BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design - Writtle University College

BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design


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  • This course is designed to prepare students for a working life in the full range of creative practices. It will allow you to develop an individual approach and engender the required excellence to successfully become a creative professional. BA (Hons) Contemporary Art & Design can be studied in three years full time or six years part time.
  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    Applicants whose academic achievements are below those listed will still be considered on presentation of a strong portfolio of past work during interview.

    UCAS Tariff Points
    GCE A Levels
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
    Scottish Highers
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
    C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)
    Distinction (96)
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Diploma
    Distinction (96)

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

    Access course
    Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
    Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Policies and Procedures page.

    All applicants must possess a minimum of four GCSEs grade AC including, English Language, Mathematics and Science*.
    *Science is not applicable for BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design course.

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

  • The course combines the best of both Fine Art and Design education by giving students a continually-supported transition over its three years to increasingly independent activity within a lively and friendly studio culture, led by working artists and designers.

    Studio work at Writtle is not structured by traditional divisions between disciplines, but seeks a multidisciplinary approach that welcomes new approaches and interpretations.

    Typical activities will involve both guided assignments and student-led projects around many of the key themes in visual culture.

    Lectures, tutorials, peer-learning and collaborations along with a great deal of one-to-one help and advice make this course an exceptional preparation for subsequent working life.

    Additional help and workshops are available for students wishing to augment their abilities in the use of, for example, creative software, painting, photography, printmaking and other media.

    Group visits are also a regular part of the course, including trips to public and private galleries, art fairs and studios of professional artists and designers.

    Contextual and theoretical ideas are introduced in support of creative and practical activity, and there is an emphasis on looking outwards and presenting work to the world from the very beginning.

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  • Assessment Methods

  • The assessment strategy for this course makes use of a variety of methods to appraise and develop a comprehensive range of student skills.

    The Portfolio
    A key form of assessment is the portfolio, which builds into a comprehensive body of developmental and finished work during the course, produced in appropriate media, as outlined in the assignments that students are set across a range of modules.

    The Journal
    Of equal importance is each student's journal, a highly personalised document of his or her creative process, observations, thoughts and responses to the assignment work, as well as independent self-initiated work. There is no set format regarding content; the journal is on-going and is produced as ideas evolve, with experimentation and exploration being key features of the journal. Assessment of the journal is on-going throughout the academic year.

    Studio Critiques and Presentations
    The presentation of art and/or design work for studio critique will form part of the assessment for the studio modules and is in many ways equivalent to a formal academic examination. Students are assessed on their ability to convey their intentions and ideas, to select appropriate communication techniques and strategies, and to reflect upon their performance, successes and weaknesses. Also students will be expected to participate in and will be assessed on critiques of the work of their peers.

    Presentation of work online
    All finished studio work is posted to the course blog This work sits in the public domain and therefore is set out and contextualised carefully and professionally.

    Written and illustrated study
    Throughout the programme students are required to offer written commentary and critical appraisal of their own work and also the work of others in the 'History and Theory' strands of the course. Students are assessed on their ability to structure a logical and coherent argument, to undertake reflective critical appraisal of techniques and outputs, and to select appropriate references/precedents to support their ideas and observations. On-going support will be provided by course tutors to help develop the writing skills of students and all written work will receive detailed feedback highlighting strengths, weaknesses and strategies to improve future academic writing.

    Public Exhibition Presentation
    The public presentation of art and design work is an important aspect of creative professional life and students will be assessed on their ability to plan, organise and implement a range of public presentations to a professional standard, in particular the end of year exhibitions in the 2nd and 3rd years of the course.

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  • Employment Details

  • Employment opportunities for art and design graduates have increased in number and broadened in range over recent years, reflecting the burgeoning opportunities within the cultural sector of the UK and internationally.

    Graduates from this course work as professional artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, game designers, website developers, animators, curators, and professionals in public and private galleries; they also write for magazines, newspapers and online journals on a wide variety of cultural topics. Other career opportunities for graduates include residency programmes, community-led outreach work and teaching in the fields of art or design.

    In addition, Writtle School of Design now offers an MA by Research in Art & Design for graduating BA students who wish to further enhance the breadth and depth of their creative abilities.

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