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Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Work-based)

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Professional Studies
Bath School of Art and Design
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year full-time. Two years part-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WWDF
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

You'll be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation). Applicants who do not hold this Foundation degree may still be considered.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Equip yourself with the entrepreneurial skills to gain employment in the creative industries.

  • Taught by staff with creative and commercial expertise.
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with other disciplines to diversify into new areas of the creative arts.
  • Develops essential business skills in marketing, finance and promotional strategy.

Develop and refine your creative stance, with this Contemporary Art and Professional Studies course, through research and work-based learning. You’ll put into practice the entrepreneurial and business skills that are essential for artists seeking employment in the creative industries.

You’ll sharpen your position on your target audience, promote yourself as a practising artist and adapt to changing market conditions and business needs. The year culminates in a final exhibition which displays your skills and creativity.

“The course is taught by a range of fascinating and eccentric people who are all experts in their field. I have had the opportunity to work on a series of large-scale painting and sculpture projects, while the work-based content helped me to develop curatorial skills, which I was able to put to practical use.

Kirsten, Contemporary Art and Professional Studies graduate

What you'll learn


You’ll graduate as an independent and reflective practitioner, with the skills, business contacts and working partnerships you need to build a career in the creative industries. We’ll help you develop strong professional skills including management, marketing, negotiation, business and freelance working.

You’ll become an adaptable professional, able to work across disciplines and offer a complete and strategic service to employers and clients. We enable you to build on your creative and technical skills, developing an individual visual language supported by appropriate theories and working practice. You’ll create a portfolio of work relevant to your chosen area of professional practice, and present your work to audiences and clients using a variety of media.

Alongside this, you’ll study the subject’s contextual underpinnings, gaining a strong understanding of the concepts, values and debates that inform and influence contemporary art practice. We’ll also give you an understanding of the socio-cultural contexts that contemporary artists work within.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through portfolios, business plans, presentations, project planning, and a final showcase/exhibition.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, seminars, studio work, group tutorials, work placements, cultural visits, and demonstrations. We also make use of visiting expert practitioners to provide guest lectures.

Course modules

Year one (Level 6) modules

  • Marketing, Finance and Promotional Strategy
  • Practice within the Creative Industries: Work-based Project Portfolio
  • Professional Creative Practice


Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as Weston General Hospital, Apex Sculpture Park and the Order of St John.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Campus, University Centre Weston, where you’ll be allocated your own dedicated workstation and display area in our specialist studios, which is yours to use throughout the year. You’ll benefit from access to exhibition space, darkrooms and digital facilities.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £7,950
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £13,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of successful completion of a related Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent, preferably with an average grade profile of 50% or above. You’ll be required to submit a portfolio of creative work.

Typical offers

You will be expected to have successfully completed a Bath Spa University Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation Degree). Applicants who do not hold a Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies may be considered as follows:

  1. There is evidence of curriculum matching of the learning outcomes of the course with those of the Bath Spa University Foundation degree in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies.
  2. Produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating relevant and recent work experience equivalent to Foundation degree level.

All applicants to the programme will normally have achieved a minimum average grade profile of 50% in year two of their Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

Applicants may be subject to interview.

It is a condition of entry onto the programme that all students will have secured a suitable work-based learning setting* by the time of admission. The suitability of the work will need to be agreed with the programme leader.

* Applicants will need to be employed or self-employed within some aspect of the creative industries either working as an employee for a creative company relevant to individual practice full or part-time or acting as a self-employed sole trader or freelancer (evidence of self-employment will need to be provided).

Applicants will need to identify a work-based mentor in order to undertake the work-based modules of the programme.

For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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 webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of a selection of creative work alongside an example of your written work, which should be a contextual analysis of approximately 1,000 words. Your creative work should demonstrate how your skills and ideas have developed over time, and your creativity and personality should be evident. The portfolio could include drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, design development, and written notes. Remember that you are not submitting everything you have done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

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