Bath SPA University

Bath School of Art and Design is a beautiful place to learn. It prepares you for a creative career better than anywhere else. Its lecturers and facilities get you ready with the skills and knowledge you need to challenge the established order.

We believe in individuals and aim to provide the space and time for people to think and do. At the School horizons expand and knowledge deepens through exploration in ideas, experimentation in process, engagement with the Creative Industries, and from the exceptional academic and technical support.

We value skills developed from research, observation, reflection and drawing, so we have the equipment and facilities to develop these skills through processes and materials to successful creative outputs.

From age old, artisan printing techniques to cutting edge 3D printing technology, our facilities are some of the best to be found anywhere in the world. In each discipline we encourage depth of subject understanding, yet a multidisciplinary approach, and the range of exceptional equipment and workshops in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, print, photography, plastic, casting, paint, fashion and digital technologies support this experience.

Head of School

Professor Anita Taylor is a practicing artist, exhibition organiser, published writer and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design. Anita studied Foundation in Art and Design at Mid-Cheshire College of Art (1980-81), BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting (First Class) at Gloucestershire College of Art (1981-84) and MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (1985-87). She was Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral (1987-88); Cheltenham Fellow in Painting (1988-89), and Artist-in-Residence at the National Art School Sydney with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (2004). She is currently an Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney affiliated to Sydney College of the Arts.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Fashion Design
Bachelor of Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Arts in Fashion Portfolio
Master of Arts in Fashion: Textiles
Master of Arts in Curatorial Practice

Noteworthy Alumni

Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer, Sir Howard Hodgkin, artist, Turner Prize winner, Dame Anita Roddick, businesswoman, founder of The Body Shop

Life in Bath

Bath is beautiful. There’s no other word for it. It’s the only city in England to qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to some of the country’s most stunning architecture. As a student, though, you will get the chance to explore beyond the major tourist attractions and discover the hidden wealth of interesting and inexpensive shops, markets, cafes and restaurants. Bath is easy to reach, whether you are on the Sion Hill campus (within walking distance of the centre), or the Newton Park campus (where a bus service runs regularly from the campus into the town centre, into the early hours of the morning).

Art, craft and design fairs are permanent fixtures on the events calendar, and are fascinating whether you're a collector or a browser.

Tuition and Scholarship Information

The tuition fee that you pay will differ according to your fee status.  Your fee status is dependent upon where you come from, where you have lived for the three years immediately before the start of your course, which course you study, where you study, your mode of study and even your immigration status if applicable. For scholarship information click here and to find out more about tuition fees click here.

Graduate Fashion Shows