BA (Hons) Art + Design

The Course

This course is distinctive in its multi-disciplinary approach to art practices and design challenges, where there is scope for you to learn and apply principles of contemporary art, theory and new techniques to art and design contexts. The course structure allows for the development of your individual practice whilst acknowledging the wider context of contemporary art and design. Students will gain proficiency in presenting their work to professional standards, including portfolio production and skills in networking, exhibiting and marketing.
You will be working alongside courses in Fine Art and Photography + Video Art and you will also be able to benefit from working with a wide variety of both art and design disciplines.

Book list

These books and essays give you a flavour of the philosophy of the course:
Barthes, R. Mythologies, Vintage 1993
Batchelor, D. Chromophobia, Reaktion Books 2000.
Harrison, C & Wood, P. Art in Theory 1900 – 2000, Wiley-Blackwell 2nd Ed. 2002


Practising/commissioned artist; designer; galleries and museums; public or community arts education; visual merchandising; craft maker; curation; printmaker; teaching


Hannah Birkett
Course Co-ordinator for Fine Art/ Art + Design
Hannah Birkett graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2007, having previously studied at Lancaster University. She exhibits internationally, and lives and works in London. Her practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, print and painting.

Sława Harasymowicz
Unit Co-ordinator for Fine Art
Sława Harasymowicz is a London-based artist and MA graduate from the Royal College of Art. A published, award-winning and regularly exhibiting artist, her practice-led research poses questions around history, memory and contemporary identity, through personal, biographic and site-responsive projects,representation and perception.

Rebecca Meanley
Unit Co-ordinator for Fine Art
Rebecca Meanley received an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2003, having previously studied at Nottingham Trent University and Glasgow School of Art. She lives and works in London and exhibits internationally. Her primary practice as a painter incorporates drawing and writing and uses photography as archive.

Technical staff:
Joseph Davies, Joe Cruz, Rose Thomas, Anna Kakovka, Laura Hinksman

Visiting Speakers

Bruno Bailey, Vice Magazine
Patrick Buygone, Creative Review
Joao Guarantani, British Council
Dominik Czechowski, Hayward Gallery

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Units of study include:

For building your skills:
Essential skill sets
Starting from the basics in areas from printing to photography; pattern cutting to photoshop. You are introduced to a wide range of technical skill workshops.
Developing skill sets
Here you can choose the skills you want to develop to support your main program/practice.

For inspiration:
Key ideas in arts and design
These units run across all three years and help you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of how art and design influences culture, whilst also giving you a clear introduction to art and design from the beginning of Modernism through to current debates on contemporary practice.

For employability and entrepreneurism:
Professional studio practice
Here you learn how to set up, run and maintain a professional studio in preparation for the real world of art and design.
Creative enterprise
Provides Support in creating your own identity as an artist and designer in a competitive marketplace.
Present and promote
From curating exhibitions to learning how to use social media this unit gives you the professional know-how to present yourself to the outside world!
Final major project
This is where the whole three years comes together and you present a professional portfolio of work that acts as a springboard to your future career. Your final major project forms the end of year show for the public and industry.

Further Information

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