Drawing and Print (with Foundation Year)
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Art and Design
- City Campus
- Four years
- Study abroad:
- Programme leader:
- Julian Scott
- 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 13 August 2019
Why study drawing and print?
The fields of drawing, painting and printmaking are expanding and need professionals with high-level creative and technical skills.
Studying drawing and print teaches you valuable problem-solving, teamwork and creative thinking skills. You'll become a strong visualiser who can successfully communicate ideas and concepts through your artwork.
Why study this course?
Learn from practising fine artists in a professional studio environment, on a course that consistently ranks highly in the National Student Survey (NSS). Access UWE Bristol's City Campus and its exceptional facilities.
This course pushes boundaries. Explore your creativity and the relationship between the fine art practices, while gaining high-level skills in traditional drawing, painting and printmaking.
Learn how the fine art world works and test yourself outside the university. Gain valuable practical experience through work placements, collaborations and live projects throughout the course.
Attend talks and contributions from nationally and internationally recognised visiting fine artists. Conceptualise, organise and promote a themed show as part of an artists' group.
You'll graduate equipped, academically and practically, for a broad range of exciting careers.
Where can it take me?
Our students enter careers across the contemporary fine art field. Many establish their own studios and exhibitions.
Others 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.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Drawing and Making
- Developmental Projects
- Foundation Project
- Academic Skills.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Introduction to Drawing and Print
- Critical Perspectives
- Exploring Practice in Drawing and Print
- Professional Practice and Work Experience in Drawing and Print.
You will study:
- Developing Practice in Drawing and Print
- Creative Analysis
- Professional Practice and Work Experience in Drawing and Print 2
Plus, one optional module from:
- Developing Practice in Drawing and Print 2
- International Exchange.
You will study:
- 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
This course stimulates your ability to learn and encourages a high level of critical reflection. Through workshops, projects, seminars, lectures and tutorials, you'll engage with peer- and self-assessment and contribute meaningfully to your group.
Our Level 1 Drawing and Print studios are based at our Bower Ashton campus, grounding your first year directly alongside UWE Bristol's world-class printmaking facilities and technicians. You'll have opportunities to develop your relationship with second and third year students through a shared lecture and workshop programme at Arnolfini, our partner in contemporary visual arts.
After the first year, you will join the Arnolfini studios, overlooking Bristol's thriving harbourside. Experienced tutors and visiting artists will offer support, guidance and suggestions on how to develop your practice, supporting you to choose modules that reflect your particular strengths, abilities and ambitions. You will explore concepts and applications relating to the practice of drawing and print; learn about studio practices; study the interrelated disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking; and study artist books, photography and fabrication techniques in wood and metal.
Visual Culture lectures and seminars are programmed alongside students from other courses. You will develop a rigorous critical approach to your work and the work of others, and foster an understanding of collaboration between disciplines that will be valuable when you leave university.
Talks from visiting speakers highlight future career options and offer the opportunity to build valuable skills through practical projects and work experience.
Exhibit your work within UWE Bristol and at external locations, and graduate fully aware of the business and working processes in your chosen area of creative practice.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Test your readiness commercially through competitions. Our students have won awards in various competitions, including the Jerwood Student Drawing Prize.
Sarah Hardwick won the Student Prize at the RWA DRAWN exhibition, a national compilation of the best drawing in the UK and has also been awarded The Royal Drawing School Dumfries House Residency 2018.
Aaron Dando received the Rawlinson Award and two pieces were purchased by the Society of Wood Engravers for their permanent collection.
Three students were recently accepted at The Prince's Drawing School in London. Only 25 students are accepted from 1,000 applicants each year.
You can expect to be assessed through projects, essays, group presentations and visual presentations. There are no exams.
You'll write critical evaluations and analyse your own work through the course, relating it to the broader context of drawing and applied arts practice.
Marks from modules taken in Year two and Final year count towards your final degree.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
We have strong links with the creative industries in the region. Complete work placements, internships and volunteering opportunities with studios across the region.
Professional practice and work experience modules also allow you to learn from industry.
Go on European and international trips and field studies during the course. We recently visited Norway, Sweden and Belgium.
We have exceptional printing facilities and a national reputation for screenprinting, lithography, relief print, etching and digital print.
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.
Visual culture modules and a range of guest lectures are delivered at sites across City Campus.
Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.
A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
Choose from careers in the arts across the creative industries.
Many students set up their own print businesses. Friendships formed during the course often continue beyond university and develop into partnerships and business ventures.
Others join design teams and work in arts administration, public arts commissions, project coordination or curating.Some go on to teaching and further study, including PGCEs, MAs and PhDs.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||420|
|Optional Field Trip - (Maximum Cost)||500|
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.
We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.
- Tariff points: 48
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component.
- 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.
Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review. We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability. For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Drawing and Print course.
Our Art and Design foundation courses will give you the skills and confidence to find out what type of artist you are, as well as delivering a specific module that will improve your English language and help you adjust to studying in the UK.
Find out our country specific requirements on our Country Information pages.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333