BA (Hons) Art Practice

Art practice covers a broad range of disciplines and on the BA (Hons) Art Practice degree you’ll develop your identity as an artist and explore personal, social and political issues to work out how you might contribute to the wider world.

As you develop your voice and artistic identity, you’ll engage with a wide range of art practices and critical debates. Our art degree gives you freedom to experiment with many art forms and experience the possibilities of different disciplines. You’ll use varied materials and processes, with a team of artists and technicians to support you. Each year our art students have the chance to digest a major collection of historical and contemporary art and design. Recent trips have included London, Venice, Madrid and Berlin.

Over the three years of this art degree, you will gain the technical and critical skills, as well as the experience and knowledge to create and exhibit your artwork with confidence and professionalism. You’ll also explore how your artistic practice can be applied in public art, health, education, and curation.

There is an emphasis on independence, so studio practice is either project-led or self-directed, leading to a substantial public exhibition of your work in your final year. With support from tutors, you’ll compile a professional portfolio to document your work and expertise. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on ‘live’ briefs. Recent projects have included artwork for a local hospital and promoting a new theatre production.

What you will study

You’ll be introduced to a range of materials, skills and ideas in projects that blend disciplines: painting and ceramics, drawing and mixed media, or digital and printmaking. You will work in response to different contexts: galleries, museums, site-specific or installation, so that by your final year, you’ll have the skills to research, develop and critique your practice, and to create work to professional standards

Professional practice and critical studies are embedded in the course. This enables you to gain professional skills and experience, preparing you for careers in the arts...

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You will work in the studio using our extensive specialist facilities. From a traditional darkroom with digital suites to a fully equipped lighting studio and 3D workshop, studying art at the University of South Wales means you can work in dedicated studio spaces. This allows you to produce a high standard of artwork that you can be proud of. Studio practice is either project-led or self-directed. Students can also volunteer at the on-campus art gallery and gain curatorial skills.

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This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
      • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
        • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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