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Art and Design


Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    MRes Art and Design
    Bath School of Design
    Campus or location
    Sion Hill and Locksbrook
    Course length
    One year full time or two years part time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Develop the skills you'll need to create and maintain a successful career with our research Master's in Art and Design.

    • Construct your own unique curriculum using the Art and Design Master's modules on offer.
    • Benefit from the expertise of our research-active staff, plus specialist tools, workshops, and spaces.
    • Innovate, reflect and take risks - become a resilient, autonomous, lifelong practitioner and learner.

    MRes Art and Design is a natural first step towards a PhD, and can also be your route to creating a new product or body of work for the marketplace.

    You'll have the opportunity to develop your bold ideas - from commercial products to fine art exhibitions - while earning a postgraduate degree.

    Using knowledge at the forefront of the discipline, the Master's in Art and Design aims to enhance the skills you'll need to develop and maintain a successful career as an artist, designer, curator or cultural and creative industries practitioner.


    What you'll learn


    This Master's in Art and Design offers you the flexibility to shape your learning in support of a major independent project that you have conceived and planned.

    The course is intended to support you to become a practitioner, able to strategise and lead within a creative industries context.  

    The bi-weekly MRes forum brings together staff and students from across the School to hear from visiting practitioners and discuss themes pertinent to your research.

    Course structure

    The course begins with interdisciplinary research designed to build your understanding of the approaches that are relevant to your ambitions. This is intended to support you throughout your studies and into work or further research.

    You'll plan, experiment and take risks in ways that support development towards your major independent project. Depending on your particular interests, you'll draw on teaching and learning from Master's courses in the School of Design - including Ceramics, Curatorial Practice, Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Visual Communication - thereby introducing you to students and staff from across the School.

    The independent Master's Project offers you the opportunity to address a complex research task systematically and comprehensively through to completion, working to industry-informed standards and making use of the plans that you developed earlier in the programme.

    How will I be assessed?

    We employ a variety of excercises to test your developing skills. These range from exhibitions of your project work through to oral presentations and essays. 

    How will I be taught?

    A series of lectures, talks and discussions will introduce and engage with ideas of research. You'll also have the opportunity to learn in a range of ways, for example through group and individual tutorials, group critique, self-directed research, specialist workshops and seminars, reading groups, study visits and our visiting and staff lectures programme.



    Research in Art and Design takes many forms, from theory-based dissertations through to practice-based outcomes such as exhibitions, moving image, and performance.

    We're here to help you realise your ambitions, and to support your planning towards an outcome that best matches your goals, be they further research toward doctoral study, a career in industry, or work as a self-employed artist, craftsperson, designer or curator. 

    You'll have access to an array of research-active staff in areas as diverse as fine art, ceramics, graphic communication, illustration, fashion, textile design, curatorial practice, and the history and theory of art and design. 

    Our School evolves constantly, and we have exciting plans for new areas of practice-based research, including drawing and interior design. 

    Field trips

    We have formal links with institutions overseas and you’ll have opportunities to participate in a range of UK and international field trips (depending on the modules you choose). Please note that you may have to pay for some of these optional study visits.


    Further study towards a practice or theory-based doctorate in Art and Design presents a clear opportunity, but it's not the only path open to you as a student of MRes Art and Design.

    Throughout the course, you'll be supported by colleagues from our Careers department with specific advice designed to help you develop your career aspirations in this field.

    Graduates of the School have gone on to become designers within industry, brand developers, illustrators, fine artists, textiles designers, and curators, to name a few. 

    Industry links

    We have active links and partnerships with art and design organisations across the country, including Tate Exchange, The Holburne Museum, The Museum of Bath at Work, Bath's American Museum and Gardens, and the Fashion Museum.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    The MRes in Art and Design is mainly taught at our Sion Hill campus at the edge of Bath's historic city centre, and (from September 2019), our exciting new development at Locksbrook Road

    You'll have access to:

    • Computing suites
    • Our Libraries
    • Specialist workshops in:
      • Ceramics
      • Textiles and fashion design
      • 3D digital processes
      • Woodwork
      • Metalwork
      • Photography
      • Audio visual studio
      • Silkscreen
      • Etching and litho
      • Casting
      • Plastics.


    The Bath School of Design enjoys a national reputation for the quality of its workshop resources and the expertise of the technicians who support them.

    Our motto is 'thinking through making', and this is shown in the extent of the equipment in the School, from analogue and craft-based, through to high-end digital and 3D imaging facilities. 

    Your new campus

    Our new Locksbrook Campus is truly a unique and inspirational space, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to flourish. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas.


    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £8,200
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    UK and EU students part time

    Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £4,100
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    2021/22 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2021
    Year 2 Published Jan 2022

    2022/23 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2022
    Year 2 Published Jan 2023

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £15,300
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    You’ll need a good undergraduate degree in an art and design subject or equivalent experience (this could include a degree in other disciplines together with subsequent studio practice). The key is having an open attitude to learning and the potential, in the view of the interview panel, to successfully complete the programme.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    Your portfolio is an important part of the application process, giving us an insight into who you are as a practitioner. We ask that you include a wide variety of work in your portfolio, including sketchbooks, visual research, tests and trials, as well as finished works.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

    Masthead image by Wen-Hsi Harman.
    Locksbrook Campus image credits: Chris Wakefield, Crescent Photography

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