What you’ll study

Level 4 (First Year)


The first year of the course encourages you to concentrate on extending, deepening and informing your visual language through experimenting with digital and haptic drawing techniques and processes.

The course focuses on three main themes that emerge from the units – ‘Fundamentals of Drawing’, ‘Drawing Meaning’ and ‘Contained Practice’.

With an emphasis on developing and understanding drawing skills through studying perspective, scale, composition and mark making, you’ll explore a range of tools, grounds and strategic creative approaches.

Locational and observational drawing will form an important part of your learning and you’ll develop a greater understanding and awareness of the possibilities offered by drawing and mark making.

You’ll be encouraged to establish a disciplined and focused approach to your working methods and habits and you’ll make collaborative work in practice-based workshops.

Level 5 (Second Year)

Context and Audience

The second year of the course focuses on the exploration of a range of contexts for drawing. The three units ‘Interpreting Collections’, ‘Professional Practice 1’ and ‘Exhibition and Collaboration’ ask you to consider context, collaborative practice and audience.

You’ll study historic sites, museum and gallery collections and reflect upon and interpret historical, cultural or scientific artefacts through a range of contemporary strategies.

‘Professional Practice 1’ and ‘Exhibition and Collaboration’ run concurrently so that you can explore and develop professional transferable skills through collaboration within the cohort, the presentation of your drawing practice and exhibition.

Level 6 (Third Year)

Portfolio and Innovative Practice

At Level 6, the emphasis is on professionalism, ambition and innovation. We’ll increasingly encourage you to manage your own drawing practice and form a mature appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity, and limits of knowledge.

This will be informed by practice and research considered to be at the forefront of the discipline, acknowledging current trends and diverse strategies.

You’ll identify the concerns, subject matter and selected contexts through the ‘Pre-Major Project’ and the ‘Research Project’ you will identify your concerns that inform and locate your drawing practice.

These findings will then be developed, tested and refined within the ‘Major Project’ and ‘Professional Practice 2’ units.

Your research and learning will be related to the professional context of drawing and you are encouraged to consider your professional potential beyond graduation.

You will build a portfolio of work appropriate and relevant to your aspirations that will prepare you for career opportunities within the creative industries.