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UCAS Code: W902
Institution Code: S82


BA (Hons) Art Practice focuses on practical art and critical-contextual skills. The programme is built on traditional skills delivered by expert practitioners. This is considered to be different from many other 'fine art' based degree programmes. The communication of subject matter and concepts through media and processes is delivered in parallel with critical-contextual skills.

The modules build a cohesive study of workshop development (print, 3D and photography), artist studio methodology, theme/concept development skills and 'live' briefs and academic studies of contextual themes. This is supported by an introduction to research and writing skills, with all students learning to develop their ideas through practice and research.

The application of collaborative, live and experiential modules, which promote breadth and potential career development. Practitioner and creative industry connections will be forged. Collaborative practice and live project modules at levels 4 and 5 will involve both centrally organised and independently planned visiting of professionals and site visits. These will be from a mix of creative pathways to develop understanding and application of creative methodology and commercial application.

Course modules

Year 1

Introduction to Art and Design Practice 1: The Workshop (Mandatory)
Introduction to Art and Design Practice 2: The Studio (Mandatory)
Introduction to Contemporary and Historical Contexts (Mandatory)
Collaborative Practice (cross-specialist) (Mandatory)
Drawing - materials and processes (Mandatory)
Presentation of outcomes (Mandatory)

Year 2

Establishing Art and Design Practice (1) (Mandatory)
Establishing Art and Design Practice (2) (Mandatory)
Developing Contemporary and Historical Contexts (Mandatory)
Drawing in Context (Mandatory)
Live Project - Practice (1) (Mandatory)

Year 3

Major Project (Mandatory)
Practice-Led Dissertation (Mandatory)
Professional Portfolio (Mandatory)

Career opportunities

This dynamic course seeks to produce graduates who have the creative flair and originality to succeed in a range of career destinations.

Employers in sectors including Advertising, Graphic Design, Software Design and Publishing seek employees with advanced idea-generation abilities and art practitioners require sophisticated creative process in order that they can generate visual outcomes that stand out from the crowd.

The focus on research also enables you to progress to the MA Creative Arts study and a career in academia.

Fees and finance


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £13,000 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Non-Academic Requirements
You will be invited to attend an interview. This will be an opportunity to present a portfolio of your work and to discuss the course content.

International Requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Portfolio Guidance
Your portfolio is your opportunity to shine in an interview: it is your chance to show us what inspires and excites you. We encourage you to include any visual and written work in your portfolio that will show your creativity and skills in visual communication.

When compiling a portfolio applicants should consider:

  • Consider groups/bodies/projects as well as individual pieces
  • If relevant bring work made with using 'other' mediums. E.g. drawing work is just as relevant for a photography interview if important to the applicant
  • Bring a sketch/work/ideas book
  • Bring samples of written work, if possible
  • Presentation - whilst presentation is important, it is the work itself that is going to be judged. Concentrate on the content!
  • What is relevant: does your work match the course you're applying for? 

Days & times

Starting September 2018

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