Year One

Core papers

Origins (15 credits): Students develop an understanding of the cultural, social and historical contexts that inform the student’s chosen art form and to develop academic writing skills and critical thinking.

Context in Practice (15 Credits): Students begin to explore contextual thinking that influences the making of contemporary crat and design, experiment with media to produce artworks that respond to a range of contexts

Drawing and Design 1 (15 credits): Students develop knowledge in applied drawing for use as an effective research and development tool in support of project work, or as a creative end in itself

Photography (15 credits): Students develop skills in lens-based technology and the creation and manipulation of images using a camera

Digital Studio (15 credits): Students develop digital design skills and their application in support of project work in visual arts and design using recognised design principles

Media specific papers

Applied Studio IA (Visual Arts) (15 credits): Students develop art, craft and design skills and knowledge through studio practice in specific media, while working to a plan that includes research and experimentation

Applied Studio IB (Visual Arts) (15 credits): Students extend art, craft and design skills and knowledge through studio practice in specific media, while working to a plan that includes research and experimentation

Applied Studio IC (Visual Arts) (15 credits): Students consolidate all research and experimentation in a media area, to produce resolved studio outcomes ready for exhibition

Publication Design I (Design) (15 credits): Students develop design skills for print and digital media

Web Design I (Design) (15 credits): Students develop the skills and knowledge required to design a practical, functioning website

Motion Graphics (Design) (15 credits): Students develop the skills for integrating graphics, type and sound to create a motion graphic output and to develop a unique aesthetic for time-based motion


Year Two

Core papers

Contextual Studies (15 credits): Students explore the relationship between social, political, economic and cultural influences and issues in contemporary arts, and relate these to the student’s major discipline

Creative Enterprise (15 credits): This paper equips students with an understanding of their potential as creative entrepreneurs and to introduce them to the skills and attitudes required for them to plan and implement an arts event or small-scale business activity

Media specific papers

Applied Studio IIA / Visual Arts (30 credits): Students extend art, craft and design skills; to facilitate the building of knowledge, through research and technical studio practice in specific media

Applied Studio IIA / Design (30 credits): To develop research skills and apply design methodologies while developing concepts to print media briefs

Applied Studio IIB / Visual Arts (30 credits): To focus on production of a series of craft/artworks that utilise reproduction and/or variation as prime contexts for exhibition and retail opportunities

Applied Studio IIB / Design (30 credits): Students develop skills based on research into applied design methodologies while developing concepts to digital media briefs.

Major Project / Visual Arts (30 credits): In this paper the student develops their own project in their preferred subject area to a professional exhibition standard.

Major Project / Design (30 credits): In this paper the student develops their own visual communication/design project in their preferred subject area to a professional standard.


Year Three

Compulsory papers

Contextual Practice (15 credits): This paper teaches the use of contextual elements and knowledge to develop the creative process towards a Body of Work

Body of Work (60 credits): In this paper, students consolidate all learning in the Bachelor of Applied Arts into a public presentation, performance, publication, or exhibition of a body of work in a selected applied arts discipline

Research and Presentation (15 credits): This course reflects the planning, research and evaluation that underpins the Body of Work project

Optional papers

Collaborative Practice (15 credits): This paper requires the student to engage with others in a collaborative project within the context of the major or incorporating another arts discipline

Special Topic I (15 credits): Students pursue a special interest in an area that is relevant to their overall programme of study

Special Topic II (15 credits): Students pursue a special interest project in an area relevant to their overall programme of study; or study a taught topic, whose content and learning outcomes will be specified each time it is offered

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