- FdA Contemporary Art and Professional Studies
- Taught by
- University Centre Weston
- Course length
- Two years full-time
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: WV44
- Campus Code: C,WESTON
Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as A Level Art and Design or another creative subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.
Our cutting-edge approach to creativity is designed to prepare you for a career as an art practitioner.
- Enhance your techniques in mediums including fine art, printmaking and sculpture.
- Define and refine your own creative identity.
- Develop sound studio practice and exhibit your work.
Due to Covid-19, we have made changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year.
Please see the 2020 Partner College Programme Changes page for information about specific changes to this course.
Please note the changes are for the 2020-21 academic year only.
The 'Programme Document' beneath the main image on this course page shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.
Contemporary Art and Professional Studies combines studio-based practice with entrepreneurial-focused learning to provide a pathway into the multibillion pound UK creative industries.
Applauded by external examiners for its cutting-edge approach to helping students refine their individual creative identity, this course is delivered by professional artists who will help you develop practical and academic skills so that you can position yourself professionally within the contemporary arts.
"Not many degrees offer the depth of professional work-based theory and practice that this course offers, I find the diversity of the course intriguing."–Helen, Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation Degree) graduate
What you'll learn
As a Contemporary Art and Professional Studies student, you’ll develop sound studio practice, exhibit your work, receive an overview of the history of art, and learn practical skills associated with the main classical and modern artistic movements.
You’ll also enhance your techniques in mediums including fine art, printmaking and sculpture, and explore the variety of opportunities open to creative practitioners via a work placement.
We’ll also introduce you to key professional and commercial skills, including finance, negotiation, business and marketing.
How will I be assessed?
You'll be assessed through a combination of practical exams and coursework, with an assessment breakdown of 25% practical exams and 75% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.
How will I be taught?
This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, skills practice, presentations, case studies and workshops. UCW’s Higher Education Library Plus (HE.LP) team also delivers a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students.
This course also features a work placement totalling 75 hours.
This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.
Year one (Level 4) modules
- Visual Thinking
- Creativity and Conceptualisation
- Studio Practice
Year two (Level 5) modules
- Professional Practice and Work Placement
- Research and Development Skills
- Major Study
This course offers optional day trips to galleries and longer residential visits, which in recent years have included London and Rome, at an additional expense.
Work placements, industry links and internships
Work-based learning is central to studying at UCW, and this course features an embedded work placement.
You'll also be encouraged to exhibit your work to art-lovers in the general public, including at our summer showcase. In the past, students from this course have also exhibited their work at galleries including 4AD in Bath and Centre Space in Bristol.
Many graduates from this programme have progressed to the Honours Top-up in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies at UCW.
Graduates can also utilise the creative contacts they have made during their studies to launch freelance artistic enterprises.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
You'll be based at our Loxton Campus in Weston-super-Mare, which has been purpose-built for creative arts students. You'll also be taught at the brand new Education Centre in our seafront Winter Gardens building. You’ll get your own space in one of our studios, which is yours to use inside and outside of scheduled classes.
UK and EU students full time
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Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area. Students with only two A Levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of creative work and attend an interview.
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