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What makes Art & Design at Worcester special?

Art & Design is available to study in combination with several other subjects as a joint honours degree.

With the explosion of new and exciting opportunities in art and design created by the ongoing digital revolution, these are exciting times for artists with the skills and creative flair to frame a thought and imagine the world anew.

From graphic, sound and object design, to animation and illustration, to enquiries in to architectural and spacial design, you will develop skills in working with different materials and technologies, as well as the studio time needed to give expression to your imagination.

As your studies progress and your portfolio grows, opportunities to exhibit your work and share your expertise with the world mean that you don’t have to wait until you graduate to enhance your professional profile.

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Key features

  • The Garage: our purpose-built studios are perfect for developing your skills and expertise
  • Explore a variety of media and practices in your first year and then develop specialisms in your second and third year
  • Research trips to some of the world’s top arts destinations. In recent years Rome, Florence, New York and Berlin have all been on the schedule
  • Celebrate your achievements and showcase your talent with our final year Degree Show, housed within the Georgian splendour of the Charles Hastings Building. A prestigious private view opens the exhibition, your chance to share your work with top industry professionals
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The staff at The Garage Studios were always so helpful and supportive in helping me to further understand where my practice was headed. I would not have been able to achieve that without the staff consistently supporting me every step of the way.

Chelsea Amber Kicks, Art and Design BA graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points


Other information

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Art and Design Practices 1
  • Digital Practices in Contemporary Art and Design 1
  • Visual Enquiry


  • Materials. Form and Space
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Art and Design Practices 2
  • Digital Practices in Contemporary Art and Design 2 
  • Visual Research          


  • Art in Context 
  • Negotiated Practice
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre           

Year 3


  • Independent Study 
  • Negotiated Project          
  • Research and Professional Presentation           
  • Art and Design Practices 3
  • Art and Design Practices 4

As a result of my study so far I've several possibilities to explore before choosing the future direction of my career- illustration, visual arts, teaching, advertising, animation and film-making.

Anika Patzelt

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Develop your creative potential through exploration, experimentation, evaluation and application of a range of different practices and materials.
  • Acquire the skills to be able to originate, design and develop ideas through to final productions.
  • Evaluate and reflect on your practice and situate it within the contemporary contexts of art and design.
  • Research and investigate your field of study with regard to political, social, economic, legal, ethical and technological considerations.
  • Prepare yourself for employment through placement projects and learning and your acquisition of a professional practice.


Assessment is student-centred and the emphasis is on you becoming an independent learner throughout the programme. You keep a learning journal in each module, enabling you to reflect on your learning and your achievement. You will be supported by 'learning teams' and each major project is assessed by means of self-assessment, peer assessment and negotiated tutor assessment.




Final Year Art Shows

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The Worcester Degree Shows are the culmination of work from students on the University of Worcester's arts courses.

Teaching and the Curriculum

You will learn through lectures, learning groups, workshops, seminars and tutorials, all taught in dedicated studio spaces for fine art, textiles, ceramics and graphic design and multi-media.

The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing your creative practice through engagement with a range of art and design disciplines. This will enable you to acquire skills and subject knowledge appropriate to your individual areas of interest.

You will be encouraged to work on ‘live’ projects suitable to your individual practice and will be supported in this through seminar sessions with visiting professional artists and designers who have professional links with the creative industries and relevant business experience.

Lecturers contributing to the course are professional artists, who variously practise as as painters, sculptors, printmakers, curators, designers, digital image makers, photographers, ceramicists, public artists or multimedia artists.

  • Practice-led, studio-based learning which includes talks, seminars, workshops and demonstrations, tutorials, group and individual project work, supervised independent study, open and resource-based learning, e-learning, production practice, work experience and placements, field trips and gallery visits.
  • Teaching involves a range of large, small and individual, one-to-one sessions that support development of each student’s specific practice and creativity, with an emphasis on student- led learning after the first year.
  • Learning opportunities focus on developing practical skills and processes as well as enabling active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection.
  • Guest speakers and visits to galleries are an integral part of the learning process.

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Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Dr James Fisher

    Research interests: Painting and printmaking with a particular focus on the relationships between poetry and painting and music.

    James trained at the Royal College of Art (1995-7) and was given an Abbey Scholarship in Painting at the British School at Rome in 2001. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Gloucestershire in 2009 following a series of exhibitions that explored connections between painting, music and text, with particular reference to the poet John Clare and Schubert’s Winterreise. Recent solo exhibitions include My Hopes are Not Entirely Hopeless, Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2009 and Uchiwa-e at the Eagle Galley, London, 2011. James has had studios in London, Rome and Canada and now lives and works in Gloucestershire.

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    Dr Richard Allen

    Richard joined the department in 2012. He is currently completing a PhD in Object Theatre at Aberystwyth University and is engaged in a number of on-going research projects addressing questions of nonhuman performativity, animation, materiality, and object agency. His wider research interests include: Landscape and Site-Specific Art, Material Culture Studies, Live Art and Performance, Sound and Sonic Arts, Electronic and Noise Music, Digital Arts, and the Bio-Objects of Tadeusz Kantor.

    His research has been published in the Performance Research Journal and Dramatica and his practice has been presented at The National Review of Live Art (Tramway, Glasgow), Experimentica Festival (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff) and Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Performance company in residence with Showroom, 2010).

    He is currently working on the second part of a trilogy of works exploring the domestic garage as a place of performance. The first of the trilogy, Garage Band, was recently shown as Mayfest in Bristol and will go on a garage tour in the summer.

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    Sean Edwards

    Sean’s’ work investigates the sculptural potential of the everyday, often using remnants of previous activities as a starting point. In many of the works there is a sense of objects being in-progress, indeterminate and open to change. They function like propositions; the audience is invited to play a part in its creation. The completion is only ever realised in the exhibition environment which undermines the perception of the gallery as a space for fully achieved artworks closed to further development. The works always intentionally hold within themselves a sense of failure, often through the impoverished materials and techniques used. The seemingly incidental and casual nature of the work is a defining characteristic. Its origins traverse the bridge between studio and gallery and it is in this complex yet intrinsic relationship that Edwards’ practice lies. Using a cross-disciplinary approach Edwards’ practice can encompases installation, sculpture, film, artist books, public art and photography.



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    Jess Mathews

    Jess’ research-based practice typically exists between curating / producing, learning and outreach, and teaching. Alongside academic and personal inquiry she has adopted a variety of professional roles within visual arts organisations across Wales, including; Outcasting; Fourth Wall Artists Moving Image Festival; LightsGoingOn; Artes Mundi 5 & 6; Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales; Wales in Venice 2013; Oriel Davies Gallery; and Wales Artist Resource Programme at g39.

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    Maureen Gamble

    Maureen’s research interests are around the role of Place and the archive as trope within contemporary art practice. She is currently an Associate member of Spike Island studios in Bristol and of the PLaCe Research group; Space, Place Practice based at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

    In August 2012 she was Artist-in-residence at Rauzet Priory, South West France, and an exhibition of her work using 1930’s archived records was held at Himley Hall, Staffordshire during June and July 2012.

    From 2009 to 2011, she was artist-in-residence at Worcester Cathedral, which culminated in an exhibition of her work in January 2011. She presented her work in an exhibition of artists’ books, Library Book Project, held at the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England in January 2010 and has exhibited her work at many other venues throughout the UK.

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    Pippa Galpin

    Pippa Galpin studied for her BA at London University and went on complete her MA in Ceramic Design at Bath Spa University. Pippa’s current PhD research focuses on the potential of clay to explore Worcester Cathedral from a haptic perspective. She has recently completed a two year residency at Worcester Cathedral, which culminated in an exhibition of work presented in the Cathedral. Recent exhibitions include her participation in Open West in Cheltenham and in Fresh 2009, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent.

    Pippa is currently undertaking a PhD at Bath Spa University, considering the notion of a ‘haptic landscape’ in relation to the study of place. She works with clay, which becomes her research tool and the pieces the results of her exploration.

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    Janet Harrison

    Janet Harrison’s teaching and research interests range widely and include pedagogical research and developments within the broad fields of art and design. Her academic research focuses on women writers and artists of the 1920s and 1930s. Current work in progress is on the war photography of Lee Miller.

    Janet teaches Critical and Contextual Practices modules at all three undergraduate levels; modules emphasise the ever-changing cultural and theoretical paradigms underpinning current art and design practices. Janet is Course Leader for Art and Design.


Where could it take you?

Where could it take you?

Graduates from the course have had success in a variety of careers in the arts as well as in going on to study at postgraduate level at various universities including the Royal College of Arts. There are a range of career pathways opens to students from a Art and Design course including becoming artists, publishing, curators, writers, arts therapy, multimedia design, photographers, arts administration and teaching. Increasingly, graduates are undertaking a variety of freelance commissions, setting up their own studio and gallery spaces and running their own businesses.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

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Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Joint Honours:
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and
Art & Design BA - WN19 BA/ArtHtg
Art & Design and Drama & Performance
BA - WW94 BA/ArtDrPS
Art & Design and Education Studies
BA - WX93 BA/ArtEds
Art & Design and English Literature
BA - WQ93 BA/ArtEng
Art & Design and Illustration
BA - WF90 BA/ArDeIll
Art & Design and Media & Culture
BA - WP13 BA/ArtMcs
Art & Design and Psychology
BA - WC98 Mod/ArPs
Art & Design and Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education - V500

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Course leaders

Dr Rich Allen
Dr James Fisher