Ceramics and Drama Studies
Ceramics is studied as a subject within the Creative Arts course, so you’ll select another subject to study alongside it. The way subjects interact varies, so the shape of the course depends on the subject you combine with Ceramics. For example if you decide to combine Ceramics and Creative Writing the subject may function differently than if you study Ceramics and Mixed Media Textiles.
- You’ll choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Ceramics:
- Creative Writing
- Mixed Media Textiles
- Graphic Arts
Why study Ceramics?
You’ll investigate and practice a wide range of approaches and techniques, from hand building, glazing, decorating, firing, mould making, printed surface, digital 3D construction and throwing. This is underpinned by drawing and visual research. As the course progresses you’ll find the emphasis is placed on you; you’ll pursue your own areas of interest, with support from specialist academic and technical staff.
As your first year begins, you’ll develop and your practical skills and expand your thinking, by exploring Ceramics in a sculptural context. As the year progresses, you’ll gain new knowledge and hands on experience, through practical projects and lectures on theory and history.
In years two and three we’ll encourage you to develop your individual areas of practice and contextual research through masterclasses, weekly group seminars, critiques, lectures and individual tutorials.
The final year gives you the opportunity to explore and realise your ideas through an in-depth study of a chosen area, leading to an exhibition of a body of work and focussing on understanding your practice as a ceramacist within the wider creative community.
Attend practical project led workshops and historical and contextual studies lectures, complemented by optional modules in print and photography.
Undertake self directed studio practice in your chosen area.
Complete self directed studio practice, working towards your degree show exhibition.
Assessments at all levels are by practical portfolio submission or exhibition of coursework, that is supported by research/context folders. At various stages of the course you’ll be required to give presentations, curate exhibitions and work collaboratively. As part of your historical and contextual studies programme, you’ll be required to demonstrate your understanding and research through short written tasks and group presentations.
You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Norway, Germany, Japan, Australia and the USA
You’ll have opportunities to participate in regular field trips across all the Creative Arts course modules. As a department we run at least four London study trips per year. We also organise international study visits to places like Berlin, Paris, New York and Venice (please note that you’ll have to pay for some study visits).
Work placements, industry links and internship
There are opportunities for you to undertake work placements as part of the wider Creative Arts professional practice programme.
List of current alumni careers
Graduate careers include:
- self employment as practising artists and makers;
- gallery administration;
- art administration; and
- community based art work.
- 90% of students go on to work and/or study in one of their subject areas.
We’ll encourage you to participate in competitions such as the Porthleven Prize and the Gane Trust Travel Grant among many others. Our students have been nominated for, and won, awards such as the Threadneedle Prize and the Royal West of England student drawing prize.
- Each year we offer three prizes to our second and third year students:
- The ‘Beyond the Studio’ Student Prize for Entrepreneurship in Art
- The Outstanding Art Student Prize
- The Excellence in the Creative Arts and Contemporary Arts Practice Development Prize
Facilities and resources
The subject is taught in workshops and studios at Sion Hill and Dartmouth Avenue
Workshops you are able to work in are: ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, sculpture, casting, plastics, etching, screenprint, photography, 3D print, digital print and bookbinding.
We run free evening life drawing sessions at Dartmouth Avenue in winter and spring terms.
You’ll be taught by staff who are practising ceramicists and researchers through technical demonstrations, individual tutorials, group critiques, lectures and seminars. Teaching takes place in workshops (year 1) and individual studio spaces (years 2 and 3).
You’ll benefit from a programme of visiting speakers who’ll talk about their own practice and their experience working as contemporary ceramicists, curators, designers, makers and publishers within the creative industries.
All applications are through UCAS.
Interview and portfolio guidance
Your portfolio is an important part of the application process, it gives us an insight into who you are as a practicing artist. You’ll need to show us a range of finished pieces of work. We also ask that you include a wide variety of supporting work in your portfolio (preparatory work, sketchbooks and research). We advise that you do not simply pick your favourite pieces but consult tutors, friends and family to ensure the work you include showcases your talent. If the work is too large to bring – photograph it.
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We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level - 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 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). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Access courses accepted in addition to evidence of further experience in Art & Design.
- Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design) - Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design) Grade Merit preferred in addition to the qualifications listed above. Applicants applying without this will be considered.
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.
All applicants will be invited to interview at our Sion Hill Campus and will be required to bring high quality portfolio in support of their application. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.
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Many different careers are possible: establishing studios as exhibiting artists, working as freelance artists to commission, or teaching at all levels of education. Often some of these roles may be combined. Other graduates may go on to postgraduate study or employment with museums, galleries and ceramics companies.
Since 2011 graduates from this course have worked with organisations such as the Roman Baths in Bath, The Maze Studios in Brighton and "Big Brother , Little Brother" mainly as potters, ceramists and freelance designers.
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
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).
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.
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:
- Performance Project
- Specialised Studies 1 and 2
- Drama as Protest
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.
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.
All full time applications are through UCAS.
Please contact our Admissions team (see above)
280–320 UCAS Tariff points including A-Level Drama, Performance Studies or Theatre Studies at min grade B.
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