School of the Arts

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Showcase your talents in well-equipped facilities

The University of Bolton School of Arts is home to a huge range of imaginative and original subjects, from English to Fashion to Fine Art, that Eton University is excited to share with you. The faculty understand what it is to create, and will guide you through the process of planning, designing, creating and showcasing your work in the university’s well-equipped facilities. The Innovation Factory contains 2D and 3D workshops, with a huge variety of materials to incorporate. Direct and act in the university’s own theatre in the Queen’s Specialist Building, and enjoy the iconic Senate House building, which is home to design workshops. The School of Art is in the top ten in the UK for staff-to-studio ratio, ensuring you receive all the support you need while studying. With industry links, purpose-built modules preparing you for working in creative fields, and a series of showcases displaying student work, you’ll graduate excited for a career in the Arts.


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Bachelors Degrees

English BA (Hons)

Rated first in the UK for Student Satisfaction by the Good University Guide 2018, Bolton’s English courses bring your love for literature to the forefront of your qualification. Modules range from introductions to scholarly fields to highly-specific looks at your favourite genres, giving you the chance to delve deep into chosen topics while having a thorough understanding of the wider context. With Bolton’s Octagon Theatre and Live Literature events, you have access to the local literary scene, providing invaluable help while you work on your own original ideas.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: Q300

  • Duration: 3 years

Creative Writing BA (Hons)

 

Nurture your craft in one of the UK’s top 20 universities for Creative Writing (The Guardian University Guide, 2018). There’s a reason that this University of Bolton qualification has the best Student Satisfaction in the North West (2018 Complete University Guide) – you’ll mix your own creative work with academic assignments and a work placement to make a degree that takes your writing out of your notebook and into the world. The university’s own literary magazine, The Bolton Review, and the Octagon Prize for outstanding achievement in writing drama will all be available for you to enter in your final year, for that final CV boost. Whether you see a future writing for stage, screen, or the bookstore shelves, this BA will get you where you want to be.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W800

  • Duration: 3 years

English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Mix critical expertise with creative know-how on this course that lets you read and learn at the same time. Modules such as Cultural Theory and the Introduction to Literature suite demonstrate the interplay between the wider cultural context of writing, which will allow you to situate your own work within a vast tradition. Guest lectures, behind-the-scenes experiences at the Octagon Theatre, and the department’s well-supported industry links mean you never feel isolated while working on your own material. Plus, small class sizes ensure you have personal and fruitful connections with your tutors, as well as other students on the course. 

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: QW38

  • Duration: 3 years

Art and Design BA (Hons)

 

The University of Bolton understand the importance of following your creative ambitions, and so this degree allows you to choose two art and design areas – from fine art, photography, graphic design, animation, illustration, textiles and surface design – to specialise in during your degree. Try something new or stick to your passions in modules such as Digital Creativity, Visual Literacy, and Design Practice. You’ll work in £10 million facilities containing studios, materials and up-to-date technology, giving you the perfect opportunity to bring your work to life.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: WW12

  • Duration: 3 years

Fine Art BA (Hons)

 

The success of the Bolton Fine Arts BA is proven, with graduates going on to win illustrious prizes, awards, and artists’ residencies. Follow in their footsteps and learn how your own abilities fit in with the grand artistic tradition under the guidance of experienced tutors. As well as theory, criticism, and self-reflection, you will foster your skills in workshops stocked with ceramic, casting, wood and metal and glass. Trips both to galleries around the UK and abroad will enhance your studies, too. You will finish your degree by exhibiting in Bolton School of the Arts’ Creative Showcase, demonstrating the excellent standard of work that is developed in the department.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W101

  • Duration: 3 years

Photography BA (Hons)

 

This practical, insightful BA aims to prepare you for working in photography. With tutors who have worked as professional photographs and have excellent industry links, you’ll work towards your aspirations in a career-focused way. With modules training you in key commercial trends – you will learn about the codes and conventions behind documentary, fashion, editorial, photojournalism, commercial advertising, portraiture, architectural, wildlife, landscape and fine art photography – you can use your creativity and the technical skills gained through workshops, lectures and labs. Guest lectures, internships, and opportunities for study trips all make sure you graduate ready for an exciting, creative career.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W640

  • Duration: 3 years

Animation and Illustration BA (Hons)

 

This modern and expert-led course is part of Bolton’s Drama, Dance and Cinematics group, which came a well-deserved first in the Complete University Guide 2018 for Student Satisfaction. The staff have worked for huge companies such as the BBC and Granada, and will help you make the most of modules such as Narrative Illustration, Advanced Studio Practice and Visual Literacy. You’ll use professional-level equipment in the university’s top-notch facilities, emulating the experience of working on a real show. With opportunities to present your work at festivals and galleries, this course provides everything necessary for your entry into a challenging yet fun career.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: WW26

  • Duration: 3 years

Textiles and Surface Design BSc (Hons)

Historically, Bolton has had strong industrial links to textile manufacturing. However, our students don’t just think locally – with graduates and students winning prestigious awards all over the globe, including at Surtex New York, and taking part in trips to Paris and London, this course encourages learners to dream big and aim high. The research-engaged faculty offer modules such as Employability and Enterprise, Digital Creativity, and Advanced Textile and Studio Practice, with one eye on life after graduation. Guest speakers from companies that embody different areas of textile expertise, including Hermes and Habitat, have given our students inside knowledge on success in this artistic, hands-on field.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W321

  • Duration: 3 years

Fashion BA (Hons)

Be at the cutting edge of fashion design – literally. You’ll learn techniques such as pattern cutting, garment manufacture, fashion illustration and visualisation techniques, and the application of surface design and embellishment, in the professional facilities at the University of Bolton. They recognise the importance of industry engagement, too. Using tools such as the Worth Global Style Network, your work will be informed by trends, consumer analysis, and the faculty’s business links. At the end of your degree you’ll have had the opportunity to take part in Graduate Fashion Week as well as competitions like the Bradford Textile Society Awards and the Clothes Show.  

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W260

  • Duration: 3 years

Film and Media Production BA (Hons)

With Salford’s Media City being the best location outside of London to start your media career, Bolton is ideally situated to provide you with all the necessary knowledge to excel. You’ll gain practical experience using incredible facilities such as video editing suites, sound recording facilities, HD film equipment, and two fully-equipped studios with lighting rigs, screens and equipment. Media theory will inform your projects, ensuring you have a full theoretical underpinning for the choices you make. No matter where in the production chain you see your future job, your broad range of experience will make you a valuable, well-prepared graduate.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 16/09/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS code: P410

  • Duration: 3 years

Screenwriting and Media Production BA (Hons)

This diverse, practical course takes you out of the writer’s room and gives you vital experience in all areas of media production – from directing to photography to editing. As a screenwriter, understanding the genre is crucial, and the experienced faculty offer modules such as Digital Cultures, Screen Culture, and Exploring Storytelling and Narrative to prepare you for the challenges you might face. You will graduate with a portfolio to show to potential employers, whether in Salford’s Media City or beyond, and industry experiences and contacts to smooth your transition from student to in-demand media professional.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 21/09/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: P400

  • Duration: 3 years

Graphic Design and Photography BA (Hons)

 

One of Bolton’s creative courses that score in the UK top ten for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2018), you’ll learn a suite of modern and marketable skills in this course that blends two disciplines together. Using graphic design software along with screen, multimedia and print-based graphics, you will be able to blend your visual skills together with theory to create portfolio-level work. You will also use the University of Bolton’s amazing photography facilities, which include darkrooms, a dedicated computer suite with a high output printing facility and four studios with specialist lighting.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS code: WWG6

  • Duration: 3 years

Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

The University of Bolton’s Theatre and Performance qualification has been designed with the Octagon Theatre, meaning that industry know-how and employability skills are built in to every facet of your learning experience. Every year of your course, you will be engaged with and observe the production process of two plays at the Octagon. Alongside this, you’ll gain a thorough background in the theory behind this age-old field. As well as all of these fantastic features, Olivier-award-winning Professor David Thacker is a jewel in the crown of the Theatre faculty, bringing decades of expertise (including being Director-in-Residence at the RSC) to the department.

  • UCAS points: 104

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W420

  • Duration: 3 years

Graphic Design BA (Hons)

If you see yourself working in PR, advertising, marketing, or another artistic field entirely, Graphic Design is an in-demand skill for modern employees to have in their repertoire. The University of Bolton, which is in the top five in the UK for staff-to-student ratio, will support you as you learn how to use professional-level software and equipment to create work that fits live industry briefs. Bolton School of the Arts’ Creative Showcase offers you a change to display your portfolio of work during your final year, while guest speakers and opportunities for trips to galleries and conferences provide you a wider context for your creativity.

  • UCAS points: 96

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: BA (Hons)

  • UCAS code: W210

  • Duration: 3 years

Masters Degrees

Fine Art MA

The University of Bolton Fine Art MA has a track record of producing incredibly successful students, with graduates winning first prize in the NADFAS awards, public art commissions, and awards in national and international art gallery shows. Former students also founded Neo:artists, a contemporary art group whose facilities and mentoring will accompany your studies as you embark on this Masters course. You will work in the Bolton studios under the guidance of your own supervisor, your work enhanced by modules in critical thinking. The thriving creative scene in Bolton and the North West provides the perfect place for you to transition, as many of our graduates have, into an Art professional upon graduation.

  • Eligibility: a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject; alternative qualifications may be considered; IELTS 6.5

  • Start date: 23/09/2019

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: MA

  • Duration: 1 year

Photography MA

Focused on rigorous practice and employability, this MA has produced graduates that have gone on to showcase their work at an international level. The experienced, skilled faculty has links to many galleries, museums, and organisations, giving you the chance to make your first steps into life as a working photographer. Plus, high-standard guest lecturers like John Bulmer, Chris Coekin, Geoff Dyer, Francis Hodgson, Brian Griffin, Dewi Lewis, Ian McMillan, Simon Roberts, Pieter Van der Houwen and Tom Wood have all spoken to our students, imparting the sort of knowledge that cannot be gained anywhere else.

  • Eligibility: a 2:1 degree in Photography; at least a 2:1 degree in any subject as well as significant professional experience in the industry; or at least a 2:1 degree in a related subject with a major project in photography; or significant experience in the field of photography

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020

  • Location: The University of Bolton

  • Award: MA

  • Duration: 1 year

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