We have two main campuses; Newton Park and Sion Hill. Newton Park is about four miles from the city centre and is home to 99% of our undergraduate courses. Sion Hill sits right in the city centre and is our main base for all Art and Design.
In addition we have a specialist Postgraduate Centre at Corsham Court where much of our postgraduate study and research takes place.
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.
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 belongs to the Methuen family and is the former home of the Bath Academy of Art. The Academy moved to the Court in 1946 and provided higher education in the subject areas of specialist art and design, teacher training, performing arts and combined arts. Bath Spa University retains the long term lease of the Court.
Corsham Court is a specialist centre for postgraduate teaching and research. There you will find:
- A suite of high quality meeting rooms for use by all Schools and Departments. These are bookable either through the central booking system or by contacting the Centre Administrator (a full catering service is available, and cafes and pubs are within easy walking distance).
- Postgraduate workshops, studios and seminar rooms providing facilities for the academic Schools.
- Individual study spaces for Masters and PhD research students.
- A support service for the development of funding bids to external agencies.
- Specialist studio accommodation for post graduate students in the Bath School of Art & Design.
- Individual studios and study facilities rented to academic staff at a subsidised rate in support of scholarship and research.
- A gallery and project room bookable by all academic Schools by the day or week in support of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum activities.
In addition to our accommodation, the formal gardens and grounds are available to University users. They are to be found on the North side of the Court (the drive is on the South side). Access to the State Rooms for teaching, for study of the picture collection, or for tours can be made available to University staff and students by prior arrangement and at no charge within the terms of the University's Lease.
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.
Plans for the Future
2012 and beyond will see Newton Park undergo its most significant building programme for decades. This will create first-rate new facilities for students, including a major new academic building, with specialist digital and studio resources for students entering the creative and cultural industries. It is set to become one of the best facilities for teaching digital media-related courses in the south-west.
New student accommodation, allowing an additional 600 students to live on campus. Subject to planning permission, this will be completed in 2014 – the same time as the academic building.
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
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.