Bath Spa University

Fine Art Bath Spa University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Fine Art at Bath Spa University is a studio centred course taught by practicing artists. From the outset you will have your own studio space and access to our excellent facilities and technical support. The course aims to support you to develop an independent, critical and reflective fine art practice in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, photography and performance.

  • A course about making, looking and thinking about art.

  • Work towards an independent, critical and reflective practice.

  • Gain theoretical knowledge to understand the broader issues in contemporary practice.

  • Learn to analyse, reflect and communicate both verbally and visually.

  • Be taught by specialist in the field.

  • Core modules will equip you with the skills you need to build a successful career as an artist or in a related profession.

Course details


In Year 1 experimentation with materials, techniques and processes are foregrounded. You’ll establish a way of working that is playful and analytical; through this process you’ll begin to recognise what themes are emerging in your work.

Year 2 is a pivotal period of development in which you are supported to progress your ideas, conceptual strategies and processes. You are encouraged to develop an awareness of the debates that surround your practice and continually test its boundaries. Off site exhibitions, projects and other initiatives will support you to consider work beyond the studio.

Finally in Year 3, you’ll build upon their ideas you explore in years 1 and 2. Greater emphasis is placed not only on a body of resolved, considered and well executed work, but also on work that is ambitious and takes risks. At the end of the year you’ll present work in a degree show that is open to the public.

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How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

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Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BCC - CCC Grades BCC including Grade B in Art & Design or related subjects preferred.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit. Merit (DMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points A minimum of 27 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art & Design.

Additional entry requirements


Interviewing is important to us. The emphasis at these interviews is on looking through your portfolio of work. Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for the subject. We want to see a sense of enquiry and experimentation. The interview will be an opportunity for you to talk through your work, talk about the artists you are looking at and why Fine Art is the right course for you.


Applicants will be invited to bring a portfolio of creative work to interview. Applicants will also be asked to bring a short piece of set work. Interviews will take place at our Sion Hill campus. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton St Loe

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Bath Spa Admissions Team