BA (Hons) Art and Design

Our experienced Art and Design staff can help you plan your unique degree combining two specialisms from fine art, photography, graphic design, animation, illustration, textiles and surface design. With purpose-built facilities, strong links with arts organisations and industry and a supportive environment, the University of Bolton offers a great canvas for you to develop your creative potential.

BA (Hons) Art and Design

Course details

Our BA (Hons) Art and Design degree is as unique as you are. With personalised guidance from our experienced and supportive staff, you can explore the interplay between your two chosen art and design disciplines, including fine art, photography, graphic design, animation, illustration, textiles and surface design. During your portfolio interview we will help you carefully plan a portfolio of modules, offering you a distinctive learning experience that lays the foundation for your professional practice as a working artist and designer and helps develop your creative identity.

You’ll have opportunities to explore different art and design media, techniques and processes, and develop links that cross the traditional art and design boundaries. We encourage critical thinking so you can learn to evaluate, understand and draw inspiration from your own work and that of others in the light of changing historical, philosophical and cultural environments.

Career and transferable skills are also essential to your future success so we aim to ensure you gain relevant experience towards running a small business enterprise, creative studio management and a wider knowledge of the arts sector.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: WW12
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Our Art courses are placed in the top five in the UK for student-to-staff ratio by the 2018 Guardian University Guide, so you have access to individual tutor support and small group teaching.
  • We offer opportunities for you to participate in foreign study trips, as well as visit current exhibitions and events at galleries, public art installations, sculpture parks and arts centres around the UK.
  • You’ll have access to specialist tutors and technical support staff with professional experience and industry connections.
  • Exhibition is vital, and you’ll be expected to play an active role in the department’s exhibition committee and have the opportunity to present your work to the public, including during Bolton School of the Arts’ Creative Showcase during your final year.

Key features:

  • Our £10 million purpose-built facilities include extensive studio space, fully equipped fine art workshops, stop motion studios, professional standard traditional and digital photographic studios, and the latest design and technology software for your disciplines.
  • You’ll have access to a rich visiting speaker programme, providing insight into industry experts’ professional practice and up-to-the-minute developments in the sector.
  • There are opportunities to work on live project briefs with other University departments and outside organisations.
  • This unique course allows you to develop a broad skill base in your first two years, with the option to focus on one of your subjects in your final year or continue with a broader study of your two disciplines.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: WW12
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include an art and design-related subject; for instance, A-level Art or BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in any subjects.

You'll be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

Special consideration will be given to applicants with alternative qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

The skills gained during your Art and Design degree are transferable to a range of sectors, including specialised art-related careers and other more general roles. You’ll learn a range of practical art and design skills such as thinking creatively, analysing form, communicating visually, mastering the use of colour, space and line, as well as transferable skills such as analytical and research skills, solving problems, planning and managing time and resources, and collaborating with others. Taking part in exhibitions and events will also improve your confidence and self-awareness.

For most art-related careers, you’ll be expected to have a well-designed and varied portfolio and website which will showcase your visual voice.

What can I do with this qualification?

A career in art and design can cover a plethora of different areas such as painting, illustration, photography, prop design, animation, art conservation, community art, and animation. Sometimes art and design graduates take a less conventional route and opt for freelance opportunities which allow you to be in control of your own business.

You may wish to work in arts administration or community arts projects. Many of our graduates set up small studio practices or work for established studios in their field. To ensure this option is a success you have to rely on more than your artistic abilities, and need to consider the business and marketing skills necessary to ensure you receive enough commissions.

On completion of the degree, you’ll be well placed to enter postgraduate study in a variety of art and design disciplines. You’ll also be able to consider other careers including teaching, art therapy and museum and gallery roles.

Alternative career options

  • Landscape design
  • Construction
  • Mechanical design engineering
  • Costume design
  • Fashion design
  • Floristry
  • Visual merchandising
  • Textile design
  • Reprographics
  • Jewellery design
  • Interior design
  • Art editing
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Set design and exhibition design

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Scholarship
  • Applied Creativity
  • Applied Design for Fashion and Interiors
  • Digital Animation and Illustration
  • Digital Creativity
  • Fundamentals and Theories of Studio Practice
  • Ideas into Reality
  • Narrative Illustration
  • Photographic Techniques (Digital)
  • Photographic Techniques (Wet)
  • Principles of Design
  • 2D Art – Principles and Processes
  • 3D Physical Processes
  • Visual Literacy
  • Employability and Enterprise
  • Advanced 3D Physical Processes
  • Applied Techniques into Practice
  • Craft and Digital Production
  • Design Practice
  • Design for Emerging Technologies
  • Fine Art - Promotion and Exhibition
  • Fine Art - Themes, Theories and Practice
  • Open Study
  • Past Present and Futures: Theory into Context
  • Principles of Animation
  • Principles of Illustration
  • Studio: Techniques into Practice
  • The Designer Maker: Research and Ideas Development
  • The Designer Maker: Making for Exhibition or Sale
  • The Surface Designer: Digital Textile Design and Print
  • The Surface Designer: Studio and Freelance Practice for 2D and 3D
  • Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Design Practice
  • Advanced Photography Practice: Portfolio for Exhibition
  • Advanced Photography Practice: Research, Presentation and Exhibition
  • Advanced Practice and Theories in Context
  • Advanced Textile and Studio Practice
  • Advanced Techniques and Processes
  • Public Art in Contemporary Practice
  • Visual Style
  • Research in Context

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a blended approach to teaching and learning which means you’ll have face-to- face sessions as well as participating in online learning. You can expect to learn through a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical workshop demonstrations, our visiting speaker programme, critiques, study visits, self-directed study, IT sessions, library and guided study. Your online learning will be supported by the University’s e-learning portal Moodle. You’ll also be encouraged to use the internet for research, and to set up blogs and digital portfolios.

Module-based design briefs help to give you an insight into the professional environment. These involve simulated design briefs, client-led live briefs and competition briefs. Group tutorials and critiques, one-to-one tutor feedback, and regular feedback from clients and collaborators combine to support your learning during this process.

Formal assessment is normally by coursework. This usually involves you presenting your practical outcomes (your artwork) along with a supporting sketchbook of developmental ideas and a written research journal.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%), Practical exams (0%), Written exams (0%)
Level Two Coursework (100%), Practical exams (0%), Written exams (0%)
Level Three Coursework (100%), Practical exams (0%), Written exams (0%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (56%), Placement/study abroad (0%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (44%)
Level Two Guided independent study (53%), Placement/study abroad (0%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (47%)
Level Three Guided independent study (60%), Placement/study abroad (0%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    WW12
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Alan Buckingham
Programme Leader
Email: A.Buckingham@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903378

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903