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Art and Design

BA (Hons)

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UCAS code:
W102
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Duration:
4 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This course forms the first year of a four-year degree programme and will give you a progressive hands-on understanding of yourself as a learning practitioner.

We provide students with their own dedicated workspace within a designated art or design studio. Our staff are active professionals in their field and equip our students with the essential skills needed to gain a degree with the School of Creative Arts and Engineering. 

Students who successfully complete the foundation year progress onto one of the following BA (Hons) programmes: 3D Designer Maker, Animation, Cartoon and Comic Arts, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Product Design, Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making, Surface Pattern Design, Textile Surfaces or Transport Design.

Course content

Throughout the foundation year, you’ll share modules across the different art and design disciplines. The breadth and diversity of our projects will allow you to discover, explore and identify your particular direction within the art spectrum. In doing so, our teaching staff can then help you to identify the right pathway for you.

This is the pathway you will follow for the next three years, specialising in a particular discipline and developing your creative practice within it.

You’ll have access to a variety of workshop facilities, including wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, printing, digital imaging and the technology hub. You’ll also experience a wide range of learning styles, including lectures, individual tutorials, group tutorials, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, practical work and independent study.

Your primary modes of study will be studio and workshop-based practice, with scheduled times for independent study. You’ll combine theory with practice to gain a solid understanding of the contexts and issues of art and design. This will provide you with the appropriate research and study skills to complete higher-level study with confidence.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Team Project
Ideas Generation and Problem-Solving for Art
Imaging/Production Skills for Art
Major Project
Theory and Practice in Art and Design

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points 

Facilities

Careers

The foundation year of this course prepares students to gain their full BA (Hons) degree in any one of a range of art and design disciplines. After completing the foundation year which is shared across all of these disciplines, you will specialise for the following three years on one of these courses: 3D Designer Maker, Animation, Cartoon and Comic Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Product Design, Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making, Surface Pattern Design, Textile Surfaces or Transport Design.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Assessment

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 100% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 

Tim Forrester
Tim ForresterCourse Leader (Design)

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,500 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Our students

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Sikander Pervez
Fine Art

The Foundation Year allowed me to test out new ideas and to really find out what I was interested in. When I started my BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, I felt like I had a clear idea of how to work independently and what was expected of me.

about
Precious Innes
Fine Art

The course offered challenging and often diverse projects, live 'world of work' briefs and opportunities to develop my individual voice through making work that mattered to me.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time, with a foundation year
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time, with a foundation year
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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