An abstract drawing


Drawing and Print (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
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 14 February 2018


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?

BA(Hons) Drawing and Print is based at the Arnolfini, on Bristol's historic waterfront. Situated above this renowned centre for contemporary art, you'll be at the heart of Bristol's creative and cultural community.

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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



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.

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.

Year two

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.

Final year

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. We expect you to take part in workshops, projects, seminars, lectures and tutorials. You'll engage with peer and self-assessment and contribute meaningfully to your group.

Meet experienced tutors and visiting artists who will offer support, guidance and suggestions on how to develop your practice. Choose modules that reflect your particular strengths, abilities and ambitions.

Explore concepts and applications relating to the practice of drawing and print. Learn about studio practices, including drawing, printmaking, painting, bookmaking, stitch, photography, fabrication techniques in wood and metal, and ceramics.

Attend visual culture lectures and seminars with students from other courses. 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.

Listen to talks from visiting speakers and find out about future career options and build valuable skills through practical projects and work experience.

Exhibit your work within UWE Bristol and at external locations.

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.

See students' work on our flickr and Tumblr.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Student success

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 your final year count towards your final degree.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



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.

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.

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.

Computing facilities and student support services are available at Arnolfini. Visual culture modules and a range of guest lectures are also delivered here and at other 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.

Get inspired

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.

Watch our film about related design courses at UWE Bristol.

See also:

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) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

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

Additional costs

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.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • 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.
  • 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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