Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Top-up: work-based)

  • Award: BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Top-up: work-based)
  • UCAS code: WWDF
  • School: School of Art and Design
  • UK/EU Fees: Please contact Weston College for fee information.
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  • Course length: One year full-time. Two years part-time.
  • Campus: Weston College

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Work based learning and placements form the focus and ethos of this course, which will prepare you for a career as an art and design practitioner.

For more information about this course please contact Weston College

Why study Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Top-up: work-based)?

The programme has been designed to enable you to further develop your creative ability, whilst acquiring essential professional skills such as management, marketing, negotiation, business and freelance skills which are relevant to your creative practice and will enhance your career opportunities within the creative industries sector.

Course structure

The BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Work-based) builds upon and extends the work-based learning ethos of the Foundation degree. The programme has been designed to enable you to further develop your creative ability, whilst acquiring essential professional skills such as management, marketing, negotiation, business and freelance skills which are relevant to your creative practice and will enhance your career opportunities within the creative industries sector. The programme combines work-based modules and subject specific modules in order to enhance your commercial awareness and professional experience of the applied art and design industry. The course is delivered at Weston College one year full-time or two years part-time.

During this Honours level programme you will play an important role in the management of your own learning by:

  • building on the transferable skills developed during your Foundation degree (or equivalent qualification) such as critical evaluation, time management, presentation and IT skills;
  • gaining research techniques and proposal writing skills by carrying out a planning and research methods module;
  • undertaking a work-based learning project related to the Art and Design industry which will equip you with project management and decision-making skills;
  • undertaking a creative freelance management module in which you will learn how to operate as a freelance professional and manage your freelance practice;
  • undertaking a creative theory and practice module in which you will develop a portfolio of work clearly demonstrating your creative practice and target audience as well as diversifying your practice in order to work with other sectors.

Modules

  • Planning and Research Methods.
  • Practice within the Creative Industries: Work-based Project.
  • Creative Theory and Practice: Applied Art and Design.
  • Creative Freelance Management.

Course assessment

Assessment is carried out in a variety of ways:

  • Presentations;
  • Seminar reports/journals;
  • Management files;
  • Work-based project proposals and reports;
  • Portfolios of work;
  • Reflective practice;
  • Case studies/ problem-solving activities;
  • Literature search review.

There are no examinations.

The programme has been designed to enable you to further develop your creative ability, whilst acquiring essential professional skills such as management, marketing, negotiation, business and freelance skills which are relevant to your creative practice and will enhance your career opportunities within the creative industries sector.

Teaching methods

Taught sessions for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Work-based) will take place at Weston College. These will include seminars and tutorials as well as workshops from industry practitioners. Additional tutorials may be arranged to suit your individual needs. Other learning will take place in your work-based setting. You will be assigned a project supervisor from the course team who will provide you with guidance and support for your work-based modules.

You will have the support of a personal tutor throughout your studies and you will also need to obtain a work-based mentor to support your professional development.

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

Course enquiries

For more information, please contact:

Weston College

Terence Wilson-Fletcher - Programme Leader Contemporary Art and Professional Studies:

Telephone: (01934) 411659.

Bath Spa University

Martin Thomas - Subject Link Tutor Contemporary Art and Professional Studies:

Telephone: (01225) 875622.

Victoria Trachy - Progression Co-ordinator:

Telephone: (01225) 876179.

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation Degree).

Applicants who do not hold a Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies may be considered as follows:

  1. There is evidence of curriculum matching of the learning outcomes of the course with those of the Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies.
  2. Produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating relevant and recent work experience equivalent to Foundation degree level.

All applicants to the programme will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two of their Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

Applicants may be subject to interview.

It is a condition of entry onto the programme that all students will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting* by the time of admission. The suitability of the work will need to be agreed with the programme leader.

* Applicants will need to be employed or self-employed within some aspect of the creative industries either working as an employee for a creative company relevant to individual practice full or part-time or acting as a self-employed sole trader or freelancer (evidence of self-employment will need to be provided).

Applicants will need to identify a work-based mentor in order to undertake the work-based modules of the programme.

Career opportunities

Potential career pathways include:

  • 3D Artist
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Consultant
  • Community Artist
  • Commissions and Public Art
  • Concept Artist
  • Contemporary Arts Practitioner
  • Craftsperson
  • Freelance Artist
  • Gallery and Museum work
  • Illustrator
  • Project Manager
  • Promotion and Marketing
  • Teaching in Art and Design.