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A studio centred course encouraging independent enquiry delivered by practicing artists.

  • Exceptional technical support in painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, film, sound, performance and photography.
  • External opportunities and partnerships including our new association with Tate Exchange, the Porthleven Prize and The Gane Trust Travel Award
  • Outstanding programme of visiting speakers, including internationally acclaimed artists and curators

Why study Fine Art?

This course is about making, looking, and thinking about art. Within designated studios, you will work towards an independent, critical and reflective practice supported through tutorials, academic and technical workshops, lectures and study trips.

Through a comprehensive contextual studies programme, you will gain theoretical and contextual knowledge and understanding of the broader issues in contemporary practice. You will develop the skills you need for a successful career as an artist or in a related profession, through professional practice talks, workshops and seminars delivered by experts in the field.

You will have access to excellent facilities and support from dedicated technicians. From the outset you will be given a workspace in one our purpose built studios and a personal tutor who, in the first year, you will have weekly contact with.

Course structure

The course is aimed at the development of studio practice in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, photography, performance and sound. The structure of the course leaves room for not knowing, experimentation, discovery, risk and innovation.

You will learn to analyse, reflect, and communicate both verbally and visually, as well as developing the practical skills you need.

It is critical that you understand current and historical debates in art; and through a programme of Contextual Studies we encourage you to consider how theory and contextual knowledge is embedded in practice.

Delivered by specialists in the field, the Professional Practice module aims to equip you with the skills you need to build a successful future. Taught sessions support you to photograph work, build blogs/websites, write artist statements, fundraise, network, manage projects, and curate exhibitions.

Modules

  • Year 1
    Experimentation with materials, techniques and processes are foregrounded. You will establish a way of working that is playful and analytical; through this process you will begin to recognise the themes that are emerging in your work. The year is filled with a range of inductions and workshops to support your practice.
  • Year 2
    This is a pivotal period of development in which we will support you to progress your ideas, conceptual strategies and processes. Experimentation remains key, alongside a greater emphasis on individual research, reflection and analysis. We will encourage you to develop a more focused awareness of the debates that surround your practice and continually test its boundaries and possibilities. Off site exhibitions, projects and other initiatives support you to consider your work beyond the studio.
  • Year 3
    You will build on and extend the ideas you explored in the previous year. As a final year student, greater emphasis is placed not only on a body of resolved, considered and well executed work, but also on work that is ambitious and takes risks. At the end of the year you will present work in a degree show that is open to the public.

Course assessment

The course is made up of summative and formative assessments. Formative assessment takes place with the work in the studio and is ongoing throughout the duration of 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, reflective/academic text or live presentations.

The organisation of the Fine Art Degree is such that alongside a structure that our students can be supported within there is room for responsiveness to our students and current debates in art practice. This is no better evidenced than through the outward facing initiatives and partnerships established in the department.

No Working Title is one such project that works with students from 4 art schools across the UK and culminates in an event day at Tate Modern working alongside an international curator.

Bath School of Art is excited to announce that it has been named as one of Tate Exchanges official associates because of the No Working Title project and we are excited to be part of this initiative by Tate over the next 3 years.

Teaching methods

Teaching takes the form of one to one tutorials, group critiques, academic workshops, seminars, lectures and forums. Our visiting lecture series is fundamental to our course and we are proud of the range of speakers we attract. Each week internationally acclaimed artists, curators and arts professionals give talks to our students about their work, teach in the studios or deliver an exciting range of workshops driven by their research interests.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admissions team (see above).

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

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

  • A Level - Grades BCC including Grade B in Art & Design or related subjects preferred.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit. Merit (DMM) 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 a HL Art subject at grade 6 and 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).

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 above qualifications. Applicants will be considered without this. Applicants will be invited to bring a portfolio of creative work to interview. Applicants will also be asked to bring a short piece of set work. Interviews will take place at our Sion Hill Campus. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to become, among other things, professional practicing self-employed artists, they become curators in established galleries or set up their own artist run spaces. We have alumni who are teachers or work in gallery education; others have gone onto work in conservation, TV, or Art Therapy.

Many of our alumni go onto further study at some of the UK’s top postgraduate courses including the Slade School of Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art and Design, The Royal College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools, Glasgow School of Art and the Courtauld Institute.

What students say...

Fine Art Graduate:

“The dynamics and the teaching organisation of the course is now optimal and I feel it provides students, in all media, with a flexible and well-rounded Fine Art education. All tutors are regularly available and thoroughly encouraging and engaged, having varied practices themselves they help to evaluate your work and keep it fresh. Having such premier workshop facilities at Bath Spa University, with knowledgeable, able and enthusiastic technicians is a bonus and I have left University with many fabrication skills that I simply would not have got elsewhere.”