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Creative Arts

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree

    Key facts

    BA (Hons) Creative Arts
    Bath School of Art and Design
    Course length
    Three years full-time. Part-time available.

    UCAS codes

    Using our list of possible combinations, choose which Creative Arts combination you'd like to apply for. You'll find UCAS codes specific to that combination on the course page.

    Entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC - CCC dependant on subject combinations.

    View typical offers for more information.

    A combined course for individuals who don’t wish to be restricted by the boundaries of one discipline.

    • Study and combine two areas of creative practice.
    • Taught by staff who are practising artists and researchers.
    • Excellent facilities and technical support.

    Creative Arts encourages an entrepreneurial approach to creative practice. You’ll have the opportunity to produce original, practical work, while tackling the challenges of critical thought and reflection.

    You’ll be taught by tutors who are all practitioners in their fields: painters, ceramicists, sculptors, textile designers and practitioners. You’ll benefit from their knowledge of the industries in which you later may work.

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    What you'll learn


    Creative Arts is a combined award, but through optional and project modules the balance between your two subjects can be flexible.

    The subjects are mainly delivered autonomously; that is, when you are doing art you are completely involved in that area. However, there are modules where you can explore relationships between disciplines, for example a module where composers and choreographers work together.

    Cross-subject and collaborative projects are major pieces of independent work in your final year, giving you the chance to work across your subjects and collaborate with like-minded artists. Examples have included: a music-theatre event, dance with film, a CD of songs to specially written texts, art installation with music or sound design, and film with a music score.

    For details of modules please refer to the module descriptions for each subject within Creative Arts.

    Course structure

    Year 1
    You’ll choose modules from your two Creative Arts subjects (some of which may be compulsory modules), along with elective modules.

    Years 2 and 3
    You’ll continue your two Creative Arts subjects and, in your final year, undertake an individual project. Projects may be within one of your two subjects or you may use them to explore relations between the two disciplines. Alternatively you may undertake a collaborative project where you work with another practitioner.

    How will I be assessed?

    For all subjects, except Music, you’ll be assessed entirely by coursework. Music combines coursework with some practical examinations in performance.

    How will I be taught?

    You’ll be taught through practical workshop sessions, individual supervision, seminars and lectures. Each subject has an established programme of visiting artists, performers, writers and musicians.


    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. Subject areas 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 each subject’s professional practice programme.


    Graduate careers include:

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

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    Art, Ceramics, Graphic arts and Mixed Media Textiles subjects are taught at Dartmouth Avenue and Sion Hill.

    Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Music are taught at Newton Park.


    Each major Creative Arts subject has an excellent range of resources. Creative Writing is supported by a nationally renowned Creative Writing Centre and good film-making facilities in the Commons building. The Michael Tippett Centre offers musicians an impressive concert hall, a multi-track recording and electro-acoustic music studio, 17 well equipped practice rooms and excellent music technology facilities.

    Students in Art and Textile Design have access to a good range of studios in painting, sculpture, textiles, photography and printmaking, while Dance and Drama students will have access to the superb University Theatre.


    Using our list of 'possible combinations', choose which creative arts combination you'd like to apply for. You'll find fee information specific to that combination on the course's page.

    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 and perform.

    Typical offers

    Offers will vary depending on the combination of subjects selected for study. We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

    • A Level - A level grades  BCC - CCC dependant on subject combinations.
    • BTEC- Extended Diploma minimum grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) - Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted dependant on subject combinations.
    • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26- 27 points in addition to further qualifications, dependant on subject combinations.
    • 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).

    Art Foundation course is also acceptable and may be required in addition to the above qualifications if applying for Art & Design combinations. Offers may be based on portfolio of work (depending on subject choice).

    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?

    Find the Creative Arts combination you're interested in. Click the "apply now" button in the centre of the page.

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

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: Matthew Robertson
    Email: m.robertson@bathspa.ac.uk

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