Art and the Environment

Writtle University College

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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This course has been designed to allow the freedom to explore current aesthetic, political, cultural and environmental issues with the understanding that the studio extends beyond the indoor space. Employability has been designed into the course to prepare students for a working life in the full range of creative practices. It will enable students to develop an individual approach and engender the required excellence to successfully become a creative professional. The Art and the Environment programme aims to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art in theory and practice, allied to knowledge of a range of related creative activities. A key aspect of the course is the opportunity for students to direct their learning towards personal interests and vocational aspirations, engendering increasing independence and self- reliance in preparation for lifelong reskilling and occupational resilience. This course is designed to reflect contemporary working realities in the creative industries by valuing and engaging with established practices, whilst also encouraging exploration of innovative ways of working across traditional discipline boundaries. It seeks to look outwards from the start, having a clear focus on the world of employment from the beginning. It explores the unique opportunities given to the study of art by its location within a land-based institution. The educational aims of the course are to: 1. Equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience that are relevant to the field of art practice and the creative industries and to the wider cultural context, workplace and economy, with a focus on: the practical production of art objects, an understanding of theoretical (i.e. historical, philosophical and wider cultural) contexts and professional practices. 2. Foster a holistic approach to the integration of new technologies into creative practice as well as maintaining an emphasis on environmental sustainability. 3. Reflect contemporary working realities in the creative sectors by both valuing and engaging with time-honoured practices, while also encouraging an exploration of innovative ways of working across traditional discipline boundaries. 4. Provide opportunities to develop skills and techniques, to know how to update those skills and to foster a capacity for independent learning, critical and reflective thinking; in sum, provide a coherent, effective and resilient approach to initial skill-acquisition and lifelong reskilling. 5. To provide a supportive environment that enables an increasing degree of student independence over the duration of the course. To encourage values such as collegiality, collaboration, the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively and support an open- minded, hard-working and collaborative studio culture, which incorporates regular group critiques incorporating contributions from staff and students. 6. To help students to develop a wide range of strategies to deal with self-promotion, seeking employment and general engagement with the professional art world. To encourage high aspiration in the context of a realistic understanding of the opportunities and difficulties presented by the art world. 7. To encourage, from the start, students to see themselves as part of the wider art world and to engage (as appropriate to their progression on the course and their level of confidence) with that wider world, laying the basis for lifelong development and learning within the field, whether within academia or industry.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeW190
Institution code W85
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points 96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above To include 4 GCSEs to include English and Maths grade C/4 An informal portfolio interview/review.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM To include 4 GCSEs to include English and Maths grade C/4 An informal portfolio interview/review.
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at level 3 with a mix of Distinction and Merit in relevant subject to meet the overall UCAS entry tariff. To include 4 GCSEs to include English and Maths grade C/4 An informal portfolio interview/review.
Scottish Higher 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B An informal portfolio interview/review.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher An informal portfolio interview/review.

To include 4 GCSEs to include English and Maths grade C/4 An informal portfolio interview/review.

Additional entry requirements


The entry requirements listed represent typical offers for some of the most popular courses. We use the UCAS tariff when making offers and to determine whether you have met the conditions of our offer. Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We have an inclusive Admissions policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications, both academic and vocational and take into account relevant practical skills. Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC, Advanced Technical Diplomas) are also warmly welcomed. Please contact our undergraduate Admissions Team for further advice on our entry requirements. Telephone: +44 (0)1245 424200 Email: [email protected]

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £12100 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Art and the Environment at Writtle University College - UCAS