The courses within the field of Art promote curiosity and nurture independent enquiry within our vibrant and dynamic community.

Undergraduate art courses

Creative Arts

If you choose to study through the Creative Arts Programme you'll study two subjects from the following:

  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Textiles
  • Graphic Arts

Our Creative Arts course encourages an entrepreneurial approach to creative practice. You’ll have the opportunity to produce original, practical work, while tackling the challenges of critical thought and reflection.

Contemporary Arts Practice

Our Contemporary Arts Practice course was designed for individuals with more than one field of interest, through this course you can study a combination of visual art disciplines. With emphasis on making and thinking, you’ll cover a range of subjects.

The first year of the course is structured and project based; you’ll be taught in a shared studio or workshop with academic and technical staff. You’ll learn new practical skills as well as developing those you already have.

As the course progresses, we’ll encourage you to explore your own individual studio practice in the areas of study you choose. You’ll benefit from support and encouragement from staff who are practitioners in their specialist fields. In addition you’ll have access to the range of technical facilities the School of Art and Design offers.

Fine Art

Our Fine Art course is about making, looking, and thinking about art. Within designated studios, you'll work towards an independent, critical and reflective practice supported through tutorials, academic and technical workshops, lectures and study trips.

Through a comprehensive contextual studies programme, you'll gain theoretical and contextual knowledge and understanding of the broader issues in contemporary practice. You will develop the skills you need for a successful career as an artist or in a related profession, through professional practice talks, workshops and seminars delivered by experts in the field.

You'll have access to excellent facilities and support from dedicated technicians. From the outset you'll be given a workspace in one our purpose built studios and a personal tutor who, in the first year, you'll have weekly contact with.


Studying Photography at Bath Spa University is a space for active enquiry, challenging and defining the role of the photographic image.

We’re committed to teaching the craft of photography. Analogue techniques are thoroughly explored and equip you to engage more proficiently with digital methods. We explore potential directions in which digital technological change impacts upon photography and fully utilise new technologies.

The curriculum is broad, with an emphasis on practical learning. Content is delivered by a team of full time and visiting specialists who are active practitioners and researchers within the field.

Postgraduate art courses

Fine Art

This studio based Fine Art course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists.

The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever changing and challenging Fine Art environment.

Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority.


This distinctive MA Ceramics course offers you the opportunity to study a range of approaches to ceramics at postgraduate level. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of material investigation and research. This will allow you to contextualise your practice in relation to current debates in art, craft and design and to develop an individual production strategy. Approaches of past students range from sculpture and installation through to studio ceramics and design for products.

Curatorial Practice

Our Curatorial Practice course focuses on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. We ask what is it that makes the role of the curator distinct, and how do we understand the essentials of curating, when it has become such a buzzword.

The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators.

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