Art and Design courses in the UK
Introduction to Art and Design
Art and Design courses will hone the studio skills associated with becoming an artist alongside an exploration of the theoretical, historical and critical foundations of the subject. Studio-based work is central and can include painting, sculpture, installation, printing, photography and digital media, with students specialising in their own area of interest. Universities often invite professional artists and critics to talk to students, whose studio work often culminates in a public display of final year students' art. Some universities will also require a dissertation.
Design degrees vary. You might take graphic design, illustration, textiles, interior design, fashion design, product design, animation, furniture design, jewellery design, computer games design or theatre design.
Careers in Art and Design
Art and Design graduates are employed as photographers, graphic designers, interior designers and website designers. They work in multimedia, publishing, advertising, museums and galleries, fashion, and the film industry. Some art graduates go on to become professional artists or to teach the subject, while others work in computer games. Design graduates often work in the field in which they specialised at university.
What are the entry requirements for Art and Design?
Most courses do not specify what subjects you should have studied at school but some insist on achievement in an art-related subject, and studying art and history of art until you leave school will stand you in good stead. You will certainly need a personal portfolio. This is a collection of drawings and documents that represent your art work and show you are unique, creative and imaginative. You do not need to provide all your work, just a representative collection. You can include sketchbooks and samples to show how your ideas developed into your final pieces. You will most likely need to succeed at interview to gain entry.
For international students wishing to study Art and Design at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.0 score generally required at most universities.
At post graduate level, an undergraduate degree or equivalent is needed and an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.5 score generally required.
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Where can I study Art and Design in the UK?
To learn more about some of the best Art and Design universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Art and Design universities:
- University College London
- Brunel University
- University of Oxford
- Lancaster University
- Newcastle University
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Reading
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- University of Brighton
- Kingston University
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