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Drawing

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH16; HH17 (with professional placement year); HH18 (with foundation year)

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Drawing
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill and Locksbrook Road
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH16 or HH17
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades CCC with a grade C in Art and Design or related subjects preferred.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Develop a specialist understanding of drawing as practice and its application within a wide range of contexts.

  • Discover the history, practices, and systems of drawing, and its application in fields ranging from art and design to science and technology.
  • Gain extensive professional experience on a number of live projects and placements in exhibitions, galleries, and collections.
  • Explore drawing in interdisciplinary contexts and get involved with unique resources, prizes, and projects with leading practitioners in the field.

As a student on the Drawing course, you'll focus on the development of your own practice in and through drawing.

Drawing as visual research, observational drawing, and drawing as a means of communication will be central to the introductory elements of the programme. This will provide a strong platform for the establishment and development of individual enquiry through a range of approaches to drawing, including documentary drawing; propositional drawing; narrative, storytelling and drawing from the imagination; drawing in the digital realm; drawing for performance; drawing for design; and/or in documenting space, place, objects, and the body.

You'll also study the visual and material culture of drawing and gain professional experience through live curatorial and research projects.

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Study options

Our undergraduate degrees in Art and Design are available as three-year or four-year programmes. Four-year degrees include either an integrated Foundation year or a Professional Placement Year.

Integrated Foundation Year (HH18)

The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation Year in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.

Professional Placement Year (HH17)

This year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of “with Professional Placement Year” to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.

What you'll learn

Overview

From the outset, you'll be engaged in drawing practice through a structured introduction to the histories, practices, and systems of drawing. These will give you the skills, facility, and confidence to develop your independent practice and study of drawing.

You'll gain skills in a range of approaches to drawing, including visual research, observational drawing, drawing from the imagination and working in a range of media including digital technologies.

You'll establish and develop your own enquiry through drawing studio practice, and study contemporary issues and practices of drawing. You'll also gain experience of professional practices and undertake placements in organisations and projects related to drawing.

Historical and critical studies modules allow you to focus on drawing as a subject and to develop key writing and communication skills, leading to a dissertation in your final year.

Through Professional Context modules, you'll explore the professional world to develop knowledge of how drawing may be applied in industry and how others work within the field. This will include visits to museums, galleries, collections, exhibitions, companies, and studios.

Course structure

Year one
Your first year will provide a systematic introduction to the history, practices, and systems of drawing and its application as a primary means of communication and expression. Visual research, observational drawing, and drawing as a means of communication will be central to the introductory elements of the programme.

Along with study of the visual and material culture of drawing, a range of inductions and workshops will support your practice. 

Year two
Your second year represents a pivotal period of development in which we'll support you to progress your ideas, conceptual strategies and processes, and establish an individual enquiry through drawing with a greater emphasis on individual research, reflection, and analysis.

We'll encourage you to engage with the debates that surround your practice. Professional placements, the study of the historical, contextual and current thinking about drawing, and other projects will support you to develop your ideas and understanding of drawing practices and contexts.

Year three
The final year provides you with the opportunity to further build upon and extend the ideas you explored in the previous year. As a third year student, greater emphasis is placed not only on a body of resolved and well-executed work, but also on work that is ambitious and takes risks. 

You'll complete a major study on the visual and material culture of drawing that complements your studio practice, and at the end of the third year, you'll present your work in an exhibition that is open to the public and professional audiences.

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of summative and formative assessments. Formative assessment takes place with your work in the studio and is ongoing throughout the course. Feedback is given verbally and through written reports from a personal tutor.

Summative assessments take place at the end of modules. Assessments take the form of a presented body of work, an exhibition, project, reflective/ academic text, or live presentations.

How will I be taught?

Teaching takes the form of one-to-one tutorials, seminars, lectures, group critiques, academic and technical workshops, and placements.

Visiting lecturers provide new insights and understanding, and we attract a range of distinguished speakers and practitioners to work with our students. Internationally acclaimed drawing practitioners, curators, and industry professionals give talks about their work, teach in the studios, or deliver an exciting range of workshops driven by their research and professional interests.

The teaching team are all engaged in their own practice and research, and this is critical to the philosophy of the course and to ensuring that current thinking and practices inform your learning.

Opportunities

Study abroad

The University offers an extra-curricular three-year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the Erasmus programme.

We also have our own extensive network of international partners.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Industry links include the opportunity to work closely with a range of professionals in the sphere of drawing through the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project (formerly known as the Jerwood Drawing Prize).

You'll also have access to a range of private and public resources in drawing, including unique resources dedicated to drawing in Wiltshire and Somerset region such as Drawing Matters, Drawing Projects UK, Rabley Drawing Centre as well as a range of regional, national and international public and private collections, curators, companies and practitioners of drawing in all related fields. 

Careers

The range of professional destinations for drawing graduates is very broad. This course will prepare you for the world of work and/or further study in a range of subjects or fields.

Careers may include working as an animator, artist, curator, designer, educator, or illustrator. Students may develop interests in more technical aspects and work in the fields of architecture, engineering, and science communication. 

Competitions and awards

Founded in 1994, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize – the leading annual open drawing exhibition in the UK – is led by Bath Spa's Professor Anita Taylor. The prize is open to all drawing practitioners resident in the UK, and students are able to gain professional practice experience through working on the project.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our Art and Design courses are based at our Locksbrook Road (2019) and Sion Hill campuses.

You’ll benefit from access to:

Resources

Throughout the course, you'll have access to a wide range of tutors for sign-up tutorials, academic workshops, and critiques. All our students have access to exceptional technical facilities, technicians, and technical workshops.

In addition to dedicated studio space, you'll have access to Bath School of Art and Design's huge range of facilities and resources, including:

  • Drawing studio and equipment
  • Audio/visual studio (incorporates sound booth)
  • Equipment loans – AV and photography
  • Photography workshops
  • Wide format digital printing
  • Digital imaging suite
  • Photography lighting studio
  • IT Labs (film editing)
  • Workshops
  • Printmaking – etching, screen print, lithography, and letterpress
  • Bookbinding
  • 3D printing
  • Specialist Art and Design library and learning resources
  • Gallery
  • Art shop
  • Art and design collection.

Staff

You'll benefit from access to leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of drawing, including Professor of Drawing, Tania Kovats, Dr Robert LuzarProfessor Anita Taylor, and Tim Vyner, among others.

 

Beginning in Autumn 2019, our Art and Design students will have access to Locksbrook Road, a new, innovative, purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus specifically conceived to encourage creative cross-disciplinary encounters with other artists and designers.

With this new space, we intend for the Bath School of Art and Design to become one of the most inspiring and exciting places to study not only in the UK, but anywhere in the world.

“The updated buildings will allow us to supercharge our existing approach, which is based on superb, disciplinary teaching and practice, with a strong, real-world focus and an emphasis on collaboration."

Anita Taylor, Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 £170
Year 2 Published 2020
Year 3 Published 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2020
Year 2 Published 2021
Year 3 Published 2023

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2021
Year 2 Published 2022
Year 3 Published 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 £170
Year 2 Published 2020
Year 3 Published 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2020
Year 2 Published 2021
Year 3 Published 2023

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2021
Year 2 Published 2022
Year 3 Published 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Additional fees

Additional fees may include:

  • Fees for drawing materials and any personal equipment
  • Study visit fee

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for candidates for who demonstrate talent and commitment to drawing through their sketchbooks and portfolio of work, and their commitment to seeing and discussing drawing as a vital means of communication and expression.

Typical offers

Please note that offers will be made only after a portfolio interview.

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

  • A Level - grades CCC including grade C in Art and Design or related subjects preferred
  • 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 26 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art and 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).

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.

*We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in addition to the qualifications listed above.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited by email to bring a portfolio of creative and preparatory work/sketchbooks to interview. Interviews will take place at either the Locksbrook Road or Sion Hill campus. More details will be supplied on invitation.

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews with a digital portfolio may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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