Contemporary Arts Practice

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For students wanting a broad educational experience across all aspects of the visual arts.

Scope to specialise during the latter stages of the course if you want.

This course is designed for students wanting a broad educational experience across all aspects of the visual arts. It enables a fusion of visual art disciplines, attracting students with more than one field of interest.

Why study Contemporary Arts Practice ?

The modular programme is tailored to allow the transfer of skills from an academic to a real working environment, with the opportunity to work closely with industry on site-specific artwork, curating, and working to commission.

Course structure

All practice-based modules have contextual studies skills embedded that are specific to the specialist area of study and will require you to participate in cultural visits and projects at home and abroad.


Year 1 You will be encouraged to experiment in a number of disciplines, gaining extensive knowledge and skills as you progress. Specialist strands include: Ceramics and Sculpture, Drawing and Painting, Mixed Media Textiles, Printmaking, Photography and Moving Image. Contextual and theoretical components of the course are embedded into all practice-based modules and are supported by lectures and seminars introducing students to contemporary art practice.

Year 2 and 3 You will have the opportunity to specialise in one discipline area, or maintain a broader portfolio through to graduation, taught by expert staff from all aspects of the visual arts. Running in parallel to your study you will take advantage of professional development exercises such as web-design, marketing and project management, gaining the necessary expertise to maximise your potential after graduation. You will also have access to an extensive weekly programme of visiting lectures from practising artists, curators, critics and gallery owners.


Course assessment

By exhibition, written papers and live presentations. There are no written exams.

There is an active cultural exchange programme with academic partners from around the world.

Teaching methods

BA (Hons) Contemporary Arts Practice runs in parallel to the BA (Hons) Creative Arts programme, encouraging a dynamic mix of creative thinkers across the literary, performing and visual arts. Students also benefit from an active cultural exchange programme.

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 recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design.  However if applying with A-Levels only, a total of 260 points (with a grade B in an Art and Design related subject) is expected, supported by a high quality portfolio.
Applicants applying with a BTEC Extended Diploma are expected to achieve an overall Merit grade (Merit, Merit, Merit).

For all applicants an offer of a place will be made following a successful portfolio review and interview

Career opportunities

Graduates of Contemporary Arts Practice will have a broad portfolio of expertise to accompany specialist knowledge in a particular field. The majority of our graduates progress to art-related employment or self-employment, whether as a studio-based artist, public artist or through employment in the realm of arts management or arts administration. The course also attracts many students wishing to pursue a career in teaching.