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Ceramics and Music

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - Creative Arts programme combination

Key facts

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BA (Hons) Creative Arts: Ceramics and Music
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time, or four years full-time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WW2H or SE44
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A Level grades CCC including grade C in Art and Design and Music grade C or related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Cover a wide range of ceramics techniques, with the chance to specialise.

  • Study and combine two areas of creative practice.
  • Taught by practicing members of staff.
  • World class facilities and technical support.

Ceramics is studied as a subject within the Creative Arts course, so you’ll select another subject to study alongside it.

The way subjects interact varies, so the shape of the course depends on the subject you combine with Ceramics.

For example, if you decide to combine Ceramics and Creative Writing the subject may function differently than if you study Ceramics and Mixed Media Textiles.

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll investigate and practice a wide range of approaches and techniques, from hand building, glazing, decorating, firing, mould making, printed surface, digital 3D construction and throwing. This is underpinned by drawing and visual research. As the course progresses you’ll find the emphasis is placed on you; you’ll pursue your own areas of interest, with support from specialist academic and technical staff.

As your first year begins, you’ll develop and your practical skills and expand your thinking, by exploring Ceramics in a sculptural context. As the year progresses, you’ll gain new knowledge and hands on experience, through practical projects and lectures on theory and history.

In years two and three we’ll encourage you to develop your individual areas of practice and contextual research through masterclasses, weekly group seminars, critiques, lectures and individual tutorials.

The final year gives you the opportunity to explore and realise your ideas through an in-depth study of a chosen area, leading to an exhibition of a body of work and focussing on understanding your practice as a ceramicist within the wider creative community.

Course structure

Year one
Attend practical project led workshops and historical and contextual studies lectures, complemented by optional modules in print and photography.

Year two
Undertake self directed studio practice in your chosen area.

Year three
Complete self directed studio practice, working towards your degree show exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments at all levels are by practical portfolio submission or exhibition of coursework, that is supported by research/context folders. At various stages of the course you’ll be required to give presentations, curate exhibitions and work collaboratively. As part of your historical and contextual studies programme, you’ll be required to demonstrate your understanding and research through short written tasks and group presentations.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught by staff who are practising ceramicists and researchers through technical demonstrations, individual tutorials, group critiques, lectures and seminars. Teaching takes place in workshops (year 1) and individual studio spaces (years 2 and 3).

You’ll benefit from a programme of visiting speakers who’ll talk about their own practice and their experience working as contemporary ceramicists, curators, designers, makers and publishers within the creative industries.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Norway, Germany, Japan, Australia and the USA.

Field trips

You’ll have opportunities to participate in regular field trips across all the Creative Arts course modules. As a department we run at least four London study trips per year. We also organise international study visits to places like Berlin, Paris, New York and Venice (please note that you’ll have to pay for some study visits).

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities for you to undertake work placements as part of the wider Creative Arts professional practice programme.

Careers

Graduate careers include:

  • self employment as practising artists and makers;
  • curatorship;
  • gallery administration;
  • teaching;
  • art administration; and
  • community based art work.

Competitions and awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in competitions such as the Porthleven Prize and the Gane Trust Travel Grant among many others. Our students have been nominated for, and won, awards such as the Threadneedle Prize and the Royal West of England student drawing prize.

Each year we offer three prizes to our second and third year students:

  • The ‘Beyond the Studio’ Student Prize for Entrepreneurship in Art
  • The Outstanding Art Student Prize
  • The Excellence in the Creative Arts and Contemporary Arts Practice Development Prize

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The subject is taught in workshops and studios at Sion Hill and Dartmouth Avenue.

Workshops you are able to work in are: ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, sculpture, casting, plastics, etching, screenprint, photography, 3D print, digital print and bookbinding.

We run free evening life drawing sessions at Dartmouth Avenue in winter and spring terms.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £75 each module
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
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Year 1 Published Jan 2020
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2021/22 Entry

Course fees
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UK and EU students part time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £75 each module
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

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Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
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2021/22 Entry

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Year 1 Published Jan 2021
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Year 1 Published Jan 2021
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Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £75 each module
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for creative and committed individuals who are curious, reflective and interested in their subject areas. You should be able to take risks and have an open mind. We value the ability to think critically and reflectively just as much as we value the ability to create.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level -  A Level grades CCC including Grade C in Art and Design or related subjects preferred
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 26 points will be required in addition to evidence of further experience in Art and Design
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Access courses accepted in addition to evidence of further experience in Art and Design
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) - Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) Grade Merit preferred in addition to the qualifications listed above. Applicants applying without this will be considered.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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

All applicants will be invited to interview at our Sion Hill campus and will be required to bring high quality portfolio in support of their application. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.

Your portfolio is an important part of the application process, it gives us an insight into who you are as a practicing artist. You’ll need to show us a range of finished pieces of work. We also ask that you include a wide variety of supporting work in your portfolio (preparatory work, sketchbooks and research). We advise that you do not simply pick your favourite pieces but consult tutors, friends and family to ensure the work you include showcases your talent. If the work is too large to bring – photograph it.

Get ahead

Research contemporary ceramicists, visit exhibitions and be prepared to discuss them.

Use a sketchbook to draw, collect found or photographed images and make notes – look carefully at things, reflect on things you encounter.

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

Create music with and for other people, and pursue your unique interests with our Music degree.

  • Join a community of musicians – you'll work closely with staff, students and distinguished industry guests.
  • Experience a wealth of contemporary genres – from classical music to jazz, musical theatre, opera and world music.
  • Gain the skills you'll need to pursue a modern music career in education, music therapy, performance and more.

Music at Bath Spa is varied, creative and contemporary. This is a practical, busy Music course, with weekly performances throughout the year (both students and visiting professionals).

You’ll devise, sing and play in a wide variety of styles, and have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses across the University. As part of the course, you'll be able to join a wide range of groups and ensembles such as orchestras, choirs, bands and world music groups including our own Javanese Gamelan.

As a Bath Spa Music student, you'll be part of Bath School of Music and Performing Arts. Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, you'll have access to a range of purpose-built facilities, and you'll be part of Bath Spa Productions, which organises events throughout the year including SparkFest – part of Bath International Music Festival. All this gives you valuable experience that you can demonstrate to potential employers and take with you into your future career.

“Every year the music department stages Opera and Music Theatre productions to a very high standard, which is something that really interests me. There are a large number of ensembles to take part in, and also the support and facilities to start your own if you wanted to.”

Joe Gatley, Music graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Throughout this music degree you’ll study practical performance in areas such as classical music, jazz and contemporary styles, instrumental and vocal studies, composition and musical contexts from medieval through to the present day. 

You can also study areas such as music psychology, community music, world music and issues within the music industry.

We currently have over 20 ensembles open to all students, including numerous choirs, symphony and chamber orchestra, wind band and jazz big band, jazz small groups, our own Javanese Gamelan, brass, wind and string ensembles, folk, and experimental music groups.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll study performance, including weekly one-to-one instrumental / vocal lessons, composition in a wide range of styles and genres, music technology in our industry-standard labs, world music lectures and practical workshops, musicology lectures and seminars, research and study skills.

Year two
You’ll develop skills in teaching and in the area of music management and promotion through the professional module, and have the option to undertake a placement in a musical organisation. You'll continue to develop your musical skills, and increasingly specialise in areas of particular strength and interest.

Year three
You’ll have the freedom for creative output in a wide range of specialisms, depending on your career aspirations and goals. You'll also choose from a wide range of supporting modules designed to prepare you for the professional world of music.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework, including creative artefacts, written and spoken presentations, and through practical assessments such as recitals and public ensemble performances.

How will I be taught?

The Music course is taught through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons.

You’ll be taught by, and work alongside, a creative community of experts. Full-time staff are all practising performers, composers and researchers.

You’ll also be taught by visiting staff, many with international reputations.

Opportunities

Study abroad

There are opportunities through the Erasmus scheme to study abroad for a term or longer in year two – we have links with university music departments and schools in Europe, particularly Germany and the USA.

Performances

We give regular performances throughout the year in Bath as well as beyond. Each year we fully stage opera and musical theatre productions.

Field trips

In years two and three, you'll have the opportunity to engage with field trips and music projects in the community.

Work placements, industry links and internships

During the course you’ll explore the constantly changing needs of the employment market, and you can choose to take a placement in year two.

Recent placements have included the Bath International Music Festival, the BBC Proms, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera, BBC Music Magazine, Dorling Kindersley and Real World.

You’ll benefit from masterclass sessions from leading international musicians, composers and performers, as well as experts from the music industry.

Student prizes

We offer three cash prizes in performance, composition and ensemble to students in their final year.

Careers

Graduates from BA (Hons) Music at Bath Spa go on to successful careers in a range of roles including those in education, special needs and music therapy, performance, composition, promotion, publishing and other aspects of the music business.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, we have excellent facilities including:

  • A purpose-built concert hall with superb acoustics
  • 17 practice rooms, three with electronically variable acoustic
  • A wide range of medieval, renaissance and baroque instruments, and a large collection of percussion and orchestral instruments
  • A Javanese Gamelan
  • A high spec music technology laboratory
  • Five recording studios
  • Two band rehearsal rooms
  • Large, well-stocked Music Library and a wide range of online music resources.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £75 each module
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 Module based contributions: Art, Ceramics and Photography £75 each module
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for creativity, whether as a performer or composer. You’ll have an energy and passion for music in all its styles and genres and in its uses in industry, education, therapy and everyday life.

Applicants will be working towards Grade 8 Music Practical or equivalent. You'll be auditioned at our Newton Park campus between December and March, where you'll be invited by email to:

  • Perform two contrasting items of repertoire at Grade 7/8 level
  • Bring examples of original compositions or theory work
  • Bring an example of a written essay in music.

More details will be provided on invitation.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades CCC including Music Grade C or related subject
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in Music or related subject accepted at grade Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points required in addition to evidence of Music ability and/or other graded Music qualifications
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of Music ability and/or other graded Music qualifications.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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

We interview prospective students at interview days from December onwards. You’ll meet Music staff and see our facilities, as well as having the chance to discuss the course with students and staff.

We do not charge an audition fee.

For international students or students unable to come to Bath, we also accept an online Music portfolio in the form of video/PDF examples of your performance and work.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Roger Heaton
Email: r.heaton@bathspa.ac.uk

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