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Bradford College

BA (Hons) Art and Design

Subject Area
Arts & Media
Qualification Gained
BA (Hons) Art and Design (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
University, Level 6
3 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time
Start Date
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time


If you chose to study Art and Design at Bradford School of Art, you will be provided with a broad education in the Arts, encompassing intellectual, creative and technical skills.

Helping you realise your creative vision and industry potential, you will develop your own sustained, innovate and reflective art and design practice. You will also build upon your critical thinking, evaluation and analysis skills as well as your research capabilities, to enhance the ability to communicate ideas visually and verbally.

You will also benefit from relationships Bradford College has with a number of important cultural institutions in the region, including The National Science and Media Museum, Cartwright Hall, The Yorkshire Craft Centre, South Square Gallery, Impressions Gallery and Dean Clough in Halifax, Dear Shed, Leeds City Library, Sunny Bank Mills, Bradford Cultural Voice Brick Box, Delius Arts Centre, Kala Sangham Arts Centre and Born in Bradford Project.

  Key Info

Year 1:

Techniques and Processes 1, Studio Practice 1, Professional Development for the Creative Industries 1, Critical Studies 1

Year 2: 

Techniques and Processes 2, Studio Practice 2, Professional Practice Critical Studies 2

Year 3: 

Project Proposal, Professional Practice Negotiated Project, Final Major Project

Admissions criteria 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent from:

  • A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Art & Design or related Art Practice.
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (9-4) (or equivalent) with GCSE Maths (grade C or above) and English (grade C or above).
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved institution or provider
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.

The course encourages learning through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, blogs and journals, group discussion, collaborative learning and peer assessment.

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the course, determined by the aims and learning outcomes of the programme and of individual modules. The most common method for practical modules is the presentation of a body of work in portfolio, progress file or exhibition form, supported by preparatory work, sketchbooks and learning journals.

Essays, seminars and, at level 6, a written project, form the assessable work related to previous Critical Studies modules and assessable work for Professional Development comprises of reports, critical appraisal seminars and written proposals. Detailed written and verbal feedback forms an integral part of our teaching, learning and assessment strategy.

Much of the learning within the studio environment and workshops are also supported by considerable research, reflection, experimental documentation and evaluation away from the studio.

The course emphasises the synthesis between theory and practice, therefore private study (research, reading, essay writing, etc.) is critical to learning.

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