BA (Hons) Art and Design

Our experienced Art and Design staff can help you plan your unique degree combining two specialisms from fine art, photography, graphic design, animation, illustration, fashion, 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:

Part-time

Duration:

4.5 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Our BA (Hons) Art and Design degree is as unique as you are. With personalised guidance from our experienced and supportive staff, you can explore the interplay between your two chosen art and design disciplines, including fine art, photography, graphic design, animation, illustration, fashion, textiles and surface design. During your portfolio interview we will help you carefully plan a portfolio of modules, offering you a distinctive learning experience that lays the foundation for your professional practice as a working artist and designer and helps develop your creative identity.

You’ll have opportunities to explore different art and design media, techniques and processes, and develop links that cross the traditional art and design boundaries. We encourage critical thinking so you can learn to evaluate, understand and draw inspiration from your own work and that of others in the light of changing historical, philosophical and cultural environments.

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.

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 the department’s 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.
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 unique course allows you to develop a broad skill base in your first two years, with the option to focus on one of your subjects in your final year or continue with a broader study of your two disciplines.
Professional recognition


  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include an art and design based subject; for instance, A-level Art 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 Language.
  • If you don't have a Level 3 qualification in an appropriate area but hold alternative qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Level 3, then we'll be happy to consider your application.
  • You'll be required to attend for interview and to 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 admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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 BA (Hons) Art and Design 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 as a stepping-stone into 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

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 2022/2023.

For 2022/2023 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2022/2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

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


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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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.

  • Digital Methodologies
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Introduction to Animation and Illustration
  • Contextual Studies in Animation and Illustration
  • Introduction to Studio Practice in Animation and Illustration
  • Design Principles
  • Thinking with Type
  • Visual Thinking
  • Contextual Studies in Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Studio Practice in Graphic Design
  • History and Theory 1
  • Media and Processes 1
  • Media and Processes 2
  • Studio Practice 1
  • Interdisciplinary Methods
  • Digital Imaging
  • Constructing the Moving Image
  • Industry in Context
  • Thinking Photography
  • Discovering Silver Darkroom
  • Reading Through The Lens
  • Material Practices 1
  • Material Practices 2
  • Surface Pattern: Principles and Processes
  • Design Studies 1: Critical Theory into Practice
  • Employability and Enterprise
  • Past Present and Futures: Theory into Context
  • Principles of Animation
  • Principles of Illustration
  • Open Study
  • Advanced Studio Practice
  • Studio Practice in Graphic Design for Print
  • Studio Practice in Graphic Design for Screen
  • Copywriting and Art Direction for Advertising
  • Theory and Context in Graphic Design
  • Public Engagement
  • Studio Practice 2
  • History and Theory 2
  • Response to Text
  • The Creative Studio
  • Location, Light, Camera, Context
  • Enterprise and Industry in Context
  • Research and Context in Photography
  • The Professional Studio
  • The Photo Story
  • Material Innovation: Concept, Practice and Process
  • Studio Practice: Concept, Design and Realisation
  • Professional Studio Practices
  • Design Studies 2: Critical Theory
  • Visual Style
  • Character Design
  • Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
  • Research in Context
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Studio Practice in Graphic Design
  • Theory into Practice
  • Preparing for Professional Practice in Graphic Design
  • Major Project
  • Critique as Practice
  • Studio Practice 3
  • Professional Practice
  • Major Project
  • Self Negotiated Photographic Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Critical Thinking in Photography
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Textiles and Surface Design Practice
  • Design Studies 3: Research in Context
  • Professional Practice and Self Promotion for Textiles and Surface Design
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Level threeCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 55%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level twoGuided independent study 53%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 47%
Level threeGuided 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

Martina Mullaney
Programme Leader

M.Mullaney@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903378

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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