Bath Spa University

The establishment of the Bath School of Art & Design in 1852 resulted from Government debate on the national shortage of training opportunities in design to support manufacture, and concerns about the strength of international design & manufacture at the time of the 1851 Great Exhibition. It became one of seventeen regional public institutions addressing the national need for highly skills artists & designers. In 1946 the School moved to Corsham and was renamed the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham Court.

The presence of tutors and visiting artists such as Terry Frost, Howard Hodgkin, Claus Oldenburg, Michael Craig-Martin, John Ernest, Richard Hamilton and Jim Dine, along with the establishment of a Research Centre for Arts Education funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation resulted in the Academy receiving national and international recognition. The changes which promoted new social frameworks in the 1970/80s were reflected in new art forms, and new structures within institutions of higher art education. The closure of the Academy at Corsham and its return to the City of Bath was one part of such change.

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United Kingdom

Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, Lansdown,
Phone: 01225 875433

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Location and Getting there

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Department and information about the department

This studio-based course offers studies in Painting, Sculpture and Media, and is taught by practising artists with strong exhibition profiles.

The aim of the course is to develop your understanding and creative potential in the visual arts. For four days a week Fine Art students work in studios and workshops on individual programmes of work agreed with tutorial staff. For one day each week there is a programme of historical and theoretical studies: Contextual Studies. Together these enable you to develop studio skills and skills in research, analysis and communication and to become more informed about the historical, critical and social context in which you are working.

All staff are practising artists, most with international exhibiting experience and there is also an extensive list of visiting staff. Together these bring a wide range of opinion and expertise to your work. Some staff teach on our undergraduate and Master's programmes.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of disciplines, working in areas from painting and sculpture to photography, video, live art, sound and digital imaging.

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Academic Staff and Description

The team of staff here at Bath School of Art and Design are made up of practising artists who excel within their own fields. This team consists of both full and part time lecturers, as well as having a strong programme of visiting lecturers.

In addition to the teaching staff we an array of highly skilled technicians working throughout all of our studios and workshops, who are always on hand to offer help and advice when working with the various equipment.  

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Information For  Undergraduates


* Certificate in Art and Design and English (international students)

Foundation Degrees

* Digital Design (Interactive Design/Photography and Motion Graphics)
* Fashion Design Skills
* Applied Arts and Design

BA(Hons) Degrees

* BA (Hons) Fine Art
* BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design: Ceramics
* BA (Hons) Graphic Communication
* BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design
* Art in Combined Awards / Creative Arts
* Textiles in Combined Awards / Creative Arts

Compulsory module taken with all degrees

* Historical and Critical Studies  

Information For  Postgraduates

Masters Degrees

* Master of Fine Art
* MA Design: Ceramics
* MA Design: Textiles
* MA Design: Brand Development
* MA Design: Interaction Design


* PhD / MPhil

Compulsory module taken with all degrees

* Research Methodologies  

Information For  International Students

The School of Art and Design welcomes international students from all over the globe and the contribution they make to the richness and diversity of our creative community.

Support for international students in the UK is second to none - and at Bath Spa we all work together to make sure that you become "the best you can be".
Internatinoal Students

Each year, we welcome students from around 40 different countries to our institution. From your initial enquiry to application, from the pre-departure briefing to the orientation day when you arrive, we take great care to make sure you have all the information and support you need to confidently start your studies here.

This includes advice on immigration procedures, travel or any other information you might need. Our International Students' Adviser will help you find a place to live, and invite you to a programme of social events throughout the year.

More information for International Students can be found on the main website for Bath Spa University.  


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Student Facilities

Throughout our campus we have an array of workshops and studios, many with technicians on hand to offer help and advice. These range from computer suites to the more 'hands-on' wood and metal workshops. In addition, we have premises in The Circus in Bath's Georgian centre which houses our Fashion studios.

Printmaking Studios.
The printmaking studios are well equipped for Silk Screen Etching, Lithograph and all other types of printing production.

Casting and Fabrication Workshops.
Part of the Sculpture School, this workshop facilitates mould-making & casting in plaster, resin & jesmonite. All students receive health & safety training as part of their workshop introductions.

Wood and Plastics Workshop.
This workshop is well-equipped with a range of machine & hand tools for working wood & plastics including planer, circular & band-saws, drill-press, sanders, & a vacuum former. All students receive health & safety training as part of their workshop introductions.

Metal Workshop.
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Visit us (open days)

Wednesday 2 December
Wednesday 10 February  

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