Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (FdA)

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The award
FdA

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 7950

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Contemporary Art and Professional Studies at Bath Spa University

Our cutting edge approach to creativity will prepare you for a career as an art practitioner.

Foundation course taught by University Centre Weston (UCW)

  • Develop professional and entrepreneurial skills such as self-promotion, exhibition and curation.
  • Explore a variety of media including print, fine art, sculpture, installation and digital media.
  • Develop and refine your own unique creativity.

Applauded for its cutting edge approach to creativity, this work-based course allows you to capture what is most unique about yourself and how you respond to this creatively.

We place emphasis on professionalism and entrepreneurship, allowing you to find your niche in the contemporary art world, target a given audience, promote and curate your work for exhibition and sale, and work confidently alongside other creative professionals.

"Not many degrees offer the depth of professional work-based theory and practice that this course offers, I find the diversity of the course intriguing."

-Helen, Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation Degree) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Through this course, you'll develop robust practical and intellectual skills, and focus on entrepreneurship and creativity. We introduce you to professional and commercial skills, including finance, negotiation, business and marketing, as well as helping you build a network of contacts in the sector.

As you progress through the course, you'll be able to concentrate on your specialist area(s) of creative practice, and engage in work placements alongside other creative individuals. You'll experiment with a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media. The course culminates in an exhibition of your work, which you'll professionally promote and stage.

Course structure

  • Year 1
    Experiment with different media, developing your own area(s) of interest.
  • Year 2
    Concentrate on your specialisms and engage in extensive work-based learning and external activities.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through portfolios, journals, presentations, essays and practical work. There is no formal examination.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through workshops in a variety of 2D and 3D media, alongside studio-based and contextual modules. You'll take part in lectures and seminars, 1:1 and group tutorials, demonstrations, work placements, critiques, cultural visits, and projects. We also make use of visiting creative professionals to deliver guest lectures.

Opportunities

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 Centre Weston. 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 also benefit from access to exhibition space, darkrooms and digital facilities.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFdAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 7950International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £7,950 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 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

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as A Level Art and Design or another creative subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You'll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

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, written notes etc. Remember that you are not submitting everything you have done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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