Drawing and Print

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council


This practice-based course allows you to push boundaries, make new definitions, question traditions and develop the skills required within the expanded fields of drawing and print. You are encouraged to identify your individual creative voice through access to a broad range of related skills-based areas and expertise in both traditional and digital technologies. Your individual creative responses will be developed in relation to career ambitions across the art and design professions.

The emphasis throughout this course is placed upon thinking through making and the role of drawing and print in developing a creative practice as an artist/maker. In examining traditional and digital making technologies and ideas, you will engage with materiality and process in relation to the crafted artefact.

Practicing makers, artists and researchers and a wide range of visiting specialists support the development of your work. Throughout the course informed contextual debate through seminar and tutorial structures operate in tandem with practical workshop activities. These areas might include drawing, traditional and digital print methods using our extensive printmaking facilities and expertise, ceramics, stitch and fabrication processes.

The course works with partners in Bristol and internationally, giving you the opportunity to collaborate and undertake both individual and team work. Professional Practice and Work Experience modules at each level allow you to research and identify your future career ambitions across the creative sectors and in Year 2 there is the option to undertake an International Erasmus exchange module with partner institutions across Europe.

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Student's view

DAA is ideal for me as it is studio-based with excellent creative space in which to work and access to technical departments such as print, photography and fabrication.The teaching staff are all artists who share their knowledge on a whole range of creative fields. Louise



Across all three years of the course, Professional Practice / Work Experience modules allow you to explore and effectively engage with industry and professional outcomes as an emerging practitioner.

Year 1

The first year introduces you to a range of concepts and applications relating to the practice of drawing and print. You will be encouraged to explore the way in which drawing may be developed through a range of traditional and digital media, processes and ideas. You will be introduced to studio practices that include printmaking, bookmaking, stitch, photography, fabrication techniques in wood and metal, and ceramics.

There will be a range of visiting speakers and a Professional Practice and Work Experience module to enable you to begin to locate the context of your own practice, hear from industry professionals and find out about future career options.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Drawing and Print
  • Creative Perspectives
  • Exploring Practice in Drawing and Print
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience 1

Year 2

You will focus on developing the relationship between form, content and the language of materials. Further workshop activity enables you to refine your skills base. The Professional Practice and Work Experience module in year 2 provides a series of structured lectures and events designed to help you explore your potential for employment. All students exhibit their work within UWE and at external locations. You are also encouraged to undertake work placements and live projects. There is the opportunity to undertake an international exchange programme at one of our partner institutions in Europe or further afield.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Developing Practice in Drawing and Print
  • Creative Analysis
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience 2

One of the following:

  • Developing Practice in Drawing and Applied Arts 2
  • International Exchange

Year 3

Your final year consists of a self-directed programme of study that reflects your particular strengths, abilities and ambitions developed through a combination of critical discussion, contextual awareness, visual research and creative practice. The year culminates in the presentation of a substantial body of work. The Professional Practice and Work Experience module in year 3 focuses on self-promotion and readiness for employment.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Preparation for Extended Study in Drawing and Print
  • Extended Study in Drawing and Print
  • Independent Research Project
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience 3

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied over a longer period and the structure will differ slightly although you will undertake the same suite of modules.

Learning and Teaching

The course involves a rich and diverse set of experiences designed to stimulate your ability to learn as well as encouraging a high level of critical reflection. This will provide you with the skills and enthusiasm to pursue your practice beyond university. You will be expected to take part in workshops, projects, seminars, lectures and tutorials. You will engage with self and peer assessment, collaborate on projects and contribute meaningfully to your peer group.

Throughout the course you will have access to experienced tutors and visiting artists who will discuss your work with you and offer support, guidance and suggestions on how to develop your arts practice.

Throughout the entire course you will attend lectures and seminars in Visual Culture with students from across the Department of Creative Industries. This core module enables you to develop a rigorous critical and analytical approach to your own work and the work of others. It also fosters a culture of collaboration between disciplines which is very valuable to you when you leave university. On completion of the course you should expect to be fully aware of the business and working processes in your chosen area of creative practice.

Visual Culture lectures and seminars will allow you to locate your practice within the context of fine and applied arts practices.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course, including essays, projects, group presentations and presentations of visual work. There are no exams. You will engage in written critical evaluation of your work where you are expected to critique and analyse your work and relate it to the broader context of drawing and applied arts practice. Marks from modules at levels 2 and 3 can contribute towards your overall degree classification.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Special Features


During the second year you may be able to study abroad through the Socrates-Erasmus scheme.

Study facilities

All students have access to the departments technical centres including fabrication, media centre, EPI centre, Print Centre, Textiles, Photography and library.

All students have access to award winning studios at Bower Ashton Campus and there will be the opportunity to make use of the exhibition spaces around the university.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

>> Careers

Careers/further study

The development of professional practice is central to each level of study on the course. This is both diagnostic and practical in nature to equip students with a tool kit to help them target the most appropriate area of the creative industries for employment. Students test their readiness for success through competition entry, for example, DAA students have won the Jerwood Student Drawing Prize in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Because the range of student outcomes is so diverse our graduates have gone on to develop an equally wide variety of careers in arts, design and craft. This has included freelance work, arts administration, public arts commissions, teaching, project co-ordination and curation, MA study.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skill development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives, including the highly successful Undergraduate Internship Scheme, we nurture talent and encourage innovation. Through these opportunities students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the job market.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Be inspired

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Prospects - careers in the creative arts sector

The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies and after you graduate in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies. They also source opportunities for students to gain work based experience. This support can be accessed face to face, over the telephone or online.

>> Fees


FeeCost (£) / per year
Full-time home / EU9,000
Full-time home ( ELQ )9,000
Full-time home / EU placement1,125
Part-time home / EU (per 15 credits)1,125
Full-time offshore9,000
Full-time offshore placement1,125
Part-time offshore (per 15 credits)1,125
Full-time International10,750
Part-time International (per 15 credits)1,344
Full-time International (per 15 credits)1,344

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

>> Entry


Joining instructions

For students starting this course in September 2014, view your joining instructions. For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 280
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DMM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 L3 credits at merit; achievement of Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language. Applicants completing Level 3 credits in Art and Design are guaranteed an interview.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 25 points

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. Students of all ages and from all social backgrounds are recruited with a variety of qualifications including Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, A levels or equivalent qualification in Art and Design

Applicants demonstrating commitment to and knowledge of the subject on their application form are invited to a selection session where they will be required to present a collection of their creative work to demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

To have a good chance of obtaining a place on the course, you should bring a portfolio of your creative work to the interview. The emphasis is on quality rather than quantity. You should be able to show evidence of drawing and staff will be looking for quality of ideas and evidence of creativity. It is essential to include sketch and ideas books. The programme is looking for 'makers' who are prepared to work independently and who are self-motivated. Entry is based upon portfolio and ability.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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