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)
  • Duration: 4.5 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)
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include an art and design based subject; for instance, A-level Art or BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

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

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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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
  • Digital Creativity
  • Applied Creativity
  • 3D Physical Processes
  • Fundamentals and Theories of Studio Practice
  • 2D Art – Principles and Processes
  • Digital Imaging
  • Constructing the Moving Image
  • Industry in Context
  • Thinking Photography
  • Discovering Silver Darkroom
  • Reading Through The Lens
  • Design Principles
  • Thinking with Type
  • Visual Thinking
  • Contextual Studies in Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Studio Practice in Graphic Design
  • Digital Methodologies
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Introduction to Animation and Illustration
  • Contextual Studies in Animation and Illustration
  • Introduction to Studio Practice in Animation and Illustration
  • Material Practices 1
  • Material Practices 2
  • Design Studies 1
  • Surface Pattern: Principles and Processes
  • Employability and Enterprise
  • Past Present and Futures: Theory into Context
  • Advanced 3D Physical Processes
  • Fine Art - Themes, Theories and Practice
  • Advanced 2D - Principles and Processes
  • Fine Art - Promotion and Exhibition
  • Advanced Photo Media
  • The Creative Studio
  • Location, Light, Camera, Context
  • Enterprise and Industry in Context
  • Research and Context in Photography
  • The Professional Studio
  • The Photo Story
  • Craft and Digital Production
  • Design Practice
  • Motion Graphics
  • Design for Emerging Technologies
  • Principles of Animation
  • Principles of Illustration
  • Open Study
  • Advanced Studio Practice
  • The Surface Designer: Digital Textile Design and Print
  • The Designer Maker: Research and Ideas Development
  • The Surface Designer: Studio and Freelance Practice for 2D and 3D
  • The Designer Maker: Making for Exhibition or Sale
  • Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
  • Research in Context
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Practice and Theories in Context
  • Public Art in Contemporary Practice
  • Self Negotiated Photographic Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Critical Thinking in Photography
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Design Practice
  • Advanced Visualisation for Graphic Design
  • Visual Style
  • Character Design
  • Advanced Textile and Studio Practice
  • Advanced Techniques and Processes

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 (55%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (45%)
Level Two Guided independent study (53%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (47%)
Level Three Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    4.5 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