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BA (Hons) Art and Design Multidisciplinary

Programme Description

UCAS Code: C22

Course Code: W000

The Art and Design Multidisciplinary degree programme at Carmarthen School of Art, Coleg Sir Gar enables students to develop their own bespoke degree, selecting a combination of modules chosen from two of our specialist degrees targeting their own specific talents and interests. For example, sculpture and digital illustration; fashion and textiles; ceramics & jewellery and photography. 

It can be on occasions, understandably difficult for students to choose a degree if they have diverse artistic strengths, interests and abilities, and selecting one specialist degree can mean that they forfeit one interest in the pursuit of another. The idea therefore that they may combine their talents under the umbrella of a Multidisciplinary degree can be very appealing.

However, it is not a degree to be undertaken without a great deal of thought. The Multidisciplinary student must be good at time management and be well organised. They should be willing to socialise and interact with a variety of student groups as their personal timetable will cross into different specialist programmes. This interaction between two distinct disciplines develops opportunities for innovation, enables students to work across both art and design contexts and lead to diverse, exciting and multifaceted creative practice.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  3 years full-time; part-time study available

  Jobs Well Campus

Programme Features

Carmarthen School of Art is known for its ‘family’ atmosphere, we offer an open door policy where students are encouraged to discuss proposed modules with experienced tutors before formalising their programme of study. Class sizes are small and tutor contact is second to none. You will have and individual workspace and access to specific studios and workshops linked to the departments you intend to study across. Please refer to Programme Descriptor and Features specific to your two chosen specialist degree departments for further information.

The course supports the development of your studio practice with an emphasis on craft and skill. Lectures and contextual dialogue enables you to position yourself and your practice in terms of art history and contemporary critical thought, so that you will be equipped with the tools to map and research your own interests. Frequent opportunities for public exhibitions, events, competitions and live projects (depending on modules selected) prepare you professionally for a wide range of potential careers.

All these skills are transferable across a range of professional contexts.  Students attend workshops during their first year where they learn skills by means of experimentation in a relaxed and inclusive teaching environment.

Programme Content

Year 1 – A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises of eight modules in total, four are compulsory and students then select four across their two chosen disciplines.  Compulsory modules cover Developing Visual Language, Study Skills & Developing Critical and Contextual Language, Theories of Aesthetics and Creative Project. For the four optional modules please refer to the programme content detail of the two specialist degrees you are interested in.

Year 2 – A developmental year devised to allow you to apply the skills gained in year one to identify personal strengths and areas of interest within a range of industry relevant contexts. The year comprises of five modules in total, three are compulsory and students then select two across their two chosen disciplines.  Compulsory modules cover Professional Skills, Visual and Material Culture and Specialist Project.For the two optional modules please refer to the programme content detail of the two specialist degrees you are interested in.

Year 3 – A personal negotiated brief which allows you to consolidate your practice and build a portfolio in preparation for future progression and personal ambitions. The year comprises of four modules all based upon individual projects: Visual Research Methodology, Theoretical Perspectives from Practice, Professional Skills: Enterprise & Employability and Major Project; culminating in an opportunity to showcase your work in a final degree show.

Progression & Employment

This is influenced by the specialist fields of the two chosen degree programmes. Freelance artist or designer with the potential for mixed media practice, entrepreneur, educator, design management, community artist, events management, art therapist, arts administration exhibition curator, post-graduate study (MA, PhD), etc.

Method of Assessment

Assessment is on-going through workshop plenary sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment with aural and written feedback.

Entry Requirements

Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.

Selection procedures

All applicants need to apply online through UCAS, our UCAS Institution code is C22 and course code is W000. Offers will be made based on the UCAS application, predicted grades (if applicable), UCAS reference and one to one interview. Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. Due to developing a relationship with you from the start our drop-out rates are minimal. As we continuously strive to turn students into successful professional practitioners.

Mature applicants with relevant prior experience are welcome and are considered on an individual basis. International students will be interviewed by video conferencing.

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Additional Costs

There is no additional Studio fee. However, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for specialist materials, printing and for course related excursions.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.  The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.

Find out more about the Graduate Attributes Framework