How to Apply

How to apply

Show us what you can do

It's OK to brag a little. Here you'll find info on how to apply through Clearing, plus advice on putting together a portfolio for one of our Art and Design or Music and Performance courses.

Your Clearing journey

You may feel like you're facing a major obstacle in the road, but there are plenty of alternate routes to get where you want to be. We'll help guide you.

What is Clearing?

If you didn't get the results you were expecting, it's an opportunity to attend a different university and study a similar course. You can use it if:

  • You're applying after 30 June
  • You didn't receive any offers
  • You don't want to accept the offers you've received
  • You didn't meet the conditions of your offer

Clearing is open from 6 July-20 October. Most people will apply on or just after results day on 13 August.

How to apply through Clearing

If you already have your exam results, follow these simple next steps:

Step 1 - Check our Clearing course page to find your perfect course.

Step 2 - Fill in our simple Clearing application form.

Step 3 - One of our Admissions advisors will assess your application and call you back to discuss your application.

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Clearing portfolio guidance for Art and Design programmes

To apply, please start by filling in our application form.

Please send your online electronic portfolio of creative work demonstrating your individual self-initiated practice and interests, as well as your involvement in course/project work.

We look for evidence of your interest in the relevant subject area and how it relates to your own work, how you develop and work through your ideas, and how your practice might benefit from a course of study at Bath Spa University.

Your portfolio should contain between 10-15 pieces of work and be available as a PDF document that can be attached and sent via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Please include: 

  • Your full name
  • The course you are interested in
  • Your UCAS Personal ID in the subject line of the email.

Please be assured that the guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive. We do expect, and encourage, variations in individual presentations, reflecting the variety of backgrounds and experiences of our applicants.

Some courses may also require an interview, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible following review of your portfolio.

Please find some further tips on what to include by course below.

Guidance by course

BA (Hons) Creative Arts Practice

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for your intended subjects of study. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course you should include examples of some or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic designs
  • Textiles
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Video or animations

Please also include:

  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work

BA (Hons) Digital Animation

You will be expected to present a portfolio of creative work. The work should demonstrate your creative experiences to date, your interests in animation, and work that stands as a foundation to studying animation (digital, analogue and creative thinking skills).

The Digital Animation course covers a variety of areas, and defines animation in a broad sense, ranging from traditional animation to the visual aspects of apps and computer games. We are looking for students from a range of backgrounds who are open-minded and looking for challenges.

A typical portfolio might include (but is not restricted to):

  • Drawings, sketches, painting, CAD etc.
  • Works using software (e.g. still image, moving image, sound, 3D computer modelling)
  • Digital video or animation, as quicktime files/mp4 or on YouTube/Vimeo
  • Include your planning and research phases via sketchbooks or blogs/journals (please provide links)
  • Work from non art and design related subjects that might be useful or interesting to talk about and relevant to digital animation
  • Self-initiated creative work

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Your portfolio of creative work should include any or all of the following:

  • Three dimensional work - we are keen to see and hear about your engagement with making and how you think three-dimensionally. This may be from any 3D area such as ceramics, wood, product design, sculpture, mixed–media constructions, constructed textiles etc.
  • Drawing and mark making in any media – we value both digital and analogue drawing. Drawing is an important part of the course and can be used as an exploration tool as well as represent ideas and form
  • Creative ideas and design work in any area, for instance textiles, graphics, painting, photography print, colour work, CAD etc.
  • Sketch/ideas books - these are very important so that we can see how you work through ideas and your design process. We are very interested in seeing how you approach a creative brief, and in your creative process, as well as resolved and well-presented outcomes
  • A sample of your critical writing

Please organise your ideas carefully, sometimes showing us your best work first is better than putting it in chronological order.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

All Fashion Design applicants are asked to upload a mini portfolio. Based on this, we may need to invite for an interview - either in person or over Skype.

Your portfolio should show your skills, personality, potential, experimentation and commitment. We are looking for evidence of curiosity and energy for the subject.

If you are not on a course where fashion design is an option, include a personal design project that shows your design process and ideas for fashion.

Consider the layout and presentation of your work making it easy to understand. Work should be clearly organised and presented.

Folios should include:

  • Contemporary and fashion awareness
  • Ideas for fashion
  • Drawing skills
  • Personal expression
  • Creativity
  • Use of colour
  • Research
  • Fabric/textiles knowledge
  • Evidence of project work within the subject area

We would like to see work in both sketchbook form as well as in your final portfolio, so that we can see the progression of initial ideas into your final design outcome. The process is as important as the outcome.

In terms of self edit work, we are looking for quality over quantity.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for your intended subjects of study. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course you should include examples of some or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic designs
  • Textiles
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Video or animations

Please also include:

  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work

BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design

Your portfolio of creative work should include any or all of the following:

  • Three dimensional work. We are keen to see and hear about your engagement with making. This may be from any 3D area such as ceramics, wood, product design, sculpture, mixed–media constructions, constructed textiles etc. and in the form of models, experimentation, prototypes and/or final pieces.
  • Creative ideas and design work in any area. These need not be three dimensional. For instance textiles, graphics, painting, photography print, colour work, CAD etc.
  • Sketch/ideas books. We are very interested in seeing how you approach a creative brief, and in your creative process, as well as resolved and well presented outcomes.
  • Drawing and mark making in any media – we value both digital and analogue drawing.
  • A sample of your critical writing
  • Please organise your ideas carefully, sometimes showing us your best work first is better than putting it in chronological order.

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Drawing - examples of observed drawing in the studio and on location; together with examples of expressive drawing dealing with ideas and interpretation
  • Projects - evidence of project work in the area of creative problem solving and visual communication, together with your roughs and developmental work. A short summary of the brief would be helpful
  • Self-initiated work - exercises or projects you have undertaken for yourself out of personal interest or enthusiasm for a particular subject
  • Research - some examples of work should be accompanied by evidence of any research or investigation that you have undertaken in preparation for the project
  • Written work - examples of writing, for example essays or other analyses/reports or case studies
  • Materials and media - we are interested to see how you have worked with particular media, for example; photography or printmaking. Your eligibility for the course however will not be disadvantaged if these facilities have not been available to you

BA (Hons) Photography

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Evidence of project work in the area of photographic practice
  • Roughs and developmental work in your work journals (or other formats you have used)
  • You may present work of one or many photographic genres
  • A short summary of the project brief would be helpful, but not essential
  • Self-initiated work exercises or projects you have undertaken for yourself out of personal interest or enthusiasm for a particular subject
  • Research - some examples of work should be accompanied by evidence of any research or investigation that you have undertaken in preparation for the project

BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Photographic evidence of sketch and or ideas books
  • Drawings
  • Colour work
  • Painting
  • Any creative ideas, design work in any area
  • Your own photography
  • Self initiated projects.

These need not be textiles. For instance, you may have made jewellery, clothes, etc. If you do have any evidence of textile work, such as print, knit, weave or stitch embroidery, please do include this in your portfolio.

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Clearing portfolio guidance for Music and Performance programmes

To apply, please start by filling in our application form.

We look for evidence of your interest in the relevant subject area and how it relates to your own work, how you develop and work through your ideas, and how your practice might benefit from a course of study at Bath Spa University.

Your portfolio should be available as online links to video or a SoundCloud account that can be attached and sent via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Please include:

  • Your full name
  • The course you are interested in
  • Your UCAS Personal ID in the subject line of the email.

Please be assured that the guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive. We do expect and encourage considerable variation in individual presentation, which will reflect the variety of backgrounds and experiences of applicants.

Some courses may also require a telephone or Skype interview, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible following review of your portfolio.

Please find some further tips on what to include by course below.

Guidance by course

BA (Hons) Music

Please submit the following:

  • Recorded performances of two contrasting items of repertoire at Grade 8 level. These may be classical (musical theatre or opera), jazz or world music - approximately 6 minutes each. At least one of the two items should be performed on your first study (instrument or voice) but you may choose to perform one of the two items on a second study if you wish. You may also choose to play excerpts of pieces rather than entire works.
  • Examples of one (or both) of the following:
    • Original compositions - you should supply a score (this can be an electronic version using Sibelius or similar) and may additionally include an MP3 if you wish
    • Theory work - such as exercises in arrangement, harmony or counterpoint in PDF format.

BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology

The audio portfolio may consist of up to four tracks and we ask you to offer us further information and background on this form, which should also be completed and attached to your email when you send in your portfolio.

The audio portfolio should represent your compositional achievements to date.

Please note that the material need not necessarily have been completed in your current period of study. We are not seeking evidence of wide stylistic ability, but by all means provide a variety of approaches if this best describes your output.

We hope to hear something that demonstrates that you are listening closely to the music you make and that there is evidence that you have used technology to explore composition and some aspects of production.

Your course may have enabled you to record ensemble playing or bands – but this is not relevant in this instance – it is your own recorded compositions/re-mixes which are of particular interest.

BA (Hons) Theatre and Digital Production

You could include evidence of your involvement in Theatre and Digital Production from one, but not all, of the following areas:

Costume portfolio:

  • Costume or fashion designs
  • Life and or figure drawing examples
  • Photos or showreels of costume makes, sewing or textile projects
  • Evidence of wardrobe experience on productions, photos of cast, hair, makeup and so on
  • Evidence of working process

Scenography portfolio:

  • Evidence of working within either of the disciplines of scenic design, scenic construction or prop making
  • Designs and working drawings relating to either discipline
  • Photographic, drawn or software based evidence of working process
  • Photographic or showreel evidence of productions or events worked on
  • Photos of finalised designs, makes or builds
  • Evidence of problem solving skills

Sound portfolio:

  • Recordings of soundscapes worked on
  • Recordings of any shows that you have mixed
  • Evidence of paperwork to go with shows, such as schematics, input lists, equipment lists, stage plans and so on
  • Documentation of written work that might have accompanied the process of a sound design such as screen shots of any Qlab files with recordings if possible - (at least a section if not the whole thing)

Lighting portfolio:

  • Photographs of show lighting that you have engaged with, either as lighting designer or technician (indicate the role undertaken)
  • Example stage lighting paperwork for design and/or planning purposes, for example plans, lists and so on
  • Bullet point list of relevant lighting roles undertaken and duties involved (include show title, venue and any relevant technical details such as equipment you have experience with)
  • Highlights of any work, paid or otherwise, that you have undertaken outside of your school or place of study

Stage management portfolio:

  • Photographic evidence or show reels of productions or events worked on
  • Photographs of props tables, stage props and evidence of stage management paperwork

BA (Hons) Dance

Please send a range of work with online links in order to support your application for this subject. This should include 2-4 pieces of work (at least two minutes per performance) from your dance repertoire. You should ensure that the material allows you to demonstrate:

Technique:

  • (Essential) demonstration of your knowledge and ability of 20th/21st century dance styles such as Cunningham, Graham, Release or Ballet
  • We are looking for your ability to work on the ground as well as moving through space.

Performance:

  • (Essential) creative and performance work in an appropriate contemporary style (school musicals and musical theatre are generally not advisable submissions)
  • (Desirable) examples of your experience in partner or group work, contact improvisation and/or somatic improvisation. If there is more than one person on the footage then it must also be clear who we are observing – you should indicate this with an accompanying note informing us of what you are wearing, where you are in the space, if you are part of a duet trio, solo and so on

A video statement is also required. You should submit a short video telling us a little about yourself and your feeling towards dance, creativity and performance (resembling a verbal rendition of your personal statement). Please submit your audition via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk with direct URL links to your submissions (e.g. on YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox). Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

We will evaluate the following qualities:

  • Your understanding of, and ability to work in, a contemporary dance style
  • Technical ability (physical evidence of a dance training to an appropriate level)
  • Focus, alignment, energy and accuracy
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Creativity and originality
  • Ability to work with others

BA (Hons) Drama

A video submission is required.

Your submission should include 2 contrasting monologues of not more than 2 minutes long. Please be sure to adhere strictly to this time limit when selecting and preparing your audition speeches. The monologues should be from contemporary plays (post 1970s) and we advise you to perform in your own accent and playing range. Please consider movement in your presentation - while a head and shoulders view would be good in one monologue, in the other it would be good to see you move. 

Begin each video with a shot to camera saying who you are, the course you are applying for and the title of the piece you are presenting.

Based on your audition we may then offer you an interview by Skype. Over the two elements the qualities we are evaluating are:

  • Responsiveness to ideas and direction
  • Creativeness of responses
  • Spontaneity demonstrated in tasks
  • Proficiency of skills
  • Breadth of knowledge
  • Approachability

Format & Submission

When submitting work, please ensure you include your full name, your UCAS ID, and the course for which you are applying. Please submit your audition in the following format:

  • Via email to clearing@bathspa.ac.uk with Youtube links to each of your two monologues. Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

BA (Hons) Acting

A video submission is required.

Your submission should include 2 contrasting monologues of not more than 2 minutes long. Please be sure to adhere strictly to this time limit when selecting and preparing your audition speeches. The monologues should be from contemporary plays (post 1970s) and we advise you to perform in your own accent and playing range. Please consider movement in your presentation - while a head and shoulders view would be good in one monologue, in the other it would be good to see you move. 

Begin each video with a shot to camera saying who you are, the course you are applying for and the title of the piece you are presenting.

Based on your audition we may then offer you an interview by Skype. Over the two elements the qualities we are evaluating are:

  • Responsiveness to ideas and direction
  • Creativeness of responses
  • Spontaneity demonstrated in tasks
  • Proficiency of skills
  • Breadth of knowledge
  • Approachability

Format & Submission

When submitting work, please ensure you include your full name, your UCAS ID, and the course for which you are applying. Please submit your audition in the following format:

  • Via email to clearing@bathspa.ac.uk with Youtube links to each of your two monologues. Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

BA (Hons) Drama (Musical Theatre)

A video submission is required.

 

Your submission should include a video recording, with reasonable audio quality, of you singing some scales and the first 32 bars of a musical theatre song (any style, any show). Begin the video with a shot to camera saying who you are, the course you are applying for and the title of the piece you are presenting. Please provide Youtube links and/or links to SoundCloud.

In addition, please complete and return questionnaire via email to clearing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Format & Submission

When submitting work, please ensure you include your full name, your UCAS ID, and the course for which you are applying. Please submit your audition in the following format:

  • Via email to clearing@bathspa.ac.uk with Youtube links where applicable. Please ensure that the links are not password-protected.

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