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Drawing and Print (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Art and Design
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Four years
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 4 July 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?

During the first year of this course, you'll study at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus. From the second year of your course onwards, you'll be based 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 two, 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



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total), and focus on developing students as creative practitioners across the spectrum of art and design disciplines.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Drawing and Making
  • Developmental Projects
  • Foundation Project
  • Academic Skills.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Across Years one, two and three of the course (below), Professional Practice/Work Experience modules allow you to explore and effectively engage with industry and professional outcomes as an emerging practitioner.

Year one

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 two

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 two provides a series of structured lectures and events designed to help you explore your potential for employment.

All students exhibit their work within UWE Bristol 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.

Final year

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 three 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.

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

During your initial year, you'll be studying at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus, which has the latest industry standard software. During this year you'll have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the next year of your course you'll be studying at the City Campus at Arnolfini, which 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

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

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • 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 one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review.  We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability.

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).

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Drawing and Print course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.

Please see the general information about applications.

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