BA (Hons) Art and Design with foundation year

Our experienced Art and Design staff will help you explore and develop your creative potential, before you choose to specialise in one or two disciplines 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.

Key information

Award:

BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

WW50

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

The BA (Hons) in Art and Design with foundation year offers you the opportunity to develop a personalised study programme based on your learning needs and expectations.

Starting with foundation studies that offer a structured introduction to a wide range of materials, processes and techniques, we’ll support you as you develop your own line of visual enquiry, explore different areas of art and design, and develop a sound portfolio of creative work.

Following the foundation level, you’ll choose your specialisms from several combinations of subjects available at the University such as animation and illustration, fine art, graphic design, photography, and textile and surface design. With personalised guidance from our experienced and supportive staff, you can explore the interplay between your two disciplines, and gain experience of different art and design media, techniques and processes. The final year offers a further chance to specialise in one of your areas.

Alternatively, on successful completion of the foundation level, you can opt to transfer to one of our specialist degrees, including Animation and Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, or Textiles and Surface Design. You can also explore transferring to another subject area offered by the University of Bolton, such as Special and Visual Effects or Games Art.

Highlights
  • Our Art courses are placed in the top ten in the UK for student-to-staff ratio by the Guardian University League Tables 2020, 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 our 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.
  • 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.
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 flexible course allows you to develop a broad skill base at foundation level, specialise in two disciplines at the next two levels, and benefit from the option to focus on one of your subjects in your final year or continue with a broader study of your two disciplines.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects should include a relevant subject; for instance, A-level Art and Design 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.
  • You may be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.
  • 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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The skills gained during your Art and Design with foundation year 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

Graduates can use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • 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

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600

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 2021/2022.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


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.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Creative Responses
  • Information and Interpretation
  • Preparation and Progression
  • Specialist Project
  • 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
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Level threeCoursework 100%
Level fourCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 55%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level twoGuided independent study 55%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level threeGuided independent study 53%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 47%
Level fourGuided independent study 60%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%

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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Rachel Dawson
Course Coordinator

R.Dawson@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903374

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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