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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.

A course that will develop your visual and graphic design ability and skills.

Why study Graphic Arts?

This course will enable you to express and articulate your ideas and study interests through a confidence in design. You will experience publishing your work in a variety of media (print, web, lens-based) and develop specialist areas of knowledge and ability by the end of the course.

As part of the Creative Arts programme you will select another subject to study alongside Visual Design, and your other subject will no doubt have a strong influence on your choices within the course. Visual Design can complement other routes by giving you the techniques and abilities to confidently express and communicate your ideas in a visual context.

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

Course structure

In Year 1 the subject starts with the basics of design related to typography, image and layout. You will be taken through design principles and become familiar with concepts to help you learn how to layout text and graphics with confidence and knowledge. You’ll be shown how to use industry standard layout software in readiness for creating printed publications, such as magazines and books.

By the middle of the first year you will be introduced to aspects of web design, including developing personalised blog sites. This will allow you to develop research skills and methods of gathering and interpreting information. Your online presence is also increasingly vital way of self-marketing and you will develop this over the period of the course. Online publishing is also a rapidly expanding area with the electronic book and website enabling people to self-publish to the world.

The first year ends with an introduction to creating printed publications, making you aware of how to create books and binding techniques (how books are physically put together). You will have gathered content from research to make a publication of your own.

Year 2 will allow you to study a subject area of your choice related to visual design, for example typography, publications, visual design, lens based media. An emphasis will be placed on design narratives and you will be guided through your projects. In addition you will study how graphic designers work and how theory influences contemporary design.

Year 3 expects you to contextualise your work with increased sophistication. You will have a knowledge of contemporary design and be able to apply it to your own study area with independence. Supported by regular tutorials you will develop a body of work, a portfolio in readiness for a professional career, or self-employment.

Optional professional studies based modules allow you to increase your awareness of professional practice and improve your chances of gaining the career you want upon graduation.

 This subject is part of the Creative Arts programme, so you will select another subject to study with Visual Design.

Course assessment

Continuous assessment (100% course work)

You will benefit from specialist resources to equip you for eventual employment in this fast-moving field.

 

Teaching methods

Lecturing staff have a detailed understanding of the industry, and there is a strong practical element to the course in areas such as  typography, publications, visual design and lens based media. There is also an important emphasis on the support of practice by theory.

Application method

All 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

Career areas directly related to Visual Design include graphic design, web design, art-worker, publishing, artist, book illustrator. However, combined with your other subject, a wider choice is available allowing you to uniquely position yourself within the jobs market, or develop a successful freelance or self-employed career.

 

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