A challenging and diverse programme to develop your individual ability to design and communicate visually across disciplines or within a specialist area.
It’s a space for active enquiry, challenging design preconceptions and defining the role of the designer in shaping the world in which we live. Carefully structured modules and supportive staff who encourage: hands-on, ideas-based and socially engaged design, with an emphasis on developing your individual ability. The course is well established with an excellent employment record.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design. However if applying with A-Levels only, a total of 260 points (with a grade B in an Art and Design related subject) is expected, supported by a high quality portfolio.
Applicants applying with a BTEC Extended Diploma are expected to achieve an overall Merit grade (Merit, Merit, Merit).
For all applicants an offer of a place will be made following a successful portfolio review and interview
Crossover teaching and interdisciplinary projects provide an energetic and flexible learning environment for creative collaboration, whilst specialist areas of study in graphic design, illustration and interactive design are supported and encouraged. You’ll be able to work across a range of media, explore and express your ideas through word, image, concept, media, narrative, text, taught by a team of full-time and visiting tutors, all active practitioners themselves.
Teaching takes place through critiques, debates, tutorials, presentations, lectures, self-directed learning and peer review. We have excellent studio spaces and workshop facilities in specialist craft areas, such as letterpress, photography, silk screen, etching and lithography to complement state of the art digital resources.
In your first year you’ll be given a broad introduction to drawing, print making, photography, design methods, typography, moving image and digital media. You’ll be encouraged to think visually and analytically, learn to work as part of a team and independently. You’ll gain an awareness of the industry through a Professional Contexts module, and a contextual framework through a Historical and Critical Studies module.
As you move into Year 2 you will explore interactive media in the context of image and word. You can focus on graphic design, illustration or interactive media, or keep an interdisciplinary approach. You might choose to spend a semester in Europe as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. An optional course trip abroad will show you design studios and working practices in other cultures.
In your final year you’ll concentrate on: independent, self-initiated projects, live projects, competitions and you’ll be encouraged to find connections between your studio practice and contextual studies. ‘Live’ briefs provide experience of dealing with clients and production, preparing you for employment or further study. You may decide to enrol in our successful Buddy Scheme and be mentored by a local design professional.
Communication design; interactive media; illustration; publishing; art direction; advertising; broadcast graphics; photography; filmmaking or animation.
Freelance careers in any of the above.
Postgraduate study at Bath Spa or elsewhere (students have gone on to postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art and Central St Martin´s School of Art and Design).
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