Bath Spa University has two main campuses; Newton Park and Sion Hill. Newton Park is situated just outside the city centre and is our main campus for undergraduate courses. Sion hill sits in the centre of the city and is home to Art and Design courses.
We also have a Postgraduate Centre at Corsham Court where much of our postgraduate study and research takes place as well as a number of other teaching sites.
Newton Park Campus
This is the larger of the two main campuses, which is home to all undergraduate courses and subjects except Art and Design. There can’t be many universities in the UK that rival this unique setting. It's an amazing parkland estate (leased from the Duchy of Cornwall), and despite its idyllic rural setting, it's only four miles from the buzz of central Bath.
The grounds were designed by the well-known landscape architect Capability Brown in the eighteenth century. We have our very own nature reserve, a lake with its own lakeside walk, woods, historic listed buildings, and rolling fields.
But don't be fooled by the historic buildings and tranquil setting. Behind the 14th century walls lies a hub of activity and modern machinery. As a student you might find yourself using the latest computer equipment and technology in the 14th century Castle tower - the oldest building on the campus and a scheduled ancient monument - or in the Creative Writing Centre in the Castle Gatehouse, another scheduled ancient monument.
Newton Park Campus is also home to the Students' Union which forms the hub of social activity on campus.
UPDATE: A major redevelopment of the Newton Park campus in recent years has seen the facilities for students grow and improve. A magnificent, large and ultra-modern academic building ‘Commons’ has been built. This houses superb new teaching facilities, over 1,000 square meters of Learning Commons including open-access, technology-enabled study space, social learning space, bookable group working rooms, café and outdoor amphitheatre. It also offers the best specialist digital and studio resources for teaching in the South West – equal to anything found in the best commercial organisations and broadcast companies.
Sion Hill Campus
Sion Hill campus is the main base for the Bath School of Art and Design. Situated in the residential Lansdown district of Bath, an area renowned for its architecture, it's also helpfully within walking distance of the shops and bars of the city centre.
Sion Hill's facilities have recently undergone a huge refurbishment and upgrade, making them some of the most modern in the UK.
Sion Hill now boasts some of the most advanced resources around for art and design students, including graphic communication studios, electronic media workshops, studios for art, textiles and sculpture, workshops for wood, etching, lithography and silkscreen. Sion Hill is well known for its buzzing creative atmosphere, and friendly community feel.
Corsham Court is a centre for postgraduate teaching and research.
The campus is the base for the Research Support Office which works with Schools on research funding bids, post award administration and knowledge exchange, and the Graduate Affairs Office which provides administrative support for postgraduate research across the university. There is also administrative support for Masters courses taught at the Campus.
Other facilities include the campus library, specialist facilities for music and textiles, an art gallery, and postgraduate common rooms and quiet study areas.
Meeting and seminar rooms are available for use by all Schools and bookable through the central room booking system.
The café is open during term times and a full catering service is available by prior booking.
The formal gardens and grounds are also available to University users and the picture collection in the state rooms can be accessed for study by prior arrangement.
On Campus Facilities
There are many facilities for students, staff and visitors at both Newton Park and Sion Hill campuses. These range from food and drink facilities to health and wellbeing services.
Other Teaching Sites
The University has a number of additional sites, which we use for specialist undergraduate teaching.
The School of Art and Design has a separate teaching centre at The Circus, Bath, which is home to our Fashion and Textiles students. In addition, there are workshop spaces and facilities at Dartmouth Avenue in the Oldfield Park area of Bath, where much of the Creative Arts programme is based.
Burdall's Yard is an exciting new arts centre for the School of Music & Performing Arts in Bath city centre. The centre is used as a teaching, rehearsal and performance space and also hosts a number of hugely successful arts events, such as Party in the City (part of the Bath Festival).
Theatre Production Centre at Ashman's Yard
A new theatre production centre is located between the Newton Park Campus and Bath City Centre at Ashman’s Yard. The addition of this new facility lets students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production course to complete practical work in its specialist workshop spaces.