Course Overview

BA (Hons) Visual Arts offers a unique educational experience by bringing together fine art, art & design and craft in a single programme. This enables you to work within, and across, these different contexts and to define your own practice. Our student-centred approach means that you produce diverse, informed, innovative and exciting work.

At the heart of all we do at Bradford School of Art this course places graduates in a strong position for a creative career. Visual Arts is a creatively and academically demanding course.

Bringing together Fine Art practice with craft skills and design BA (Hons) Visual Arts has been specifically designed to enable students to develop individual practice and creativity. The teaching approach is student centred and focuses on exploring and developing independent creative thinking. It is challenging intellectually and practically and prepares you for the interdisciplinary nature of the Arts.

Course Structure

We offer compulsory modules in both practical and theoretical practice, in order to give you a broad-based general education and enhance your creative potential. In addition to your compulsory modules, you will initially specialise in one specific area, or combine two optional areas. Further to this, you will eventually choose your pathway, deciding whether to specialise in Fine Art or Art & Design.
All practical work is substantiated by theoretical study, the varied content of which is reflected through assessment format and teaching styles, and is backed up by self-derived briefs.

Modules Covered

Core Level 4 modules include:

  • Studio Practice
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Critical Studies
  • Professional Development.

Core Level 5 modules include:

  • Studio Practice
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Critical Studies
  • Professional Development
  • Drawing Studies.

Core Level 6 modules include:

  • Final Major Project
  • Integrated Practice
  • Theoretical Studies (Dissertation)
  • Visual Arts Studies.

Learning Methods

Due to the varied nature of the content, the course will be delivered through a variety of teaching strategies, from seminars and tutorials to studio demonstrations and study visits. We place particular emphasis on the development of transferable skills, specifically that you develop an understanding of the demands of different aspects of a professional practice. Further to this, you will be increasingly encouraged to utilise self-led, independent learning as the course progresses, so that you can fully realise and fulfil your creative potential and individuality style. In addition to your modular teaching staff, you will also be assigned a Personal tutor, who will advise and support you throughout the course.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods focus on meeting your creative, conceptual and professional development needs. Teaching and learning is directed towards meeting your individual needs and is centred on supporting you in developing your own solutions to creative design and communication problems. As the course progresses we place an increasing emphasis on independent learning and critical self-awareness, which culminates in the production of a personal and professionally executed final major project and portfolio which demonstrates creativity and a range of appropriate professional skills.
Teaching methods vary from student to student, based on your creative, conceptual and professional development rate and needs. We aim to tailor our teaching methods to suit the individual, and to overcome any creative or communication difficulties that may arise. Increasingly throughout the duration of the course, emphasis will be placed on independent learning and critical self-awareness. The direct result of this is the completion of a Final Major Project in your final Level, which demonstrates your creativity and the skills you have acquired.


In keeping with the challenges and pace of the course, you will be assessed through a combination of formative and summative assignments, in order to maintain a level of creative input and develop skills. The assessment format of the course will vary in accordance with practical and theoretical practice; practical work will typically be assessed through the presentation of an exhibition or a portfolio, whilst written assignments are delivered through essays, reports or journals.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

Study visits are an essential part of the programme. We also provide opportunities for you to undertake serial placements with a view to developing your understanding of professional practice. Opportunities exist to study abroad through the Socrates Student Mobility Scheme that we have developed with institutions in the USA and elsewhere.

What's Next?

The broad overtone of the BA (Hons) Visual Arts indicates that our interdisciplinary graduates are more flexible, versatile, more marketable and more likely to succeed than the narrow specialist. Advice will be given to you throughout the course by a wide range of practitioners from professional practice, studios and employment workshops.
Art graduates are to be found in a variety of walks of life where creativity, innovation and a highly developed visual sensibility are prized.

Did You Know?

As an Arts and Media student you will have the opportunity to learn from both practitioners and experienced professionals. You will work with artists and designers a well as local and national galleries, museums and exhibitions.
You will develop your creative ability within a well-resourced learning environment which offers excellent studio and workshop facilities.
You will also be encouraged to take advantage of the strong relationships established between Bradford College and surrounding cultural institutions.

Additional Costs

Please see below a list of additonal course costs:

  • Equipment: £200 - £400 maximum (optional cost)
  • Trips/visits to exhibitions etc: £400 - £600 maximum (optional cost)

Placement expenditure including travel:

  • Books: £200 - 300 (essential cost)
  • Exhibition preparation: £200 - £400 (essential cost)
  • Printing: £100 - £200 (essential cost)

Total additional costs: £1100 - £1900 (Approx)


Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points and GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.

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We usually base admission on your portfolio and interview. 

For mature candidates, we require appropriate work experience supported by a demonstrated commitment to pursue a specialist area of study.


We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification