West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Art Practice

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Course summary

BA (Hons) Art Practice will provide you with an outstanding programme of delivery that combines theoretical perspectives with the development of high-level practical art skills. Innovative idea-generation and problem-solving are at the heart of the course to enable students to develop successful visual solutions with originality and flair. The course has been designed to enable you to develop critical contextual skills, emphasising and encouraging creative growth through research. Central to our ethos is the notion that through exposure to art theory, analysis of contextual material and critical reflection, visual awareness is developed and effective strategies to convey meaning are formed. The course is interdisciplinary and cross-specialist, enabling you to explore a range of specialisms to develop an individual creative process through enquiry and experimentation. In addition, the programme places vocational art at its centre, enabling students to develop an understanding of the professional world of art and design in order that they can establish their own individual practice. As such, BA (Hons) Art Practice has been formulated to enable creative individuals interested in forging a successful career in artistic practice in areas such as Printmaking, Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media and 3D Creation pathways to develop collectively within a unified degree programme.


Level 4 Visual Communication: 2D Problem-solving Visual Communication: 3D Problem-solving Creative Perspectives Drawing: Materials, Process & Technique Cross-specialist Collaboration Showcase Level 5 Pathways & Mentorship Research Methods Drawing in Context Commercial Creation Level 6 Practice-led Dissertation Major Project Professional Art Practice Professional Portfolio

Assessment method

Assessment is carried out through the submission of sketchbook course-work, the presentation of final outcomes and the production of academic written work.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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West Suffolk College Sixth Form Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Non-standard applicants who do not meet the published entry requirements maybe considered on an individual basis and we encourage such applicants to contact [email protected] for further guidance.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Books (approx. £100 per year) Sketchbooks - The desired hard copy format for idea-generation, research and development is an A3 sketchbook which can be purchased from the college art shop at an approximate cost of £10. Presentation Portfolio - All students at the beginning of the course will need to buy a Prat Pampa spiral display book/portfolio to record and showcase their work. £40-£60 Specialist Digital Equipment - At level 4 students might want to invest in their own digital equipment to use outside of the studio, including a laptop computer which can cost £500 - £1,500, dependent on specifications. The leasing of software specific to Graphic Design such Adobe Creative Cloud costs £16.24 per month. If this is unaffordable students have full access to the suite of computers and software on site. It is advised students invest in a portable hard-drive to back-up all their digital work (approx. cost £50). Specialist Materials and Equipment – This includes papers, paints, inks, drawing equipment, scalpels, metal rulers etc. On average, costs per module should range between £20-£50, however, this may rise to between £100-£150 for the Major Project and Professional Portfolio modules (combined) at Level 6 as students will need to print professional standard prints for their portfolios, as well as frame, mount and present work as well as print publications. Parking - Parking is available for £10 per semester at the HE campus. It is advised students should prepare to come into the university to use facilities over and above taught sessions. Course Trips – these may 2 or 3 times every year at each level. While these are sometimes module specific, they are optional. Local trips to galleries and artists studios usually range from between £10-20, depending on mode of transport and destination; The course sometimes runs an international trip that is optional. The cost of such trips is dependent on location, travel details, length of trip and accommodation; in previous years we have organised trips to Barcelona, Rome, Venice (costs for European countries approx. £350-£400 for 3 nights 4 days including flight, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, and some entry costs to exhibition). Long distance destinations to New York or Singapore could cost approx. £900.00 - £1,500 for flight and accommodation again these are optional and payment would need to be made by instalments over the academic year. Competition entry fees. Students are encouraged at levels 5 & 6 to enter their work for International and National competitions cost are normally around £35 or lower to register. Dissertation - Students are expected to design their dissertation document. The cost can range from general printing and binding costs of £10-£20. Degree show - There is an expectation that at Level 6 students fund their Degree Show. A final year student should budget a maximum of £100 to cover the cost of printing a show banner and a contribution towards the cost of the printed degree show catalogue. The hire of the exhibition space locally is covered by the institution. Printing - All students will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of the academic year after that they will need to pay for their own printing/copying. Most practical design modules require physical submissions and cannot always be submitted online. Student ID Cards - The first issue of your ID card is free. However, you will be charged £10 to replace a lost card.
Art Practice at West Suffolk College - UCAS