Merit Grade is preferred in combination with the qualifications listed above. Applicants will be considered without this.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Choose your preferred course combination from the list above. Apply from the combined course page, using the 'apply now' button. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants will be invited to interview at our Sion Hill Campus and will be required to bring high quality portfolio. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.

Get ahead

  • Research contemporary artists, visit exhibitions and be prepared to discuss them.
  • Use a sketchbook to draw, collect found or photographed images and make notes – look carefully at things, reflect on things you encounter.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Jude Maguire