BA(Hons) Drawing and Print (with Foundation Year)

student painting on canvas
Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Art and Design
City Campus
Four years
Programme leader
Julian Scott

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the BA(Hons) Fine Art (with Foundation Year) or BA(Hons) Illustration (with Foundation Year) course page.

Page last updated 31 July 2020


Nurturing personal vision, creativity and technical skills for the artists of the future.

Why study drawing and print?

The creative industries need artists with high-level creative and technical skills, professional awareness and imagination.

Studying drawing and print encourages you to nurture your unique vision, build a professional studio practice, and become a strong visual communicator.

You'll explore the rich relationships between drawing, painting and printmaking, and graduate equipped to take your skills into many areas of the arts and creative industries.

Why UWE Bristol?

For artists who want to excel creatively and technically in the fine arts, BA(Hons) Drawing and Print offers a specialist 2D fine art degree.

The course will give you the freedom to express your own unique voice. You'll learn in studios at Bower Ashton and Arnolfini from practising artists with international reputations.

You'll enjoy access to our world-class print facilities - all part of our City Campus.

This course pushes boundaries. Exploring relationships between drawing, painting and printmaking, you'll learn high-level skills, in both traditional and digital methods.

Discover how the fine art world works, participate in exhibitions and test yourself outside the University.

Gain valuable practical experience through placements, collaborations and group projects. 

Attend talks by nationally and internationally-recognised visiting fine artists.

Grow your practice in your own workspace. Discover your identity as an artist. Find your context within art history and the art school heritage of the South West. Join the vibrant creative community here in Bristol.

Focusing on the avenues that interest you, 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.

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

Plus, two optional modules from:

  • Developing Practice in Drawing and Print or International Exchange
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Drawing and Print 2 or Collaborate.

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

Through lectures, seminars, workshops and exhibitions, you'll work with highly engaged tutors, engage with peer and self-assessment, and contribute meaningfully to your group.

In your first year, you'll be based at Bower Ashton, alongside UWE Bristol's world-class printmaking facilities. From Year two, you'll join the Arnolfini studios, overlooking Bristol's thriving harbourside.

Learn skills for painting, drawing and printmaking, from analogue to digital.

Build an extensive knowledge of 2D artists' materials and preparation, composition, colour, art history, curating and presentation.

Craft your skills as a researcher, working with professional artists with national and international profiles, and strong connections to our MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking and Centre for Fine Print Research.

Talks and masterclasses highlight future careers and give you access to practical projects and work experience. You'll learn to promote yourself, pitch your ideas, make publications and set up as a creative business.

Follow students' work on Instagram.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

See students' work on our flickr and Tumblr.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Student success

Our students have won awards in various competitions, including the Jerwood Student Drawing Prize, the Student Prize at the RWA DRAWN exhibition, the Rawlinson Award, the Dumfries Residency and the Kinglake-Jones Drawing Prize.

Three students were recently accepted at The Prince's Drawing School in London and others exhibited at Emerging Methodologies and Analysis of 'X' in Bristol; and Who's afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue in Belgium.

Get involved

Look forward to opportunities to network, exhibit, lead workshops, get known, and collaborate in Bristol and beyond.

Apply for a bursary to become a member of the Spike Associates' artists professional development scheme. Apply for a British Council Venice Fellowship or study in an art college overseas.


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*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical 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.

Study exchange

Grow your personal and professional network, and develop specialist subject knowledge by spending a semester at one of our fantastic partner universities abroad.

Increase your confidence, intercultural communication skills and boost your employability.

Explore our study abroad pages to find out more.


We organise study trips to galleries in London and Oxford to see exhibitions and collections, as well as optional trips overseas. We have been to Norway, Sweden and Belgium in recent years. Students recently joined MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking students to visit and tour Curwen Studio in London, meeting master printmakers and artists.

Study facilities

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

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

You could take your skills into many areas of the arts and creative industries.

Many students set up their own creative 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. The course has particularly strong links with our MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking.

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.


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: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are requirement to have a mimimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Drawing and Print.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages.

Selection process

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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