Bath Spa University

Introduction

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Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push boundaries and ourselves. If that sounds good to you, you’ll fit in well.

Why Bath Spa?

Excellent Reputation

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Our origins date back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art, so we've built our reputation on more than 160 years of tradition and success. We're growing steadily too, with exciting courses and areas of reserch.

Well connected

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We have partnerships with businesses, organisations and institutions in every corner of the globe. You'll see our students at international conferences, tours and events, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Canadian "International Next Way". You'll leave Bath Spa as a global citizen with ambition, drive and focus.

Accessible to all

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Accessibility and equality is important to us. The unique study and social environment we offer is a key factor in our popularity. Our students come from a range of backgrounds and cultures, from all parts of this country and overseas, and with a variety of academic credentials.

The proof's in the statistics

  • Great graduate prospects: 93.7% of Bath Spa graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating (HESA: 2014/15 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, published 2016)
  • Top 5 for creativity: We’ve been voted one of the top five creative universities. (Which? University Student Survey 2016)
  • You’ll be safe here: We’re the 2nd safest university in the South West and 6th when ranked against nearly 130 other universities and higher education institutions across England and Wales. (Complete University Guide 2015)
  • Sustainability and environmental commitments: It doesn’t stop with the people – we care for our environment as well. Our Green Focus policies earned us a "First Class Honours". (People and Planet Green League 2015)
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MA in Advertising Practice

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

No other advertising course in the UK even comes close to this innovative MA. How can we make such a claim? Because this is the only course that brings copywriters, art directors and account planners together to work on a combination of course – and client – set “live” briefs. You’ll also have the opportunity to lead teams of undergraduate advertising students, mirroring the professional creative team-leadership role. [+]

The UK’s most innovative advertising course, for copywriters, art directors, and account planners. Develop your portfolio and hone your specialist skills in a team atmosphere. Mentor junior teams – build leadership skills. Graduate with CV-ready agency experience. No other advertising course in the UK even comes close to this innovative MA. How can we make such a claim? Because this is the only course that brings copywriters, art directors and account planners together to work on a combination of course – and client – set “live” briefs. You’ll also have the opportunity to lead teams of undergraduate advertising students, mirroring the professional creative team-leadership role. Overview Whether you’re a writer, art director or planner, we’ve designed the course to help you improve your specialist skills while at the same time improving your ability to collaborate. Some of the modules are discipline-specific and others require you to work in teams – and lead junior associates – as creative leaders do in agencies. Course structure Research Methodologies Gain the tools to learn and document your learning. You’ll study how to conduct research, get the most out of libraries and databases, ethical issues in research and more A combination of specialist modules and business-focused modules Hone your specialist skills in copywriting, art direction or account planning. You’ll learn to speak the language of business to the world’s top marketing executives: your future clients. Final Project Present your final project to advertising executives at a major global advertising agency, and mentor undergraduate teams through... [-]

MA in Arts Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This flexible course adapts to the ever changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning. [+]

Gain professional experience in arts and cultural management, and develop your understanding of cultural policy and the creative economy. Taught by academic experts, and by experienced arts and cultural sector practitioners who help you develop professional contacts and networks. Includes work-based experience in arts and cultural organisations. Understand arts and cultural management in an international context. This flexible course adapts to the ever changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning. We’ll give you the unique opportunity to engage with an extensive range of regional, national and international arts and cultural organisations. These cover the full range of the creative industries including dance, theatre, music, digital creativity, fine art, fashion and heritage. You’ll graduate as a responsive, flexible and imaginative practitioner, equally comfortable in a variety of settings, adept at working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, and understand the arts and culture as a vital part of the wider economy. Overview Building on your own experience and background; you’ll expand your professional arts knowledge, management skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and creative leadership skills. Delivered in close collaboration with leading arts organisations, we’ll provide you with the theoretical framework, appropriate skills and practical experience to meet the challenges of working in your chosen field. You’ll cover theory, critical thinking and skills development as well as gaining practical experience. You’ll analyse debates in and about culture and the arts, and apply... [-]

MA in Business and Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

Gain a career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification through Bath Business School. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification. Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability. [+]

Become a business leader of the future with this MA Business and Management course. Specialist pathways in Marketing, Enterprise, Accounting, and International Business. Equips you with commercial acumen, knowledge, business and professional skills necessary to succeed. Prepares you to flourish in senior roles in the global business environment. Gain a career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification through Bath Business School. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification. Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability. Overview At an advanced level, you’ll study of a range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. Expect to enhance your academic research skills and practical management skills. You’ll need these in order to manage human resources, use complex organisational systems and face the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner. While independent study is key at Master’s level, Bath Spa University is a leading, teaching-focussed University, so we support you throughout your degree. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, assessments, guided study and individual and group tutorials with your lecturers. We make significant use of real-life case studies and examples, enlivening, enriching and contextualising your learning, and bring in external industry speakers wherever possible. Opportunities Field trips Where appropriate, we’ll organise field trips to enrich your learning. Work placements, industry links and internships We use simulated... [-]

MA in Business and Management (Entrepreneurship)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 32 months September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

Become a business leader of the future with this career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification with a specialism in entrepreneurship. [+]

Specialise in entrepreneurship studying this Bath Business School MA. Provides a solid foundation in business, combined with a named specialism in Entrepreneurship. Equips you with commercial acumen, knowledge, business and professional skills necessary to succeed. Prepares you to flourish in senior roles in the global business environment. Become a business leader of the future with this career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification with a specialism in entrepreneurship. Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability. Overview At an advanced level, you’ll study of a range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. You’ll also specialise by studying and researching within the field of entrepreneurship. Expect to enhance your academic research skills and practical management skills. You’ll need these in order to manage human resources, use complex organisational systems and face the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner. While independent study is key at Master’s level, Bath Spa University is a leading, teaching-focussed University, so we support you throughout your degree. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, assessments, guided study and individual and group tutorials with your lecturers. Opportunities Field trips Where appropriate, we’ll organise field trips to enrich your learning. Work placements, industry links and internships We use simulated work experience strategies that require... [-]

MA in Business and Management (Marketing)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 32 months September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

Become a business leader of the future with this career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification with a specialism in international business. [+]

Specialise in international business studying this Bath Business School MA. Provides a solid foundation in business, combined with a named specialism in Marketing. Equips you with commercial acumen, knowledge, business and professional skills necessary to succeed. Prepares you to flourish in senior roles in the global business environment. Become a business leader of the future with this career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification with a specialism in international business. Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability. Overview At an advanced level, you’ll study of a range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. You’ll specialise by studying and researching within the field of international business. Expect to enhance your academic research skills and practical management skills. You’ll need these in order to manage human resources, use complex organisational systems and face the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner. While independent study is key at Master’s level, Bath Spa University is a leading, teaching-focussed University, so we support you throughout your degree. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, assessments, guided study and individual and group tutorials with your lecturers. We make significant use of real-life case studies and examples, enlivening, enriching and contextualising your learning, and bring in external industry speakers wherever possible. Opportunities... [-]

MA in Creative Writing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. [+]

An MA designed to help you write a novel, collection of poems, collection of stories or work of non-fiction. Excellent record of helping students achieve publication. Widely regarded as one of the best courses of its kind. Taught by an extremely strong team of publishing writers. This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. Working with tutors and other writers on the course, you’ll develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors and broadcasters, as well as other writers. Due to the reputation of the MA in Creative Writing, we are able to recruit excellent students who form an exciting and mutually supportive community of writers every year. Overview You’ll learn: To plan a manuscript (a novel, collection of short stories, collection of poems or book of literary non-fiction) and complete it, or a substantial part of it, brought to publishable quality or as near as possible. To understand literary form, style and genre, as relevant to your chosen form of writing To acquire a variety of relevant writing techniques, and research techniques to support writing, and adapt them to your particular creative project. To understand and respond creatively to questions arising from the subject-matter, themes, genres, traditions and other literary contexts with which your chosen... [-]

MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. [+]

Study two distinctive genres in this unique and specialist postgraduate course. The only UK MA programme to integrate the study of both Crime Fiction and Gothic. Interdisciplinary and international in its approach to both genres. Led by tutors with established international reputations in their respective fields. *New for 2017, subject to final approval The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. The programme is deliberately international and interdisciplinary. You’ll study an imaginative choice of texts from Britain, Europe and the Americas, as well as investigating cutting-edge research and relevant theory. The MA is particularly suited to individuals who are interested in developing their critical and research skills in preparation for further study. It can also be pursued as an end in itself, if you’re interested in investigating crime writing and gothic at taught postgraduate level. What you'll learn You’ll explore the ways crime and Gothic enrich each other, focussing on both equally during the taught element of the MA. We’ll give you the opportunity to specialise for your final dissertation, if so desired. You’ll be taught the histories of the two genres, to ensure you have a good grounding, before moving on to consider contemporary and international examples from both genres. The programme will help strengthen your skills in comparison and criticism across genres, while allowing you to specialise in the genre of your choice. How will... [-]

MA in Curatorial Practice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators. [+]

Studying current theory and history, build your personal curatorial skills and thinking. Taught by curators, working with a rich group of diverse partner organisations in the sector. Combines contemporary practice with theory in a flexible approach. Highlights the roles of audiences, collections and new contexts. We focus on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. We ask what is it that makes the role of the curator distinct, and how do we understand the essentials of curating, when it has become such a buzzword. The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators. Overview The course covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of historical collections to creative curating of cutting edge contemporary art, craft and design. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds; we challenge you to develop your interests, while understanding what you share with others across our discipline. Engagement and understanding audiences are central to curatorial practice. You’ll develop experience in ways of sharing and presenting ideas throughout the course. You’ll study either in two modules per trimester (one year full-time) or one per trimester (two years part-time). Modules Research Methodologies Introduces generic research methodologies and the ways subject specific material, analysis and evaluation techniques can be a vehicle for personal study. This is shared with other Masters programmes in the School of Art and Design,... [-]

MA in Dance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace. [+]

Explore, create and reflect in this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual interests. Explore and create choreography for live performance and film. Develop skills as a dance maker with other students from around the world. Collaborate with other artists, and learn skills needed to succeed as a professional. This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace. We offer a range of creative opportunities to enhance your dance studies, including the University’s careers specialists. Alongside guidance from your tutors, the dance programme has support from a number of high profile Associate Artists and Industry Specialists who’ll enhance your study experience. Overview The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work. Course structure This MA will take one full year, or two if you choose to study part time. As a full-time student you’ll take two 30 credit modules in term one, two 30 credit modules in term 2, and one 60 credit module (your final... [-]

MA in Design: Ceramics

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This distinctive MA course offers you the opportunity to study a range of approaches to ceramics at postgraduate level. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of material investigation and research. This will allow you to contextualise your practice in relation to current debates in art, craft and design and to develop an individual production strategy. Approaches of past students range from sculpture and installation through to studio ceramics and design for products. [+]

Rooted in material investigation, this course allows exploration of ceramics through art, craft and design contexts. Taught by leading academics / practitioners, with a high level of tutor input. Excellent technical support and facilities with specialist equipment. Regular visits from industry experts and practicing artists. This distinctive MA course offers you the opportunity to study a range of approaches to ceramics at postgraduate level. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of material investigation and research. This will allow you to contextualise your practice in relation to current debates in art, craft and design and to develop an individual production strategy. Approaches of past students range from sculpture and installation through to studio ceramics and design for products. Overview You’ll be part of a lively ceramics community based around comprehensive workshop provision and studio spaces shared with multidisciplinary BA students specialising in ceramics. As postgraduate students, you’ll have the opportunity to extend and hone making skills in conjunction with developing your understanding of how a ceramics specialisation might relate to production in art, craft or design contexts. Through study of historical and contemporary theory and practice, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the field and develop your abilities in critical thinking and writing. Drawing on recent developments in artistic research, you’ll also explore methods for generating writing from practice. We’ll help you to become theoretically and critically aware, so you can identify and communicate effectively with the audience/market for your practice, and/or progress to research at MPhil or PhD... [-]

MA in Design: Fashion and Textiles

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to become designers, designer-makers or textile artists, either within the professional industries or to set up small businesses working independently or in small teams. [+]

Aimed at ambitious graduates, this practice-based MA course is supported by marketing theory. Staff have broad national and international industry experience which underpins and informs the course. Develop your creative design practice and thinking, while building valuable marketing and business skills. Alumni enjoy diverse career destinations with many successfully working for themselves. This course offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to become designers, designer-makers or textile artists, either within the professional industries or to set up small businesses working independently or in small teams. The programme of study allows you to freely develop creative design practice and thinking in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills, building comprehensive understanding, vision and direction. Overview The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research. You will be introduced to research skills and methods, product development, design management and methods, with marketing and business skills. The emphasis of the course is learning how best to present ideas, and where and how to place them in the market. Students develop and propose a personal route of study and explore and research an area of textiles in knit, print, weave, or embroidery for fashion or interiors, textile art, or in fashion design. You are encouraged to trial a product in the market either through first hand experience, or through working with studios and agents for designers, shops and craft markets (for designer makers), or with galleries or public spaces (for textile artists). Course structure Trimester 1 The emphasis... [-]

MA in Education: Early Childhood Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). [+]

Study educational issues in depth, covering policy, practice and education theory. Analyses politics and policies in education. Allows you to study educational topics in depth. Has a strong international perspective. Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context. This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students, however, have no intention of teaching. They are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense, and by the prospect of improving academic skills and qualities and applying them in educationally related fields. Overview You’ll gain a deep insight into education. We’ll teach you to question: What the nature of learning and teaching is in different countries and cultures What the relationship is between education and the economy How education is changing as it becomes marketed. How education systems are managed. Who takes decisions about the curriculum and teaching. How far governments go to control education. How far should they? What the role of professional educator is. What the role of schools and universities may become... [-]

MA in Education: Leadership and Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who aspire to, or are presently working as, a middle or senior leader in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice. [+]

Designed for those who aspire to become, or are currently working as, a leader in an educational organisation in the UK or internationally. Opportunity to reflect on and challenge your professional experience. Lively discussions on contemporary educational issues. Early evening classes to accommodate students who may be working. In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they are given greater autonomy to have a positive impact on pupils and learners. The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who aspire to, or are presently working as, a middle or senior leader in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice. Overview We’ll help you develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader through practice based inquiry, in which you will relate theory and research to your own working environment. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the practices that characterise effective leadership and learn how to bring about change and improvement. Course structure Trimester 1 You’ll gain a broad understanding of the ways in which economics, politics and society inform educational policy and determine the context in which leaders operate. We’ll introduce you to the key practices of effective leadership. You’ll use this knowledge to critically explore how leadership strategically brings about... [-]

MA in Education Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context. [+]

Study educational issues in depth, covering policy, practice and education theory. Analyses politics and policies in education. Allows you to study educational topics in depth. Has a strong international perspective. Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context. This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students, however, have no intention of teaching. They are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense, and by the prospect of improving academic skills and qualities and applying them in educationally related fields. Overview You’ll gain a deep insight into education. We’ll teach you to question: What the nature of learning and teaching is in different countries and cultures What the relationship is between education and the economy How education is changing as it becomes marketed. How education systems are managed. Who takes decisions about the curriculum and teaching. How far governments go to control education. How far should they? What the role of professional educator is. What the role of schools and universities may become... [-]

MA in Fashion Portfolio

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. [+]

This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects. Research and business skills. Practice-led subject approach. Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. This course provides you with an environment to work both collaboratively and independently within a portfolio of Fashion subjects, which include Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling specialisms. Together with other students you will engage in furthering your intellectual enquiry through Research Methods, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills to underpin your future career. In subjects, knowledge is deepened through specialist projects and learning opportunities, enabling you to define your individual direction for a professional creative outcome. You have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and the experience of dedicated academic staff and visiting professionals. Overview If studying full-time you'll undertake 60 credits of modules over each Trimester. In part-time mode you'll undertake 30 credits of modules over a Trimester. You'll begin the course with the module in ‘Research Methods 1’. This will enable you to contextualise and describe your intentions for developing your own practice in one of the specialist subject areas within the Fashion Portfolio - Film, Illustration, Journalism, Photography and Styling. In the studio practice module ‘Establishing Skills and Identity’, you'll work within your subject area and the associated facilities. You'll then undertake ‘Research Methods 2’, which is aimed at developing relevant skills needed for a creative career, and further your studio practice in the ‘Defining Practice’ module. For the final 60... [-]

MA in Feature Filmmaking

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This Feature Filmmaking course will give you an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern, low budget feature film production. [+]

An industry-focused education in the low-budget feature film-making for documentary or fiction. A unique chance to make a feature film as part of a Master’s degree. Taught by active industry professionals with feature film experience. Learn about traditional and emerging routes to distributing your film. This Feature Filmmaking course will give you an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern, low budget feature film production. Modern filmmaking is collaborative; we’ve tailored the course for aspiring writers, directors and producers. We’ll help you develop your skills for a career working on feature length documentaries or fiction. The course is taught by several of the team behind award winning feature film 'Sixteen' including Writer/Director, Rob Brown (Course Leader). Overview We teach you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects, while offering you practical experience of trying to make them yourself. You should graduate with: a range of professional contacts; a showreel; a fully developed feature film project; and the knowledge to get ahead in the film business. We cannot guarantee that your feature film project will get made, although we are confident that many students will achieve this. Your success in academic terms will not depend on your project’s completion. This is an industry facing course; you’ll build and develop your creative and associated business skills. We believe filmmakers need a clear understanding of business and financial issues to achieve their full creative potential. Modules Development This module will introduce and explore practical and creative approaches to low budget feature... [-]

MA in Fine Art

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This studio based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists. [+]

A studio based course taught by practicing artists and supported by excellent facilities. Advance your creative potential and develop your work to professional exhibiting level. Taught by practicing artists of national and international standing. Permanent individual studio spaces (for full-time students) and excellent technical expertise and support. This studio based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists. The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever changing and challenging Fine Art environment. Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority. Overview We provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and appropriate practices. You’ll develop your creative potential and critical understanding as a practising artist. Modules Research Methodologies Introduces generic principles and processes of research relevant to the practice and study of art, design and curatorial practice. It provides you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking about your practice. It will give you confidence and authority by assisting you to identify key areas of interest and to build on this towards a mastery of your subject. It will outline established models of academic enquiry – both practical and intellectual – proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate... [-]

MA in Heritage Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

We’ll challenge you to think about what heritage means, help you to set heritage management in its social, political and economic context, and give you the chance to apply your understanding through a range of research and practice-based projects with our regional, national and international partners. [+]

Combine placements and projects with robust conceptual thinking through this dynamic MA course. Developed and taught by leading heritage practitioners. A chance to build expertise in areas that most interest you. Opportunities to work in partnership with major heritage organisations, specialists and researchers. The physical remains of our past – buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites – and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape our lives. However, the ways we understand and manage ‘heritage’ are changing rapidly. We’ll challenge you to think about what heritage means, help you to set heritage management in its social, political and economic context, and give you the chance to apply your understanding through a range of research and practice-based projects with our regional, national and international partners. Overview You’ll explore how heritage sites are managed, presented and explained. We’ll teach you to consider their value beyond something to see or a place to visit. What challenges are heritage bodies currently facing? What choices do they make in dealing with them? How will pressures on public funding for heritage in the UK – and further afield – shape our experience of visiting and working in museums and heritage sites in the future? And how will our wider understanding of heritage change as a result? Trying to answer such questions provides a framework for practical work in the sector, underpinned by hands-on, supportive teaching. We want you to become involved in a range of projects, working with our... [-]

MA in International Education

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

We’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You’ll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other MA education programmes – Education Studies: Early Years; and Education: Leadership and Management. This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education. [+]

Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. Taught by active researchers with leading international education perspectives. Improve your career prospects – you’ll graduate ideally placed for professional, management, and education roles. International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies and promoting equity and social justice. Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, the course asks you to think deeply around questions relating to the economics, politics and social issues relating to education and development. Overview We’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You’ll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other MA education programmes – Education Studies: Early Years; and Education: Leadership and Management. This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education. We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches. This will prepare you for writing your dissertation in the final trimester, in which you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding in a particular area of international education through in-depth research. We’ll support you to complete your dissertation studies within a range of institutions and organisations involved in national and international education, including policy and advocacy organisations; schools, colleges and universities; NGOs and international organisations. Course structure Trimester 1 In your first trimester you’ll study the MA Education core... [-]

MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry. Located in a World Heritage site, you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country. [+]

Examine how literature reflects and shapes the way we see the landscape and the environment. Staff are internationally recognised for their research in this field. Opportunities for fieldwork with heritage organisations, resources or archives. Literary works cover a broad historical range and a wide range of landscapes. We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry. Located in a World Heritage site, you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country. The MA is founded upon our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; early modern London; postmodern American cities; and literary journeys in modernist/ postmodernist literature. Overview You’ll address questions that are increasingly important to modern English literary studies: How does literature reflect humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? What makes ‘the country’, ‘the wilderness’ or ‘the city’ what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements? You’ll study issues and approaches regarding representations of various kinds of landscapes. We present you with: a wide variety of topics; a balance between literature pre- and post-1900; a range of methodologies and approaches. Alongside the course’s focus on literature, you’ll engage with real landscapes and environments, such as an 18th century country estate; London; the Eden Project; Quantock Hills; and Hardy country. Course structure The programme – which is available full-time... [-]

MA in Scriptwriting

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

Take your writing to the highest level, and develop clear strategies for professional success. With a combination of expert guidance and peer-group workshopping, we encourage you to develop your unique voice while meeting the demands of a highly competitive industry. [+]

An intensive, practical course designed to produce professional writers and compelling scripts. Weekend workshops at Corsham Court campus. Taught by acclaimed industry professionals – working practitioners who continue to love what they do. Practical project leading to a showcase presentation. Take your writing to the highest level, and develop clear strategies for professional success. With a combination of expert guidance and peer-group workshopping, we encourage you to develop your unique voice while meeting the demands of a highly competitive industry. We cover all media, including theatre, radio, film and television, and offer extensive training in professional skills. By the end of the course, you’ll have a comprehensive portfolio of original work, a finished script to professional standards, industry connections and a fully realised showcase presentation. Overview You’ll hone your writing for performance skills, while also acquiring the necessary professional knowledge needed to negotiate the industry. Alongside completing a minimum of three polished scripts for theatre, radio and TV/film, you’ll meet scriptwriting agents and industry specialists and learn how best to pitch your work in a highly competitive field. We recognise the importance of equipping you, as a scriptwriter, with the knowledge of how to produce your work. You’ll have the opportunity to record your own radio plays, stage your theatre pieces and shoot and edit your TV/Film projects within our supportive environment. Modules Craft The key components, including structure, characterisation, visual storytelling and dialogue. Writing for Theatre and Radio A comprehensive guide to writing for these important media. You’ll prepare... [-]

MA in Songwriting

Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field. [+]

World-leading course. Professionalise your songwriting and facilitate your personal artistic ‘voice’. A pioneering curriculum – the world’s first Songwriting Masters. Prepares you for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries. Taught by professional, published songwriters and performers. Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field. The course is aimed at: unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level; published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst exploring their creativity and formalising their prior experience. We maintain strong links with industry professionals, guest artists and guest lecturers. Overview From day one you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Applying practice-based learning at our world-heritage research centres, through a range of creative strategies and critical perspective on your songs’ relationship with audience and industry, you’ll develop and focus your output. This is informed by a blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice – teaching and learning unique to Bath Spa University. Lyric-writing, and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured as chords and melody take shape around language’s meaning. All the while, you’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters. Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic... [-]

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

We aim to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You’ll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting. [+]

Develop your TESOL career prospects with our MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. One of the few TESOL programmes in the UK which incorporates a placement component. Designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no teaching experience. Blends the theory of language and linguistics teaching with practical skills development. We aim to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You’ll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting. We recognise and value professional, cultural and life experiences; you’ll develop and explore these experiences during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application. Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme. We prepare you to return to your previous work context, or even move to a new one, with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting. Overview We’ll aid your understanding of the key theories and principles in TESOL, providing a balance of academic and professional content and experience. You’ll develop your ability in language analysis and understanding, as well as furthering your knowledge on how to incorporate this appropriately in class materials. We have a flexible and supportive learning programme that develops your current understanding and knowledge in TESOL, while providing you with the necessary research and reflection skills to continue on your academic or professional career path. Throughout the programme... [-]

MA in Travel and Nature Writing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and make a living as a travel or nature writer? Then this course is for you. [+]

For any writer inspired by places, people and wildlife, who wants to be published. Based on actual experiences in the field, including encounters with places, people and wildlife. Provides context of the history, background and genres of travel and nature writing over time. Focuses on getting your writing published across a wide range of media and outlets. Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and make a living as a travel or nature writer? Then this course is for you. The course focuses on learning to write from your own experience in the field. You’ll develop your writing skills and techniques, learn from established writers, and examine the history, context and genres of travel and nature writing. By meeting practitioners – writers, editors, agents and publishers – you’ll gain a unique insight into the professional skills you require to get your writing published. This low-residency course allows you to be based wherever you wish, so you can pursue your academic work while maintaining your current lifestyle. It can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two. Overview We aim to give you an understanding of issues and approaches to the representations of peoples, other species, habitats, places, cultures and environments in various kinds of writing. You’ll graduate with the ability to apply what you’ve learnt to your own professional practice. You’ll study: a mix of thematic topics represented... [-]

MA in Visual Communication

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This is a practical Master’s course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language. [+]

A practical course for specialist photographers, graphic designers and illustrators. Join our international cohort – We welcome students from many countries including the UK, Italy, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Columbia and Bulgaria. Make use of workshops in photography, etching, letterpress, screen print, plastics, woodwork, paint preparation and casting. Apply for a wide range of academic workshops competitions and professional awards. This is a practical Master’s course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language. Working alongside other students and in consultation with your tutors, you will build a professional and critical context for your practice, in the process of developing each of your projects. Your growing confidence and increased ability, will be clearly evident in the portfolio’s you present when joining the profession, or continuing to study. Overview You’ll develop your visual communication practice, concentrating on practical, conceptual, historical and contemporary concerns. You’ll enter critical dialogue with other students in related fields and we’ll help you place your practice in an appropriate context; Our view is that by integrating your methods with those in related fields, you’ll become a more effective specialist photographer, graphic designer or illustrator. At a time when boundaries between these disciplines are changing – and in some cases dissolving – this is particularly important. You’ll become adept at working individually and collaboratively. Through developing an individual specialist project, you’ll conceptualise, critique and contextualise your approach, whilst fine tuning your aesthetic sensibilities. You’ll also collaborate to... [-]

MA in Writing for Young People

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This specialist creative writing MA is designed for writers for children, teenagers and young adults who aim to complete a novel, series of picture books or shorter stories for young children. It is a practical course, taught by experienced lecturers who are all published children's writers and/or industry professionals. [+]

A specialist creative writing MA for writers for children and young adults taught by published authors. Excellent links with authors, agents and publishers, and a programme of visiting speakers. Annual prize for the ‘most promising writer for young people’ awarded by a leading literary agent. Excellent track record of graduates achieving publication. This specialist creative writing MA is designed for writers for children, teenagers and young adults who aim to complete a novel, series of picture books or shorter stories for young children. It is a practical course, taught by experienced lecturers who are all published children's writers and/or industry professionals. More than 30 graduates of this MA have achieved publication deals since the course began in 2004, with more novels due to be published in 2016-2017. Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls won the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year Award and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award in 2008. Marie-Louise Jensen and Elen Caldecott were shortlisted for the 2009 Waterstones Prize. Elen Caldecott, Clare Furniss, Gill Lewis and Jim Carrington have been long-listed for the Carnegie award. Sally Nicholls was short-listed for the Guardian children’s book prize and won the Independent Booksellers’ award in 2015 for her novel An Island of Our Own. David Hofmeyr was short-listed for the Branford Boase award 2016 for his novel Stone Rider. Overview The course is for writers for children of all ages, from the picture-book age through to young adult (YA). Prose fiction is likely to be the main area... [-]

MSc

MSc in Creative Technologies and Enterprise

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The course is very flexibly designed to suit your particular interests. You’ll encounter emerging technologies that will place you at the cutting-edge of developments in the digital economy. [+]

A flexibly designed MSc that mixes future technology with creativity to make digital entrepreneurs.* Equips you with creative ideas. Gives you entrepreneurial skills. Builds your technological knowledge. *Please note, this course has been discontinued. Future industries depend on people who are equipped with creative ideas, entrepreneurial skills and technological knowledge. Studying Creative Technologies and Enterprise will prepare you for a rapidly-changing global digital economy in which your ability to adapt on-the-fly and make creative contributions will be your major resource. The course is very flexibly designed to suit your particular interests. You’ll encounter emerging technologies that will place you at the cutting-edge of developments in the digital economy. Entry requirements Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work. [-]

MSc in Environmental Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

This broad-based, flexible course prepares you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. [+]

Develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of industry, with this Environmental Management MSc. Gain professional environmental skills for working in consultancy or industry. Industry-sponsored prize for 'Environmental Manager of the Year'. Taught by staff with academic and industry experience, plus industry-leading guest speakers. This broad-based, flexible course prepares you for a range of environmental careers, from environmental specialist to a manager with an environmental remit. Unusually, and possible uniquely, for an Environmental Management Masters you have the option to include Business and Management modules in your programme. In addition, through selecting particular modules and assessment options, the course can be tailored to suit your specialist interests and career aspirations. For example, this course will suit someone wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy, or a career in pollution control or environmental hazards and liabilities. Overview You’ll review how environmental systems work and how human behaviour impacts on them. From this, you’ll explore contemporary environmental management principles, tools, and legislation that we can use to address such impacts. Through reviewing case studies and current practice you’ll develop your knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems, sustainability concepts such as the circular economy, plus resource management, environmental hazards and ecosystem services. You’ll develop key skills needed by professional environmental managers working in the field, including: GIS; environmental risks and decision-making; survey and monitoring; sampling design; data management and analysis; change management; behaviour change; reporting and communication. Course structure Trimester 1 and 2 We provide you with core... [-]

MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. Neuropsychology is central to the debate about the spark of individuality each human shows. This course looks at brain functions as an individual and in group settings, as well as studying the neuropsychology of mental health problems. [+]

Examine new developments in neuropsychology and their use in the clinical world with this MSc. Study emerging theories in advanced neuropsychology. Learn practical skills in preparation for a career as a scientist-practitioner. Opportunity to publish an academic paper. This MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. Neuropsychology is central to the debate about the spark of individuality each human shows. This course looks at brain functions as an individual and in group settings, as well as studying the neuropsychology of mental health problems. The course is an employability-centred extension to an undergraduate psychology degree. It is focused on neuropsychology, but is suitable for any student interested in preparing for an eventual career as a professional psychologist. Overview You’ll learn about the recent theories explaining how the brain allows us to cope in a busy world. You’ll learn about key concepts, such as self and how damage to these processes can give rise to mental health problems. You’ll also study how to be an applied psychologist, focussing on the core skills expected of a practitioner of applied psychology. Modules Issues in Professional Practice This module introduces students to the principles of applied psychology and the processes of recovery and rehabilitation. It focuses on the core skills expected of a practitioner of applied psychology: assessment; formulation; intervention; evaluation; communication skills; and self- management skills. The embedded research skills in this module relate to the evaluation of clinical practice. Social Neuropsychology of Mental Health This... [-]

Master

Master in Creative Sound and Media Technology

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This course is designed for individuals with experience of music technology and related disciplines. You’ll explore the field in more depth, and broaden your experience in interdisciplinary and multimedia work. [+]

Develop your skills in music technology in an experimental and creative environment.* Flexible and innovative teaching methods, including Distance Learning options. Designed for musicians, artists and creative technologists from a wide variety of backgrounds. No genre boundaries – we cover electroacoustic, acousmatic and computer music, electronica and dance music, sound art, audiovisual performance and more. *Please note, subject to final approval, this course is being replaced by MA Sound, with three pathways: Sound Arts Sound Design Sound Production More information will be available shortly. Please email Course Director, Professor Joseph Hyde, j.hyde@bathspa.ac.uk if you have any questions. This course is designed for individuals with experience of music technology and related disciplines. You’ll explore the field in more depth, and broaden your experience in interdisciplinary and multimedia work. Our staff and students have released numerous records (many as part of the Bristol underground bass scene), and have specialisms in audiovisual work, sound design, music for media, game audio, programming and lecturing (FE and HE). We have outstanding facilities in this area, including two fully-fledged TV studios and post-production audio suites. You’ll also have access to our world-leading Seeing Sound Visual Music symposium. Overview The course is designed to be flexible and to work around your individual interests and needs. You may choose to focus purely on sound throughout the course or you can add in multimedia elements. You’ll have a great deal of freedom to focus on the work you want to do. Even when you’re studying theory, you can focus... [-]

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