University Centre Weston announces recruitment for the CAPS Degree Course

The Creative Arts Faculty at University Centre Weston (UCW) is presently extending recruitment for its exceptionally successful and  innovative Foundation Degree and BA Honours programmes in Contemporary Art & Professional Studies (CAPS) which have been seen as “…innovative (fine art) programmes… with ‘good practice’ which could be shared ‘nationally at conferences”   (Dr Jane Norris, External Examiner 2014-15)This two-year full-time (3 year part time) course offers a unique through-line of study especially designed to cater for direct entry students, thus bypassing the entry requirement of a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.From the FdA students can then progress level to our BA (Hons) top-up year, with the potential to then join our Masters Degree in Creative Enterprise (MACE), which is currently under development.

The unique feature of both the FdA and BA (Hons) programmes is the teaching and philosophy which underpins it, which equips students with the kind of skills they will need, not only to develop and define their creative voice, but also to evolve the entrepreneurial capability needed to set themselves up in creative business or gain employment in a related field.

The Contemporary Art and Professional Studies FdA/BA are delivered at University Centre Weston in partnership with the awarding body, Bath Spa University, and are well-established, highly regarded programmes. The programmes benefit from high-end technology and equipment, bespoke workshops, digital suites and dedicated studio spaces.  We also have at our disposal the combined experience of a wide variety of subject specific industry professionals, all of whom combine their teaching with continued practice in their field.

UCW provides excellent student learning opportunities and is nationally recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency and HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence Framework, for the excellence of its teaching and learning support services, which enable students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to maximise their potential.

The effectiveness of this approach to creative development and professional practice is demonstrated by the various shows and commissions our students have engaged with to date.  For example, recently, a student was commissioned by the Order of St John to produce a bronze portrait bust of the Duke of Gloucester (a cast of which is on show in Kensington Palace). BA students have established successful independent or collaborative businesses, and a number of well-reviewed shows have been staged in Bristol by year 2 students.

We believe that this course genuinely prepares students to be authentically creative and employable in the future and for that reason we would very much like to visit you and share with you and your students, the philosophy underpinning this course.   During recent years, the students have furnished us with “unanimous praise for the course and for their educational experience at UCW” and we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this and show examples of the variety of creative practices and employability options, gained by our graduates.

lease do not hesitate to contact Terence Wilson-Fletcher to book a visit from a member of the CAPS team or to arrange a visit to Creative Arts Campus.

Terence Wilson-Fletcher MA (Bris, Hist); MA RAS; PGCE FHEA

Curriculum Coordinator FDA & BA Contemporary Art and Professional Studies

Creative Arts

University Centre Weston, University Campus, Loxton Road, Weston-Super-Mare

01934 411 627