Art and Ceramics

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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.

90% students go on to work and/or study for courses in this subject area.

An introduction to a wide range of techniques for developing and realising ideas in Ceramics, with the chance to develop individual specialist interests in the final part of the course.

Why study Ceramics?

This course suits adventurous students who want to use Ceramics as part of a broad engagement with Art practice.

As part of the Creative Arts programme this course offers students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of Ceramics as a medium alongside another subject. The interaction of Ceramics with the various other subjects within Creative Arts opens up possibilities for the subject to function in different ways.

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

Course structure

 

 In Year 1 you will have the opportunity to work in ceramics within a sculptural context, with opportunity to work across more than one discipline if appropriate. You will be introduced to hand-building alongside other construction techniques as well as methods of decorating, glazing and firing, underpinned by drawing and visual research. You will also have a series of lectures introducing you to relevant theoretical and contextual issues.

In Year 2 you will learn more advanced techniques in mould-making and printed surface through a series of short projects alongside students in mixed-media sculpture. As the year goes on you will be encouraged to develop a more individual and self-directed programme of study.

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 an artist within the wider creative community.

Course assessment

Continuous assessment (100% course work)

The course is taught by practising artists and you’ll have access to excellent facilities for all methods of making, decorating, finishing and firing objects in Ceramics, with specialist technical support.

Teaching methods

There is an emphasis on gaining practical knowledge and skills through the experience of learning to make, alongside skills in developing ideas and evaluating results.

The course is taught through practical studio and workshop sessions as well as lectures and seminars. This development of both critical and creative skills enables you to find an individual approach by the end of the course as well as encouraging you to engage with a creative community within the School of Art and Design and beyond.

 

Application method

All 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

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.