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A varied course, covering Drawing, Painting, Photography, Etching, Screenprint, Ceramics, Sculpture, Video and Performance.

Why study Art?

Art is part of the Creative Arts course, so you will select another subject to study with Art. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Art with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts - for instance if you decide to combine Art and Textiles the subject may function in a different way than if you choose Art and Dance. Adventurous students who would like to have a broader experience of Art should apply for this course. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Art with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts.

You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Art:

Course structure

The course is a combination of studio practice, workshop, seminar and lecture programmes – which inform the contextual aspects of the course. You will develop the creative and critical skills needed to articulate your work as an individual artist. You’ll have the option to explore a broad range of approaches to making contemporary art; painting; print making (silk screen, etching, relief printing and lithography); photography; video; animation; sculpture; performance; digital media (using industry standard programmes involved in image making).

Facilities are excellent, and there are dedicated workshops within the School of Art and Design to support the above activities.

Professional Practice is extremely important and in Year 2 you have the option of organising and participating in a public group exhibition in a gallery in Bath. A series of talks by visiting lecturers and practitioners from the industry supports this module.

An important emphasis within the Art subject is on critical theory and research to support studio practice. We assume you are primarily artists driven by the desire to create and much of your time will be taken up by making. Yet we believe that as contemporary practitioners research and critical skills are vital, informing and supporting your studio practice.

You will need energy and commitment in day to day working and versatility moving between different media and teaching styles.

Course assessment

Assessment is predominantly on practical work although theory and professional practice are embedded into all modules. You will be required to give presentations, curate exhibitions and work collaboratively at various stages of the course. Contextual research and writing exercises run in parallel to your practice throughout all three years.

Continuous assessment (100% course work).

Art is part of the Creative Arts course, so you will select another subject to study with Art. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Art with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts - for instance if you decide to combine Art and Textiles the subject may function in a different way than if you choose Art and Creative Studies. Students who would like to have a broader experience of Art should apply for this course.

Teaching methods

You’ll be taught by practising artists and supported by a programme of visiting speakers who talk about their own work and experience working as contemporary artists. Through a programme of lectures and seminars you will also explore contemporary issues within the visual arts and the historical background to these ideas.

Application method

Full-time applications are through UCAS.

Course enquiries

For more information please contact Martin Thomas on m.thomas2@bathspa.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If studying A Levels: 260 UCAS points from A Levels, including a grade B in an art/design related subject

If studying a BTEC Extended Diploma: Overall Merit grade (Merit Merit Merit)

Art Foundation Diploma:  Merit

If applying for a combination of Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Visual Design, then we would invite you for an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of creative work with you to support your application.

Career opportunities

Typical career opportunities include gallery administration, media, community-based art work, art administration, teaching or self-employment in the creative industries.

The Drama programme offers specialised, creative arts and combined study pathways for students who wish to explore the immensity of drama as both a performance medium and an applied subject.

Drama provides you with a range of exciting modules to choose from. These explore drama from the perspectives of making theatre and performance, text study and applied theatre.

Drama is a broad based programme that allows you to identify where your place in the immense world of theatre and performance might be. It is not a vocational training course. Drama will equip you with writing, presentational, communication and collaborative skills invaluable in many professional and vocational areas.

Why study Drama?

Why study drama?

  • To prepare for careers where drama-based skills are in demand and for further studies in drama, including drama teaching
  • To make theatre and performance with others
  • To watch, think and write about drama

Course structure

Year one. You will study processes involved in taking text from page to stage. You will explore the relationship between theatre and society through the ages, examining ideas underlying dramatic texts, performance conventions and scenography. And you will attend and critique plays and other kinds of performance as well as undertake skills classes (specialised students).

Drama session

Year two. In theatre companies, inspired by your studies of key directors and companies, you will create your own work. You may also lead workshops and otherwise apply drama in community settings. And you may choose from a range of studies within Exploration modules. These studies may include musical theatre, physical theatre, stand-up comedy, American acting and so on.

Year three. You will research and write a dissertation on a drama topic of your choice and undertake a performance project (specialised students). Again, you may choose from a range of studies within specialised study modules, for instance experimental performance, staging Shakespeare and site-specific performance. 

Modules

Year one modules are:

  • From Page to Stage
  • Introduction to Theatre History
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Drama Skills
  • Musical Theatre Practice 1

Year two modules are:

  • Making Performance
  • Theatre History 2
  • Exploring Drama 1 and 2
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Activism

Year three modules are:

  • Dissertation
  • Performance Project
  • Specialised Studies 1 and 2
  • Drama as Protest

Course assessment

Assessment methods include essays, dissertations and other written assignments, seminar presentations, performances, group work, and professional development portfolios.

You can choose from a wide range of offerings incorporating content ranging from theatre history to physical theatre and extending to encompass such areas as experimental theatre and site-specific performance.

The approach to teaching Drama  at Bath Spa combines academic study with practical workshop-based classes which bring theoretical ideas to life. Facilities include the purpose-built University Theatre building, which incorporates a fully equipped theatre and three studios. You’ll be taught by distinguished staff who are practising theatre and performance artists.

Drama performance 

Teaching methods

Academic study combines with practical, workshop-based sessions that help bring theoretical ideas to life.

Our purpose-built University Theatre building houses rehearsal studios and a full working theatre that stages a wide range of performances.  

Bath Spa Live, the production arm of the School of Music and Performing Arts, provides a lively milieu of performance on and off campus. There are also active links with Bath Theatre Royal and the Ustinov studio.

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 including A-Level Drama, Performance Studies or Theatre Studies at min grade B.

Career opportunities

Drama will equip you with writing, presentational, communication, and collaborative skills invaluable in many professional and vocational areas. Often, after undertaking a PGCE, graduates become drama or primary teachers. Following graduation, some students choose to pursue their interests further through postgraduate study in theatre-making, applied drama, acting or directing. Others use the knowledge gained to launch careers working with theatre companies or venues, or go on to find employment in the charity, media, business and government sectors. Drama graduates have gone on to work for such theatre companies as The Naturals, The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Plymouth Theatre Royal.

What students say...

Drama at Bath Spa provided me a world of knowledge, confidence and new friends. The diverse nature of the course acted as platform for countless ways to express myself and to learn from my tutors and peers.

2012 Drama Graduate Katy Muir

I absolutely loved my time at Bath Spa on the Drama course. I made so many friends and had so much fun…the highlight for me was getting the chance to direct a full scale production. Also, the staff are friendly and approachable. I was very sad to leave. 

2012 Drama Graduate Lucy Plant

The variety given in the second and third year of drama studies really helped me to create a course that I could take ownership of. The knowledge and support from all lecturers and fellow students encouraged me to develop both the skills I already had and those I gained during my time at Bath Spa. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in Drama. 

2012 Drama Graduate Natasha Cook

Bath Spa has got it right with this course, as it offers a comprehensive exploration of a wide range of theatrical styles and genres. The knowledge and expertise that Drama allows you to develop makes you stand out in the jobs market. 

2012 Drama Graduate Luke Davies

Drama student