- Award: BA (Hons) Creative Arts
- UCAS codes:
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: Part of the Creative Arts programme - please see combined courses
Campus Code: A
- School: Bath School of Art and Design
- Fees and Finance Information
- Course length: Three years full-time; part-time available
- Campus: Dartmouth Avenue
- Course Handbook (PDF)
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
Why study Art?
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.
You’ll choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Art:
You can study and practice in a wide range of disciplines from painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, 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.
- Year 1
Attend practical project led workshops and historical and contextual studies lectures, complemented by optional modules in print and photography.
- Year 2
Undertake self directed studio practice in your chosen area.
- Year 3
Complete self directed studio practice, working towards your degree show exhibition.
You’ll be assessed by practical portfolio submissions or exhibitions of coursework, supported by research/context folders. 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.
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
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.
List of current alumni careers
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
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 ceramicists, curators, designers, makers and publishers within the creative industries.
Full-time applications are through UCAS.
Interview and portfolio guidance
Your portfolio is an important part of the application process, it gives us an insight into who you are as a practicing artist. You’ll need to show us a range of finished pieces of work. We also ask that you include a wide variety of supporting work in your portfolio (preparatory work, sketchbooks and research). We advise that you do not simply pick your favourite pieces but consult tutors, friends and family to ensure the work you include showcases your talent. If the work is too large to bring – photograph it.
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.
International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.
For more information please contact Martin Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
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.
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.
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.
Typical career opportunities include gallery administration, media, community-based art work, art administration, teaching or self-employment in the creative industries.
List of current alumni careers
Graduate careers include:
- self employment as practising artists and makers;
- gallery administration;
- art administration; and
- community based art work.
90% of students go on to work and/or study in the Art subject area.