- BA (Hons) Creative Arts Practice
- Bath School of Art, Film and Media
- Campus or location
- Locksbrook Campus and Newton Park
- Course length
- Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: W190; or RTFC; or W193
- Campus Code: A,BSU
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Explore, innovate and push boundaries with this stimulating contemporary arts degree.
- Develop a range of skills, from traditional craft techniques to innovative approaches to making.
- Experiment in our inspiring studio spaces and well-equipped workshops, with access to exceptional facilities.
- Learn from practising artists and makers with outstanding national and international reputations.
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This studio-based creative arts degree places making at its heart.
You'll gain a practical grounding in a range of creative fields of study, including ceramics, textiles, print and wood/metal/plastics, before choosing your specialism. You’ll also explore the critical, conceptual, ethical and environmental issues in contemporary craft through the role of making within social, cultural and historical contexts.
Throughout your studies you’ll learn a broad range of skills to help you flourish in the workplace, including social networking, photographing your work, creating digital portfolios, applying for competitions, marketing, creating a web presence, setting up a business, working on commissions, pricing your work, approaching galleries, exhibiting, and fundraising. As we’re an Adobe Creative Campus, you’ll also have free access to a suite of industry-standard creative apps.
You’ll graduate with the confidence and transferable skills to establish your own practice as a creative artist or maker, or go on to pursue a career within the creative industries.
The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.
This 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.
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.
On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.
What you'll learn
Using a range of specialist workshops and technical support, gain a degree that empowers you with strong making skills.
As an aspiring artist-maker, you'll experience a solid grounding in a range of creative disciplines before selecting a focus in your first year. The course encourages and supports you to share ideas and collaborate across subject areas, and you'll gain the skills and confidence to combine practice and theory in radical and innovative ways.
In your first year the focus will be on upskilling, learning about different materials, and gaining the skills to work both independently and in collaboration.
You’ll investigate materials and methods of making, including ceramics, textiles, wood, metal, plastics and printing. You’ll spend time in the workshop with tutors and technicians, as well as on your own, to allow you to immerse yourself in the making processes. You’ll also broaden your knowledge of contemporary craft professionals working in the field. You'll begin to critically assess your work, and the work of others, through discussion and written tasks including critical studies essays.
During the year, you’ll choose which discipline you'd like to focus on for the remainder of your studies.
During your second year you’ll delve deeper into your chosen area of study, attending classes delivered by a range of tutors who are specialists in their field and current practitioners.
Visiting lecturers will share their knowledge of a range of career paths and experiences. Professional practice is a key component of study this year, where you'll gain industry experience aligned to your area of practice. There will also be opportunities to work collaboratively on live briefs, and across the University.
In your final year, you’ll hone your making skills to professional standards, and you’ll be actively marketing your work alongside your making.
You’ll set your own brief and be working independently, with support from your tutors, to create an ambitious body of work.
You’ll work on a dissertation, and participate in the degree show, which will provide a showcase and networking opportunities. Professional practice is closely aligned to your final exhibition, and focuses on supporting your career aspirations after University.
Your progress is evaluated regularly through assessments and feedback, and at the end of each semester through a mix of one-to-one sessions and group tutorials, exhibitions, live projects, verbal/visual presentations, sketchbooks and context folders.
You’ll learn through lectures, talks, practical sessions, individual and group tutorials, and studio critiques and seminars.
Lectures and seminars with visiting external professionals, designers and makers will help you determine where your current practice sits.
Technical Demonstrators, who manage our workshop facilities, provide teaching and support across a wide range of subject specialisms.
To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.
This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.
Modules for the integrated Foundation year option are listed on the Integrated Foundation Year for Art and Design page.
- Workshop and Core Skills
- Professional Practice: Explore
- Studio Practice
- How Did We Get Here? Contexts of Art
- Practice and Proficiencies
- We Are Here: Art in the 21st century
- Practice and Collaboration
- Professional Practice: Experience
- Professional Placement Year
- Practice and Context
- Situating Practice – Final Study
- Practice and Audience
- Professional Practice: Progress
You'll have the opportunity to undertake group study visits to London and major exhibitions in cities across the country. In recent years, overseas study trip destinations have included Venice, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona. where students have visited international artists and designers' studios.
Please note that study visits and overseas study may incur extra costs on top of your course fees.
There are opportunities for you to undertake work placements as part of the professional practice programme, and you can also take the Professional Placement Year between your second and final years of study.
The optional Professional Practice modules in your second and final years give you the opportunity to exhibit / perform / publish at a host of sites, both in and outside of the University. Our students have done so at the University Theatre, Walcot Chapel, 44AD Gallery, Royal United Hospital, Michael Tippet Centre, American Museum, Bath Artists’ Studios, Holburne Museum, Centerspace Bristol and Bargehouse London.
You’ll graduate with a broad portfolio of expertise to accompany specialist knowledge in your particular field(s).
Our graduates find employment in a range of relevant areas, from establishing their own creative practice/studio to working as freelance artists/makers/designers. Many now work in areas such as retail and display management, curation, creative production, galleries, project management, research, arts administration, heritage, education, critical writing, gallery and museum learning and teaching, teaching in Higher Education, and postgraduate research.
You could also choose to go on to further study at any postgraduate level in Art and Design subjects.
If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.
You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.
Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.
Facilities and resources
As a BA Creative Arts Practice student, you’ll study primarily at our Locksbrook Campus – a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976 which has been transformed into an innovative, open plan space. Redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, it offers technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.
You’ll have access to:
- Our Library offers a wealth of learning resources including books, journals, DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. Our Subject Librarian for Art and Design provides subject-specific support, including help with research.
- ASk provides support for your academic work, including feedback on written drafts and other help with academic writing.
- Our Virtual Learning Environment provides online access to learning materials such as lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.
- The Careers team run networking events and advisory workshops that explore your future options and the essentials of the job application process. They help you get experience by assisting with your search for work placements and paid part-time jobs while you're studying. When you're ready to progress into your chosen career, they can help you secure graduate-level employment, freelance opportunities, and funding for your own business ideas. Career support continues for years after you graduate with the dedicated Grad Support Unit.
- You’ll have free access to thousands of business, design and tech courses online via LinkedIn Learning.
- If English isn't your first language, our English Language Unit can help you improve your English, reach your full potential and boost your confidence.
- Our Student Wellbeing Services are available to support you through your learning.
Locksbrook Campus is a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. It has now been transformed into an innovative, open plan space, redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, with technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.
Locksbrook has received both a RIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, recognising and celebrating what an amazingly inspirational space it is to come together to design, make, do, create and learn in.
|Student||Annual tuition fee|
|UK full time||£9,250|
|UK part time||£4,625|
|International full time||£17,585|
Professional Placement Year
During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.
- UK: £1,850
- International: £3,517
Interested in applying?
We’re looking for 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 and make.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level - grades BBB-BCC preferred including a grade B in an Art and Design or related subject.
- BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
- T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
- International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of grade 5 in a HL Art subject.
- 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, at Merit or higher) in a related subject.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.
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.
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