Creative Arts

  • Award: BA (Hons) Creative Arts
  • UCAS code: Please refer to the courses and combinations page
  • School: School of Art and Design
  • UK/EU Fees: Tuition fees are £9,000 per year.
  • International Fees: £10,905
  • Materials Contribution: Material and study visits fee will vary dependent on the modules selected: £50 for Art and Photography modules, £100 for Ceramics module and £130 for Textiles module (subject to yearly review).
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  • Course length: Three years full-time. Part-time available.
  • Campus: Taught at Newton Park for Creative Writing, Dance, Drama Studies and Music.Taught at Sion Hill for Art and Textiles. Sion Hill campus/Dartmouth Avenue (Bath School of Art and Design) for Art.
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This programme is ideal for adventurous students who do not wish to be restricted within the boundaries of a single art discipline. Many artists today, while working primarily in one art, would see their work as informed by other media and traditions.

Why study Creative Arts?

Creative Arts encourages an entrepreneurial approach to creative practice. It combines the opportunity for original, practical work with the challenges of critical thought and reflection across eight subjects of which you choose two:

You will be encouraged to explore and develop your own style and creativity and to be as experimental as possible. There will also be an emphasis on translating this into the world of industry.

The programme works from two fundamental principles. The first is that you will work with tutors who are practising artists: your teachers will be writers, composers, performers, choreographers, painters, sculptors, textile designers and drama practitioners with good profiles of publications, exhibitions, recordings and performances. They will also have knowledge of the industries in which you later may work.

Secondly, Creative Arts emphasises the support of practice by theory. We assume that you are artists who are driven by the desire to create in a variety of media, and much of your time will be taken up with making things; theoretical elements are aimed at supporting and enabling your personal practice.

Course structure

This is a joint degree, but through optional and project modules the balance between your two subjects can be flexible.

The subjects are mainly delivered autonomously; that is, when you are doing art you are completely involved in that area. However, there are modules where you can explore relationships between disciplines, for example a module where composers and choreographers work together.           

Cross-subject and collaborative projects are major pieces of independent work in Year 3, and offer opportunities to work across your subjects and to collaborate with like-minded artists. Examples have included: a music-theatre event, dance with film, a CD of songs to specially written texts, art installation with music or sound design, and film with a music score.

For details of modules please refer to the course descriptions for each subject within Creative Arts.


Year 1

You choose modules from your two Creative Arts subjects (some of which may be compulsory modules), along with elective modules.

Years 2 and 3

You continue your two Creative Arts subjects and, in Year 3, undertake an individual project. Projects may be within one of your two subjects or you may use them to explore relations between the two disciplines. Alternatively you may undertake a collaborative project where you work with another artist.

Course assessment

Continuous assessment (100% course work) for all subjects except Music, which combines coursework with some practical examinations in performance.

This programme is ideal for adventurous students who do not wish to be restricted within the boundaries of a single art discipline.

Teaching methods

You will be taught through practical workshop sessions, individual supervision, seminars and lectures. Each main subject has an established programme of visiting artists, writers and musicians.

Some subjects also organise visits and field trips to national and international centres and events.

The Creative Arts programme is linked through the Socrates scheme to the University of Hildesheim in Germany, providing the opportunity to study in Germany for one term.

We also have links in Dance with Barcelona, Spain and Bytom, Poland; in Drama with Klaipeda, Lithuania; in Music with Joensuu, Finland; and in Textile Design with Oslo, Norway, offering good opportunities for exchange.

Each major Creative Arts subject has an excellent range of resources. Creative Writing is supported by a nationally renowned Creative Writing Centre and good film-making facilities in the new Artslab. The Michael Tippett Centre offers musicians an impressive concert hall, a multi-track recording and electro-acoustic music studio, 17 well equipped practice rooms and excellent music technology facilities. Students in Art and Textile Design have access to a good range of studios in painting, sculpture, textiles, photography and print- making, while Dance and Drama students will have access to the superb new University Theatre.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admissions team (see above)

Entry requirements

280–320 UCAS Tariff points. Preferred subjects – Art, Art and Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textile Design, Dance, English, Music, Theatre Studies, Drama or Visual Arts (depending on subject choice).

Art Foundation course is also acceptable.

Offers may be based on portfolio of work (depending on subject choice).

Career opportunities

Creative Arts students have gone on to become visual artists, dance practitioners, arts administrators, composers, writers, teachers, lecturers, and workshop leaders. Some Creative Arts students have maintained their spread of work across both subjects (for example, film-maker Kathy Hinde has also been active as composer with her music played by pianist Joanna Macgregor). Others see themselves as primarily a practitioner in one subject, but with their work informed by their experience in the other area.

Collaborative working, which is encouraged and supported in the programme, has an additional career benefit, in that you have two industries through which your work may reach a public, rather than one.

Since 2010, employers such as Gap, LK Bennetts, Jasper Garrida Fashion and Hampstead Theatre  have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including In store Visual Merchandising, Theatre Assistant, Assistant Knitwear Designer and Craft Teacher.

What students say...

I love the combination of subjects, great facilities and brilliant members of staff, all passionate about their subjects.

Hannah Spencer, Year 2 student (Art and Music).