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Drawing and Print

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Art and Design
City Campus
Three years
Part-time, full-time
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Richard Webb
Key fact:
You will develop your individual creative signature and gain high-level skills in traditional and digital printing and drawing technologies.

Page last updated 7 April 2017


Why Drawing and Print?

Our practice-based BA(Hons) Drawing and Print will give you the creative and technical skills you need to work in the expanded fields of drawing and print. This course pushes boundaries. You will explore the relationship between drawing, making and print, developing your creative signature and gaining high-level skills in traditional and digital printing and drawing technologies. We encourage ambition and you will be equipped, academically and practically, for a broad range of exciting careers.

Why study this course?

Drawing and Print is based on Bristol's historic waterfront at the Arnolfini. Situated above this internationally renowned centre for contemporary art, you will be at the heart of Bristol's creative and cultural community, with access to UWE Bristol's City Campus and all it has to offer.

You will identify your individual creative voice using a variety of skills-based areas and making technologies. The emphasis throughout the course is on thinking through making and the role of drawing in developing a creative practice as an artist/maker.

All our staff are practising makers, artists, researchers and exhibitors, providing an exceptional educational experience, and we rank consistently highly in the National Student Survey (NSS). Talks and contributions from nationally recognised visiting artists are a regular feature.

You may benefit from the expertise of our renowned Centre for Fine Print Research through lectures and tutorials.

Real-world experience

You will learn how the art world works and test yourselves outside the University. Work experience, collaborations and live projects take place throughout the course.

In Year 2, you will 'learn by doing', conceptualising, organising and promoting a themed show as part of an artists group. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad. Our Erasmus partners include renowned art schools such as Berlin, Barcelona, Bergen and Zurich.

Where it can take you

Our students enter careers across the contemporary art field. Many establish their own studios and exhibit. A significant number go on to teacher training and postgraduate study at MA and PhD level, while others enter community and public arts, gallery work and curating, critical practice and review.

Watch our film about related Design courses at UWE Bristol.

Watch Nathalie's film about exhibiting at the final year degree show.

Look at students' work in our flickr gallery.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



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 drawing, printmaking, painting, 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
  • Critical Perspectives
  • Exploring Practice in Drawing and Print
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Drawing and Print

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 in Drawing and Print 2

One of the following optional modules:

  • Developing Practice in Drawing and Print 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 in Drawing and Print 3

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

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.



We have strong links with the creative industries throughout the region. In all three years you will take Professional Practice and Work Experience modules, which will give you challenging real-world experience. In Year 2, in particular, you will 'learn by doing', conceptualising, organising and promoting a themed show as part of an artists group.

In your second year, you may be able to undertake an Erasmus exchange with a partner institution in Europe such as the art schools in Berlin, Zurich, Barcelona or Bergen.


European and international trips and field studies are offered during the course. Our students have recently visited Norway, Sweden and Belgium.

Study facilities

The City Campus at Arnolfini occupies the top three floors of the Arnolfini building on Bristol's harbourside and offers studio and teaching spaces for Drawing and Print students. Computing facilities and student support services are available. Visual Culture modules and a range of guest lectures are delivered here as well as at other sites within the City Campus.

You are able to access the range of resources available at other City Campus sites, including Bower Ashton. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

We have exceptional printing facilities and a national reputation for screenprinting, lithography, relief print, etching and digital print. You will be encouraged to discover which types of studio and process suit your practice, while strong links with the Centre for Fine Art Print Research encourage creative dialogue through lectures, workshops and tutorials.

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

Student success

Students test their readiness commercially through competition entry. Our Drawing and Print students have won awards in various competitions, including the Jerwood Student Drawing Prize.

In recent years three of our students have been accepted at The Prince's Drawing School in London. Only 25 students are accepted each year from 1,000 applicants.

Showcase your work

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.


Careers / Further study

Our students enter careers in the arts, design and craft across the creative industries. A significant number set up their own business in adventurous areas of print. Others join design teams and work in arts administration, public arts commissions, project coordination or curating. Many go on to teaching and further study, including PGCEs, MAs and PhDs.

Peer groups formed during the course often continue beyond university and develop into partnerships and business ventures.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - careers in the creative arts sector


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year400
Optional Field Trip - (Maximum Cost)500

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • 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: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Portfolio and selection session

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.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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