Art and Mixed Media Textiles
Be dynamic and combine two arts subjects for a broad experience of creative practice.
- Study and combine two areas of creative practice
- Taught by staff who are practising artists and researchers
- Excellent workshops and technical support
Why study Art?
Art 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 Art. For example, if you decide to combine Art and Creative Writing the subject may function differently than if you study Art and Dance.
You’ll choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Art:
You can study and practice in a wide range of disciplines from painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, performance and drawing. 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.
Your first year concentrates on developing your practical skills and thinking. Through practical projects and lectures on art theory and history you’ll gain new knowledge and hands-on experience.
In years two and three we’ll encourage you to develop your individual areas of practice and contextual research through weekly group seminars, critiques, lectures and individual tutorials.
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.
You’ll be assessed by practical portfolio submissions or exhibitions of coursework, 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. Past Art students have worked with artists such as Gavin Turk and Martin Creed.
List of current alumni careers
Graduate careers include:
self employment as practising artists and makers;
art administration; and
community based art work.
90% of students go on to work and/or study in the Art subject area.
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, the Lynn Painter-Stainers 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 Dartmouth Avenue and Sion Hill.
Workshops you’re able to work in are: paint prep, 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 artists 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.
Full-time 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.
Research contemporary artists, visit exhibitions and be prepared to discuss them.
Use a sketchbook to draw, collect found or photographed images and make notes – look carefully at things, reflect on things you encounter.
For more information please contact Martin Thomas on email@example.com.
We’re looking for creative and committed individuals who are curious, reflective and interested in their subject areas. You should be able to take risks and have an open mind. We value the ability to think critically and reflectively just as much as we value the ability to create.
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. Applicants will be invited to interview and will be required to bring high quality portfolio
- BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) 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) Merit Grade is preferred in combination with the qualifications listed above. Applicants will be considered without this.
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.
Applicants will be invited to interview at our Sion Hill Campus and will be required to bring high quality portfolio. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.
For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typical career opportunities include gallery administration, media, community-based art work, art administration, teaching or self-employment in the creative industries.
An introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.
Mixed Media Textiles is studied within the Creative Arts programme, and is studied in combination with another subject. We encourage students who would like to have a broader experience of Textiles to apply for this course - you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts - for instance if you decide to combine Mixed Media Textiles and Art the subject may function in a different way than if you choose Mixed Media Textiles and Dance.
You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Mixed Media Textiles:
Mixed Media Textiles is an introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.
Why study Mixed Media Textiles?
Students are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth to prepare them for work as textile artists, designer makers or in the industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.
In Year one the modules are workshop based and cover design and textile techniques, fibres, dyestuffs and drawing. You’ll also engage in visual research in support of your technical work, and you’ll understand the inter-dependence of practical, historical, theoretical and intellectual skills.
In the second year you’ll continue to develop specialist skills in textiles (printed, woven, knitted, and embroidered) combined with visual research to explore further possibilities. As the year progresses you are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth in an individual textile study programme.
Your final year allows you to develop your personal ideas and skills in order to prepare a final piece, textile collection and portfolio of work. The focus of the course is Mixed Media Textiles within a broader Art context and students are free to work across disciplines if they wish.
Sample modules include:
- Introduction to Mixed Media Textiles
- Advanced Textile Workshops
- Individual Study Programme (choosing from a combination of Printed, Knitted, Embroidered or Woven Textiles, you will work across the disciplines and cross the conventional boundaries of techniques and materials to create mixed media textiles that are innovative and original).
Entirely on coursework and exhibitions. This includes:
- Experimental work
- Seminar presentations
Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts, and you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve aesthetic, conceptual and design problems.
Lectures and seminars provide the context for individual studio and workshop practice. You are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems.
All full time applications are through UCAS
For more information please contact Susan Bradley on email@example.com
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.
The course will prepare you for work as textile artists, designer makers or to work within the textile industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.
What students say...
Graduate Profile: Nina Davis, graduated 2010
“Last year I exhibited my eco design work at Free Range Graduate show work, at New Designers and then at the Festival of Quilts (when I won the Student Graduate Bursary prize from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles). I then joined one of the UK’s leading girls independent boarding school as Artist in Residence, and worked with the students on several textiles and sculptural projects, culminating in my own solo exhibition. Needless to say I love my job! Since graduating I feel I have been tested in a manner of ways and am perpetually learning every single day.”
Sue Bradley, Course Leader:
My own specialism is within knitted textiles and I have had my own design label for more than 20 years. I find teaching at Bath Spa very inspiring and rewarding, the campus itself is beautiful and we have excellent workshop facilities and the most up to date equipment. It is very exciting for students to be studying across two subject areas and to be able to cross over ideas between the disciplines; this makes the course truly unique.